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The Bear's Den: March 16, 2016

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The busy part of the off season continues for the Chicago Bears, as GM Ryan Pace & Coach John Fox work to upgrade the roster for the 2016 season. Matt Slauson is excited, are you?

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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Bargain shoppers reigned supreme in NFL free agency last year - Free agency isn't where teams go to die, but being thrifty is still the way to go.

Chicago Bears Free Agency: Recap, rumors and best available players - Here's a recap of who's coming, who's staying and who's going for the Chicago Bears. I'll also hit on the latest free agent news and rumors circulating about the Bears and touch on which free agents are best available at positions of need.

Durkin: Bears’ Salary Cap Update - After signing 12 players in free agency, Chicago still has some flexibility.

Why you shouldn’t mock a quarterback to the Chicago Bears in the first round - The newest mock draft from NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has the Bears taking Carson Wentz, but the Bears have bigger needs to address.

Bears have been quiet winners of early NFL free agency - Quietly, general manager Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears have become big winners of the early free agency period.

C.J. Anderson: "If it were about the money I would have gone to Chicago" - The Chicago Bears were in hot pursuit of running back C.J. Anderson when free agency kicked off, but he stayed in Denver when it was all said and done. However, the Bears clearly were being aggressive.

UCLA linebacker and potential Chicago Bears draft target Myles Jack performs at pro day - UCLA linebacker, and potential Chicago Bears 2016 NFL Draft target, Myles Jack performed at his school's pro day today.

Chicago Bears post-free agency 2016 NFL Draft needs: Offense - A look at the Chicago Bears needs on offense for the 2016 NFL draft.

BEARRRSSSS.......

Jay Cutler a strong selling point for Bears' signees - Zach Miller had his priorities in order when examining free agency. No. 2 on the list, behind family, was Jay Cutler.

Bears’ biggest off-season addition may have already been on the roster - The healthy return of Bears' wide receiver Kevin White may just be the biggest addition this off-season.

How did Zach Miller stay so healthy with the Bears in 2015? - A major component in Zach Miller's ability to play in 15 games last season lay in changes to the staff and practices implemented along with the arrival of Ryan Pace as Bears general manager.

Jay Cutler is still Chicago's most valuable playerJay Cutler was named the team's 2015 MVP after one of his best performances since being traded to the Chicago Bears in 2009...

Zach Miller prepared to take over the No. 1 tight end role for the Chicago BearsZach Miller, who was signed to a two-year deal yesterday, says he's ready to be the Bears' No. 1 tight end.

Emma: Zach Miller Thankful His Comeback Story Can Continue With Bears - Miller signed a two-year deal with Chicago on Monday.

Zach Miller: Ready to lead if Martellus Bennett stays or goesZach Miller, a former college quarterback, said he's ready to lead whether Martellus Bennett returns or not.

Zach Miller signs two-year deal, believes he can be Bears' No. 1 tight end - Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller signed a two-year deal worth $6 million with a chance to earn another $2 million.

Miller sees Bears' arrow pointing up - Zach Miller traveled to St. Louis over the weekend for a free-agent visit with the Rams. But the veteran tight end ultimately followed his heart back to Chicago.

Bears win tug-of-war for defensive lineman Akiem HicksJohn Fox and Ryan Pace's familiar tides with Patriots Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks win recruiting struggle with the Detroit Lions

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.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Brian Urlacher Marries 'America's Next Top Model' Contestant Jennipher Frost - Looks like Brian Urlacher has officially tied the knot – and no we don’t mean with his hair.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL health and safety official acknowledges link between CTE and football - A high-ranking NFL official has finally admitted a link, though he didn't say much else.

Hub Arkush: CTE revelation could be damaging one for NFL's future - Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE as NFL fans have come to know it, is real.

Browns executive: NFL teams were 'talking trash' about us at the combine - Apparently, the Browns don't have a great reputation around the league.

Report: NFL, NFLPA working on deal to strip Goodell's discipline power - The NFL and NFLPA are working on a deal to remove Roger Goodell's discipline power.

Seahawks Bringing In LB Shea McClellin For A Visit | NFL Rumors - Adam Caplan of ESPN is reporting that the Seahawks are hosting LB Shea McClellin for a visit on Tuesday. This is the second reported visit for McClellin, who previously met with the Jets.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Vikings’ new stadium remains on Chicago Avenue - The Minnesota Vikings tried to change the name of Chicago Avenue, the street their new stadium is built on, but they were denied.