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The Bear's Den: September 8, 2016

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The Chicago Bears & Rodney Dangerfield have one thing in common, they each get "no respect, no respect at all"...

Houston? We've got your Houston right here, baby!
Houston? We've got your Houston right here, baby!
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

KYLE LONG

Dickerson: Chicago Bears announce Kyle Long's four-year extension - ESPN - The Bears officially announced the contract extension that would keep perennial Pro Bowler Kyle Long on the team through the 2021 season.

Cox: Bears make it official, sign Kyle Long to four-year extension - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears officially announced the four-year extension for Kyle Long that was reported a few days earlier by various media outlets.

Finley: Bears sign Kyle Long to four-year extension - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears made Kyle Long's extension official Wednesday, announcing a four-year deal that will expire at the end of the 2021 season.

Emma: Bears Award 3-Time Pro Bowl Guard Kyle Long 4-Year Extension - CBS Chicago - Long is signed with the Bears through the 2021 season.

Andracki: Bears make Kyle Long's extension official - CSN Chicago - The Bears officially announced Kyle Long's contract extension Wednedsay morning.

Seligman (AP): Chicago Bears agree to 4-year extension with star guard Kyle Long - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears took a gamble when they drafted Kyle Long. It paid off in a big way, and they rewarded him with a four-year contract extension.

Mayer: Long inks new deal through 2021 - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears locked up one of their most important players Wednesday, signing offensive lineman Kyle Long to a four-year contract extension through 2021.

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: Ramifications of the Josh Sitton signing - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears were fortunate to add a new puzzle piece in the form of the All-Pro guard, but there are some questions surrounding this move.

LeGere: Chicago Bears see McPhee's leadership as worth the wait - Daily Herald - Keeping Chicago Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on the physically-unable-to-perform list allows him to continue rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee but prevents him from playing until Game 7, at the earliest. But medically, all parties agree it was the prudent thing to do.

Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are back to discuss a busy weekend of roster moves for the Bears: Adding Josh Sitton (1:40 mark), Robbie Gould's departure (12:05), why it's too early for strength of schedule chatter (20:43), previewing Sunday's season opener vs. Texans (24:50) and Lovie Smith's debut at Illinois (38:49).

Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings: Bears in bottom third - Chicago Tribune - For some reason there are plenty of doubters for the defending NFC champs coming off a 15-win season. I imagine coach Ron Rivera likes that.

Wiederer: Where'd everybody go? The mystery of the Bears' depth chart flux - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will head for their season opener this weekend with a group of projected starters that barely resembles the cast they began the 2015 season with.

Bears great Doug Plank: "The Bears are probably looking at a .500 season again" - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Chicago Bear great Doug Plank joins Justin (as he will every week this season) to preview the Bears first game this Sunday against Houston. Doug also talks about the release of Robbie Gould, the signing of Josh Sitton and how the team stacks up against the rest of the NFC North.

Campbell: Robbie Gould on release from Bears - 'I'm not bitter' - Chicago Tribune - Robbie Gould said he believed he had a good preseason and was caught off guard by the Bears' decision to replace him with journeyman Connor Barth.

Rosendoom: John Fox just lost the right to use unfamiliarity as an excuse - Chicago Tribune - Here’s your Robbie Gould moral: There’s no room for nice in the NFL.

Wiederer: Bears sign Kyle Long to 4-year contract extension - Chicago Tribune - The Bears officially announced a four-year contract extension for Kyle Long on Wednesday morning, a deal that will now extend through the 2021 season.

Video: Long on working with Sitton - ChcagoBears.com - Offensive lineman Kyle Long talks about the addition of Josh Sitton Monday at Halas Hall.

Podcast: Previewing Bears vs. Texans and discussing the release of Robbie Gould - Pro Football Weekly - The NFL season is finally here! Before we get into the Week One preview, Kevin gives his take on the surprising release of Robbie Gould. Then we talk Bears vs. Texans and go 'Behind Enemy Lines' with the voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer (@TexansV

Fishbain: Kyle Long signs four-year extension with Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Three-time Pro Bowler under contract with Bears through 2021

Mayer: Bears prepping to face Texans in opener - ChicagoBears.com - After an off day Tuesday, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday's season opener against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

Perez: Kyle Fuller discusses knee injury, status for Week 1 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller met with the media and discussed his knee injury and status for Week 1's game versus the Houston Texans

Cox: Don’t overlook the signing of tight end Logan Paulsen - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears signed tight end Logan Paulsen in a flurry of other roster moves, and his addition to the offense shouldn't be overlooked.

Perez: A look at the Chicago Bears’ depth chart for Week 1 vs. Houston Texans - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears released their first depth chart of the regular season and there were very few surprises for Week 1 against the Texans

Podcast: What the Bears' 3 monster moves mean for the season - Chicago Sun-Times - In the ninth edition of the Halas Intrigue podcast, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley discusses the Bears' major decisions from the weekend

Finley: A year after changes, chair George McCaskey likes Bears direction - Chicago Sun-Times - George McCaskey walked Ryan Pace around Halas Hall, past the Lombardi Trophy and old footballs and memorabilia.

Potash: Resilient Eric Kush can take a few hard knocks - Chicago Sun-Times - Getting waived by the Rams last week marked the fifth time in a year that he has been cut by an NFL team.

Krinch: CSN, Lester Wiltfong & SBNation team up to talk Josh Sitton, Kevin White, Bears-Texans - CSN Chicago - CSNChicago.com's Scott Krinch and SBNation.com's Lester Wiltfong look ahead to the 2016 season for the Bears.

Mullen: 1-on-1 with Bears head coach John Fox - CSN Chicago - Bears head coach John Fox goes 1-on-1 with CSNChicago.com to discuss the upcoming season.

Weaver: Chicago Bears, 3 surprises on 1st depth chart - Cover32 - The Chicago Bears are gearing up for their first game of the 2016 regular season on Sunday. General manager Ryan Pace has made a few...

Wiltfong's T Formation Converstaion Podcast Direct Page - Bears Sports Radio - The easiest way to listen to all the latest Chicago Bears news and analysis in one place.

Wiltfong: 3 match-ups the Chicago Bears can exploit vs the Houston Texans - Windy City Gridiron - Check out the latest edition of Lester's podcast, T Formation Conversation as he breaks down three potential match-ups that the Chicago Bears could exploit this Sunday against the Houston Texans.

POLISH SAUSAGE

AP Power Rankings: Panthers start regular season at No. 1 - USA Today - The Carolina Panthers finished last season as the runner-up after losing the Super Bowl.

Chicago Bears Fans Poke Fun at Team's New Hashtag - NBC Chicago - Chicago Bears fans are hungry... for a new hashtag.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Shook: Mike Zimmer waiting until Sunday to name starting QB - NFL.com - Ah, there's nothing quite like a head coach playing coy about his starting quarterback. But Mike Zimmer might need to wait to make this decision out of necessity, not just to toy with his opponent.

Alper: J.J. Watt: I can do "anything and everything" I’m asked - ProFootballTalk - Texans coach Bill O'Brien stopped short of saying that defensive end J.J. Watt would play against the Bears this Sunday during an appearance on PFT Live Tuesday, but it was the kind of stop that could lead to Frank Costanza worrying about someone stealing his move.

FANPOSTS

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