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The Bear's Den: May 2, 2016

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The Draft is over, the UDFA rush is past, and for the NFL scouting staff members, it's time for a well-earned vacation. For the rest of us, it's Monday, the start of a new work week. So how did the Chicago Bears fare in this year's rookie class? Will our special teams be better? What are your thoughts on the release of Matt Slauson and Antrel Rolle?

A far too familiar scene, our punter desperately chasing down a man scoring on a return...
A far too familiar scene, our punter desperately chasing down a man scoring on a return...
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

MATT SLAUSON / ANTREL ROLLE

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears release Matt Slauson - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have released veteran guard/center Matt Slauson.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears release Antrel Rolle - Windy City Gridiron - After bolstering the safety position in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have decided to part ways with 33 year old veteran Antrel Rolle.

Mayer: Bears part ways with Slauson, Rolle - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday released two veterans in offensive lineman Matt Slauson and safety Antrel Rolle.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears part ways with guard Matt Slauson - Pro Football Weekly - One of the most consistent players on and off the field was released Sunday when the Bears parted ways with guard/center Matt Slauson. The team announced the move along with the release of Antrel Rolle.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears release veteran safety Antrel Rolle, guard Matt Slauson - ESPN - Bears part ways with safety Antrel Rolle, offensive guard Matt Slauson

Cox: Bears release veteran safety Antrel Rolle - Bears Wire - After drafting three defensive backs, the Bears released Antrel Rolle, who started seven games in 2015 due to injury.

Campbell: Bears release veteran safety Antrel Rolle - Chicago Tribune - The Bears released veteran safety Antrel Rolle on Sunday, the day after they selected two safeties in the draft.

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Aruther Arkush: 2016 NFL Draft Recap: NFC North - Pro Football Weekly - Arthur Arkush gives a rundown of his thoughts on the NFC North's draft.

Perez: Grading all 9 picks from the Chicago Bears 2016 NFL draft - Bears Wire - Draft grades for every pick made by the Chicago Bears in the 2016 NFL Draft

Fishbain: Analyzing the Chicago Bears' 2016 NFL Draft class - Pro Football Weekly - How do the new Bears who Ryan Pace drafted fit with the team?

Perez: List of 2016 undrafted free agents signed by the Chicago Bears | Bears Wire - List of the 2016 undrafted free agents signed by the Chicago bears

Mayer: Bears earn good grades for draft haul - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears received good grades from NFL analysts evaluating the team's 2016 draft class.

Perez: Bears get smarter, add Harvard TE to 2016 rookie class - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears didn't draft a tight end in 2016, but they did manage to add a rookie who can contribute this season.

Adam Jahns breaks down Bears' 2016 Draft - CSN Chicago - Adam Jahns joins SportsNet Central to discuss the Bears' 2016 Draft and what they still need to address in the offseason.

Perez: (video): Bears seventh-round pick WR Daniel Braverman highlights - Bears Wire - Highlights of Bears seventh-round pick WR Daniel Braverman

Mullen: Evaluations will come, but Bears got players, traits, intangibles they wanted - CSN Chicago - Time will tell if the Bears' 2016 Draft class pans out. For now, Ryan Pace will live with getting the players and intangibles he coveted.

Perez: Bears rookie Deiondre’ Hall ‘I’ve always loved Charles Tillman.’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears fourth-round pick Deiondre' Hall said he always was a fan of former Bear Charles Tillman's game.

Perez: Chicago Bears who are on the roster bubble after the 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire - Four players on the Chicago Bears whose roster spots were directly impacted by the 2016 NFL Draft.

Gallery: Meet the Bears' 2016 draft picks - Chicago Tribune - Photos of the nine Bears' draft picks from 2016 (not pictured: WR Daniel Braverman from Western Michigan)

Bears agree to deal with quarterback Brian Hoyer - CSN Chicago - The Bears have agreed to a deal with free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer, who started 10 games for the Texans last year.

All 253 NFL draft picks listed team-by-team - Chicago Tribune - A team-by-team look at each NFL draft selection (listed by round and overall selection).

Campbell: Bears' undrafted free agent signings include tight ends - Chicago Tribune - After the Bears didn't use any of their nine draft picks on a tight end, Ryan Pace said they'd aggressively pursue the position in college free agency.

BEARRRSSSS

Rozner: Credit Bears fans with showing Goodell disrespect he deserves - Bears fans did an excellent job welcoming Roger Goodell to Chicago for the NFL Draft.

Wiederer: Bears energized after adding more speed, talent to defense in NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - Picking up four defensive players in final four rounds of the NFL draft gives general manager Ryan Pace confidence heading into minicamp.

Haugh: Jay Cutler emerges as big winner of Bears' draft weekend - Chicago TribuneJay Cutler emerged as one of the weekend's biggest winners at Halas Hall. Collectively, the 2016 Bears draft class could benefit Cutler as much as anybody.

Mullen: Bears signing Brian Hoyer a statement bigger than just a backup QB - CSN Chicago - The signing of Brian Hoyer revealed more about the Bears and their plans for 2016 than just securing a backup for Jay Cutler.

Campbell: Bears' draft takeaways: 1st-round moves show faith in Vic Fangio - Chicago Tribune - Fans should be open-minded enough to let the developmental process play out for first-round pick Leonard Floyd. Vic Fangio deserves the benefit of the doubt.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears in the Hall - Gale Sayers - Like a twisting tornado on the Kansas plains from whence he came, the Chicago Bears' Gale Sayers swirled onto the National Football League scene in 1965, wreaking fearful havoc and destruction on every opposition defense that stood his way. The fluid, will-of-the wisp ball-carrying thrusts of the mercurial Sayers dazzled the pro football world in a manner that it had not experienced for a full 40 years, not since another whirling dervish runner, the fabled Red Grange, flashed into action, also as a Chicago Bear.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Patra: Jerry Jones regrets not overpaying to get Paxton Lynch - NFL.com - The Dallas Cowboys wanted Paxton Lynch to groom as an heir to Tony Romo. Jerry Jones couldn't get a deal done and now regrets not overpaying for the future quarterback.

Bears: Leonard Floyd approves of deep-dish pizza - CSN Chicago - Leonard Floyd got his first taste of deep-dish pizza and gave it his approval Friday night at CSN's studios.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: 2016 NFL Draft grades database, how 20 experts graded the Detroit Lions' draft class - Pride Of Detroit - Here's a look at how 20 different analysts graded the Detroit Lions' 2016 draft class.

Payton: Bob Quinn and his emotional roller coaster draft - Pride Of Detroit - Bob Quinn elicits every possible emotion in his first go around at the draft.

Glover: 2016 Vikings Draft Stock Market Report - Daily Norseman - The most celebrated three days of the NFL off-season just concluded, and the Minnesota Vikings will welcome eight new draft picks and a slew of undrafted free agents to Minnesota. It's a class that includes a guy a lot of people wanted at a position they need help at, a big trade that sets them up for the 2017 draft, and a German guy that almost everyone will be cheering for because he's a great story.

Moore: Packers Undrafted Free Agent signings 2016, tracking rumors, reports, and confirmations - Acme Packing Company - The most hectic phase of player acquisition is underway. Follow along with rookie free agent signings here.

Moore: Assessing the Packers' & NFC North's draft classes - Acme Packing Company - Now that the NFL Draft has concluded, the entire NFC North draft classes are evaluated and graded here.