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The Bears Den: April 15, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Eddie Royal already in comfort zone - Larry Mayer: Eddie Royal enjoys being surrounded by history and tradition at Halas Hall. But what drew him to the Bears was the chance to reunite with Jay Cutler, John Fox and Adam Gase.

Bears would be silly to give Matt Forte new deal now - Is-Hub Arkush: Running backs turning 30 and entering their eighth season hit the wall hard, so teams are unlikely to risk millions of guaranteed dollars.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Matt Forte misses voluntary Bears workouts.

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Draft notes

Draft preview - Rich Campbell: Which running backs should the Bears consider drafting?

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: For a defense in transition, Florida's Dante Fowler has the ability to wear many hats and is somewhat reminiscent of a slightly lighter Pernell McPhee, who also moved around on defense last season for the Ravens.

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Michigan State corner Trae Waynes can matchup[sic] man-to-man against big receivers and would provide tremendous value in the second round, but will not fall that far, and cornerback is not a top need for the Bears.

Draft preview - Patrick Finley: As the Bears mold their roster for a 3-4 defense, nowhere is the transition more awkward than D-line; Danny Shelton is the best pure NT, but the Bears could be cautious drafting someone who could be limited to two downs.

[Video] - Son of Hub: If the Bears don't draft a DT in the first round, Iowa's Carl Davis might make sense in Round 2.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin: Kansas State receiver/returner Tyler Lockett could contribute immediately as a slot receiver in three-wide sets, and could be a great value pick in the third round.

Draft preview - Son of Hub: Perhaps the draft’s best signalcaller after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, Garrett Grayson could be available when Chicago makes its second-round on Friday.

Bears to meet with Winston - Adam L. Jahns: Jameis Winston still is the presumptive top pick, but a complete evaluation needs to be done by Ryan Pace, John Fox and their staffs should he surprisingly become available.  Jeff DickersonCould also be scouting move, as Bears play the Bucs in 2015.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush scouts Florida St. QB Jameis Winston.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Why are the Bears meeting with Jameis Winston?

Picking Mariota as developmental QB makes sense for Bears - Bob LeGere: With Jay Cutler entrenched for another year, the Bears offer the ideal situation for Marcus Mariota to adjust to the pro game without being force fed.  QB depth chart.

Draft analysis - Jeff Dickerson: Are the Bears ready to finally cut the cord with Jay Cutler? If so, what are the odds of the Bears moving up five spots to No. 2 on draft night? Bill Polian thinks they're slim.  Jeff ReynoldsBears could trade Matt Forte to move up.

Mock Draft - Nate Davis (Clemson OLB Vic Beasley): A receiver like Kevin White to replace Brandon Marshall could certainly be a consideration. But a defense under repair must prioritize hunting Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford.

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Bearsss

Q&A: Charles Tillman - Rich Campbell: Charles Tillman, who plans to stay connected to to the Bears organization after his playing career, on his 12-year tenure, his departure, and what lies ahead.

Ex-Bear news - Jeff Dickerson: Free-agent O-lineman Eben Britton has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for an unspecified violation of league policy.

[Video] Inside the Bears - You may have seen Anthony interview his former teammates Alex Brown and Jason McKie, but what you didn't see was the grueling workout Anthony suffered at their gym.

Butkus to announce Bears' draft picks - Patrick Finley: Bears legend Dick Butkus will read the team's selections on the second day of the draft, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Ultimate NFL draft first round: Greatest picks Nos. 1-32 - (USA Today): #4 "Sweetness" is considered by many to be the greatest running back of all time, making him a no-brainer choice.

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Polish sausage

Draft analysis - Football Outsiders takes a look back at the 2009 draft, one of the worst in NFL history. [Jarron Gilbert. Juaquin Iglesias. Ugh.]

Know thy enemy: Lions - Ross Jones: Detroit losing Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to free agency certainly stole the headlines in Detroit this offseason, but the team should still be a contender.

What Chicago's NFL Draft, fan fest will look like - Patrick Finley: 10 questions and answers, with the draft almost two weeks away ... Fred MitchellConstruction on Draft Town set to begin next week ... Lisa FieldingFirst view of what it will look like ... Draft events in Chicago if you can't get into Selection Square.

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