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The Bear's Den: March 21, 2016

Things are likely to be far less hectic this week at Halas Hall, but the Chicago Bears still have $24-million in cap money available (minus the amount needed to sign this year's rookie crop). Kyle Fuller is wondering who his new teammates are going to be. Perhaps we will know more as the week progresses.

Kyle Fuller intercepts Colin Kaepernick
Kyle Fuller intercepts Colin Kaepernick
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Perez: Will Ezekiel Elliott be available when the Chicago Bears pick? - USA Today's Bears Wire - If Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is available for the Bears in the 2016 NFL draft, GM Ryan Pace will face a difficult decision.

Perez: Bears continue their quest to upgrade special teams, set to meet with return man - USA Today's Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will meet with Broncos' return man Omar Bolden in an effort to upgrade their special teams unit.

Fishbain: Updating the Chicago Bears’ needs on offense - Chicago Football - With Bennett, Forte gone, TE and RB in focus as areas for Bears to add to.

Biggs: John Fox pledges Bears 'not done by any stretch' this offseason - Chicago Tribune - After the Bears signed or re-signed 13 players since March 9, coach John Fox declared "we're not done by any stretch" in retooling the team this offseason.


Biggs: Adam Gase says Dowell Loggains will have his `own spin¿ on Bears offense - Chicago Tribune - As much as the Bears plan to maintain many of the principles they used offensively a year ago, things are going to look different in 2016.

Weaver: Bears Rewind: New monsters of the midway - Cover32 - The good news is after several years of mediocrity and mismanagement the Bears appear to be back on the right path...

Cox: Free agent signings have ripple effect on Bears - USA Today's Bears Wire - The free agent signings that the Bears made will improve the special teams in addition to the offense and defense.

Ottochain: Five sleepers on the Chicago Bears heading into 2016 - USA Today's Bears Wire - There are some serious sleepers already on the Bears roster that could have surprisingly big roles in the 2016 season.

Jahns: Do-everything Mitch Unrein feels at home with Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Defensive lineman Mitch Unrein re-signed with the Bears on the fourth day of free agency.

Breitner: How long does Jay Cutler he have left? - Cover32 Jay Cutler will celebrate his 33rd birthday the day after the 2016 NFL draft officially begins. The Indiana native, who was picked 11th overall by Denver in 2006, will be ready to enter his 11th season. In 2015, Cutler posted a career best 92.3 Passer Rating, but the following question still looms: when will it be time to replace him?

Mullen: Colts GM on Bears new ILB Jerrell Freeman: 'He can do it all' - CSN ChicagoIndianapolis Colts GM Ryan Grigson wasn't thrilled about losing a player like linebacker Jerrell Freeman to the Bears, who got a guy that "can do it all."


Cox: The real reason Martellus Bennett wanted out of Chicago - USA Today's Bears Wire - Martellus Bennett complained about his role on the Bears, but he wouldn't have been upset had the Bears been winning games.


Lions notes: DeAndre Levy continues to criticize NFL over concussions - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions linebacker continued his assault against the NFL via social media.

Noonan: Ted Thompson's Guide to Free Agency... Or, why the Packers rarely make big waves - Acme Packing Company - One APC writer breaks down what he perceives to be Ted's "8 simple rules" to staying out of trouble in free agency.


Mayer: Azumah leads Bragging Rights pool - After the round of 64 in the NCAA basketball tournament, Jerry Azumah leads the Bears Bragging Rights challenge with 250 points.

Sports Business Minute: NFL concussion issue continues to evolve - CSN Chicago - CSN Sports Business Insider Rick Horrow talks about NFL free agency and the league acknowledging that there's a link between football and CTE.

Mullen: Proposals for safety rule changes headline owners meetings - CSN Chicago - Potential rule changes brought up at this week's NFL owners meetings show a step in the right direction toward making the game safer.

From the "missed this last week" department: Cavallari talks Cutler marriage in new book - Chicago Tribune - Kristin Cavallari, who is married to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, talks about the sacrifice she's made by living in the Chicago area in her new book "Balancing in Heels," due out Tuesday.