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The Bears Den: April 09, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Sep. 15, 1985; Chicago, IL: Wilber Marshall (58) and Mike Singletary (50) in action against the Patriots at Soldier Field.

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Acho eager to make first impression - Patrick Finley: Sam Acho's first goal is to earn a roster spot with the Bears. Along the way, he’ll teach holdovers from the 4-3 defense how to run the new 3-4 scheme.

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Slauson raves about coaching staff - Larry Mayer: Matt Slauson is impressed with the Bears' new coaching staff and feels that John Fox is "perfect for what our team needs."  Jeff DickersonEager to fill leadership void on O-Line.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses "prove-it" deals used by the Bears as they reshape the roster.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: One of the top pass-rushers in the entire draft class, Vic Beasley likely receives a strong look at No. 7 if he remains on the board when Chicago goes on the clock.

Draft preview - Football Outsiders: Is Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler a top-10 pick?

Draft preview - Adam Hoge: Texas DT Malcom Brown is scheme versatile with ability to play at numerous spots across the line, including nose; would be a nice addition if trade back a few picks in the first round.

[Video] - Son of Hub: If the Bears look to the defensive side of the ball with the No. 7 pick in the draft, Nebraska DE Randy Gregory is an option.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush on Marcus Mariota's strengths and weaknesses, and whether he's a realistic option for Chicago at No. 7 in the draft.

A guide to fifth-year options for 2012 first-round picks - Joel Corry: Shea McClellin has been a disappointment in his three seasons and, with a logjam at outside LB, it's unlikely that the Bears exercise the option with him.

Tillman to meet with Panthers - Patrick Finley: Charles Tillman will meet with the Panthers on Thursday, where he could reunite with Ron Rivera.  David NewtonDeal not reached as of Wednesday night.

Top 30 draft classes of the Super Bowl era - Jay Clemons ranks the Bears' 1983 draft, which landed seven eventual starters for the '85 team, as the second-best team draft of the past 49 seasons.

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NFL banners raised in Chicago - Jeff Dickerson: With just over three weeks left until Chicago hosts the 2015 NFL draft, the city has installed banners of all 32 NFL teams on select downtown streets.  Lolly BoweanChicago Park District offers peek at planned NFL draft festivities.

The NFL's elite QB prospect drought won't end soon - Ross Tucker: For the third year in a row, most NFL draft experts and team personnel are underwhelmed by the lack of top-end talent at the QB position, which may be a long-term problem.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Peter King: The Cowboys and Cardinals are possible landing spots for Adrian Peterson, but don’t expect either to act desperately.  Ben GoesslingVikings' new stadium now 50 percent complete.