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The Bear's Weekend Den & Open Thread, July 9-10, 2016

The weekend is here, and so is your Weekend Den featuring an Open Thread comment section!

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Bernstein: Deal For Alshon Jeffery Makes Little Sense - CBS Chicago - With a week remaining for franchise-tagged players to come to terms with their teams on multi-year contracts, the Bears and receiver Alshon Jeffery are still reportedly unlikely to agree to longer terms.

Mayer: Vets give advice to rookie teammates - - With the 2016 season looming, we asked second-year pros Jeremy Langford and Adrian Amos what advice they'd give rookie teammates to survive and thrive in training camp and beyond.

Lambert: Why the Chicago Bears Really Hesitate To Pay Alshon Jeffery - Sports Mockery - Most of the narrative surrounding the contract situation between wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and the Chicago Bears centers on the fact that the team is not eager to invest top money in a player with a rather dubious history of injuries. Since 2012, Jeffery has missed 14 games with various ailments including seven last year. How would they look if they sunk $14 million per year into him and he immediately gets hurt again? No team is eager to waste that much money on a player who can’t stay on the field consistently.

Perez: Predicting which offensive guards will make the Bears’ final roster - Bears Wire - A prediction of which offensive guards will make the Chicago Bears final roster

Cox: Four ways Dowell Loggains can improve Adam Gase’s offense - Bears Wire - Dowell Loggains takes over for Adam Gase as Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator, and he can build on their success from 2015.

Wiltfong: Do the Chicago Bears have good corners? - Windy City Gridiron - Some Chicago Bears' fans were looking for changes at the cornerback position in 2016, but the team stood by their top three of a year ago. Some NFL experts believe that was the right call. What do you guys think?

Chicago Bears Current Salary Cap Space Standings- Over The Cap - NFL salary cap space estimates for all 32 teams in the 2016 NFL seasons

Witfong's 2016 Chicago Bears Season Preview: Week 1 Houston Texans - Windy City Gridiron - Thanks to the fine folks that work on the individual SB Nation NFL team sites, we have the ability to get the inside scoop on each and every team that the Chicago Bears will face this season.


Arthur Arkush: 2016 Bear Necessities, No. 12 WR Kevin White - Pro Football Weekly - With the start of training camp in Bourbonnais approaching at the end of July, Chicago Football is ranking the Bear Necessities - the 20 most important Bears for the 2016 season.

Ottochain: Creating the All-Time Bears roster: Wide Receiver - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears don't have a ton of talented receivers in their history, and one more modern player was able to make the all-time list.

Lyles: Odell Beckham Jr. didn't like his NFL poll ranking, so he worked out at 3 AM - TheComeback.comNew York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. found his inspiration that way, after taking offense to an NFL ranking. The NFL Top-100 player poll had Beckham at No. 10, which was a 22-spot improvement from last season. Pretty good right? Not for Beckham.

Perez: Top 25 most important Bears of 2016, No. 22 Deon Bush - Bears Wire - The top 25 Chicago Bears for 2016 series continues, this time focusing on No. 22 Deon Bush, the rookie safety from Miami

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2016: #7 Do you trust Charles Leno? - Windy City Gridiron - For the 8th straight year, I'm bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. Coming in at #7 is Jay Cutler's blind side protector, Charles Leno Jr.


Inside The Bears: Runners race through Soldier Field - - The PNC Chicago Bears 5K gave runners a chance to finish the race inside Soldier Field. Inside the Bears co-host Lauren Screeden was at the finish line to greet the runners.

Florio: 2017 draft will be held in Philly, unless it won’t - ProFootballTalk - After two years in Chicago, following many in New York, the NFL will take the draft on the move yet again. One Pennsylvania politician claims it's coming to Philadelphia.

Jackson: Scan shows Kelly clear of cancer - ProFootballTalk - Preliminary reports from a biopsy Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly had Thursday show no signs of cancer, Kelly's wife posted on Instagram Thursday. Kelly's wife, Jill, had previously posted an update that said his most recent scan was inconclusive about the possible presence of cancer. Ken's Note: Cancer SUCKS.

Florio: Changes to catch rule will make it harder to overturn on-field rulings of a catch - ProFootballTalk - The new rule book is out, posted online for anyone to (try to) read and to (try to) understand. The hot button continues to be the definition of what is and isn't a catch, and this year's rule book has a new provision aimed at articulating the moment when a player who gets both hands on the ball and...

Lyles: Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver makes a spectacular no-look touchdown by accident - - Winnipeg wide receiver Ryan Smith made a crazy no-look catch for a touchdown, by accident, in a CFL game. Ken's Note: My CFL team is Winnipeg. Just and FYI.


Jacobson: What can Gunter Bring to the Table? - Cheesehead TV - Jacobson "I do not believe the Green Bay Packers have very much depth at cornerback." With a young, thin cornerbacks arsenal, Ladarius Gunter may find himself continuing to ascend up the depth chart.

Gates: Minnesota Vikings 2016 Schedule Preview, Tennessee Titans - Daily Norseman - It's time to take a look at some of Minnesota's opponents through the eyes of their SB Nation bloggers. Up first, we see the Tennessee Titans.

Burchfield: Calvin Johnson Shares The Dark Realities Of An NFL Career - CBS Detroit - At 30 years old, he seemed to be calling it quits prematurely. But a lifetime in the NFL is unlike any other.

Alexander: Inside Megatron's decision to walk away from football - ESPN VideoMichael Smith shares more from his E:60 exclusive interview with Calvin Johnson.

Florio: Calvin Johnson underscores how easy it was to get painkillers - ProFootballTalk - Retired receiver Calvin Johnson's revealing interview with ESPN's E:60 touches on a subject that the league currently would prefer to be concealing: Painkiller use in the NFL.

Rothstein: Did the Lions do enough to protect Matthew Stafford this season? - ESPN - The Detroit Lions added three linemen in the draft and our NFC North writers discuss how much of an effect that will have on their success.

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