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The Bear's Den: June 9, 2016

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In many ways, the offseason is like a lake-effect fog. Carl Sandburg wrote: "The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on." Good thing you have WCG & the Den to be your lighthouse and fog horn.

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BEAR DOWN!!!!

MANNY RAMIREZ

Mitchell: Manny Ramirez retires from Bears after 8 seasons in the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Veteran center Manny Ramirez, who had previously played for Coach John Fox in Denver, retired Wednesday at Halas Hall in Chicago. Ramirez told the team his body was not up to the challenge of NFL level competition any more.

Ramirez retires after eight seasons - With his body not responding like usual, 33-year-old offensive lineman Manny Ramirez has informed the Bears that he intends to retire following eight NFL seasons.

Finley: Bears' Ramirez mentoring, still wants to start - Chicago Sun-Times - Obviously, this article is pre-retirement.

Mullen: Bears take offensive line depth hit as Manny Ramirez retires - CSN Chicago - The Bears announced on Wednesday they have placed offensive lineman Manny Ramirez on the Reserve/Retired list.

BEARRRSSSS

Hub & Co's Podcast: The Way We Hear It on a new Buffalo Bills stadium - Pro Football Weekly - Hub Arkush and Nate Atkins discuss the latest news, scoops and rumors around the NFL. In this week’s show we discuss Ray Farmer’s comments towards "Johnny Football" and the Cleveland Browns, stating that the Browns mishandled Manziel’s fame.

Kirwan: QB's who love defeating the blitz - Real Foootball Network - Should you go after them? Jay Cutler's on the list, but is he on the GOOD side of things, or the BAD side of things?

Perez: Danny Trevathan wants to visit White House as a Chicago Bear - Bears Wire - Bears ILB Danny Trevathan visited the White House with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos but wants to return in '16 as a Chicago Bear

Weaver: How far can John Fox take the Bears? - Cover32John Fox has coached some solid NFL teams in his time. His first head coaching gig was with the Carolina Panthers, who he turned around almost overnight.

Finley: New Bears OT Nate Chandler embraces versatility - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears hope Nate Chandler will be a more reliable swing tackle than the waived Tayo Fabuluje. At least he’s versatile.

Campbell: Eddie Goldman striving for consistency as rock of Bears defensive line - Chicago Tribune - Nose tackle Eddie Goldman confident he can make marked improvement in his second season with the Bears.

Video: Young wide receivers getting more opportunity with Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - As Alshon Jeffery continues to workout on his own, and not at Bears OTAs, the younger receiver group is getting more chances to shine, according to veteran receiver Eddie Royal. Royal met with the media following Wednesday’s OTA practice and spoke about this and more.

Weaver: Jay Cutler celebrates big anniversary - Cover32 - Jay Cutler has been with the Chicago Bears for seven years now. What his legacy will become as one of Chicago's longest tenured quarterbacks...

Mayer: Royal hopes to play key role in 2016 - ChicagoBears.com - After being limited to nine games due to injuries last year, veteran receiver Eddie Royal hopes to play an integral role on a revamped Bears offense this season.

Cox: Eddie Goldman losing weight, gaining confidence - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears' nose tackle feels quicker and lighter after losing weight, and he said he's gained some strength too.

Perez: Jonathan Bullard adjusting to NFL game - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears' rookie DL Jonathan Bullard is learning to adjust to the NFL game.

Durkin: Bears wisely place emphisis on Special Teams - TheAtheltic.com - Since the departure of Lovie Smith and highly regarded coordinator Dave Toub after the 2012 season, there's been a measurable drop off in special teams performance.

Week 3 Photos: Bears OTA session at Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - Photos from the Bears OTA at Halas Hall on June 8, 2016.

Bears Family Fest tickets go on sale Thursday - Chicago Tribune - Tickets for the 2016 Chicago Bears Family Fest go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.

Wiederer: Bears rookie Jonathan Bullard learning when to take his chances - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears rookie Jonathan Bullard, a third-round pick in April, admits he¿s faced a learning curve in his first month on the job

POLISH SAUSAGE

Hub & Co's Video: The Way We Hear It - Roger Goodell is having a bad week - Pro Football Weekly - Roger Goodell’s has likely had better weeks as commissioner of the NFL. Although, some may say "It’s been worse." Goodell was rumored to have died on Tuesday, when the NFL Twitter account was hacked and a tweet proclaiming the death of the commissioner

Swartz: Kristin Cavallari's ideal date is playing cornhole with Jay Cutler - Chicago Tribune - His wife Kristin Cavallari told E! News that her ideal date with Cutler would involve playing cornhole while their kids ran around the backyard of their Chicago-area home.

Gantt: Jason Pierre-Paul to do fireworks PSA to remind kids of danger - ProFootballTalk - Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said last week he was going to be somewhere else on the Fourth of July this year, someplace they didn't celebrate with fireworks.

Does Patriots HC Bill Belichick have a trick up his sleeve with Rob Ninkovich and Shea McClellin? - Pats Pulpit - Can Bill Belichick show the world why he's a defensive genius? (Ken's Note: Or at least better than Mel Tucker)

Florio: Broncos made big offer in order to get Von Miller to offseason workouts - ProFootballTalk - So why did the Broncos make such a large offer to linebacker Von Miller so far in advance of the July 15 deadline for signing him to a long-term deal? Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the team put the money on the table prematurely in order to get him into the fold for at least part of offseason workouts...

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears' OTA Notes June 8 - Windy City Gridiron - Here are a few notes from the Chicago Bears' practice from earlier today.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers Go Bowling Instead of Practicing - TotalPackers.com - The Green Bay Packers decided not to practice on Tuesday and went bowling instead. Cosmic bowling. It was Mike McCarthy's latest team-building stunt.

Birkett: Lions confident Nevin Lawson, Quandre Diggs can hold down secondary - Detroit Free Press - The Lions are content to head into the season with Slay, Lawson, Diggs as top 3 CBs after strong finish to 2015

Check out Lester on Da Bears Brothers Podcast from last night talking OTAs, draft, the 2016 season and more...

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