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The Bear's Den: April 8, 2016

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With free agency continuing and the Bears draft scouting in full swing, we look at the one biggest question of the off season... why has Josh Bellamy still not signed his Exclusive Free Agent Tender offer from the Bears? Yeah, OK, perhaps that really isn't the biggest off season question... but we had this good picture of Josh and Jay and it's the offseason so... umm... yeah, let's go with that...

Josh Bellamy getting some "Jay Cutler" time...
Josh Bellamy getting some "Jay Cutler" time...
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Dickerson: NFL Rumor Central: Bears unlikely to trade for Wilkerson - ESPN - The Jets have made it clear they are open to trading Muhammad Wilkerson, but Chicago doesn't seem like a likely destination for the D-lineman.

Snyders' Draft Bytes: Sleepers Week! - Offense Edition - Windy City Gridiron - Packed full of players on O who might go to the show.

WIltfong's Mocking The Mocks: A look at some recent Chicago Bears mock drafts - Windy City Gridiron - I take a look at eight recent mock drafts to see how they all have the Chicago Bears drafting. As expected, there really is no consensus.

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: CB William Jackson - CBS Chicago - Jackson has quality straight-line speed and is a physical tackler. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s scheme requires cornerbacks to play a lot of press-man technique, which Jackson excels at. He played primarily press and off-man coverage at Houston.

Perez: Bears host Baylor’s Corey Coleman - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears had a pre-draft visit with wide receiver Corey Coleman, sparking the suggestion that the team could target a WR in round 1

Ottochain: Is Ronnie Stanley an upgrade over Charles Leno at left tackle for the Bears? - Bears Wire - The Bears are frequently linked to offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley in the draft, but is he an upgrade over the team's current starter Charles Leno?

Biggs Mailbag: Why haven't Bears added another tackle to complete their offensive line? - Chicago Tribune - Why does it seem like the Bears are always one change short to better the offensive line? They have improved their backups with experienced lineman and got Bobby Massie but why the heck don't they get another tackle on the other side where Charles Leno is a career backup at best? Tell me where...

LeGere: Could Chicago Bears find Cutler's successor in the draft? - Daily Herald - The Bears could find the developmental quarterback they need as Jay Cutler's eventual replacement in this year's draft, even if they wait until the middle rounds.

Ottochain: Leonard Floyd is a risky pick for the 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears should not take Leonard Floyd with their first round pick, as he could be this year's biggest bust risk.

Biggs Mailbag: What's the cost to trade up for Joey Bosa, DeForest Buckner or Myles Jack? - Chicago Tribune - Realistically, how high would the Bears need to trade up to get one of Joey Bosa, DeForest Buckner or Myles Jack and what would it cost?

Ottochain: Working through the worst-case scenario for the Bears at No. 11 overall - Bears Wire - Even in the worst-case scenario for the first 10 picks in the draft, the Chicago Bears will still have a shot at a decent player at 11.

Gabriel: The Details Behind Setting A Draft Board - CBS Chicago - Team brass tries to reach a consensus on each player. If it can't be reached, that's when risk comes into play. Den helmet tip to mshu07 for the link.

Biggs Mailbag: Which Bears need is more pressing: left tackle or edge rusher? - Chicago Tribune - What do you see as the Bears' most pressing need -- left tackle or an edge rusher? Who is best suited to fill one of those roles for them with the 11th pick?

BEARRRSSSS.......

Fishbain: 2016 Chicago Bears pre-draft depth chart | Chicago Football - This is our first look at the 2016 depth chart following four weeks of free agency and with one month to go until the NFL Draft.. ILB is bolstered, but Bears still have needs at DE, TE, CB

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2016 preseason schedule and regular season opponents - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL has announced their 2016 preseason schedule and here are the four Chicago Bears' games.

Mayer's Chalk Talk: How many Bears have won Super Bowl? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how many current Bears players have won a Super Bowl ring, why Josh Bellamy isn't listed on the Bears roster and two Hall of Famers who are scheduled to attend the Bears Draft Party.

Weaver: Replacing greatness: Chicago Bears' Langford in common position - Cover32 - The Bears' Jeremy Langford must replace Matt Forte. Historically, how have other Bears' replacements fared in this situation?

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears in the Hall - Dick Butkus - From 1965 through 1973, the Chicago Bears' Dick Butkus wreaked unprecedented havoc on the offensive units of all other National Football League teams. Possessed with a desire to excel that few others have ever known, the 6-3, 245-pound middle linebacker played with only one goal in mind-that was, simply, to be the best.

FAN POST OF NOTE

WCG 2016 Readers Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Read the Fanpost thread and see what happened in the WGC Draft

POLISH SAUSAGE

Inside The Bears: Bears play video games at C2E2 - Anthony Adams and former teammates Israel Idonije and Garrett Wolfe compete in a Street Fighter video game tournament at C2E2.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Florio: Jets ask D’Brickashaw Ferguson to take pay cut - ProFootballTalk - Even if quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would accept the Jets' current offer of high-end backup money, the Jets wouldn't be able to sign him without creating significant salary-cap space. They've reportedly commenced the process of doing so by putting the squeeze on their franchise left tackle.

DRAFT PROSPECTS OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Houston CB William Jackson III | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Alabama DL Jarran Reed | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Alabama LB Reggie Ragland | CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Arkansas QB Brandon Allen | CSN Chicago