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The Bears Den: March 05, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

The Bears' interior O-line are making offseason headlines for the right reasons.

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Bears to host free-agent WR Hartline - Michael C. Wright: Brian Hartline, who was cut by the Dolphins and has been linked to the Browns, could be a fit as a slot receiver in Chicago... [Video] SportsTalk Live.

Making splash in free agency hasn't paid off in recent years for Bears - Brad Biggs: To the delight of the fan base, the Bears were hailed as major winners in March each of the last three years... but got progressively worse in that stretch. How will Ryan Pace approach roster building?

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Ranking the Bears' free agents: No. 5 - Michael C. Wright: Chris Conte is one of the most athletic players on the defense and can be a major asset in coverage, but it’s likely his preference is to start fresh somewhere else.

Bears free-agent spotlight - Not-Hub Fishbain: D.J. Williams could be an experienced veteran stopgap to help the youngsters adjust to the ILB positions in Vic Fangio's 3-4, but durability is a huge issue.

Free agency preview: ILBs - Dan Durkin with a look at some free agent options who may pique the Bears’ interest.

Bears facing major special-teams overhaul - Brad Biggs: Three of the top six contributors on special teams are coming out of contract.

NFL trade proposals that would make sense - Kenneth Arthur: Bears should trade Martellus Bennett to the Broncos for Brock Osweiler and two second-round picks.

Bears offense eyes free-agent options - Patrick Finley reviews the state of the Bears' offense and casts an eye over a few names who might be targets in the free-agent market.

[Video] ESPN - With a decision on his future with the team looming, Michael C. Wright discusses options with Jay Cutler.

The Cutler-Marshall countdown - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears face a March 12 deadline to dump Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall and save money and cap space.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Ex-Bears coaches rip Cutler's leadership, play.  Bald guy who's not Kaplan makes hefty assumptions.

[Video] Bears doing good things - Kyle Long honored at the Comcast SportsNet Awards for his charitable work as he received the award for "Bear of the Year" ... (CBS): Reassures fans he won't be traded to rejoin Chip Kelly.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Matt Slauson will receive the Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday, April 7, at a luncheon at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.  Jarrett Payton hosting bowling benefit.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Roberto Garza appeared at B.J. Ward Elementary School in Bolingbrook Tuesday and Robert Abbott Middle School in Waukegan Wednesday to help launch the "Fuel Greatness" campaign.

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NFL draft festivities in Chicago will incorporate Grant Park - Dan Wiederer: League's vision for a three-pronged spectacle includes the draft's traditional theater experience, with Grant Park as another hub of activity.

NFL 2015 free agents ranked, 1-50 - Greg A. Bedard: A look at the top players available when the market opens, and where they best fit.

NFL free agency 2015 - Doug Farrar: Ndamukong Suh is the best DT available, but it's the guys underneath him on that talent line who provide a great deal of intrigue.  Chris BurkeFree agency primer: Edge rushers.  Ed ShermanJon Gruden scouts QBs [this guy, this guy, this guy, this guy, and this guy].

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rosenberg: Suh is free agent every team should go after. Ross TuckerTaking top dollar may not be best choice.  Michael RothsteinDarryl Tapp excited about returning to Lions.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: If Matt Cassel's strange run with the Vikings prove anything, it's the value of a good insurance policy at the game's most important position.

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