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The Bear's Den: March 28, 2016

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Jay Cutler spent the weekend being inducted into the Vanderbilt Hall Of Fame, but now he's gearing up for a Monday and another week of Chicago Bears free agency & draft preparation, as are we here at the Windy City Gridiron.

Jay Cutler gets ready to beat Green Bay last Thanksgiving...
Jay Cutler gets ready to beat Green Bay last Thanksgiving...
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Cox: The Chicago Bears must address the nickel cornerback position - Bears Wire - Whether it be through the draft or the remaining free agents, the Chicago Bears need to bring in more competition at nickel cornerback.

Perez: Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to visit with the Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have scheduled a pre-draft visit with Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

Perez: 2016 NFL Draft prospects that are likely to be available for the Bears in the first round - Bears Wire - A look at the 2016 NFL Draft prospects that are likely to be available for the Chicago Bears in the first round.

Stites: UPDATED: Which player do mock drafts project each team to pick in the 2016 NFL Draft? - SBNation.com - A roundup and compilation of all the expert mock drafts on the Internet in beautiful pie charts.

Perez: What’s next for the Chicago Bears at tight end? - Bears Wire - What's next for the Chicago Bears at tight end now that the Saints have matched the restricted free agent contract offer for Josh Hill?

Ottochian: Right tackle prospects that the Bears should target in the 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The right tackle position for the Chicago Bears has been filled by free agent addition Bobby Massie, which helps the team at more than one position; the signing allows for 2013 first-round pick Kyle Long to move back to his natural — and more dominant — position of right guard.

Johnston: Most Likely One-and-Done Contracts of 2016 Free Agency - Over the Cap - Each offseason a number of the multi-year contracts signed by free agents the previous offseason are terminated. These contracts may be terminated for a variety of reasons: disappointing performance, injury, team salary cap situation, etc. These factors are, for the most part, unpredictable. However, we can use Expected Contract Value to identify contracts that are more susceptible to early termination due to their structure and other characteristics.

BEARRRSSSS.......

Perez: A look at the last decade of first-round picks made by the Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have struggled to make the right pick in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2006.

Jahns: Lamarr Houston, Willie Young won over new Bears brass - Chicago Sun-Times - General manager Ryan Pace’s major overhaul of the Bears’ roster has resulted in the departures of some of former GM Phil Emery’s biggest signees... outside linebackers Lamarr Houston and Willie Young are different. It didn’t always look promising for them, but — for the time being, anyway — they seem to have a place in what Pace and coach John Fox are building.

Perez: Jay Cutler inducted into Vanderbilt Hall of Fame - Bears Wire - Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler was inducted into the Vanderbilt Hall of Fame.

Perez: Bears’ running back Jeremy Langford as an NFL Draft prospect - Bears Wire - Bears' running back Jeremy Langford is expected to be the team's starter in 2015, but will Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott pose a threat?

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE......

Chicago Bears - Highlights from the 1940s - The decade began with another NFL title as the Bears buried the Washington Redskins, 73-0, as ten different players scored while Chicago unveiled the T-formation. Halas left for war duties in the middle of the 1942 season.

CONCUSSIONS

Weitzman: The NFL's all-inclusive concussion research left out at least 100 concussions - SBNation.com - For years, NFL players have accused the league of lying to them about the connection between football and head injuries. A new report provides further evidence that the players were right. According to an in-depth report from the New York Times, the NFL omitted more than 100 diagnosed concussions from its study on the issue nearly 20 years ago, thus deflating the concussion rate and making the sport appear safer than it actually was.

Schwarz, Bogdanich & Williams: N.F.L.’s Flawed Concussion Research and Ties to Tobacco Industry - The New York Times - An investigation by The New York Times raises questions about the league’s concussion research and its relationship with the tobacco industry.

NFL statement on New York Times' concussion research story - NFL.com - The following is the NFL's statement regarding Thursday's story in the New York Times that investigated concussion research by the NFL and the league's alleged ties with those associated with the Tobacco Industry.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Hub Arkush: Even Rex Ryan can't talk NFL owners into replay fix - Chicago Football - Ryan and Belichick agree, but NFL owners don't.

Bears Easter egg hunt - Go on an Easter egg hunt and find which photos have eggs in them.

North: Playing NFL games in China is ridiculous - The NFL is thinking of playing some regular-season games in China, and Mike North says it doesn't make any sense.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Gates: Minnesota Vikings Fan Group Scammed By Cancer Hoax - Daily Norseman - The Viking World Order did a lot for a fan that claimed to have terminal brain cancer. Unfortunately, it appears that they've been had. (Ken's Note: Viking World Order has done a lot of great things for people, the scammer needs a stiff kick to "that spot one does not like to be kicked")

DRAFT PROSPECTS OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Illinois RB Josh Ferguson | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Temple LB Tyler Matakevich | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: California WR Kenny Lawler | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Alabama DB Cyrus Jones | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: North Dakota St. OL Joe Haeg | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Florida DB Keanu Neal | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Grand Valley St. DL/LB Matt Judon | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State TE Nick Vannett | CSN Chicago