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The Bear's Den: April 5, 2016

Today we honor William "The Refrigerator" Perry with our "Poll of the Day", plus all the latest news on free agency, the 2016 NFL draft, trade talks and everything "Bears". Come on in, sit a spell. Take your shoes off. Relax.

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Weaver: Free Agency grades for the NFC North - Cover32 - Let's take a look at how each team in the NFC North division did in free agency this year, starting with the resurgent Chicago Bears.

Biggs: Dollars and sense, examining Bears' free-agent deals - Chicago Tribune - With free agency off and rolling, here is a dollars and sense breakdown of the contracts for the players the Bears have signed, updated as the information becomes available.

Chassen: Sleep is a hot commodity among NFL prospects - - Players go into the biggest interview of their lives on only a few hours of sleep. Starting just after the final whistle in their last college game, NFL prospects are on the go, training and traveling like crazy until their name is called on Draft Day. These NFL hopefuls are expected to stay in peak physical condition despite schedules that would wear down even the strongest bodies.

Perez (audio): Bears Wire staff talks No. 11 pick with Inside the Pylon | Bears Wire - The staff of Bears Wire recently spoke with Inside the Pylon, serving as the Chicago Bears' GM for ITP's mock draft series.

Mullen: NFL Draft: Bears checking WRs, including Laquon Treadwell - CSN Chicago - Even though the Bears have a jam-packed receiving corps, they are still checking in on the top wide receivers in the draft, including Chicagoland native Laquon Treadwell.

Mullen: NFL Draft: Bears checking WRs, including Laquon Treadwell - CSN Chicago - Even though the Bears have a jam-packed receiving corps, they are still checking in on the top wide receivers in the draft, including Chicagoland native Laquon Treadwell.

Wilson: QU Tough, Hawks Duo Workout For Chicago Bears - KHQA TV - KHQA TV 7 in Quincy, IL shows one of the Bear's extensive scouting department members. Quincy University's Eric Poindexter and Donavan Vance finish up their workout for the Chicago Bears scout at QU Stadium on Monday afternoon. (Ken's disclaimer: I shoot sports for KHQA TV)


Mayer: Rashied Davis wins Bragging Rights - Former receiver Rashied Davis has won the Bears Bragging Rights NCAA basketball challenge for the second straight year.

Wiltfong: Should the Chicago Bears trade for Muhammad Wilkerson? - Windy City Gridiron - The New York Jets are shopping pro bowl defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, so should the Chicago Bears trade for him?

Ask Hub Arkush: What would it take to trade for New York Jets DL Muhammad Wilkerson? | Chicago Football - In this week's edition of 'Ask Hub,' Hub Arkush takes your questions about Muhammad Wilkerson, college kickers and the Bears' running back situation.

Weaver: Can the Bears really land Muhammad Wilkerson? - Cover32 - Muhammad Wilkerson is one of the top defensive ends in the NFL and the New York Jets have been lucky to have him over the last several years.

Jahns: Robbie Gould to receive 2016 Ed Block Courage Award - Chicago Sun-TimesRobbie Gould is currently the longest-tenured Bears player.

Perez: Chicago Bears post-free agency roster - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears issued an updated positional roster on April 1st (below).  The team currently has 73 players under contract, including 34 on offense and 35 on defense.

Chicago Bears | Schedule Prediction Challenge - Correctly predict the 2015 Chicago Bears schedule for a chance to win our biggest prize ever: Two tickets to every 2015 regular-season home game plus a trip to every 2015 regular-season road game. Road games include two tickets to the game, United Airlines flights, hotel accommodations and spending cash.

Mayer: Tips for Schedule Prediction Challenge - Senior writer Larry Mayer offers eight tips to help increase your odds of winning the Bears' Schedule Prediction Challenge.


Bearsdownsohard FPOM: Muhammad Wilkerson Trade Negotiations - Windy City Gridiron - There has been much consideration on whether Muhammad Wilkerson could come to the Bears. What would this cost? How valuable might he be? These are all very good questions that will likely...


Mayer: ’75 draft among best in Bears history - One of the best drafts in Bears history, the team's 1975 crop was headlined by Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton and also included eight other players who eventually became starters.


Stites: What if every NFL team could draft a current player? - - With free agency mostly in the rear view mirror, the 2016 NFL Draft could still help shape rosters for the upcoming season. But teams could really change their outlook if given the opportunity to pillage a star from another club.

Murphy: Vision 2020, The NFL’s Strategic Plan - - By Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. Last week, the NFL held its Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus of the meeting was on the League’s five-year strategic plan. 2020 will be a significant year for the League. The NFL will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2020, and 2020 is also the last year of our current Collective Bargaining Agreement, so it makes sense that the League has put together a strategic plan for the next five years.


Gates: Minnesota Vikings Interested In German Wide Receiver Moritz Böhringer - Daily Norseman - Look out, folks. . .the Minnesota Vikings may once again be in on an unknown prospect from across the Atlantic.

Hodkiewicz: Packers see enhanced role for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - USA Today - Two years ago, the Green Bay Packers needed to make a splash at safety. While general manager Ted Thompson says he never drafts for need, his defense was begging for help on the back end.


NFL Draft Profile: Penn State DL Anthony Zettel | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Oklahoma DL Charles Tapper | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Oklahoma LB Eric Striker | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Georgia OL John Theus | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State DL/LB Shilique Calhoun | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Arkansas OL Sebastian Tretola | CSN Chicago