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The Weekend Den: March 26-27

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Welcome weekend! We've been waiting for you all week (at least those of us who get the weekend off have been). Your Bears had a busy (and hopefully productive) week, let's hope next week is equally active.

Tailgating... it can't come soon enough.
Tailgating... it can't come soon enough.
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Noble: New Orleans Saints match Bears offer for tight end Josh Hill - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears were close to signing tight end Josh Hill, but the Saints have decided to keep him.

Householder: Which draft prospects have the Bears met with? - Windy City Gridiron - As the NFL Draft nears, is there any hint about which prospects the team likes?

2016 NFL Draft order for all seven rounds - Yahoo Sports - From Yahoo Sports: The 2016 NFL Draft will take place from April 28-30 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.

Salgato: Chicago Bears Are Still Looking to Add to the Tight End Position - The Sports Journal - Despite the fact that the Chicago Bears gave Zach Miller a two-year contract to take over as the starting tight end last week, general manager Ryan Pace is still looking to add depth to the position.

Weaver: Bears could build a huge receiver corps - Cover32 - According to Josh Norris at Rotoworld, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has visits scheduled with several teams, including the Bears.

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.

Durkin: What’s Next For Needy Bears? Secondary Must Be A Priority - CBS Chicago - Ryan Pace has given the Bears flexibility heading into the draft, but one position stands out.

Greenstein: Ezekiel Elliott's dad: A 'beautiful thing' if Bears draft Ohio State RB - Chicago Tribune - There's a possibility that intrigues Stacy Elliott, Ezekiel's father. The Bears have the 11th pick, and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis has Elliott going to Chicago.

Perez: Chicago Bears 2016 NFL Draft scouting report: DeForest Buckner - Bears Wire - The Bears will be targeting Oregon's DeForest Buckner in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Here's his Bears Wire scouting report.

Cox: Bears among teams at Carson Wentz’ NDSU Pro Day - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears were one of the teams present at North Dakota State's Pro Day, where Carson Wentz and Joe Haeg performed.

Perez: The Chicago Bears must draft a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears should target a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft to prepare for life after Jay Cutler.

Ottochian: Bears fans take to Twitter to reveal 2016 NFL Draft wish list - Bears Wire - We asked Bears fans on Twitter who they want the team to take in the first round, and they had some very split opinions.

Biggs: Bears have a need for speed off the edge - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace can't be so sure about the opportunity to add an element that is sorely lacking on his roster — a speed rusher off the edge.

BEARRRSSSS.......

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears re-sign safety Chris Prosinski - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have announced that they have re-signed safety and special teamer Chris Prosinski to a one year deal.

Down and Distance Season 2 EP 23: Sensitivity (2nd Down) - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Jarrett and Shaun discuss the most impact NFL Rules change and Matt Forte’s tweets that show his inability to move on from the Chicago Bears not offering him a contract.

Cox: Bears handling secondary the way Vic Fangio has in the past - Bears Wire - The Bears opted not to add to the secondary in free agency, and it's a safe bet that they'll look at the position in the NFL Draft.

Ottochian: The addition of Josh Hill could make Bears’ tight end group hard to stop - Bears Wire - If the Bears are able to sign Josh Hill from the Saints, Chicago could have the most athletic group of tight ends the team has had in years.

Chicago Bears - Highlights from the 1930s - George Halas left the coaching ranks in 1930 (remaining the team's owner) and Ralph Jones led the club to a 24-10-7 record from 1930-32. The Bears won the 1932 championship before 11,198 fans at Chicago Stadium.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Yotter: Will new NFL rule alter kickoffs? - Scout.com - The NFL will be spotting touchbacks at the 25-yard line this year, but will that mean more touchbacks or more kicks going high and short of the goal line?

Kohen: Santa Clara Mayor Questions 49ers Ducking $5 Million in Rent - San Jose Inside - A couple of days old, but still... the question is... is SF trying to become Cleveland West? The discovery that the NFL club went the first three months of the year without paying rent (valued at $5 million) has reignited concerns that top city staff are withholding information from their own colleagues, perhaps in collusion with the 49ers

Gantt: Chiefs aren’t ready to move in on the jilted fanbase next door, yet - ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs seem perfectly willing to hit on the saucy divorcee down the street. But they want to give it enough time so they're not so blatantly the rebound guy.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers Free Agency: Has Ted Thompson's Policy Handicapped Their Success? - Acme Packing Company - After explaining why Ted Thompson does what he does in free agency last week, we're giving the opposing viewpoint an opportunity to present its case.

Oberle: Zimmer Throws Down the Gauntlet - Vikings Journal - According to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press, Zimmer sent a text to running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater shortly after the signing of free agent offensive linemen guard Alex Boone and tackle Andre Smith,,, calling them out...

PROSPECTIVE BEARS DRAFT PROFILES FOR YOUR WEEKEND READING PLEASURE

NFL Draft Profile: Notre Dame S Elijah Shumate - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Virginia Tech DL/LB Dadi Nicolas - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Baylor CB Xavien Howard - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: California QB Jared Goff - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: California WR Kenny Lawler - CSN Chicago