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The Bears Den: April 13, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

With the Bears addressing needs on defense in free agency but not replacing Brandon Marshall, could Ryan Pace be thinking of taking a wideout in the first round?

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Ryan Pace’s history could point Bears toward WR at No. 7 - Moon Mullin: It’s both a matter of what Pace has done — cut Brandon Marshall, sign multiple pass-rush options in free agency — and what he hasn’t done — pursue a top starter-grade wideout… yet.

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Bears mailbag - Is-Hub Arkush on Matt Forte and who will be his backup, the possibility of moving Kyle Long to LT, plus a detailed look at what the Bears could get if a team wants to trade up to the No. 7 pick.

Bears mailbag - Jeff Dickerson's readers' Q&As. What will the Bears look to do in the draft? Part 2.

When will the Bears draft Cutler's successor? - Adam L. Jahns: There’s a possibility that Jay Cutler turns into a two-year stopgap and the Bears might be OK with that; in some ways, they’ve prepared for it.  Hub-or-not-Hub.comWhen will Bears and Cutler part ways?

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Utah's Nate Orchard projects better at OLB in the pros despite having only played 4-3 DE at college, but showed at the Senior Bowl that he can play and would be able to put his hand on the ground periodically in Vic Fangio’s system.

Draft preview - Football Outsiders' statistical analysis of pass-rushing success predicts good things for Vic Beasley, Randy Gregory, and Bud Dupree... but that Dante Fowler and (especially) Shane Ray are likely to disappoint.

Tillman thanks Bears fans, Chicago in newspaper ad - Adam L. Jahns: Charles Tillman, who signed a one-year deal with the Panthers last week, expressed his gratitude toward Chicago and Bears fans in the Sun-Times on Sunday.

What are the worst NFL trades made for first round picks? - Kenneth Arthur puts both the Bears' trade for QB Rick Mirer and Mike Ditka's acquisition of Ricky Williams on the list.

The all-time NFL power rankings of the Super Bowl era - Brad Gagnon's calculations place the Bears squarely mid-table.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel takes a look at two TE prospects, Miami's Clive Walford and Florida State's Nick O’Leary.

Street closures set for NFL draft - (Tribune): The 2015 NFL draft is coming to Chicago from April 30-May 2, and city officials have announced street closures in connection with the event.