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The Weekend Bears Den: March 14, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Patterns emerging from Bears during first week in free agency - Moon Mullin: Unlike Phil Emery and the key names he signed, priority additions in Ryan Pace's first free-agency week as GM have involved players with a history of winning.

Bears roster moves raise more questions - Rich Campbell: After the first wave of free agency, some questions linger and others surface for the Bears, among them Jay Cutler, the base front seven, and the new passing game.  Dan WiedererBears moving patiently in free agency.

Ranking the 16 greatest RBs in NFL history - Jim Brown vs Sweetness for a place in the final. You have until Sunday.

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Ola tops Bears in '14 performance-based pay - Jeff Dickerson: Versatile O-lineman Michael Ola led all Bears in 2014 performance-based pay, pocketing an extra $266,554.96.  Bob LeGereFull list for Bears.

Antrel Rolle is 'ready to let it loose' - Michael C. Wright: Plan now for Rolle is to acclimate himself in Chicago as quickly as possible to prove, even at 32 years old, he can serve as a key contributor under Vic Fangio.  Peggy KusinskiIt's about his legacy and bringing back pride to the Bears defense.

Chicago where Rolle 'needed to be' - Dan Durkin: Former team captain with the Giants knew the Bears needed his play-making ability and leadership, while the draw of working with Vic Fangio was a big factor in his decision [with link to Audio].

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush and Not-Hubs Fishbain and Arkush discuss the pros and cons of new safety Antrel Rolle and how he automatically improves the Bears defense.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush, Not-Hub Arkush and Not-Hub Atkins discuss the needs on preparing for the 3-4 defense as the draft nears.

Royal gives Bears passing game versatility it lacked last season - Brad Biggs: Eddie Royal hasn't come close to replicating his rookie season of 2008 with Jay Cutler, but he's a more versatile receiver than when they last played together. Patrick FinleySays Cutler recruited him to Bears.

[Video] - Not-Hubs Fishbain, Arkush, & Atkins: Like Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal's past with Jay Cutler could benefit the WR position.

How will moves during free agency impact the draft? - Lindsay H. Jones: Chicago still has plenty of holes to fill on the defense even after adding Pernell McPhee but, with Adam Gase being used to having lots of receiving options, WR has to be a priority.  James NeveauBears missed out on great opportunity with Kenny Stills.

[Audio] - Kyle Long talks to Waddle & Silvy about changing positions, Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall's departure, and the team's other offseason moves.

Bears' new approach to handling Cutler refreshing - Moon Mullin: Then again, Ryan Pace and John Fox aren’t particularly showering false or vapid positives on anyone; ultimately, more than just Cutler is under a show-me directive.

Brandon Marshall on Jay Cutler: 'I love him and his family' - Michael C. Wright: Veteran receiver, now with New York Jets, says he will always be close to Bears QB whom he considers a brother.  Adam L. JahnsWR says Fox, Pace don’t understand Marshall-Cutler dynamic.

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Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Acquisition of Mike Wallace from Dolphins provides Vikings, Teddy Bridgewater with some speed.  Jared Dubin5 things to know.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Dye: Nick Fairley's signing with Rams means that the Lions' draft classes of 2010 and 2011 are all gone.


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