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The Weekend Bear's Den: April 16-17, 2016

A busy week has passed, and the season's schedule is set. Less than two weeks until the draft, and the Rams-Titans trade has pretty well scrapped all of the previous mocks... it's that time of year, Bears fans... the season of the mocks...

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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Dickerson: Twitter mailbag: Does Rams/Titans trade help Chicago Bears? - The Bears could benefit from the Rams-Titans trade because it could send another player down toward their spot at No. 11.

Campbell: NFL draft preview: Wide receivers - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have a fair amount of uncertainty at wide receiver, including Alshon Jeffery's contract status and the health of Kevin White, who missed all of last season.

Cox: Bears set up visit with Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell - Bears Wire - Laquon Tradwell will be visiting the Chicago Bears next week, according to NFL Network's Rand Getlin.

Alper: Denver wants to host 2019 draft - ProFootballTalk - The draft will kick off later this month and it will be held in Chicago for the second straight year, an arrangement that the Windy City would like to extend indefinitely. There are other cities that would like to get in on the action, though.

Gantt: Jaylon Smith not expected to play at all in 2016 - ProFootballTalk - Jaylon Smith thinks he's going to be the best player in this draft, but it's going to take him longer to start proving that. Smith went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis this week and teams are reviewing his file, but the news apparently was not good.

Hub Arkush: Hard to understand Los Angeles Rams' decision to trade up to top pick - Chicago Football - Of all teams, Rams should know risk of trading up to draft a quarterback

Mayer: Bears have unearthed gems late in draft - ChicagoBears.com - In the first of an eight-part series, we take a look at the most notable draft picks in Bears history who were selected in the eighth round or lower.

BEARRRSSSS & 2016 SCHEDULE INFO

Baffoe: How The 2016 Chicago Bears Can Go Undefeated - CBS Chicago - The NFL cut the Bears a break, so just hear me out before you hang up.

Mullen: NFL taps Bears to be major prime-time players in 2016 - CSN Chicago - The NFL has tapped the Bears to be in four prime-time games in the first eight weeks of the 2016 season, four in seven weeks in fact.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears exercise the 5th year option on Kyle Long - Windy City Gridiron - This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.

Householder: 2016 Bears schedule: A deeper look at opponents - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have a chance to avenge a lot of losses from a year ago.

Barnwell: Winners and losers of 2016 NFL schedule - ESPN - Longest road trips. Most games played on short rest. Easiest and toughest overall slates: Bill Barnwell covers it all -- and more -- in his ultimate 2016 NFL schedule breakdown.

Mullen: Here's how the Bears will finish 10-6 in 2016 - CSN Chicago - The time-honored methodology behind Moon's analysis has three chief components determining why the Bears will finish 2016 with a 10-6 record.

Staff: Breaking down the Bears' 2016 schedule - Chicago Tribune - Time to free up your fall Sundays. And a couple of Monday nights. And a Thursday and Saturday too. The NFL's regular-season schedule was released Thursday

Dullea: Chicago Bears game-by-game 2016 season record prediction - Cover32 - The Chicago Bears' regular season schedule has been released. How well will they do in the 2016 season?

Fishbain: Ranking the 2016 Chicago Bears schedule, Weeks 1-17 - Chicago Football - Primetime games and opener in Houston highlight Bears slate

Ottochain (audio): Dissecting the Chicago Bears 2016 schedule - Bears Wire - The Bears Wire staff breaks down the Chicago Bears' 2016 schedule, looking at the most intriguing matchups and the bigger picture.

Perez: Bears players tweet their reactions to 2016 NFL Schedule - Bears Wire - Several Chicago Bears tweeted their thoughts about the NFL's 2016 schedule and their opener against the Houston Texans.

Jahns: Quick thoughts about the Bears' 2016 schedule - Chicago Sun-Times - Will the Bears turn it around under coach John Fox?

PHOTOS: Alshon Jeffery offseason workout - ChicagoBears.com - Photos of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery during an offseason workout in Los Angeles. (Jeff Lewis/AP Images)

Mayer: Are Bears set at left tackle with Leno? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether left tackle is a need position for the Bears, the difficulty of evaluating quarterback David Fales and the last time the Bears played an afternoon preseason game.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears in the Hall - Danny Fortmann - ChicagoBears.com - Chicago Bears owner George Halas stared blankly at his dwindled list of prospects when it came time to begin the ninth and final round of the 1936 draft. He didn't recognize a single remaining name so, on a hunch, selected a guard from Colgate, Danny Fortmann. "I like that name. I'll take him!" Halas exclaimed as he made the selection.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Sports Business Minute: Economic impact of NFL Draft in Chicago - CSN Chicago - With the NFL Draft returning to Chicago, CSN's Sports Business Insider Rick Horrow runs down the economic impact of the event.

Cox: Bears Twitter account went GIF crazy - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears Twitter account seems to have gone off the rails with a series of GIFs today.

Registration opens for Bears 5K race - ChicagoBears.com - Registration is now open for the June 25 PNC Chicago Bears 5K race, which will conclude with participants running through the tunnels onto Soldier Field.

Mark Snyder: Jim Harbaugh explains why Detroit is important to Michigan football - Detroit Free Press - Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at the Horatio Williams Foundation's U-M coaches clinic Thursday, April 14, 2016. Video by Mark Snyder / DFP

Florio: Jeff Fisher says second-rounder from Bradford deal was key in trade with Titans - ProFootballTalk - Monday's PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio will include a visit from Rams coach Jeff Fisher. I know this because the interview with Fisher has been recorded, given that the initial broadcast of the show happens between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. PT.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Bonham: Packers Not Nearly as Befuddled with Schedule as Rest of Us - Total Packers - We think the Green Bay Packers have the dumbest schedule in the NFL in 2016, but the players don't seem to care one way or the other. That's the good news.

Wobeschall: Vikings-Packers U.S. Bank Stadium Opener Highlights 2016 Schedule - vikings.com - Some Bears fans are rooting for a meteor strike... but... that would be unkind, so I am wishing both teams the best of luck in the opening game...

Detroit News predictions: Lions 2016 season - DetroitNews.com - Josh Katzenstein, Rod Beard, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of all 16 Lions regular season games in 2016.

DRAFT PROSPECTS OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft: Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Oklahoma State DL Emmanuel Ogbah | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft: Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: TCU WR Josh Doctson | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State WR Braxton Miller | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft: Indiana OL Jason Spriggs | CSN Chicago