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The Bears Den: May 28, 2015 - OTAs Chicago Bears news & notes

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George McCaskey owns Ray McDonald mistake - Is-Hub Arkush: The Bears were on a hot streak and even the haters found little bad to say about the new GM, coaching staff or newly acquired players. They were bound to hit a pothole and did. There is no bigger story here.

Bennett, Forte using different strategies in quest for Bears money - Moon Mullin: One significant difference between Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte is that Forte wants to remain a Bear. Bennett, not necessarily so.

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Chairman shares views on McDonald - Larry Mayer: Two days after the Bears released Ray McDonald following his arrest hours earlier, George McCaskey spoke to the media about the situation Wednesday at Halas Hall. [Video] Press conference in full.

What McCaskey should've said sooner about McDonald debacle - Steve Rosenbloom: George McCaskey already should have established new conduct policies after his error in signing Ray McDonald.  Tim BaffoeThe apology George McCaskey should make.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - What was George McCaskey thinking?

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Should NFL teams be punished for signing bad eggs?

Ray McDonald arrested for protective-order violation - Jeff Dickerson: Second arrest in less than 72 hours for violating a restraining order issued as a result of Monday's case.


Forte won't hold out from camp - Adam Jahns: Matt Forte still wants a contract extension from the Bears, but lack of one won’t keep him out of Bourbonnais when training camp begins in late July.

Bennett a no-show as Bears open OTAs - Adam Jahns: The workouts and OTAs may be voluntary but the Bears haven’t hid their displeasure over Martellus Bennett’s absences.

Team notes - Adam Jahns: Robbie Gould not worried about longer extra points; Jeremiah Ratliff willing to play either tackle or end in 3-4.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush, Not-Hub Atkins, and Fruit of Hub's Loins report from Halas Hall following the first of a handful of OTAs.

[Video] - Moon Mullin and potential future Mrs Spongie Jen Lada discuss off-the-field headlines at Bears OTAs.

Photos - The Bears returned to the practice field for the first time since minicamp as OTAs began at Halas Hall.  More from

Ryan Groy inspired by dad's memory - Larry Mayer: Ryan Groy is still trying to make sense of his father's death in a snowmobile accident in February and vows that he will be inspired by his dad's memory.

Bears hire new contract negotiatior, retain Stein - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears add former Saints executive Joey Laine to negotiate the majority of player contracts, while Cliff Stein remains their General Counsel.

12 NFL players whose careers were too short - (FOX Sports): Gale Sayers scored 22TDs as a rookie in 1965, but two major knee injuries cut his career short and he retired in 1971.

Oldest living ex-Bear passes away - Larry Mayer: Dr. John Walter Siegal, an end who helped the Bears win three NFL championships in the 1940s, passed away early this week at his home in Harveys Lake, Pa. At 97, he was the oldest former Bears player.

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How to fix the PAT? Get rid of it completely - Andy Benoit: Moving the PAT back 13 yards is a band-aid. It’s time for some rules changes that will lead to fewer kicks and more football.

NFL used Grant Park for free during draft - (CBS): Typically, it would cost around $1 million to host an event the size of the draft, but the this was a different circumstance because it was deemed a benefit to the public.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky's Packers offseason roster review: Will Casey Hayward grab CB spot?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Pelissero: Adrian Peterson will be a Viking in 2015, but plenty of problems loom ... Ben Goessling"He can play for us, or he can not play," says Mike Zimmer.


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