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The Bears Den: March 25, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Jan 1, 1989, Chicago: Eagles TE Keith Jackson (88) carries the ball against Dave Duerson (22) and Jim Morrissey (51) during the 1988 NFC Divisional Playoffs at Soldier Field. The Bears defeated the Eagles 20-12.

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Prove it: Bears sign 3 defenders to 1-year deals - Patrick Finley: The Bears plugged three holes on the roster, in theory allowing the team to draft BPA rather than for need next month.

Pace's measured approach could pay off big - Michael C. Wright: If Ryan Pace's additions pan out, the Bears could be well on their way to turning around last season's 5-11 mark without having to break the bank to make it happen.

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Bears sign Ray McDonald; controversy & reaction

Bears land free agent Ray McDonald - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday agreed to terms with veteran D-lineman Ray McDonald on a one-year contract, pending a physical.  Moon MullinClear indication of the kind of power two-gap front that Fangio will run.

Bears agree to terms with Ray McDonald - Son of Hub: McDonald is a bigger body type than the Bears have in their other former 4-3 DEs, and he regularly kicked inside on passing downs under Fangio over the past several seasons.  Dan DurkinDurable and proven starter, highly productive both as pass rusher and run stopper.

Bears agree to 1-year deal with former 49ers DE McDonald - Andrew Seligman: Acquisition of McDonald an eye-opening move for Chicago, considering Pace has talked about building around high-character players since he was hired in January.

Chairman swayed by face-to-face talk - Larry Mayer: George McCaskey wasn't convinced the Bears should pursue Ray McDonald until having a face-to-face meeting, at the free agent's request, that lasted more than two hours.  Dan WiedererTranscript of George McCaskey's statement.

Ryan Pace taking odd risk with Ray McDonald - Brad Biggs: The upside is McDonald turns into a starter for a year, maybe longer if everything works out. The downside is Pace will have a mistake on his hands in a year when the risk maybe wasn't necessary.

Bears don't need Ray McDonald and his troubled past - Steve Rosenbloom: How does a guy with a history of violence against women go with the goal of a team of high-character players? Dan WiedererNew questions on how heavily Bears factor in character questions for personnel moves.

McDonald signing says winning more important than decency - Rick Telander: McDonald was picked up by the Bears in a move that shows high-minded moral talk is nice, but kicking the crap out of the other team’s QB is nicer.

Time will tell if Bears made a poor decision - Mike Imrem: The Bears saw a player who could help them and convinced themselves that Ray McDonald is socially redeemable.

Bears stir controversy with Ray McDonald signing - Is-Hub Arkush: What if he is innocent, which apparently everyone who has investigated him so far believes he is?

Timeline of McDonald's multiple brushes with the law - David Just: with a look at Ray McDonald’s history of legal troubles, dating back to a DUI arrest in 2010.  More from the Tribune.

[Video] ESPN - The NFL Insiders team breaks down what the signing of Ray McDonald means for the Bears.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears sign DE Ray McDonald: A risk worth taking?

[Video] - Adam L. Jahns breaks down Bears' signing of Ray McDonald: Decision went all the way to Virginia McCaskey.

[Audio] - Boers and Bernstein on why they remain puzzled by the signing of McDonald.

[Video] - Highlights of newly signed D-lineman Ray McDonald.

Bears' other moves in free agency

Bears land Jarvis Jenkins - Brad Biggs: The Bears continued adding pieces to rebuild their defense Tuesday as former Washington defensive end agrees to terms on a one-year contract.

Bears sign DE Jarvis Jenkins to one-year deal - Not-Hub Fishbain: On a one-year deal, Jenkins will enter camp likely in a position battle to win a job at five-technique. Dan DurkinFits the long-armed, stout-vs-run profile Fangio seeks from his ends.

[Video] - Highlights of new Bears D-lineman Jarvis Jenkins.

Bears add Foster to add depth at LB - Bob LeGere: The Bears added a potential starting linebacker to their defensive rebuilding plan on Tuesday when Mason Foster agreed to a one-year deal.  Michael C. WrightWas considered a three-down starter prior to Lovie Smith and the Tampa 2.

Bears agree to terms with Mason Foster - Not-Hub Fishbain: A 3-4 defense needs inside linebackers to stop the run and fill gaps from the middle of the defense. Foster can do that as a consistent, downhill tackler in his career.


Pace always on the lookout for QBs - Dan Wiederer: 13 seasons in the Saints' personnel department has Ryan Pace convinced that solidifying the most important position on the roster has to be an annual priority. Adam L. JahnsLikes what he sees in Marcus Mariota.

Draft preview - Son of Hub profiles Nebraska's Randy Gregory, whose skill set would seem to be a terrific complement to the more powerful Pernell McPhee.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin: West Virginia’s Kevin White has the most upside of any receiver in this class, given his size-to-speed ratio, and should be a top-10 selection.

Draft preview - James Neveau: Clemson's Vic Beasley has been shooting up draft boards, but if the Bears can get an opportunity to select him, should they take the plunge?

Draft preview - James Neveau: At 6 feet, 7 inches and 292 pounds, Oregon DE Arik Armstead is one of the most imposing athletes in the draft.

Urlacher never considered early retirement - Jeff Dickerson: Brian Urlacher feels fortunate to have suffered only one documented concussion in his career, but understands that many other players are not so lucky.  John Czarnecki:  Urlacher definitely HoFer [with Video].

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Draft preview - Tony Villiotti: Is it really as simple as stockpiling picks for more shots at a jackpot?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: No answers yet for Packers at inside linebacker ... Letroy Guion still could face NFL discipline.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Lions seem to be dragging on LT Riley Reiff, but it could mean they're working on a longer deal or thinking aboot[sic] where to play him.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson could be headed for showdown ... safety Taylor Mays reunites with Mike Zimmer.