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The Bears Den: April 10, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Jan 12, 1986; Chicago, IL: Mike Ditka on the sidelines during the game against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC championship game at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Rams 24-0.

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Charles Tillman signs with Panthers - Larry Mayer: Charles Tillman’s long and impactful tenure with the Bears officially ended Thursday when the two-time Pro Bowler signed a one-year contract with the Panthers.

Bears' preseason slate announced - Larry Mayer: 2015 preseason schedule announced Thursday features four games against AFC opponents, beginning with a home contest against the Dolphins. [Video] Larry speaks!

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Farewell, Peanut: Charles Tillman signs in Carolina - Patrick Finley: Tillman leaves with two Pro Bowl appearances, one Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and an invitation from George McCaskey to return to the Bears family once his playing days are over.  Rich CampbellOnly Robbie Gould left from 2006 team ... [Video] highlights.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Charles Tillman signs with Panthers.

Bears to host Kevin White on pre-draft visit - Rich Campbell: White's ceiling is widely regarded to be higher than Amari Cooper’s, but these types of visits don't correlate with whether teams will take the players in the draft itself. Greg GabrielCooper vs White.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - What's next for Bears this offseason?

Draft preview - Not-Hub Fishbain: Would the Bears take another first-round corner? If so they'd want to take a look at Trae Waynes, who has the size, speed, cover and ball skills to handle the boundary in the NFL.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: It's unclear if the Bears would aggressively attempt to move up to snatch Marcus Mariota, considering they have so many other holes to fill.

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Florida's Dante Fowler is scheme-versatile with good length and athleticism and can be a very valuable complementary pass rusher, lining up all over the field, but his underwhelming production is a concern were he to be taken with the intention of using him as a No.1 pass rusher.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush profiles Alabama safety Landon Collins, who could be of value at pick No. 7 for the Bears.

Nine times sports figures blew up on the media - Jordan Epstein includes Dennis Green's immortal They are who we thought they were blow-up on his list.

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Check WCGer Sackman's selection of Bears-themed tops here, or some t-shirt designs here.

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The art of picking late - Robert Klemko: Only two NFL teams have gone more than a decade without selecting in the NFL draft’s top 10. How do the Steelers and the Ravens do it so well?

Draft analysis - Most analysts peg Jameis Winston to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, but Mike Mayock's latest position rankings reveal that Winston might not even be the top QB in the draft.

What's the success rate of taking a QB No. 1 overall? - Kenneth Arthur: Since Peyton Manning in 1998, 12 of the last 17 No. 1 picks have been QBs. But the success rate of QBs selected that high hasn't been great. Should a team really take the risk?

NFL Draft - Photos released Thursday by the Chicago Park District offer a glimpse into the Chicago-hosted NFL Draft and surrounding outdoor festival.  Phil ThompsonIf you didn't win, here's how you can still get into the NFL draft.

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