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The Bears Den: March 22, 2016

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Kyle Long is moving back to right guard, and will play between two of his best buddies on the line. It's the third position switch in four years for the perennial Pro-Bowler, and one he should make easily. The question is, should Long stay at RG for the rest of his career?

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Dickerson: Chicago Bears, Alshon Jeffery working on long-term contract - ESPN - A long-term deal with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is a "work in progress," according to Chicago Bears coach John Fox.

Emma: DeForest Buckner To The Bears? Here’s How It Could Happen - CBS Chicago - If the dominoes fall just right, the Bears would love to pounce on Buckner at No. 11.

Leming: Top 10 remaining free agents the Chicago Bears should target - Scout - The Bears are done making big moves in free agency, yet there are still a number of veterans who could improve Chicago's roster.

Free Agency Report - NFL.com - The NFL Free Agency Report, the top free agents left in the market.

Fishbain: Updating the Chicago Bears needs on defense - Chicago Football - Bears still need players on D-line, in secondary

Dickerson: Defensive line, safety, headline Chicago Bears' areas of need - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN - A look at six positions at which the Bears need to use their cap room and draft picks to improve this offseason.

Mayer: Analysts predict who Bears will draft - Several NFL analysts have updated their mock drafts after teams have addressed needs in free agency. See who they think the Bears will select in the first round.

BEARRRSSSS.......

Salgado: Zach Miller Will Be Under a Microscope in 2016 - The Sports Journal - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has made it perfectly clear that he will not hesitate to make changes as he sees fit. That clarity was very evident when he traded veteran and dependable tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots last week. Now the door is wide open for Zach Miller to take the reigns.

Mayer: Evans tabs Trevathan as top free agent - ChicagoBears.com
NFL.com analyst Heath Evans has selected new Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan as the NFL free agent who will provide the most bang for the buck.

Mayer: Very first Tweets from Bears players - With Twitter celebrating its 10th birthday Monday, we take a look at some of the very first Tweets sent by current and former Bears players.

Jahns: Bears returner Marc Mariani ready to excel at receiver | Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears re-signed receiver Marc Mariani on the fourth day of free agency.

Perez: Three reasons why Bears’ fans should be thankful for Jay Cutler - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears' fans tend to be very critical of quarterback Jay Cutler, but here are three reasons why the 7-year pro should be appreciated

Bears O-Line taking shape as Kyle Long, Bobby Massie get to work - CSN Chicago - Bears fans will be excited to see new right tackle Bobby Massie working out with Kyle Long as the team's new-look offensive line gets familiar with each other.

EX-BEARRRSSSS......

Guregian: Martellus Bennett pickup a Belichick special - Boston Herald - After a few days to digest the haul of players Bill Belichick got last week either via free agency or trade, it's hard not to ponder all his new chess pieces and possibilities. The most intriguing one of all? Tight end Martellus Bennett.

Fiske: Martellus Bennett brings active imagination, creative endeavors to New England - New England Patriots
Martellus Bennett is bringing more than his football skills to New England.

Reiss: Shea McClellin's fit with Patriots could have Akeem Ayers-type feel to it - ESPN - ESPN's Mike Reiss takes a look at tape from Shea McClellin's four years in Chicago, noting how his skill set could factor in with the Pats' defense.

Mullen: For Shea McClellin, Patriots set up as nice end to rough Bears time - CSN Chicago - In a touch of roster irony, Shea McClellin arrives in New England just as Chandler Jones - the player that many around the NFL were surprised that Phil Emery passed over in favor of McClellin - leaves for Arizona.

Jahns: Patriots owner happy with Martellus Bennett addition | Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears traded Martellus Bennett to the Patriots.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Walder: Mike Maccagnan says Mo Wilkerson not on block - NY Daily NewsMuhammad Wilkerson could end up getting traded at some point, but the Jets claim they aren’t shopping him right now.

Hub Arkush: What to expect from the NFL's owners meetings - Chicago Football - Rules changes and what I'm looking for from the NFL

Mullen: Numbers game, Good and bad statistics attracting NFL interest - CSN Chicago - As the NFL owners meetings kick off this week, Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay said the league is satisfied with recent trends and statistics around the game.

Guregian: Giants owner John Mara: Not so fast on stripping Roger Goodell of power - Boston Herald - If the NFL and the players union are getting closer to a deal that would strip Roger Goodell of his disciplinary power, it's news to Giants co-owner John Mara.

Seifert: A waste of time for NFL to 'educate' fans on catch rule - NFL Nation- ESPN - The league says it will teach its catch rule to coaches, players and fans. But ESPN's Kevin Seifert calls the effort an exercise in futility.

Hub Arkush: NFL's ejection proposal too specific for any outcry - Chicago Football - League's proposed rule would have only led to one ejection in 2015 season

Biggs: If NFL moves touchbacks to the 25, there might be more kickoff returns - not fewer - Chicago Tribune - The NFL competition committee's proposal to move touchbacks to the 25-yard line from the 20 might have the opposite of what the committee is aiming for.

Mayer: Dvoracek leads NCAA Bragging Rights pool - After the round of 32 in the NCAA basketball tournament, Dusty Dvoracek leads the Bears Bragging Rights challenge with 460 points.

Wiederer & Campbell: As NFL rules discussions intensify, catch confusion figures to continue - Chicago Tribune - The NFL's Dean Blandino emphasized that officials will continue to focus on a three-box checklist to validate a catch: control plus two feet down plus "a time element."

KNOW THY ENEMY

Murphy: Packers surprised by Raji's exitB.J. Raji’s decision to step away from football took the completely by surprise, president Mark Murphy said Sunday.

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