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The Bears Den: March 31, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Nov 20, 1988; Tampa, FL: Buccaneers back William Howard (43) carries the ball under pressure from Dan Hampton (99) and Richard Dent (95) at Tampa Stadium.

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Going at his own Pace - Dan Durkin: The previous two Bears regimes tried to pay their way out of years of fruitless drafts by overspending in free agency, resulting in top-heavy, overpriced and aging rosters with little to no young talent in the pipeline to plug in when a player’s useful life had expired. Ryan Pace understands that while free agency is a necessary tool, it can’t become a dependency.

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Foster saw Bears, Chicago as ideal fit - Larry Mayer: When it came to finding a new home in free agency, Chicago and the Bears had everything that Mason Foster was looking for.

Draft preview - Ross Jones: With the Bears' positions of need being CB, ILB, and WR, here are three players Chicago might take with the 7th overall pick.

Draft preview - James Neveau: Dante Fowler's size and speed can’t be taught, and with his work ethic and willingness to work on his moves and technique, he could be a dream come true for defensive gurus like John Fox and Vic Fangio.

Draft preview - Not-Hub Fishbain: Signing Eddie Royal was a start, but Amari Cooper would immediately put the Bears' offense on track to not miss a beat after trading Brandon Marshall, and means the Bears take someone at No. 7 who can contribute right away.

Mock Draft - David Just: Latest mock draft from Todd McShay projects the Bears to take wide receiver Kevin White.

Bears learned from Urlacher's departure - Michael C. Wright: The Bears probably will part with Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, but they intend to make it better than their split with Brian Urlacher.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Matt Forte will donate a $1,000 equipment grant to the football program at his alma mater, Slidell (La.) High School, through USA Football.  Bears hosting 5K race in September.

[Video] Inside the Bears - After a tough day on the beach, Kyle Fuller and Anthony Adams head to a local spot to cook up some Costa Rican cuisine.

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This time before draft is 'silly season' of conjecture and hype - Sam Farmer: Misinformation is the name of the NFL draft game as teams try not to reveal their plans.

Draft preview - Doug Farrar, Chris Burke: SI's definitive NFL draft Big Board opens with an unheralded WR who has the potential to be the best in the class.

Who should start for 7 teams with shakiest QB situations - Pete Prisco with a look at some of the tenuous QB positions around the league. Bears don't make the list.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Re-signing D-linemen Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji will allow the Packers to focus on other positions early in the draft.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Todd McShay sticks with DT for the Lions in latest mock draft, thinks Texas product Malcom Brown would be a good fit for team.

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Should have kept this for my final Den.  Didn't think it through.