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The Bear's Den, June 23, 2016

We've reached the half-way point of the first official week of summer. Grab yourself a cold shaved ice and settle in for another offseason Bear's Den. ESPN's Dickerson asks "Will Jay regress without OC Adam Gates in 2016"?

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ESPN's Dickerson asks "Will Jay regress without OC Adam Gates in 2016"?
ESPN's Dickerson asks "Will Jay regress without OC Adam Gates in 2016"?
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Dickerson: Will Bears QB Jay Cutler regress without Adam Gase? - ESPN - Given Jay Cutler's well-documented inconsistencies over the years, how concerned are you that he will regress now that Adam Gase is gone?

McGuinness: Should the Bears sign Jeffery to a long-term deal? - Pro Football Focus - The Chicago Bears drafted wide receiver Alshon Jeffery out of South Carolina with the 45th overall pick in the 2012 draft, and now have him as their franchise player for the 2016 season. After four years in the NFL, Jeffery has proven that he deserves a long-term deal with the Bears.

Gagnon: What is Alshon Jeffery worth? - This Given Sunday - At the very least, Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will make $14.6 million under the franchise tag in 2016. But there’s talk now that the 26-year-old two-time 1,000-yard wideout could sign a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline for franchise players to do so.

Perez: The Bears’ most troubling position groups heading into training camp - Bears Wire - A look at some of the most troubling position groups for the Chicago Bears heading into training camp

Cox: Where does John Fox rank among the NFC North head coaches? - Bears Wire - Mike McCarthy has had sustained success within the division, but is he a better head coach than John Fox?

Ottochain: Four Bears in position to start next to Adrian Amos at safety - Bears Wire - Deon Bush, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Omar Bolden, and Harold Jones-Quartey are all in a competition to start at safety with Adrian Amos

ITB: Goldman humbled by Butkus - - Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman sits down with Jeff Joniak and talks about how special draft night was and the college coach who helped shape his career.

Stevens: Kyle Long back where he belongs - Cover32 - Because of some additions and changes that have been made this off season, Kyle Long will make a return to the right guard position.

Gagnon: Is 33-year-old Jay Cutler about to peak? - This Given Sunday - Few professional athletes have a “defining year” at the age of 33, but that’s how The MMQB’s Emily Kaplan summed up Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s 2016 season. And it makes sense, because the 10-year veteran is coming off the highest-rated season of his NFL career.


Parr: Alabama raises strength coach's salary to $525,000 a year - - Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran is being rewarded handsomely for his loyalty after he passed on a chance to join Georgia's staff after last season.

Alper: Bruce DeHaven 'We need to change perception of kickoffs' - ProFootballTalk - The NFL recently held a conference call between the league's 32 special teams coach and NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino to solicit ideas for changes to kickoffs. This year will see one big change as touchbacks will now come out to the 25-yard-line.

Bill Barnwell ranks NFL defensive triplets all 32 teams - ESPN - Which trio is better: Thomas, Bennett and Sherman, or Miller, Ware and Harris? Bill Barnwell ranks all 32 teams' sets of defensive triplets, with the Seahawks and Broncos leading the pack.

Florio: Mark Sanchez says wealth manager invested “at least $7 million” without approval | ProFootballTalk - Initial reports indicated that wealth manager Ash Narayan had invested without approval $30 million from three pro athletes he represented, including Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez. An affidavit signed by Sanchez makes clear how much he personally lost.

Crabtree: NFL, NFLPA agree to keep practice squad at 10 for two more years - ProFootballTalk - Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to expand practice squad rosters from eight to 10 players for the next two seasons. According to Mark Dominik of, that agreement has now been extended for two more years.


Western: What color should the Packers wear for their Thursday Night Color Rush game against the Bears? - Acme Packing Company - It’s coming, whether we like it or not, so the question is which color would be best?

Yates: Peterson defies his age, but wary of NFL grind - ESPN Video - ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates explains why age may not affect Adrian Peterson the way it does to most running backs over the age of 30.

Reisman: Bob Quinn approval rating: Pre-training camp edition - Pride Of Detroit - What do you think of the job Bob Quinn is doing as Lions general manager?

Patra: A.P.: 'Boring' offseason grind could lead to early exit - - Adrian Peterson believes the mental aspect of the NFL grind could lead him to walk into retirement before the physical aspect of his age catches up. How bored is he of the offseason?

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