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The Bear's Den: March 12, 2016

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Tracy Porter is excited to be a Bear again following his FA signing... and we are sure he's excited that there is a Weekend Edition of the Bears Den... join us as we BEAR DOWN!

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Welcome to this Weekend "Special Edition" of The Bear's Den. Weekend Den's will appear when the news of the week warrants extended coverage, as well as during the season. The normal schedule for The Bear's Den is Monday-Friday.

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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

With all deliberate speed, Ryan Pace setting sights on the draft - Even in the early stages of this year’s free agency, Bears general manager Ryan Pace looks like he knows how to play the game.

How the early stages of free agency have impacted the Chicago Bears 2016 NFL Draft plans - The Chicago Bears made several signings early in the 2016 NFL free agency period that will have a direct impact on their 2016 NFL Draft plan

Star-studded Ohio State pro day draws huge NFL turnout - Yes, the Bears were there.

Bears put Alabama's Reggie Ragland through private workout - While the Chicago Bears remain active in the market for inside linebackers, they took a close look at one of the best prospects at the position in a draft that overall is thin. An NFL source told the Tribune that the Bears put Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland through a private workout on Friday....

Chicago Bears Salary Cap - Where Chicago stands today in cap space.

Winners and losers from Day 2 of NFL free agency - The Raiders have made a huge splash in free agency.

Seven riskiest signings of NFL free agency so far - Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith put his future on the line with Brock Osweiler's contract. Who are some of the other riskiest pickups in free agency?

Source: Shea McClellin meets with New York JetsShea McClellin played four years in Chicago, where he had several promising moments at inside linebacker in the Bears' 3-4 defense.

Bears facing competition for emerging slot receiver MarianiMarc Mariani started to come into his own as a slot receiver last season, and now he has multiple teams interested in his services.

How is the NFC North performing in free agency? - A review of the free agency activity for the NFL's NFC North teams.

NFL teams are banking on free agent running backs again - There haven't been any contracts as massive as the one DeMarco Murray signed last spring, but teams are surprisingly interested in veteran running backs on the free agent market this year.

Bears working aggressively on acquiring more defensive help - Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman and Patriots defensive lineman Akiem Hicks talk with Bears in wake of their signing of free agent Danny Trevathan.

BEARRRSSSS.......

McManis happy to return to Bears - Taking a free agent visit to New England and receiving a contract offer from the Patriots was nice. But cornerback Sherrick McManis ultimately opted to return to the Bears.

Danny Trevathan: Packers never called, 'Wish they would have' - The Packers had been mentioned as a landing spot for free-agent linebacker Danny Trevathan, who signed with the Bears instead.

Bobby Massie: Chicago Bears signed him to play right tackle - Massie at RT and Long at RG look to be steam rollers in the run game, but will the pass protection hold up?

Can the Bears just leave Kyle Long alone now? - Rosenbloom

What's left for Danny Trevathan to prove? Just ask him - Bears' new inside linebacker Danny Trevathan always has been self-motivated to excel and he says his big-money deal won't diminish his drive.

Just like Pernell McPhee, Danny Trevathan perfect for Bears' D - We are looking forward to seeing them play right next to each other.

Bears add to 'violent' quotient with Danny Trevathan, Bobby Massie - In an effort to add some more bite to the Bears, general manager Ryan Pace went out and signed LB Danny Trevathan and OL Bobby Massie, enhancing the "violent" culture change.

Bobby Massie excited about right side of Chicago Bears' O-line with Kyle Long - Old friends, new teammates.

Hub Arkush: New Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan plays bigger than he is - The single greatest impression Trevathan created in his debut in Chicago was that he's a fighter, a winner, and that the way he plays the game he just might be a better fit for the legendary '85 Bears than the current model.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Local Kid Becomes Chicago Bears Legend: Part 4 - Dick Butkus is a Chicago legend.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Tashaun Gipson left Cleveland so he could 'start winning' ... with the Jaguars - So, yeah, there's this.

San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick wants to play for Cleveland Browns - OK, I've got nothing to say on this one, nothing at all...

Chicago ban on smokeless tobacco at sports stadiums advances - A little news for us to chew on.

KNOW THY ENEMY

It sounds funny, but Mark Sanchez is probably better for the Broncos than 2015 Peyton Manning - Hiring the Butt Fumble Man is not necessarily the death knell for Denver.