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The Bears Den: March 09, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bears have 'serious interest' in Knighton - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears are expected to make a strong push to sign free-agent DT Terrance Knighton to anchor Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defensive front.  James NeveauBut they won't be the only ones.

Finding answers to Jay Cutler and the Bears' free-agent questions - Patrick Finley, Adam L. Jahns, and Mark Potash discuss what the Bears should look to do in free agency and the draft.

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Ryan Pace has ways to replace Marshall's production - Adam L. Jahns: The Saints spread the ball with winning results, unlike the Bears during Brandon Marshall’s tenure, and Pace will likely seek to emulate their spread-the-wealth approach now that Marshall’s demanding ways are no longer an issue.

Free agency preview: WR - Moon Mullin: The Bears don’t need more out of Alshon Jeffery. They need more than Jeffery.  Rich CampbellBears need speedy complement to Alshon Jeffery.

Plenty of WR options for Bears to replace Marshall - Is-Hub Arkush: With a loaded WR draft class, the Bears should wait for the second-wave of free agents and position themselves to grab one sooner than later in the draft.

Bears' unnecessary headache goes away - Mike Imrem: The Marshall Era became the Marshall Lesson for the Bears: Keep dubious characters out until the clubhouse culture is strong enough to absorb them.

Free agency preview: RBs - Moon Mullin: Matt Forte at 30, with 1,817 career carries and 443 pass receptions, is unlikely to be tasked with 360 touches again this season. It also means either turning Ka’Deem Carey into a serviceable NFL tailback or finding someone else.

Bears searching for leaders in free agency - Patrick Finley: Finding a leader at any position isn’t an exact science, whether he’s already on your team or on the free agent market. But the Bears will spend the next three days trying.

Clubs, free agents begin mating dance before opening of bidding season - Brad Biggs: Agents, teams begin game of 'peek-a-boo' as lead-up to free agency begins; are Bears preparing to make run at a big name like Devin McCourty? [Not any more; he's re-signed with the Patriots.]

Idea of Bears drafting Mariota entertaining on so many levels - Rick Morrissey: Marcus Mariota's agent claims that the Bears have serious interest in the Heisman Trophy winner, though this is the period when lies abound about draft-day intentions.

Ranking Bears free agents: No. 2 - Michael C. Wright: Charles Tillman, 34, has missed much of the last two seasons to injury, making it questionable whether he'll return for a 13th season with the Bears.

Conte pushes past injuries, pursues next hit with reckless abandon - Rich Campbell: Despite being battered in 2014, Chris Conte embraces his place in the NFL and enters free agency focused on his next move, not life after football.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel's top 5 "Edge" players ... pro days notebook, pt.1.

Draft analysis - Tony Villiotti takes a look at the degree of the impact the Power Five colleges have on the NFL draft.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Randall Cobb's return to Packers shows winning matters ... Jared DubinFour things to know.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Ndamukong Suh's deal with Miami was just too rich for the Lions ... Not-Hub ArkushSuh no longer in Bears' path back to NFC North contention.

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