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One day in and nobody tagged... when will the first shoe drop?

Eric Kush - back again to lead the way...
Eric Kush - back again to lead the way...
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

ERIC KUSH

Mayer: Bears ink Kush to two-year deal - ChiagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday re-signed veteran offensive lineman Eric Kush to a two-year contract.

Finley: Bears sign offensive lineman Eric Kush to two-year deal - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears signed center Eric Kush to a two-year contract on Wednesday.

Krinch: Bears sign OL Eric Kush to two-year deal - CSN Chicago - The Bears added to their offensive line depth on Wednesday as they announced the signing of Eric Kush to a two-year deal.

Wiederer: Bears finalize 2-year extension with OL Eric Kush - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have finalized a two-year contract extension with offensive lineman Eric Kush. The team announced the deal with the fifth-year veteran Wednesday morning.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears bring back OL Eric Kush on a two-year deal - Pro Football Weekly - Kush started four games last season, his first with the Bears

BEARRRSSSS

DeWitt: Should the Bears Bring Back Jeffery? Bring in Garoppolo? (And More) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers discuss and debate the two decisions ahead of Ryan Pace that takes precedence.

Perez: Cody Whitehair’s rookie season ranked among best ever for Pro Football Focus - Bears Wire - Bears rookie center Cody Whitehair ranked as one of the best performances by a rookie center in the history of Pro Football Focus

Finley's Podcast: Evaluating the pros and cons of keeping Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley examines the pros and cons of keeping receiver Alshon Jeffery:

Mullin: Jay Cutler experience should push Bears far away from just measurables when choosing next QB - CSN Chicago - For the Bears, the hard-to-gauge intangibles should be weighted far ahead of the physical skills and talents that they have had since 2009.

Emma: Will The Bears Bring Back Alshon Jeffery? - CBS Chicago - The Bears' decision on the talented Jeffery looms with uncertainty.

Mayer: New linebackers bolstered defense - ChicagoBears.com - Veteran inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman bolstered the Bears defense when they were available in 2016, but the two combined to miss 11 games.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Goodbread: Chad Kelly among notable prospects not invited to 2017 combine - NFL.com - Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, is among the notable prospects who weren't invited to participate in this year's combine.

Florio: Players facing franchise tag should let it happen - ProFootballTalk - The first business day of the two-week franchise tag has come and gone with no one being tagged. Shockingly. With fourteen days to go (yes, there are only 14 days in two weeks but when the window opens on a Wednesday and closes two Wednesdays later that's 15 days), any player who may be tagged if...

Cox: How much should the Bears pay Alshon Jeffery? - Bears Wire - In the latest episode of Locked On Bears, host Bryan Perez answers your questions and discusses Alshon Jeffery's potential contract value.

Gabriel: Scouting North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky - CBS Chicago - Trubisky has the physical tools to excel, but his experience makes him a wild card.

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly invited, then uninvited, to Combine - Rotoworld.com - Polian reports that Kelly's family isn’t sure why his invitation was rescinded. The reason has to do with the NFL's new rule to not invite players who've been convicted of a violent crime.

Jabrill Peppers listed as a LB on the official NFL Combine sheet - Rotoworld.com - Jabrill Peppers 2017 player profile, game log, season stats, career stats, recent news In-depth NFL Draft news complete with Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshmen rankings.

Rosenthal: On the bubble, 30 AFC players who could be released - NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal eyes 30 AFC players who look like candidates for release, from Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles to more surprising names like Jets WR Brandon Marshall and Bills RB LeSean McCoy.

Bonesteel: It's NFL franchise tag season. What exactly does that mean? - Washington Post via Chicago Tribune - Starting Wednesday and lasting through 3 p.m. CT on March 1, NFL teams may apply the franchise tag or transition tag to a select few pending free agents.

Updated: 11 free agents for the Chicago Bears to decide to re-sign or not - Pro Football Weekly - The Bears have one major decision to make in free agency regarding Alshon Jeffery, and then can decide whether or not to bring back one of their veteran quarterbacks.

Wilson: Texans unlikely to use franchise tag on A.J. Bouye - Houston Chronicle - Although the Texans ideally would like to retain free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye and hammer out a contract extension, a relatively tight salary-cap situation is expected to preclude them from designating him as their franchise player.

Florio: As to cap space, the minimum means as much the maximum - ProFootballTalk - The billion-dollar breathlessness already has begun regarding 2016 league year, which will feature unprecedented amounts of cap space and, presumably, unprecedented spending. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. The salary cap represents the most a team can spend. Ken's Note: I know this is old but the information pertains to discussions from yesterday's Den.

Jackson: Edelman says Garoppolo has Favre-Rodgers 'confidence' - NFL.com - Will Bill Belichick be willing to part with Tom Brady's insurance? If so, wideout Julian Edelman thinks Jimmy Garoppolo is ready to be a starting quarterback, even comparing him to a few greats.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Orr: Terrelle Pryor says I 'love being with the Browns' - NFL.com - Terrelle Pryor reportedly is set to start "strong discussions" over a new contract, and the young wide receiver wants to stay with the Cleveland Browns. "I love the building process here."

Smith: Hall of Famer Kurt Warner recalls doubting he’d ever get a chance - ProFootballTalk - Kurt Warner has just been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has a story unlike any other Hall of Famer: Warner wasn't just undrafted and overlooked, but he was a guy in his late 20s just trying to make it in Arena football, and he doubted the NFL would ever give him a chance to show w...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Twentyman: NFC North headlines around the division - DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman takes a look at the news surrounding each team in the NFC North.

Demovsky: Brett Favre revenge, would Packers be interested in Adrian Peterson? - ESPN - Adrian Peterson in green and gold? It may seem unlikely, but maybe it's time for a Viking to go to the Packers instead of the other way around.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears have re-signed Eric Kush - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have brought back an important depth piece from their offensive line.

Sunderbruch: How Not to Scout a Quarterback, Part 1 - Windy City Gridiron - Looking through college stat lines is an exercise in frustration when evaluating quarterbacks.

Wiltfong: 2017 NFL Draft, Mike Mayock's positional rankings for the Chicago Bears’ needs - Windy City Gridiron - Check out the top 5 positional rankings from NFL Network’s top draftnik, Mike Mayock, at a few of the Chicago Bears’ need positions.

Zeglinski: Bears window shopping 2017, Melvin Ingram is the cream of the pass rush crop - Windy City Gridiron, - Dominance in a new environment for Melvin Ingram is the headline story of the pass rushers on the open market.

FANPOSTS

54OakLightning: What if Cutler takes a pay cut? - Windy City Gridiron - I wrote this awhile ago on one of the other posts, and i know most of the fans\media think he is gone, but what if Jay Cutler is willing to reduce his salary? Will that change your mind?

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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