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The Bear's Den: March 15, 2016

Another full day of Free Agency madness in the books, how did your Chicago Bears fare? Pretty well, thank you. Continue on to find out how.

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Bears re-sign tight end Zach Miller to two-year deal - At the end of the day, Zach Miller's foray into free agency was as much about finding his true market value as anything.

Bears bring back Zach Miller on two-year deal - The Bears brought back tight end Zach Miller on a two-year deal after Miller enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2015.

Kyle Long becoming invaluable recruiter for Chicago BearsKyle Long helped the Bears reel in some of their free agent signings, and that value to the team can't be measured.

Four reasons why Bears’ GM Ryan Pace is winning free agency - Chicago Bears' second-year GM Ryan Pace is winning the 2016 NFL free agency period.

Morrissey: Cheer the Bears during free agency, just like you do every year -  Signings look good, but who really knows?

Should the Bears go Best Player Available: Part 2 - Ryan Pace needs to do a better job with the draft than his predecessor, and that means finding talent across the board.

Ryan Pace plays free agency right, sets up draft - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has proved he can navigate free agency but he must replicate that success with a strong draft class.

Grading the big free-agent dealsCasey Hayward is headed to the Packers. Good move or bad? Bill Barnwell is here to bring clarity to the chaos by grading each notable free-agent deal and trade.

Ranking the top unsigned NFL free agents - Now that the dust has settled from the initial free-agent frenzy, let's take a look at the best players who remain on the open market, including Ryan Fitzpatrick and Eric Weddle.

2016 NFL Draft rankings: Top ten offensive tackles - Pride Of Detroit's ranking of their top 10 offensive tackles in this year's NFL Draft class.

Akiem Hicks agrees to two-year deal with Bears - Pride Of Detroit's Take - The sought-after defensive tackle ended up signing with the Lions' division rival.

Akiem Hicks on picking Bears: 'I wanted the opportunity to play a lot'Akiem Hicks was asked Monday about his new role whether he'd be a starter or whether he'd slot into a rotation up front.

Newest Bear Akiem Hicks: Jay Cutler played role in my decisionJay Cutler's performance helped sway Akiem Hicks into joining the Bears.

Hicks explains why he joined Bears - The history that Akiem Hicks had in New Orleans with Bears general manager Ryan Pace helped lure the free-agent defensive end to Chicago.

Rosenbloom: GM's moves show he saw the same Bears garbage you did last year - Bears general manager Ryan Pace came out of the first weekend of free agency with two tackling monsters at inside linebacker and a large defensive lineman who'll allow them to remain tackling monsters and give the Bears options in the draft.

Chicago Bears Salary Cap - Over The Cap's examiniation of the Chicago Bears salary cap, contracts, bonus money, dead money, and cap savings for every player in 2016 and beyond... bottom line, the Bears are still (at the time of this writing) in the top 1/4 of teams in cap space remaining. Amazing.


Ex-Colt Jerrell Freeman on Coby Fleener: 'I despise guys like that' - Tight end Coby Fleener's comment that some Indianapolis Colts were 'along for the ride' last season irked his former teammate Jerrell Freeman.

Three new pieces for the Bears defense -  One guess on who the three are...

The Chicago Bears re-signed TE Rob Housler to a one year deal - The Chicago Bears have announced that they are bringing tight end Rob Housler back on a one year deal.

PFF: Free Agent Additions Solidify Middle Of Bear's Defense - A nice look at how the Bears have improved via Free Agency in an area hugely in need of upgrade.

Re-signing Housler makes trading Bennett easier for Bears - The Bears have some more depth at tight end, so Ryan Pace should feel a little more comfortable trading Martellus Bennett.

Chicago Bears fans react to the Akiem Hicks signing - Bears fans took to Twitter to show their support for the newest Chicago Bear, Akiem Hicks. They are excited.

Bears bringing accountability, winning expectations with additions - The Bears made a conscious effort to improve talent on their roster in free agency, but just as important, they are changing the culture in the locker room, too.

Adrian Amos tops Bears in performance-based pay - The NFLPA released performance based pay results from the 2015 season on Monday.

Inside The Bears: Bears race down water slideKyle Fuller, Jeremy Langford, Marquess Wilson, and Willie Young have fun with fans on the beach and then cap off the day with a race down a water slide.

Hub Arkush: Ryan Pace has right plan for Chicago Bears during free agency - Pace's moves setting Bears up to be in good position for NFL Draft


Bears' no-offer to RB Matt Forte 'a hard pill to swallow' - When the Bears decided not to move on from Matt Forte, he wasn't really blindsided, but he was surprised when he didn't receive any offer from them. Forte called it "a hard pill to swallow."


Patriots can't afford to underpay their star players foreverRob Gronkowski appeared to complain about his contract in a tweet last week.

Kristin Cavallari's new book reveals tales of her life with Jay Cutler - Kristin Cavallari's new book "Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making it all Work" reveals tales of her life with husband Jay Cutler.


Only 3 players remain from Packers' 2011 and '12 draft classes - Only Randall Cobb, Mike Daniels and Nick Perry remain from Ted Thompson's two worst drafts.

B.J. Raji will take a "hiatus" from football - Veteran Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji will not play in the NFL in 2016, but is leaving the door open for a return after this year.


2016 NFL mock draft: Free agency gives the top 10 a new look - SBNation: A ton of big-money deals being handed out have shifted the draft, but a blockbuster trade caused the biggest change.