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The Bears Den: March 04, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses whether the Bears will rearrange their locker room so that position groups are together, his favorite Bears game, and how many of last year's starters remain under contract.

Former coaches doubt Bears can win with Cutler - Michael C. Wright: At least 10 former Bears staffers believe the Bears can't consistently compete for championships with Jay Cutler under center.

Draft preview - Scott Krinch and Tony Andracki take a look at six options for the Bears at No. 7, all on the defensive side of the ball.

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Bears must be aggressive in free agency to help defense - Adam L. Jahns: A brief look at the defensive free-agent market, in which the Bears hope to address their needs and to put them in position to draft the best players available.

Should the Bears sign Ndamukong Suh? - Steve Rosenbloom: The idea of signing the best defensive player about to hit free agency sounds terrific, but the Bears have been down the big-name path before.

Free agent preview - Dan Durkin: Other than Alabama’s Landon Collins, there are no safety prospects worthy of a first-round pick. Thus, teams with safety needs will be competing for the services of just a handful of quality players in free agency.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Which free agents should the Bears look for?

NFC North free agency preview - Nate Davis: Though much consternation focuses on polarizing Cutler and the offense, the Bears would be wise to first address a defense that has been as bad as any in the franchise's near century-long existence.

Roster analysis - Moon Mullin: Bears have few pressing decisions to make on their own free agents.

Bears free-agent spotlight - Not-Hub Arkush: Stephen Paea might be a better fit for the Vic Fangio defense than most initially believed, though his pass-rush production likely priced him out of the Bears’ plans.

[Video] View from the Moon - What is Stephen Paea's future with the Bears?

Ranking the Bears' free agents: No. 6 - Michael C. Wright: D.J. Williams provides an experienced veteran presence in the locker room and has played in the past for John Fox, but has also been put on IR in each of the past two seasons.

Bears draft party tix on sale March 12 - Larry Mayer: The NFL Draft is coming to Chicago and Bears fans can celebrate together at the Chicago Bears Miller Lite Draft Headquarters on April 30 and May 1 from 5-10 p.m.  (Tribune): Brian Urlacher, Dick Butkus set for Bears' draft party.

Northwestern WR Kyle Prater mentored by Marshall - Patrick Finley: Prater first met Brandon Marshall three years ago and calls him a mentor. During their last two weeks, Marshall has been teaching the 6-5 Prater the finer points of being a tall receiver in the NFL

[Video] Inside the Bears - Lyndsay Petruny and a Mike Ditka lookalike celebrate one of tailgating's favorite foods in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.

Ex-Bear news - Larry Mayer: Richard Dent was one of seven individuals inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame Saturday night in Atlanta.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel takes a look at the 5 best prospects at the running back position.  (Sports Quotient): Draft profile: Minnesota TE Maxx Williams.  Brad BiggsArthur Ray Jr an uplifting story at Northwestern pro day.

NFL free agency - Doug Farrar takes a look at the receivers hitting free agency, headlined by Randall Cobb.  Chris BurkeRisk, reward in RB class.

NFL 2015 free agents ranked, 51-100 - Greg A. Bedard with a countdown of the kind of steady middle-class talent that makes up the bulk of NFL rosters.  (NFL.com): Which free agents will be paid too much?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Steven Ruiz: By the end of the free agency period, Ndamukong Suh will be the highest paid defensive player in the league... but teams interested in winning should not sign him.  Joel CorryState incomes taxes could affect Suh's decision.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Pelissero: Mike Zimmer flying to Houston to meet with Adrian Peterson and discuss the embattled superstar's future with the team.

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