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The Bear's Den: January 3, 2017

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The Bears cleaned out their lockers and gave interviews, we have them for you.

Jerrell Freeman with one of his bazillion tackles
Jerrell Freeman with one of his bazillion tackles
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Pompei: Observations From Bears-Vikings - CBS Chicago - The Bears played like they wanted the offseason to be here. Now it is.

Emma: Bears WR Kevin White Expects He’ll Return The Same Player - CBS Chicago - White expects to be 100 percent for the offseason program.

Fishbain: Kevin White expects an easier rehab process this time around - Pro Football WeeklyKevin White made his appearance at locker-room clean-out day as a rehabilitating player for the second season in a row. A high ankle sprain and fractured fibula meant the team’s 2015 No. 7 pick missed all but four games a year aft

The Chicago Bears pick No. 3 in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here are the previous 10 No. 3 picks - Pro Football Weekly - With the Bears picking No. 3 in the 2017 NFL Draft, we take a look back at the previous 10 No. 3 picks.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears clean out their lockers, close the book on injury-filled 2016 season - Pro Football WeeklyKyle Long, Kevin White among injured Bears who talked to the media Monday

Mayer: Bears players vow to rebound in 2017 - ChicagoBears.com - Cleaning out their lockers Monday, Bears players reflected on a forgettable 2016 season and expressed confidence and optimism about the future.

Perez: These Chicago Bears are about to become unrestricted free agents - Bears Wire - A list of Chicago Bears who will be unrestricted free agents this offseason

Finley's Podcast: What Bears learned from tough end to worse season - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Sun-Times' Patrick Finley examines what the Bears learned from their ugly finale to a 3-13 season.

Finley: Super Bowl title? Playoffs? 3-13 Bears fumble for optimism - Chicago Sun-TimesAlshon Jeffery doubled down on his Super Bowl promise from a day earlier and then made an even more ludicrous claim.

Potash: Upbeat Kevin White eager to stay healthy, 'take off' in 2017 - Chicago Sun-TimesKevin White isn’t going to let a couple of season-ending injuries get him down.

Jahns: Five things we learned during the Bears' clean-out day - Chicago Sun-Times - Locker room clean-out day came and went in a flurry, but not before several big-name Bears met the media.

Finley: QB Brian Hoyer hopes Bears reunion 'something I can be a part of' - Chicago Sun-TimesBrian Hoyer is poised to be a free agent this offseason, but said he'd like to return to the Bears.

Potash: Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley hoping for shot at Bears QB job - Chicago Sun-Times - Brian Hoyer is like the guy who went into the clubhouse down two strokes and ended up atop the leader board.

Video: Kyle Long 'We've got young guys who can play' - CSN Chicago - Kyle Long talks about young players like Jordan Howard who can help the Bears in the near future.

Mullin: Defiant Bears predict vast leap from 2016 to 2017 - CSN Chicago - The Bears finished 3-13 in 2016, but believe they can "shock the world" in 2017 and compete for a Super Bowl.

Video: Jeffery reiterates claim that Bears will win Super Bowl - CSN Chicago - Alshon Jeffery said again that the Bears will win the Super Bowl in 2017.

Maske: The first round produces an NFC slugfest and an AFC snoozer - Chicago Tribune - After a final Sunday of the regular season that contained a few twists (including the Washington Redskins' unspeakably dreadful performance on offense to miss the playoffs by losing to the New York Giants), the NFL playoff field is set.

Mullin: Bears face decisions on which quarterbacks - if any - will return in 2017 - CSN Chicago - General manager Ryan Pace has decisions to make as to which of the three QBs who started for the Bears in 2017 he will keep.

Kevin White: 'Didn't think I would be out this year' - Chicago Tribune - Bears wide receiver Kevin White speaks on Jan. 2, 2017. (Rich Campbell/Chicago Tribune)

Biggs: Bears QB Brian Hoyer ‘I would love to stay here’ - Chicago Tribune - Veteran Brian Hoyer would embrace the opportunity to return to the Bears for a second season.

Wiederer & Campbell: Kyle Long, Alshon Jeffery & more on frustrating year - Chicago Tribune - A day after finishing a 3-13 season with a 28-point road loss to the Vikings, the Bears held their final team meetings at Halas Hall on Monday.

Mullin: Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White once answers, now question marks for Bears - CSN Chicago - Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White were supposed to be the answer for the Bears at wide receiver. Now both are question marks heading into 2017.

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears' 38-10 loss to the Vikings - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears closed out the 2016 season with a 3-13 record following a 38-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Wiederer & Campbell: Kyle Long, Alshon Jeffery & more on frustrating year - Chicago Tribune - A day after finishing a 3-13 season with a 28-point road loss to the Vikings, the Bears held their final team meetings at

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jackson: McCarron open to potential trade, chance to start - ProFootballTalkBengals quarterback A.J. McCarron cleaned out his locker like the rest of his teammates did Monday, and McCarron left knowing he might not be back. A fifth-round pick in 2014, McCarron has one year left on his rookie contract.

Florio: Wade Phillips wants to stay with Broncos, laments being "unemployed" - ProFootballTalk - The Broncos are looking for a new coach. Eventually they may be looking for a new defensive coordinator. Wade Phillips has an expiring contract. Which makes him a free agent. Which also makes him out of a job, for now.

Florio: Kirk Cousins doesn’t sound willing to do a team-friendly deal - ProFootballTalk - Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan essentially wants quarterback Kirk Cousins to negotiate like Tom Brady. Instead, Cousins seems to be prepared to negotiate like Peyton Manning. Unfortunately for Washington, Cousins is a long way from playing like either.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schweickert: Bears vs Vikings Notes, Scribbles, and Things Jotted Down - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears closed out their year not on a win, but on a blowout loss in which they looked completely lost. We're going over our notes from yesterday's season-ending loss.

Noble: John Fox should hire Mike McCoy to Chicago Bears staff - Windy City Gridiron - Both the Chicago Bears and Mike McCoy would benefit from a reunion...

Wiltfong: Snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears limp through the finish line of the 2016 season - Windy City Gridiron - We'll take a deeper look at the statistics, both individual and team, and also run down the playing time breakdown for the Chicago Bears season finale.

Noble: Brandon Marshall, September 2016 - "I learned a lesson from Chicago Bears locker room tirade"; December 2016: Throws tirade in New York Jets locker room - Windy City GridironBrandon Marshall is allegedly getting another locker room stirred into a frenzy.

FANPOSTS

Arctous: Your biggest takeaways from this season? - Windy City Gridiron - The biggest positive I got from da Bears this year is Jordan Howard! I love watching him run! It seems like he makes the most out of every play with his run after contact ability.

Delici-Oso: To Keep or Fire John Fox - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears and their fans came into the 2016 season with an air of optimism, and why shouldn't they have? The 2015 squad, finishing a deceptive 6-10, left the field as feisty competitors...

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there'a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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