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The Bears Den: April 22, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Can Pace's draft successes translate from New Orleans? - Not-Hub Atkins: In New Orleans, Ryan Pace and Josh Lucas won on more draft picks and signings than they lost. What does it project for their time in Chicago?

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2015 Draft notes

Draft preview: OLB - Patrick Finley: This year’s draft class is teeming with pass-rushers but the Bears might not draft one, with their three most expensive outside free agent signings of the past two years due to play the position.

Draft preview - Greg Gabriel takes a look at some overrated prospects, including two edge rushers often linked to the Bears' top pick.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush: USC DT Leonard Williams might be the top-rated pick of the 2015 Draft.

Kiper: Drafting WR safe move for Bears - Patrick Finley: Mel Kiper thinks the Bears will draft West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in next week's NFL Draft.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush: In what shapes up as a strong year for running backs, Indiana's Tevin Coleman might be the top rated in the 2015 Draft.

Gruden: Given Cutler's contract, Bears need a young QB - The Bears Den: April 22, 2015 - All the latest and best offseason Jay Cutler pissing contests ... Adam L. Jahns: Tyler Wilson to join QB group in Bears minicamp.

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Bearsss

What we learned about Bears schedule - Larry Mayer: The Bears will open at home for the sixth straight season, hosting the Packers in a season opener for just the third time in the storied rivalry between the teams ... breakdown ... by the numbers ... 2015 opponent capsules.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Jeff Joniak and Larry Mayer break down the Bears' 2015 schedule.

Thoughts, analysis on Bears 2015 schedule - Brad Biggs, Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer give their thoughts on the Bears schedule.  More fromDan Wiederer ... Adam L. Jahns ... Dan Durkin ... Is-Hub Arkush ... Moon Mullin ... Jeff Dickerson ... Chris WesselingBears-Packers highlights Thanksgiving tripleheader ... Chris ChaseNFL ruins Thanksgiving with awful slate of games.

[Audio] NFL Draft Roundtable - Adam Hoge is joined by Dan Wiederer, Adam L. Jahns and Not-Hub Fishbain for a one-hour roundtable discussion previewing the draft.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears' 2015 schedule released.

Butkus: Bears firings bucked thrifty trend - Patrick Finley: Based on years of history, Dick Butkus didn't expect George McCaskey to fire Marc Trestman or Phil Emery in December.  Moon MullinButkus nearly went to Broncos [even less lacking in any content worth reading than Moon's usual work; I only link out of completeness - Den].

Best/worst first-round picks since 2000: No. 4 - Jeff Dickerson serves up Tommie Harris and Chris Williams.

Our favorite memories of Doug Buffone - Former Bears great's 670 The Score colleagues share their stories ... service to be held on Friday ... Mike Greenberg's tribute [with link to Audio] ... photogallery from Hub-or-not-Hub.com.

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Ditka

[Video] Inside the Bears - The Bears selected Mike Ditka fifth overall in the 1961 draft, but the Hall of Fame tight end thought another team was going to draft him to play linebacker.

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Polish sausage

The hidden economics in the 1st round of the NFL Draft - Joel Corry: The adoption of a rookie wage scale after the 2011 lockout drastically reduced salaries at the top of the NFL Draft, changing the landscape of picks in the first round.

Know thy enemies - The ESPN NFC North bloggers take a look at the schedules for the Packers [predictions], Lions [predictions], and Vikings [predictions].

Know thy enemy: Packers - Ross Jones: The Packers' core beliefs are stockpiling draft picks, picking good players and giving contract extensions to the ones who prove themselves worthy; expect them to stay the course and pick the best player.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Andrew Brandt: The tension has become personal between Adrian Peterson's agent and the team, and it's unlikely AP will ever play another down for the Vikings.

Bears Vikings doing good things - Jason Rowan: Vikings receiver Charles Johnson was among the nearly 300 people who attended a 10 year-old girl's party after invitees decline.

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