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The Bears Den: March 23, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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John Fox upbeat on signings, but Bears 'have a lot of needs' - Brad Biggs: Secondary phase of free agency might not offer much in the way of splash additions, but there are good players available that can fill needs.

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Bears mailbag - Is-Hub Arkush takes questions on CB depth in the draft, potential RB targets for the Bears, Chicago’s interest level in Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper or Kevin White at No. 7, and whether Vic Beasley or Shane Ray will be a better NFL player.

Mock Draft - Adam L. Jahns, Mark Potash, and Patrick Finley give their picks on whom the Bears take at no. 7 overall ... Greg Gabriel: If Bears don't trade down to take a D-lineman, it'll be Kevin White at #7.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel: Only a handful of this year’s safety class have a chance of becoming legitimate starters in the league; two such candidates are Penn State’s Adrian Amos and Samford’s Jaquiski Tartt.

Football Outsiders - FO crunches the numbers and calculates that the Bears overspent on their free agency acquisitions, particularly the Pernell McPhee contract.

Veteran combine a mix of hope, desperation - Dan Wiederer: Not willing to accept the idea that his playing days are over, Michael Bush is still bothered by the 63-carry, 197-yard swan song he had with the Bears in 2013.  Patrick Finley: "Bears didn't use me correctly".

Carey early leader in Bragging Rights - After the round of 64 in the NCAA basketball tournament, Ka’Deem Carey leads the Bears Bragging Rights challenge after correctly selecting 29 of 32 games.

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Players compete in first-ever veteran combine - Don Banks' notes and thoughts from the NFL's inaugural veteran combine, held Sunday at the Cardinals team complex ... (AP): Many still chasing the NFL dream at veterans combine.

Draft analysis - Tony Villiotti with the best and worst players taken in each Draft Range over the last decade. tl;dr: Jarron Gilbert doesn't quite manage to be the worst player from the 47-73 range, while the Lions suck at drafting outside of the top 4.

Roger Goodell, Unplugged - Peter King: The NFL commissioner on the league's nightmare year off the field, whether he ever considered resigning, Chris Borland, Los Angeles and more.

Browns 'front-runners' for 2015 'Hard Knocks' - Will Brinson: This isn't the sexiest team in the world, but there's always something going on with the Browns.