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The Bear's Den: March 31, 2016

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Things have calmed down as NFL teams review roster needs, free agents still available as well as their draft strategies. What are the Bears up to? What do the roster moves the Bears have been making mean to a player like John Timu? Let's find out.

John Timu following his pre-season interception
John Timu following his pre-season interception
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Dickerson: Chicago Bears earn above average grade in free agency - ESPN -The Bears, by virtue of signing three probable starters for the defense and re-signing nine of their own free agents, earn high marks for their moves.

Fishbain: How Laquon Treadwell responds to adversity - Chicago Football - Treadwell will go in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft; how he came back from a broken leg says much about the WR

Ottochian: Ranking the top five quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire
The Bears are set at quarterback, but they could use a young passer for the future. Here are the top five QBs in the upcoming draft.

Perez: Chicago Bears 2016 NFL Draft countdown: 28 days, wide receiver - Bears Wire - With 29 days remaining until the 2016 NFL Draft, we focus on the Chicago Bears potentially targeting a wide receiver in round one.

Mullen: Bears in prime spot for NFL Draft moves - CSN Chicago - The Bears have nine picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, giving them plenty of flexibility when it comes to possible Draft Day trades.

Wiltfong: Mocking The Mocks, WCG's own Dane Noble is on the clock at 11 for the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Every year the 32 NFL sites from SB Nation get together to run through a writers mock draft. The individual team sites seem to have a better grasp on needs for their favorite team than do some of the "experts" out there. Check out the Bears pick.

Bell: Bears need depth at OL and QB - ESPN Video - NOTE: This was before the Bears signed OL Manny Ramirez. ESPN NFL Insider Jarrett Bell explains why the remaining off-season priorities for the Bears should include adding depth to the offensive line and finding a backup to Jay Cutler.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign Manny Ramirez - Windy City Gridiron - It is being widely reported that the Chicago Bears have signed Manny Ramirez to a one year contract. Ramirez has 65 starts in 83 games during his eight year career.

Campbell: Changes coming for next month's NFL draft in Chicago - Chicago Tribune - The NFL is expanding and re-organizing the downtown draft festival in late April to try to outdo the success of last year's event, league and city officials said at news conference Wednesday.

Miller: This Year’s NFL Draft Town To Feature Ferris Wheel In Grant Park - CBS Chicago - The NFL Draft is coming back to Chicago in just over four weeks and Wednesday the NFL unveiled some of its plans for what will be Draft Town in Grant Park.

BEARRRSSSS.......

Biggs: Bears Mailbag - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Tribune's Bears writers answer your questions about Kevin White, Leonard Floyd, Ryan Pace, Karl Joseph, Jeremy Cash or Keanu Neal... and more

Bernstein: The Problem With John Fox’s Idea - CBS Chicago - Bernstein claims Fox's idea doesn't necessarily translate to the NFL level.

Yates: George McCaskey on the Future of the Chicago Bears - Cover32 - At last week’s NFL Owners’ Meetings, George McCaskey had plenty to say about the Chicago Bears’ future. He touched on the following...

Weaver: ESPN doesn't think much of new look Bears - Cover32 - Bears fans are extremely excited about the team's moves this offseason and have a lot to look forward to. Try telling that to ESPN, though.

Podcast: Marc Mariani returns to talk touchback rules, Dowell Loggains and who can poke fun at Jay Cutler | Chicago Football - The recently re-signed WR/returner Marc Mariani makes his return to the Chicago Football Podcast. He tells us about the process of deciding to come back to the Bears for 2016, more...

Wiederer: Three Bears heading to Florida for Personal Finance Camp - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears safety Antrel Rolle, outside linebacker Lamarr Houston and cornerback Kyle Fuller will be among 43 participants at the NFL's Personal Finance Camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., next week.

Listen: The Starting Lineup With Chris Emma - Episode 1 - CBS Chicago - A new audio feature with Chris Emma, debuting with Lovie Smith, Danny Trevathan and White Sox Dave.

Biggs: Do NFL teams talk trade potential prior to the draft? - Chicago Tribune - It would seem to me that prior to any draft day trade there would be a fair amount of ground work done with a potential trading partner. Do NFL teams talk to a lot of other teams prior to the draft to assess willingness and what it would take to move up or down a few slots or is the value of each...

Dickenson: Does Louisville's Sheldon Rankins make sense for Bears on Day 1? - ESPN - Kevin Weidl from Scouts Inc. compiled a list of three draft prospects who make sense for the Bears.

EJ Snyder's Draft Bytes: News, rumors and thoughts on the 2016 NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron - If you like receivers, corners and corners-who-might-be-safeties Draft Bytes is custom made for your pleasure this week.

HISTORICAL BEARS

Chicago Bears - Highlights from the 1970s - The Bears played their final season in Wrigley Field in 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. In the same year, Halas was elected president of the NFC as the NFL and AFL merged. In 1974, Jim Finks joined the Bears as General Manager. Finks named Jack Pardee, the first non-Bear in such a position, as head coach replacing Abe Gibron.

EX-BEARS

Bills sign T Mills - BuffaloBills.com - Restricted free agent tackle Jordan Mills has signed the qualifying offer that he was tendered on March 7.

Lange: Jets Bring Aboard DE Jarvis Jenkins - Signs with Green & White After Starting with Redskins, Enjoying Best Season Last Year with Bears

CONCUSSIONS

Bien: The NFL would rather look stupid than evil - SBNation.com - It's getting harder and harder to take the NFL at its word.

Hinog: With closing line of letter, The New York Times sacks N.F.L. - SBNation.com - The New York Times would like to remind everyone the N.F.L. does indeed have a connection to the tobacco industry.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cato: Sean Weatherspoon accidentally forgot to deposit a six-figure NFL game check - SBNation.com - Do you realize how much Polska Kielbasa you could buy with six-figures... man, that's a LOT of sausages...

O'Connell: Bears tailgaters would be moved to diffirent spots if Lucas Museum is built - Chicago Tribune - South Lot's 1,500 tailgating spots would be shifted to top deck of a garage proposed to be built west of LSD, an "event prairie," and other lots, garages.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Cohen: Jared Cook strives for new heights with Aaron Rodgers at QB - Some 15 or 20 seconds into a teleconference with reporters, the new Packers tight end revealed the most important factor influencing his free agent choice: Aaron Rodgers.

DRAFT PROSPECTS OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Michigan St. OL Jack Conklin - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Oklahoma DB Zack Sanchez - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Boise State DB Darian Thompson - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Oregon DL DeForest Buckner - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Stanford QB Kevin Hogan - CSN Chicago

Ottochian (audio): Why Christian Hackenberg is a top quarterback prospect - Bears Wire - Listen as BearsWire discusses whether Christian Hackenberg is in the conversation with the best quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft.