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The Bear's Den: March 25, 2016

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Welcome to this week's TGIF edition of the Bear's Den. It's been a busy week for your Chicago Bears, with the third wave of free agency fully underway, the NFL League Meetings, plus preparation for the draft. Let's see what's happening, shall we?

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Eddie Royal doing his thing...
Eddie Royal doing his thing...
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Emmanuel Ogbah moving up Chicago Bears draft board?- ESPN - Whispers suggest the Oklahoma State defensive end could be a top-15 pick. Which pass-rush needy teams might be interested?

Weaver: The top 10 NFL QBs by draft value - Cover32 - Any idiot can draft a great quarterback if they have the number one overall pick. It takes a real genius of an NFL general manager to find...

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears re-sign WR/KR Deonte Thompson to a 1 year deal - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have announced that they have agreed to bring back wide receiver/kick returner Deonte Thompson on a one year deal.

Emma: Pace’s Plan Has Bears’ Draft Picture Becoming Clearer - CBS Chicago - Ezekiel Elliott, DeForest Buckner and Ronnie Stanley are among names to watch for the Bears.

Perez: Bears express interest in 2016 NFL Draft running back prospect - Bears Wire - Bears scouts met with Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich after his pro day, adding to the theory that the Bears will draft a RB.

Cox: Bears hint at adding pass rusher in 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears put a premium on pass rushers last offseason, signing Pernell McPhee on the first day of free agency before bringing in Sam Acho, Ray McDonald, and Jarvis Jenkins among others. John Fox told the media that the Bears are looking at the pass rush talent in the upcoming NFL Draft.

PFF: The top TE's in the 2016 Draft - The Bears need TE help, and these guys are TE's, so... yeah... there's that...

Alper: Craig Robertson agrees to deal with Saints - ProFootballTalk - The "cap tight" Saints have made a move that may or may not affect their ability to match the Bear's offer for TE Josh Hill. The Saints didn't make an official announcement about linebacker Craig Robertson joining the team on Wednesday, but coach Sean Payton made an unofficial one while talking to the media.

VIDEO: Most valuable NFL offseason deals - ESPN - These teams got great value for players they needed to make a run at Super Bowl 51.

Perez: Five unsigned free agents who could help the Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - A look at five unsigned free agents who could help the Chicago Bears in 2016.

Biggs: Bears to visit with special teams veteran Omar Bolden - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are exploring options to add to the roster as a kickoff returner and are scheduled to bring in Omar Bolden for a free-agent visit next week.

BEARRRSSSS.......

Campbell: John Fox highlights three broad areas for Bears improvement - Chicago Tribune - In a breakfast meeting with media, coach John Fox addressed the Bears moves to increase team speed, help offense evolve and solve issues in secondary.

Wiederer: Bears embracing Kevin White's eagerness to prove himself - Chicago Tribune - After being drafted at No. 7 last spring, Kevin White's rookie season vanished before it began. A stress fracture in his left leg required surgery in August.

Mayer: Fox lauds Pace for adding youth, speed - Coach John Fox told reporters Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings that he's impressed with how the Bears have gotten younger and faster during free agency.

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

Ottochian: Hroniss Grasu’s rookie season proved he can be the Bears’ center of the future - Bears Wire - Even though he struggled at times, rookie Bears center Hroniss Grasu showed he can lead this offensive line to the future.

Campbell: John Fox highlights three broad areas for Bears improvement - Chicago Tribune - In a breakfast meeting with media, coach John Fox addressed the Bears moves to increase team speed, help offense evolve and solve issues in secondary.

Perez: Bears’ chairman says Jay Cutler doesn’t get enough credit - Bears Wire - Bears' chairman George McCaskey is a fan of Jay Cutler, both on and off the field.

LeGere: Chicago Bears can't forget about the offense - After re-signing several of their own free agents and adding tackle Bobbie Massie, the Bears will keep looking for additional help on an offense that was 23rd in scoring last season.

Mayer: Four takeaways from Pace interview - Looking back at the recent interview with Bears general manager Ryan Pace on ChicagoBears.com, senior writer Larry Mayer identifies four things that stood out.

Campbell: Q&A with George McCaskey on free agency, Jay Cutler, Star Wars & Cubs - Chicago Tribune - Bears chairman George McCaskey met with Chicago reporters Wednesday after the owners' meetings concluded at the Boca Raton Resort in Florida. Here is the full Q&A, with minor editing for clarity.

Perez Mailbag: Will the Bears draft a receiver? Roll the dice on Noah Spence? - Bears Wire - In today's Bears Wire mailbag, we discuss the Chicago Bears' 2016 NFL Draft plans at WR, QB and edge rusher as well as the safety position

Bear Download - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Jahns: Bears GM leads culture change at Halas Hall - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears seem to respond to GM Ryan Pace as much as they’ve taken to coach John Fox’s personality and tactics.

Mullen: John Fox sees one main, doable route to Bears rise in 2016 - CSN Chicago - The Bears have plenty of areas they need to improve upon for 2016, but the main avenue toward success according to coach John Fox is consistency.

LeGere: Chicago Bears can't forget about the offense - After re-signing several of their own free agents and adding tackle Bobbie Massie, the Bears will keep looking for additional help on an offense that was 23rd in scoring last season.

Biggs: Dollars and sense, examining Bears' free-agent deals - Chicago Tribune 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.

Weaver: The Bears did wrong by Matt Forte - Cover32 - Not even offering Matt Forte a contract did not sit well with many Bears fans, especially when you consider that they tried to sign C.J. Anderson.

Hub Arkush: John Fox's Chicago Bears are younger, ready to keep improving in 2016 - Chicago Football - Fox discussed the state of the Bears with reporters at the NFL owners meetings

Perez: John Fox on Bears’ Antrel Rolle: "This guy’s grinding." - Bears Wire - Bears' head coach John Fox said safety Antrel Rolle is working hard for the 2016 NFL season.

Jahns: Antrel Rolle's 2015 was 'difficult evaluation' for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Veteran safety Antrel Rolle didn't play much in 2015 because of injuries.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE......

Chicago Bears | Highlights from the 1920s - We start a look back of the history of The Decatur Staley's/Chicago Staley's/Chicago Bears with the 1920's.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Ingrassia: Kristin Cavallari explains why she wants Jay Cutler to get a vasectomy - FOX Sports - Kristin Cavallari explains why she wants Jay Cutler to get a vasectomy. (EDITOR'S NOTE: I put this here instead of under the BEARSSSSSS heading because... well... sausage...)

Morrissey: NFL success in China is a long shot -- and a longer flight - Chicago Sun-Times - Just because something is loved in one part of the world doesn’t mean it will translate in another. Few entities take itself more seriously than the NFL, so of course the league thinks China is ready for American football. What repressive foreign government wouldn’t love a wide receiver’s touchdown dance?

Jahns: Bears' McCaskey says Lucas Museum would be 'great asset' for Chicago - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have no problems with having a new neighbor on the lakefront.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Hanzus: Aaron Rodgers shares wild tale of UFO sighting - NFL.comAaron Rodgers isn't your typical NFL quarterback. Not in the way he plays, not in the things he says, not in the off-the-field pursuits he enjoys. He's also seen a UFO.

DRAFT PROFILES OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: USC QB Cody Kessler - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Utah RB Devontae Booker - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: LSU LB Deion Jones - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Michigan OL Graham Glasgow - CSN Chicago