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The Bear's Den: Second Friday In May, 2016

It's not that DenDude Ken is superstitious or anything... of course... but there's no need to bring ill luck to either WCG or the Chicago Bears taunting fate by the use of certain dates... so... welcome to the Bears Den for the Second Friday Of May, 2016.

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Jay and Andrew shake following Chicago's pre-season win last August when the Bears beat Bad Luck
Jay and Andrew shake following Chicago's pre-season win last August when the Bears beat Bad Luck
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Mitchell: Bears sign rookie free agent OL Adrian Bellard, wave DB Anthony Jefferson - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have signed UFA OL Adrian Bellard to the 90 man roster.

Leming: Three key postitions the Chicago Bears should be working to upgrade - Scout - With off-season activities just around the corner, here are three areas in which the Chicago Bears must improve, and the free agents who can help them do it.

Biggs: Dollars and sense, look at contracts for Bears' draft picks - Chicago Tribune - Here is a look at details of the contracts for the Bears draft picks that have completed deals.

BEARRRSSSS

Gangon: Cutler 16th of 32 projected NFL starting quarterbacks for 2016 - TheComeback.com - Several NFL quarterbacks are entrenched, while others will fight for jobs. But how do all 32 signal-callers in the NFL rank among their peers?

Mullen: Don’t scoff at Bears moving defensive line Greg Scruggs to tight end - CSN Chicago - The Bears appear convinced that former defensive lineman Greg Scruggs is enough of an athlete to handle a move to the tight end position.

Campbell: Bears Q&A, DeAndre Houston-Carson's position coach at William & Mary - Chicago Tribune - The Bears believe DeAndre Houston-Carson can be a standout on special teams. The William & Mary product blocked nine kicks during his college career.

Campbell & Wiederer (audio): Bear Download - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Former Chicago Bear Willie Gault is the world's fastest 55-year-old | FOX Sports - The wideout can still wheel. The 55-year-old Gault set American and world records for the 55-59 age group in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. His 11.30-second time in the 100 topped the previous mark of 11.44, set by Bill Collins in 2006, and his 23.24-second run in the 200 beat Collins' 2008 time of 23.36.

USA Track & Field - Willie Gault named USATF Athlete of the WeekSuper Bowl Champion turned Masters track and field athlete Willie Gault wins USATF Athlete of the Week after taking down M55 world records in both the 100 and 200 meters Saturday, May 7 at the Oxy Invite in Los Angeles.

Weaver: Chicago Bears TBT, the great Dick Butkus - Cover32 - Maybe it's just that the Chicago Bears have such a rich winning history with so many colorful characters that strolling down memory lane...

POLISH SAUSAGE

Thompson: Bears mascot Staley scares kids for your amusement - Chicago Tribune - Staley the Bear pranked some unsuspecting patrons of Dave & Busters by posing as one of the stuffed animals in the arcade's giant claw machine.

McGuire: NFL players less likely to commit suicide than men in general population - TheComeback.com - There's a general consensus that NFL players with brain damage commit suicide at a very high rate, but new research indicates that may not be the case.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Florio: Adrian Peterson removes limit for matching donations to Palestine, Texas - ProFootballTalk - Last week, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson partnered with the Salvation Army to donate $100,000 to cleanup and recovery efforts after devastating flash flooding in Peterson's hometown of Palestine, Texas. Initially, he committed to making up to another $100,000 in matching donations.

Mueller: Jodie Foster is a Packers fan (unless they suck) - OnMilwaukee.com - Jodie Foster wears cheese on her head. Dang it.

Reffe: Lions' rookie limericks - DetroitLions.com - In honor on National Limerick Day, please enjoy these Lions limericks.

Western: John Kuhn is no longer in the Packers' plans for 2016, per report - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay has reportedly made the decision to go into the 2016 without #30 for the first time in nearly a decade.

Florio: Alas, Moritz Böhringer isn’t the first NFL player with an umlaut on his jersey - ProFootballTalk - When German receiver Moritz Böhringer first landed on the scene earlier this year, it became quickly clear that he can significantly help the league market its product to a European audience.

GREATEST BEARS BY THE NUMBER

In 2011, WCG's Sam Householder did an outstanding "Bears By The Number" series that a lot of folks with us today haven't read. With Sam's permission, I am sharing some of the info with you folks over the couple of weeks as it appeared in 2011, plus the link to the original post that contains more information.

For the most part, little has changed, but there are some numbers that may well be transforming from one "greatest Bear" to a new one. I think most would agree that Brandon Marshall bypassed 50's QB Ed Brown to become the Bear's greatest #15 in just a few short years. Alshon's #17 is now right up there with Richie Petitbon, and if he remains a Bear long term should surpass the 1960's great.

Current bears holders of these numbers are: Nathan Palmer (15), Pat O'Donnell (16), Alshon Jeffery (17), Derek Keaton (18) and Eddie Royal (19)

Sam writes:

This group proved to be some tough ones, not to choose between so much, but just to find one worthy player. There are some highlights at number 16, but overall, this post is lacking in a lot of  "big name" types. Number 18 came down to Tomczak and Orton, two guys whose careers look very similar, numbers-wise; Orton 21-12 record, Tomczak 21-10. I picked Tomczak because he appeared in more games and spent more time with the team. Finally, number 19 proved real tough just find a player who wore it and lasted more than one season with the team.

15 - Ed Brown, QB (1954-61) - Still ranking in the top 6 in most franchise passing records, no one would say this guy was a franchise QB (think more Dilfer/Garcia) but he posted a 41-25-1 record as a starter and made two Pro-Bowls. Honorable Mention - Jim Miller, QB (1998-02)

16 - George Musso, G (1933-44) - Played for the team for 11 seasons in an era a lot tougher on the player than todays game. Hall of Famer, class of '82 Honorable Mentions - Ed Healey, T (1922-27) - HOF 1964. Bob Thomas, K (1975-84) - Ranks 4th in scoring in franchise history, George Blanda, QB (1949-58)

17 - Richie Petitbon, S (1959-68) - Intercepted 37 passes in his 10 seasons with the Bears, good for second all-time among Bears.

18 - Mike Tomczak, QB (1985-90) - Sure, he mostly played spot duty and filled in when injuries or poor play plagued the men in front of him, yet he carries an impressive 21-10 record as a starter. Honorable Mention - Kyle Orton, QB (2005-08)

19 - John Siegal, E/DE (1939-43) - A three-time Pro-Bowler and the media guide lists him with numbers 6 and 19 while Wiki only says 6. There really aren't many good number 19s so I went with him because he is the 13th oldest living pro-football player (93 as of this year).

Sam's Original Article & Comments:

Householder: The Greatest Bears by Number (15-19) - Windy City Gridiron - Who are the greatest Bears ever to don numbers 15-19?

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