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The Weekend Bear's Den: June 4-5, 2016

Your "One-Stop Weekend Bears News" spot has arrived. Welcome to the weekend, Bears fans, it was a busy week at Halas Hall and here at WCG. Here's the latest happenings:

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Bears make Nate Chandler signing official - CSN Chicago - The Bears announced Friday morning they had agreed to a deal with offensive lineman Nate Chandler.

Emma: Bears’ Trevathan, Freeman ‘Come From Hungry Backgrounds’ - CBS Chicago - The Bears' new linebackers took unique roads to NFL success.

Willie Young excited to teach Leonard Floyd - Pro Football Weekly - Hub Arkush and Kevin Fishbain report from Halas Hall following Wednesday’s second Bears OTA practices open to the media. Willie Young met with the media after practice and spoke about his position at linebacker, taking Leonard Floyd under his wing, a

Hub & Co.:'s Melissa Jacobs joins Chicago Football Podcast - Pro Football Weekly - We've got another Bears OTA to recap, but no player interview — Kevin explains why, with an apology, but to make up for it, we have Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) of as a guest (5:34) to talk about her articles on Art Briles, Ray Rice, a 22

Mayer: Miller hopes to build off last season - - A surprise contributor last season when he led the Bears with five touchdown receptions, tight end Zach Miller expects to be one of the offense’s main weapons in 2016.

Perez: How the Nate Chandler signing impacts the Chicago Bears’ roster - Bears Wire - A look at how the Bears' signing of offensive tackle Nate Chandler will impact the team's roster.

Mayer: Bears bolster line by signing Chandler - - The Bears on Friday signed offensive lineman Nate Chandler, who started 19 games for the Panthers in 2013-14 before missing all of last season with a knee injury.

Perez: In 2017 NFL mock draft, Bears land elite tight end - Bears Wire - In his way-too-early 2017 Mock Draft, The Draft Wire's Luke Easterling sends the Bears a potentially elite offensive weapon.

Legere: Could Indiana's Howard emerge as Chicago Bears big-body back? - This year's fifth-round Chicago Bears draft pick big, powerful running back Jordan Howard could be the perfect complement to Jeremy Langford, whose speed and big-play potential are his greatest assets.

Campbell: Bears sign former Panthers offensive tackle Nate Chandler - Chicago Tribune - Chandler, who turned 27 on Wednesday, entered the league as an undrafted free agent and as a defensive tackle in 2012. The Panthers moved him to offense.

Perez: Bears want Adrian Amos to make more plays in 2016 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are expecting second-year safety Adrian Amos to make more plays in 2016 after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery

Hoge & Johns: Intentional Grounding Episode 35, Positive Vibes From Bears OTAs - WGN Radio - WGN Radio's podcast

Mullen: Some Bears carrying 'The Chip' that makes holding a grudge a good thing | CSN Chicago - The Bears signed a lot of players this offseason that have a chip on their shoulder.

Biggs: Healthier Eddie Royal could be difference-maker for Bears - Chicago Tribune - Don't minimize what a healthy Eddie Royal can do for the Bears offense after he missed seven games with a bad ankle sprain, knee sprain and then an illness.

Mayer: Hicks sees Bears defense on the rise - - Veteran defensive end Akiem Hicks signed with the Bears earlier this year because of the opportunity to become an integral part of an ascending defense.

Weaver: Chicago Bears changing of the tackle - Cover32 - Few positions for the Chicago Bears have seen as much change as offensive tackle this year. In case you spent the 2015 season on the moon...


Lauterbach: Brock Osweiler declines Broncos' White House invite - - Former Bronco Brock Osweiler will not join his ex-teammates when they're honored at the White House on Monday, as the QB will be at Texans OTAs instead.


Young: Thwump, Smack, Repeat: Treadwell Working Overtime - - Like clockwork, the methodical rhythm of a football being released from the JUGS machine and landing squarely in Laquon Treadwell’s grasp can be heard long after the final practice horn sounds.

Birkett: Lions DE Ziggy Ansah aiming for 20 sacks, but how realistic is it? - Detroit Free Press - Ansah, who had a carer-high 14.5 sacks last year, could become the 11th player in NFL history to reach 20 sacks

Gantt: Packers receivers work on juggling because why not, it’s June - ProFootballTalk - There's only so much football you can teach a guy during OTAs, so the Packers are teaching their receivers how to juggle. But while they'd take three rings, it isn't a circus activity, but a new drill from wide receivers coach Luke Getsy to help his pass-catchers concentrate.

Gantt: Packers tight end Jared Cook has foot surgery, out until training camp - ProFootballTalk - The Packers are hoping tight end Jared Cook will be able to add something to their passing game, but they're going to have to wait until at least training camp to see it. According to Rob Demovsky of, Cook underwent foot surgery this week and will miss the rest of the offseason program.

Peterson: Brett Hundley Offers Upside as Backup QB - Yardbarker.comAaron Rodgers is the face of the franchise and most of the time, the fortune of the Packers rests with him. The Packers have made the young, but talented Brett Hundley, their backup quarterback for the 2016 season and beyond.

NOTE: We will finish up the "GREATEST BEARS BY THE NUMBERS" series on Monday.

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