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The Bears Den: March 26, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Ryan Pace proving to be a worthy GM - Greg Gabriel: In a two month period, Pace has already made a handful of decisions that could very well shape the future of the Bears and his time in Chicago.

Fox more a 'sooner than later' coach when it comes to fixing defense - Brad Biggs: The Bears are likely on the lookout for a third corner and another safety, but John Fox believes in building a defense from the line back so the focus is going to remain on the front seven.

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Controversy following Bears' signing of Ray McDonald

John Fox supports Bears' signing of 'great teammate' Ray McDonald - Dan Wiederer: The head coach reiterated that input from Vic Fangio, who coached McDonald in San Francisco the past four seasons, was heavily influential in the Bears’ vetting process.

Fox: Ray McDonald must meet team's standard - Scott Brown: John Fox said Wednesday that Ray McDonald will be held accountable in all aspects after signing a one-year contract with the storied franchise a day earlier.  Patrick FinleyFox: 'We'll be judged by' signing.

Bears criticized for signing player under investigation in sex assault case - Jared S. Hopkins, Dan Hinkel: Bears' addition of Ray McDonald draws criticism from groups combating violence against women.

McCaskey, Pace both on Hook for McDonald signing - Adam Hoge: Bears GM has final say over personnel decisions, except in the case of character issues. That makes the chairman just as responsible for this signing, if not more.

McCaskey willing to take a chance on McDonald - Jon Greenberg: Apparently, it doesn’t take much to impress George McCaskey, but what qualifies him to be a judge of character, other than his title and birthright of being related to George Halas?

Difficult to justify risk in Bears' signing of McDonald - David Haugh: A 49ers team with nearly as many needs as the Bears determined McDonald wasn't worth the trouble, citing his poor pattern of finding trouble. The Bears, a team undone in part last season by lousy chemistry, ignored it.

Bears need to stop babbling about character and tell the truth - Rick Morrissey: Why do the Bears keep up the charade that character matters? They know McDonald can play. Apparently, that’s enough.

Bears should talk straight with fans about McDonald - Sarah Spain: The NFL needs to talks to fans like intelligent, reasonable people. Teams need to speak openly about how they plan to rehabilitate a player who faces serious charges.

[Audio] - Tom Waddle gives his takes on fan reaction to the Bears' signing of Ray McDonald, fallout from the deal, and whether the team had interest in Greg Hardy.

[Video] - CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco analyzes the Ray McDonald situation.

[Audio] [Jen Lada sighting at 6:20 = Video] - 49ers insider Eric Branch on Bears' signing of Ray McDonald.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Was the Ray McDonald signing worth it for the Bears?


John Fox: Bears must rebuild Jay Cutler's confidence - Rich Campbell: Fox envisions a strong running game to ease some of Cutler’s burden throwing the ball, similar to how the Cowboys handled Tony Romo during last season’s NFC East title run.  Adam L. Jahns: Fox: Bears need to play 'complementary football'.

Cutler facing first true NFL job fight to be Bears No. 1 QB - Moon Mullin: Ryan Pace and Adam Gase may have Jay Cutler as their best option, but they have no vested interest in him, and money is not to be the sole driver of their decisions. Patrick FinleyBears did not try to rework Cutler’s contract.

Shea McClellin will work at inside linebacker for Bears - Adam L. Jahns: 2012 first-rounder will get the opportunity to compete at both inside and outside linebacker, but John Fox envisions him initially to compete inside. Thoughts on the roster ... Dan WiedererFox's assessment of the team.

No Bear has more to gain on one-year, prove-it deal than Jeffery - Is-Hub Arkush: Ryan Pace likes his players motivated, and Alshon Jeffery will never have a better chance to show new brass they made a mistake by not addressing his contract this offseason.  Michael C. WrightFox: New conditioning program ‘will help’ Jeffery.

Ryan Pace optimistic about receiver draft class - Adam L. Jahns: Eddie Royal helps make up for Brandon Marshall’s departure, but Ryan Pace also has a loaded draft class to consider.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin: Washington’s Danny Shelton, who should be a top-15 selection, is an immediate starter and the best run defender in this draft.

[Video] - Highlights of newly signed linebacker Mason Foster.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses the Bears' unsurprising lack of free-agent activity.

McCaskey: Bears won't have bitter parting with Briggs, Tillman - Rich Campbell: If the new regime opts not to re-sign Lance Briggs or Charles Tillman, George McCaskey vowed not to repeat Brian Urlacher's sour departure.

Trades we'd love to see happen this offseason - Kevin Patra: The Bears already cast aside one troublemaker for a low-round pick; if they decide another dissenter isn't worth their trouble, Martellus Bennett and brother Michael could unite in Atlanta.

2014 NFL Draft do-over - Bucky Brooks revisits last year's draft with the benefit of hindsight, and thinks the Bears would still take Kyle Fuller.

Four Chicago throwback jerseys among top-selling in several states - Charlie Roumeliotis: Walter Payton and three other former Chicago athletes are among the most popular throwback jerseys in professional sports.

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NFL momentum builds to alter extra point for 2015 season - Jim Corbett: A rules alteration that would inject more excitement into the near-automatic extra point could be adopted for the 2015 season as early as the league's next meeting in May.  (AP): More from the owners' meeting.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel profiles two top tackle prospects who both played on the left side while in college, Miami's Ereck Flowers and Florida's D.J. Humphries.  SportsQuotientDraft report: ILB Bernardrick McKinney.  Matt BowenTechnique makes Amari Cooper a top-10 talent.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Jim Caldwell said nothing is going to change from a schematic standpoint, with the Lions sticking with a multiple 4-3 defense.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: The team isn't planning to grant Adrian Peterson's wish for a fresh start simply because he's unhappy at the moment; Mike Zimmer is confident he wouldn't be a malcontent.