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The Weekend Bears Den: March 21, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

The Unginator is one of several former Bears who will be at the unaugural inaugural veteran combine on Sunday.

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Bears would be prudent to trade down from no. 7 overall - Greg Gabriel: The Bears’ needs and the strength of the draft just happen to coincide this year; by trading down to get three selections in the first two rounds, they could easily get two D-linemen and either a receiver or edge pass rusher.

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Bears' need for pass-rushing outside linebacker fits draft's strength - Brad Biggs: Pernell McPhee alone isn't going to prop up a pass rush in need of a boost, with none of the candidates to try at outside linebacker a cinch to be highly productive.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin profiles Kentucky’s Bud Dupree, an ideal fit at strong-side outside linebacker in Vic Fangio’s scheme.  Greg GabrielDupree and Tennessee-Chattanooga's Davis Tull.

Mock Draft - Will Brinson: After dealing Brandon Marshall to the Jets, Chicago needs to reload on offense and Amari Cooper sitting there as a polished, top-10 option to help Jay Cutler is a big plus.

Ex-Bear news - Larry Mayer: Former Bear Nate Collins is one of about 100 out-of-work veterans scheduled to participate in the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine Sunday in Arizona.  Chris BodenMore ex-Bears and local college stars who will attend.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein with a look at where the Lions stand with their own free agents.

Cheerleaders - with the best cheerleader photos of the 2014 season... as chosen by someone with no aesthetic sense, apparently.


Sloppy play from Ireland in an otherwise enthralling match against a much more clinical Wales, who deserved the victory.  Four of the six teams still could win the tournament, which will come down to points difference: that's my Saturday sorted.