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The Bear's Den: April 1, 2016

One of the big questions remaining is the backup (and/or possibly eventual replacement) quarterback position. It's possible Josh McCown may become available soon, would bringing him back on a "cap-friendly" deal be the best plan for Chicago? This and other new in today's Den.

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Josh McCown when he was in the RIGHT uniform...
Josh McCown when he was in the RIGHT uniform...
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NOTE: Denmaster Ken is not a fan of April 1 jokes, so rest assured I have not included ANY in this Den.



Dickerson: Whether Josh McCown or a draft pick, Bears need depth at backup QB - ESPN - With zero regular-season experience on the roster behind Jay Cutler, the Bears need to find a backup quarterback either via free agency or the draft.

Wessling: Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer options for Denver Broncos - - With a Colin Kaepernick trade on the back burner, veteran quarterbacks Josh McCown and Brian Hoyer are now on the Denver Broncos' radar, Ian Rapoport reports.

Patra: McCown says "Right now, I expect to compete with RGIII" - - Josh McCown is on his way out of Cleveland, but until that becomes official the veteran quarterback says he's prepared to compete with Robert Griffin III for the Browns starting gig.


Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign safety / special teamer Omar Bolden - Windy City Gridiron - As reported by the Denver Post's Troy Renck, the Chicago Bears have signed safety and special team standout Omar Bolden to a one year $760,000 deal.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign offensive lineman Ted Larsen - Windy City Gridiron - As first reported by ESPN Insider Adam Caplan last night, the Chicago Bears are indeed signing offensive lineman Ted Larsen.

Snyder's Chicago Bears Draftwatch: 7-Round Mock Draft Edition - Windy City Gridiron - Yeah that's right, it's the whole enchilada. Dig in.

Perez (video): Defensive linemen that will be high on the Bears’ 2016 NFL Draft board - Bears Wire - A look at several 2016 NFL Draft prospects on the defensive line who will be highly coveted by the Chicago Bears.

Ottochain (audio): Is Derrick Henry a better running back prospect than Ezekiel Elliott? - Bears Wire - Listen as Bears Wire debates whether Ezekiel Elliott or Derrick Henry is the top running back prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Perez: Chicago Bears 2016 NFL Draft countdown: 27 days - tight end | Bears Wire - Counting down the days until the 2016 NFL Draft for the Chicago Bears, this time focusing on the tight end position.

Boden: Depth-charting where the Bears' needs still remain - CSN Chicago
The Bears have made their free agency splashes and now turn their attention to the NFL Draft, where GM Ryan Pace will have nine selections to add to the roster. Where do they need the most help?

Dickerson: 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.

Mayer: Who will Bears draft in first round? - With the NFL Draft four weeks from Thursday, we compiled 30 mock drafts to see who pro football analysts think the Bears will select with the 11th pick.

Wiltfong: Grade the Chicago Bears 2016 Free Agency - Windy City Gridiron - Bears' general manager Ryan Pace has been aggressive in retooling his roster after last season's 6-10 record. He, his scouts and his coaching staff have evaluated the talent on the roster, and made the necessary moves. What grade would you give them?

Emma: Jaylon Smith’s Future Filled With More Mystery Than Certainty - CBS Chicago - Medical re-checks in April will determine how far Smith's draft stock will fall.

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DE/OLB Shaq Lawson - CBS Chicago - The 2016 draft class is light on edge rushers, so Lawson will be coveted. As 31 other teams watched the Denver Broncos dismantle opponents’ protection schemes and harass quarterbacks en route to Super Bowl glory, they all realized they can never have too many pass rushers.


Yates: George McCaskey speaks on Bears: Part 2 - Cover32 - At last week’s NFL Owners’ Meetings, George McCaskey had plenty to say about the Chicago Bears’ future.

Ottochain: Now is Ka’Deem Carey’s time to shine in the Bears’ backfield - Bears Wire - Ka'Deem Carey was once an afterthought in the Bears' offense, but this is the year for him to emerge under Dowell Loggains.

What does Manny Ramirez signing mean for Bears' Hroniss Grasu? Chicago Sun-Times - Asked about second-year center Hroniss Grasu at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, Pace and Fox said more competition was needed.

Biggs: New O-lineman Manny Ramirez says Bears told him he'll have chance to start - Chicago Tribune - Manny Ramirez is looking forward to an opportunity to win a starting job on a retooled Bears offensive line.


Mayer: Alex Brown will never forget draft snub - - Former Bears defensive end Alex Brown, who ranks fourth in franchise history with 43.5 sacks, shares a first-person account of his (miserable) draft experience.

Harrison: Butkus one of Top 10 defensive players ever -
Lawrence Taylor just heaped praise on the reigning Defensive Player of the Year: "That J.J. Watt is a bad S.O.B." Is the Texans star already in the class of LT? Elliot Harrison ranks the best defenders ever. Helmet Tip for the link to BearDownSouth.

Chicago Bears: Highlights from the 1980s - The loss in the '84 title game set the stage for the 1985 season in which the Bears posted shutouts in the both playoff games before ripping the Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX. The Bears won the NFC Central division each of the next three seasons, but could never get past the NFC title game. Walter Payton's jersey was retired following the '87 season.


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


Mayer: Win two tickets to every Bears game - - Fans can now enter the second annual Chicago Bears Schedule Prediction Challenge, which features the largest sweepstakes prize in franchise history.

Weaver: The infamous Manny Ramirez Super Bowl snap - Cover32 - Yesterday the Chicago Bears signed center Manny Ramirez to a one-year deal, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Dickerson: Picking the worst-ever free-agent signing for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN - NFL Nation reporters choose the most disastrous free-agent signings for each team, including Emmitt Smith's ineffective stint in Arizona and Washington giving Albert Haynesworth $41 million.

Campbell & Wiederer (Audio): Episode 2, Bear Download - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer. Rich and Dan talk about Jay Cutler, Kyle Long on the move again, draft options and/or trading the pick and finally, they pick an NCAA tournament winner.


Reisman: Manny Ramirez inks one-year deal with the Chicago Bears - Pride Of Detroit - The former Detroit Lions offensive lineman will now join their bitter rivals in Chicago. The Ramirez signing from Detroit's perspective.

Gates: So, You Had A Bad (Pro) Day - Daily Norseman - Two years ago, the Minnesota Vikings were the beneficiaries of Teddy Bridgewater having a "sub-par" Pro Day performance. Could a similar situation play a role in getting him a shiny new target?

Silverstein: Packers hoping to cash in on contract years - Heading into ’16, the Packers should have about 20 players entering the final year of their contract. About a half dozen of them will be starters, including four of the top six offensive linemen — Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, David Bakhtiari and JC Tretter — and running back Eddie Lacy and newly signed tight end Jared Cook.


NFL Draft Profile: Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Arizona LB Scooby Wright III - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Mississippi State WR De'Runnya Wilson - CSN Chicago

Housekeeping note: I choose to use the apostrophe in the title the way I do to use it as an adjective, as in a "den that is for bears in general" as opposed to putting the apostrophe after (i.e. Bears'), which would indicate that it is a den that belongs to particular bears. Just an FYI.