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The Bears Den: March 17, 2016

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Martellus Bennett is now a member of the New England Patriots, and we examine what "Life After Marty" will be like for the Chicago Bears. Also, the second wave of free agency is grinding it's way through the best available FA's...

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THE MARTY ZONE

Bears trade Martellus Bennett to Patriots for pick - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears traded tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots along with a swap of draft picks.

Patriots Acquire TE Martellus Bennett via Trade With the Chicago Bears - Pats Pulpit - New England will apparently swap mid-to-late round draft picks with Chicago to get the 29-year old to Foxboro.

Getting something for Martellus Bennett was a win for Ryan Pace - The Bears agreed to send Martellus Bennett and a sixth-round draft pick to the Patriots for a fourth-round pick. They moved up 77 spots in the NFL draft.

Patriots land tight end Martellus Bennett from Bears - Patriots land tight end Martellus Bennett from Bears

Chicago Bears trade disgruntled TE Bennett to Patriots - The Bears finally traded disgruntled tight end Martellus Bennett, sending the eight-year veteran and a sixth-round draft to the New England Patriots for their fourth-round pick.

Bears trade Martellus Bennett to resolve another 'fit' problem - After dealing away veterans Jared Allen and Brandon Marshall earlier in the John Fox Era, the Bears shipped off another vet who didn't fit with the new system in tight end Martellus Bennett.

Bears trade Martellus Bennett to Patriots - Martellus Bennett’s future with the Chicago Bears was likely sealed by the end of last season, and when Zach Miller was re-signed Monday, it made it a matter of when and not if the team would unload the veteran tight end. That happened Wednesday as the Bears traded Bennett to the New England Patriots,...

Bears trade tight end Martellus Bennett to Patriots - The Bears have been looking to move the precarious tight end.

Hub Arkush: Martellus Bennett trade to the Patriots looks like a win-win - Bennett makes the Patriots a true matchup nightmare on offense; Bears get much-needed higher pick

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Chicago Bears sign long snapper Aaron Brewer to a one year deal - The Chicago Bears have announced the signing of long snapper Aaron Brewer to a one year contract.

Bears Draft Plan: First round options - Now, could the Chicago Bears go offense in the first round? Maybe. There's a need up front, and it's certainly not impossible that...

Dollars and sense: Examining Bears' free-agent deals - With free agency off and rolling, here is a dollars and sense breakdown of the contracts for the players the Bears have signed, updated as the information becomes available.

Report: Chicago Bears to meet with former Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar - The Chicago Bears are still on the market for a complimentary running back to Jeremy Langford.

Bears Salary Cap Space - For a while on Wednesday, the Chicago Bears have fell out of the top 10 teams in available cap space, down to 11 with about $20 million left. Following the Bennett trade, they jumped back up to 8th most with nearly $25 million in cap.

Grading the big free-agent deals - The Broncos are now paying C.J. Anderson like a starting running back. Good move or bad? Bill Barnwell is here to bring clarity to the chaos by grading each notable free-agent deal and trade.

Bears GM Ryan Pace: What comes next? - The Chicago Bears entered the 2016 offseason with more holes on its roster than any fan of the team would care to admit, and while...

Spawn Of Hub grades every NFL team after free agency's first wave: NFC North - Spawn Of Hub: Bears excel at attacking needs without overspending, Packers' Thompson still loathes free agency, more.

BEARRRSSSS.......

Emma: Bears’ Rebuilding Culture Revealing Itself As A Winner - The opportunity to win is what's bringing free agents to the Bears.

Four things to know about Trevathan - New Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan shares his thoughts on playing alongside Pernell McPhee, the Bears' great linebacker legacy and more.

Bears re-signing Miller big for Chicago's offense - ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson discusses the importance of the Bears re-signing tight end Zach Miller, and what that could mean for Martellus Bennett moving forward.

Chicago Bears spend wisely, get high marks for signing Danny Trevathan - New inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, who is about to turn 26, is a major upgrade in the middle of Chicago's revamped defense.

Bears Mailbag - The Chicago Tribune's Bears writers answer your questions

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Ryan Pace Sticking To Smart, Cautious Plan - The NFL is already a week into free agency and the Bears have been very active. Here are 10 "things" on the Bears’ moves so far:

Intentional Grounding, Episode 26: Bears Roster Taking Shape - On this week’s episode of Intentional Grounding, Adam Hoge & Adam Jahns discuss the Bears’ latest free agency moves, including the signings of Zach Miller, LB Jerrell Freeman, and DE Akiem Hicks.

NFL Power Rankings: Free agency takes toll on Denver Broncos - Chicago helps knock Denver down the list several slots by signing Danny Trevathan. How do the Bears fare?

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Forte: No hard feelings leaving Chicago for New York -.Jets RB Matt Forte explains what it was like to experience free agency for the first time this year and breaks down why New York presented him with the best opportunities at this point in his career.

Patrick Mannelly talks about the Chicago Bears' moves and Brian Urlacher's hair - On this week's episode of the Chicago Football Podcast, former Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly joins Kevin Fishbain to talk about how one determines the best long snapper of all time (4:00), what Warren Sapp did to him before a snap (7:30), the B

EX-BEARRRSSSS......

Shea McClellin signs with Patriots - The Patriots weren't done with Chicago Bears after their trade for Martellus Bennett earlier Wednesday.

Former Bears player David Carter believes a vegan diet could help prolong athletes' lives - Former Bears defensive end David Carter saw a dramatic improvement in his health after going vegan two years ago. Carter now claims a vegan diet could help prolong NFL players' lives.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Morrissey: Don't be fooled: NFL's concussion admission is another money grab -  The league is saying it won’t spend a dime going forward on players who will get CTE.

How to enter the NFL Draft ticket lottery - The NFL announced their process for assigning NFL Draft tickets on Wednesday.

KNOW THY ENEMY

John Elway: Brock Osweiler's leaving let Broncos retain C.J. Anderson - The Broncos watched a few players leave in the first days of free agency, including Brock Osweiler, and that allowed them to retain C.J. Anderson.