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The Bears Den: March 06, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Center-in-waiting?

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Lance Briggs will not return to Bears in 2015 - Moon Mullin: Veteran is expected to receive an offer to reunite with Lovie Smith at the Buccaneers. [Video] SportsTalk Live,

Free-agency breakdown: Players who fit the Bears - Patrick Finley: Team have about $28.5 million to spend, albeit to plug myriad holes.  Dan WiedererPosition-by-position previews of where the Bears stand entering free agency on Tuesday.  Dan DurkinBears 2015 free agency primer.

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Brandon Marshall on the trade block

Bears looking to move on from Marshall - Adam L. Jahns: Brandon Marshall’s base salary of $7.5 million for 2015 becomes fully guaranteed on Thursday if he's still on the Bears' roster.  Brad BiggsDecision will be not based on cap ramifications.

Lots of WR options may make a trade difficult - Not-Hub Fishbain: On the flipside, the Bears can feel better knowing that it also potentially makes it easier to find a replacement.  Moon MullinBears will have NFL Draft alternatives.

Marshall trade not likely to help Bears much - Bob LeGere: Even if the Bears are able to trade five-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall, they're not expected to get much in return because of his reputation as a distraction on and off the field.

Bears are a better team with Marshall - Michael C. Wright: The potential distractions can be mitigated by strong leadership from John Fox and Ryan Pace, so if the team is looking to move him, they must perceive the receiver as a major locker room problem.

5 possible landing spots - Will Brinson with five possible landing spots for Brandon Marshall, if he's traded.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Moon Mullin on Brandon Marshall being shopped ... More thoughts.

[Video] ESPN - Adam Caplan discusses the Bears' trade options for Brandon Marshall and what it means for each side ... [Video] John Clayton: Bears likely to cut Marshall if unable to trade him.

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Ranking Bears free agents: No. 5 - Michael C. Wright: Brian de la Puente seems to be the team's future starting center, so the Bears are likely to re-sign him before free agency begins.  Not-Hub ArkushWas Ryan Pace behind letting de la Puente leave Saints, though?

Team Report - (AP): A look at what each NFC North team's needs are in free agency: Ryan Pace and John Fox are facing such a big task it would be easier to list what the Bears don't need.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears reportedly interested in Marcus Mariota?  Dan Durkin doubtful.

QB desperation rankings - Brad Gagnon thinks seven teams are in a worse situation than the Bears.   Ooof, Cleveland.

Long receives Bears player of year award - Larry Mayer: Kyle Long was honored as the Bears player of the year Wednesday night at the 27th Annual Comcast SportsNet Awards at the Hilton Chicago ... [Video].

Photos - ChicagoBears.com: Check out some of the new and old faces on the coaching staff that will lead the 2015 Bears.

Bears doing good things - (AP): Charles Tillman among five players listed as finalists for Byron 'Whizzer' White Award for community service.

[Video] - Walter Payton rushed for 16,726 yards and 110 TDs during his career, setting the standard for the modern day running back. Watch how he did it over the course of his legendary career.

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Polish sausage

The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: Trades, tags, salary caps and free agency: making sense of the offseason.

NFL free agency bargains - Greg A. Bedard: Injuries, coaching changes, stuck behind stars, there are many reasons players will get overlooked when the market opens next week. Here are 12 with upside at a low cost.

NFL free agency - Chris Burke: Any defensive back with an adaptable skill set stands to get paid this offseason, but the pickings are slimmer than you'd think.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel breaks down two of the most talked about defensive backs at the Combine, Byron Jones and Quinten Rollins.

NFL Draft Probabilities by playing position - Tony Villiotti uses 20 years' worth of data to look at the likelihood of players at each position reaching career milestones.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: ESPN Insider Louis Riddick says team has more to worry about than just Ndamukong Suh.

Ex-Bear news - David Newton: The Carolina Panthers on Thursday signed Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen to a three-year extension worth $22.5 million.  More from Jared Dubin.

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