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The Bears Den: April 08, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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John Fox, Ryan Pace headline culture change for Bears - Elliot Harrison: The Bears were one of the NFL's most disappointing teams in 2014, but with a new regime led by John Fox, things are looking better in Chicago.

Cutler for Mariota sparks headlines, but makes no sense - Is-Hub Arkush: Leak is likely an announcement to the rest of the league that the Bears are willing to listen to offers from teams who want Mariota if he slips to 7, which is the Bears' best chance of trading down and stockpiling picks.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Could Bears ship Jay Cutler to Titans, take Marcus Mariota?

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Slauson receives Ed Block Award - Larry Mayer: Matt Slauson was honored as the Bears’ recipient of the prestigious Ed Block Courage Award Tuesday at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.  [Video] Acceptance speech.

[Video] - Matt Slauson discusses the new Bears coaching staff, receiving the Ed Block Courage Award, and recovering from injury.

With Garza gone, Slauson set to step up for Bears - Bob LeGere: Matt Slauson is looking forward to developing a cohesive working relationship with new center Will Montgomery and helping to fill the leadership void left by the release of 14-year veteran Roberto Garza.  Not-Hub FishbainHonored by peers' vote.

Mock draft - Adam Hoge's 7-round mock 3.0 sees the Bears beefing up the linebacking corps with their first two picks.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin: Florida State DE Mario Edwards Jr is one of the draft’s top hybrid prospects who hasn’t quite lived up to his enormous potential, but he truly transcends scheme and could be viewed in the same light as Pernell McPhee.

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: With his instincts and play-making ability, Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt is a better fit as a free safety than Landon Collins, and should be available to the Bears in the second round.

Draft preview - Son of Hub: Missouri's Shane Ray will be appealing at no.7, but whether his underwhelming Pro Day and diminutive stature knocks him from the top 10 remains to be seen.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears will have a lot of options with the No. 7 overall pick; could they look to Alabama's Amari Cooper to replace Brandon Marshall?

Roster analysis - Dan Durkin with an unofficial depth chart for the Bears, based on the players they currently have under contract.

George McCaskey maintains stance on Ray McDonald - Adam L. Jahns: Bears chairman clarifies statements made at time of signing, is OK with backlash from the move.   Not-Hub FishbainTranscript from George McCaskey's media session.

Roster Reset: NFC North - Marc Sessler ranks the NFC North based on how much they improved this offseason. Probably fair to say he's not expecting much from the Bears.

Positions teams favor/avoid in first round - Mike Huguenin: Seven of the Bears' past 11 first-round picks have been used on linemen, while they've only taken a receiver twice since 1993.  Pete PriscoRe-grading the 2012 NFL Draft.

Biggest NFL Draft busts in history - James Parziale has two Bears picks on the list [plus, we traded for another one.  Bearsss.].

Davis wins Bears Bragging Rights title - Former Bears receiver Rashied Davis won the inaugural Bears Bragging Rights NCAA basketball tournament challenge with 1,120 points.

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The final weeks of Draft preparation - Greg Gabriel: With the draft being three weeks from Thursday, clubs are in to the home stretch preparing for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Behind the scenes at a college pro day - Robert Klemko: The Pro Day has become a staple of the NFL's draft season. But what exactly goes on at one?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Mike Garafolo: Adrian Peterson takes issue with, and has not completed, an NFL-mandated counseling program.

Chicago draft - (CBS): Large helmets of every NFL team have been installed at Pioneer Court along North Michigan Avenue as the draft approaches.  Phil ThompsonAll is not lost if you didn't win tickets.