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The Bear's Den: March 11, 2016

Welcome to the latest generation of The Bear's Den, we have a busy Free Agency / Draft Season upon us, so let's get right to it.

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Good morning and welcome to the Den. I am your new host, Ken Mitchell.

The staff at Windy City Gridiron has been doing a great job of keeping you informed about free agent moves, so I am limiting the links here more towards opinions and analysis.

We have a TON of links for you, so without any further delay, let's just get right to it!  BEAR DOWN!!!!


Winners and losers from the 1st official day of NFL free agency Brock Osweiler is the reason why both the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans were winners on Day 1.

Bears spend modestly on opening day of free agency - Chicago didn't go crazy on Wednesday, but the Bears did bring in two experienced starters in Danny Trevathan and Bobby Massie & bring back Porter, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Nick Becton

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears off to good start in free agency by landing Danny Trevathan - Bears snagged the best every-down LB available, but still have improvements to make

Grading the Chicago Bears’ signings on the first day of 2016 NFL free agency - Grading the Chicago Bears 2016 free agent signings: Danny Trevathan, Bobby Massie, Tracy Porter, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Nick Becton

Trevathan contract shows Ryan Pace’s brilliance - General manager Ryan Pace manipulated Danny Trevathan's contract to put the Bears in the best financial situation. Find out how he did it.

Bears have busy opening to the 2016 NFL free agency signing period - Chicago Bears sign Danny Trevathan, Bobby Massie and Tracy Porter at the start of the 2016 NFL Free agency period.

Bears signed LB Danny Trevathan to a good, fair deal | Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears didn't break the bank.

Danny Trevathan and Bobby Massie are Bears' prize free agents - The Chicago Tribune spills the beans on the two biggest names in the Bear's FA opening moves.

After Day 1 of free agency, what have Bears really accomplished? - A conversation article by Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears Salary Cap - Where we stand with the Chicago Bears salary cap, contracts, bonus money, dead money, and cap savings for every player in 2016 and beyond


Chicago Bears' Kyle Long embraces move back to right guard - Perennial Pro Bowler Kyle Long appears at peace with the Bears' decision Wednesday to sign Arizona Cardinals right tackle Bobby Massie.

Danny Trevathan on Twitter: "Bear Down!" - New Chicago Bear Danny Trevathan tweeted out his thanks to Denver Broncos and his excitement about joining his new team.

Kyle Long all but confirms his move back to guard on Twitter - Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long announces move back to offensive guard on Twitter. Check it out, as usual, it's cute.

Re-signing Tracy Porter brings continuity to Bears secondary - Porter was, arguably, Chicago's best CB last year... but can he stay healthy?

Making Moves: Kyle Long back to guard may be Bears' best - The Bears' signing of right tackle Bobby Massie sets up a move for Kyle Long.

C.J. Anderson talk means Bears view RB 'wave' as more than two - When the Bears decided to let Matt Forte walk, they called it a referendum on their remaining running backs. They don't seem satisfied with just two.

Danny Trevathan, Bobby Massie vow to bring winning ways to Bears - Perhaps they'll bring to Chicago some of the stuff that helped revitalize the teams they left behind. At their introductory news conference Thursday, both men seemed determined to do just that.

Smart strategy: Bears grabbing free agents in their prime - The Bears did what they had to and smartly sought players in their prime. Trevathan is 25 and new right tackle Bobby Massie is 26. That's a better approach than overpaying for more decorated 30-somethings.


Local Kid becomes Chicago Bears legend: Part 3 - Ever since leaving the NFL and the Chicago Bears, Dick Butkus has become a well-known celebrity endorser, broadcaster, and actor.


Street cred: Minnesota Vikings 'strongly object' to Chicago Ave. outside new stadium - The Minnesota Vikings are worried that the Chicago Bears could be encroaching on U.S. Bank Stadium via nearby Chicago Avenue, and they intend to put a stop to it.

The NFL is going to look a lot different after Brock Osweiler's deal with the Texans - A lot of teams are going to look a lot different in 2016 and beyond thanks to Houston's $72 million deal to snag the Broncos' Plan A at quarterback.