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Where do we stand now that the "Franchise Tag" shoe has apparently dropped?

Not tagging me? You kidding?
Not tagging me? You kidding?
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

ALSHON JEFFERY

Jahns: Bears not expected to apply franchise tag on WR Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Sun-Times - Free agency starts March 9 and Jeffery is expected to sign quickly with another team.

Kwiecinski: Where does Alshon Jeffery rank in the Bears’ record books? - Bears Wire - A look at Alshon Jeffery's current standing in the Bears record books

Perez: Antonio Brown just made re-signing Alshon Jeffery a whole lot harder for the Bears - Bears Wire - The Bears may not be able to afford re-signing Alshon Jeffery after the new massive contract signed by Antonio Brown

Jahns: Tag, you're not it, Bears prepare for Alshon Jeffery's farewell - Chicago Sun-Times - As expected, the Bears will not use the franchise tag on Jeffery.

Andracki: Bears reportedly won't franchise tag Alshon Jeffery, so what's next? - CSN Chicago - The Bears may be bidding farewell to Alshon Jeffery as a report indicates they won't sign the receiver to a franchise tag.

Wiederer: Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery face uncertain futures as NFL offseason heats up - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have plenty of room under the salary cap and are very much interested in keeping Alshon Jeffery around, even after a disappointing 2016 season.

Campbell: By not tagging Alshon Jeffery, Bears opt to play receiver market - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears prepare to dive into free agency next week with millions to spend, receiver Alshon Jeffery is one step closer to a payday of his own.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears will not give Alshon Jeffery the Franchise Tag - Windy City Gridiron - An early morning report says that the Chicago Bears have no plans on franchise tagging wide out Alshon Jeffery for a 2nd consecutive offseason.

Western: Bears will not use Franchise Tag on WR Alshon Jeffery - Acme Packing Company - With ten days left before free agency officially begins, one of the biggest free agent names in the NFC North has a little bit of clarity on his status.

BEARRRSSSS

Cox: 2017 will be Kevin White’s make-or-break year - Bears Wire - Listen as Bears Wire managing editor Bryan Perez discusses the tumultuous career of Kevin White in the latest episode of Locked on Bears, the daily podcast focused on all things Chicago Bears.

Boden: Bears face decisions on Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and 2017 roster - CSN Chicago - As the NFL offseason picks up, the Bears front office must make decisions on Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and the 2017 roster soon.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Mullin: Draft pick at No. 3 demands guiding 'concept' of what Bears ultimately want to be - CSN Chicago - As the Bears get set to embark on the NFL Combine, which direction will they go with the No. 3 pick in the Draft?

Jeremiah: Myles Garrett among potential stars of NFL Scouting Combine - NFL.com - Which prospects will put on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine? Daniel Jeremiah reveals his top five candidates, which include the favorite to be picked No. 1 overall in this year's draft.

Platte: 2017 NFL Draft, top 6 players with serious injury concerns - Pride Of Detroit - Some players fall in the draft not due to a lack of talent, but due to a lack of durability. This class is full to the brim with talented competitors, but some have taken more than their fair share...

Peter Schrager's pre-combine mock draft - NFL Videos - NFL Network's Peter Schrager breaks down his pre-combine mock draft. Find out who Schrager thinks will be drafted in picks 1-32 of the first round.

Perez: Mike Mayock emphatically against drafting a QB in top-6 of 2017 NFL draft - Bears Wire - NFL Network's Mike Mayock emphatically against a QB going in top-6 of 2017 NFL draft

Mayock: Patrick Mahomes is entering first-round conversation - NFL.com - Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes is "picking up steam" in NFL circles, according to NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock.

Zierlein mock draft 2.0: 49ers, Bills address QB issues - NFL.com - Two QBs go in the top 10, and some surprise early picks have a few teams running up to turn in their cards as talent falls in Lance Zierlein's latest mock draft.

Pierre Garcon anybody?

2017 NFL Draft: Mike Williams, John Ross lead WR prospects - NFL.com - Bucky Brooks lists the top five wide receiver prospects, including a "bully ball" WR1 (Mike Williams) who compares to Dez Bryant and could quickly become a trusted crunch-time weapon in the NFL.

Jackson: The annual Hot 100 Free Agents list has been posted - ProFootballTalk - Before the spending begins, let the arguing begin. The annual PFT Hot 100 Free Agents list has been posted. We know most of the top players -- starting with No.

Jackson: Report, Chiefs "working" to make Eric Berry the NFL’s highest-paid safety - ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs are trying to finalize a deal with safety Eric Berry that would make Berry the NFL's highest-paid safety, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Hazlett's Complete Bears Mock Draft (1.0) - Da Bears Brothers - Just days before the commencement of the combine, Brandon Hazlett takes his first stab at a seven-round Bears mock draft.

Perez: Everything you need to know about the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine - Bears Wire - A look at the schedule of events for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Analysts take swing at first round - Bears Wire - Draft Wire brought together analysts from around the draft community for a group mock draft, adding a variety of opinions to the mix.

Gabriel: Scouting Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey - CBS Chicago - With good size and athleticism, Humphrey projects as a No. 1 cornerback in the next few years.

Western: Curds, Scouting Combine talks can lead to free agent re-signings - Acme Packing Company - In today's Curds, we examine some of the discussions that go on in Indianapolis, which can help set the market for some free agent players.

TAKING A LOOK AT BEARS HISTORY WITH HONEYBEAR HOUSEHOLDER

This offseason I will be linking the outstanding series that Honeybear Householder put together a few years ago so that those of you who missed out on it the first time can enjoy it and learn more about the storied history of your Chicago Bears!

Honeybear Householder: Taking A Look in the Bears History Book, Johnny Morris - Windy City Gridiron - Taking a Look in the Bears History Book. Meet the latest featured player, Johnny Morris, and learn about his amazing 10-year run with the Bears.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Perez: Former Bears coach Marc Trestman returns to Canada after failed stint in NFL - Bears Wire - Marc Trestman was named the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts, ending his tenure as a coach in the NFL

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: Full breakdown of Detroit Lions’ salary cap - Pride Of Detroit - Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has a detailed look at the Lions’ salary cap situation.

Gates: How Much Will The Top Free Agent Offensive Linemen Cost? - Daily Norseman - The Vikings will be in the o-line market in a few weeks.

Western: Revisiting Jay Cutler’s Career against the Packers - the early years (2006-2010) - Acme Packing Company - The Packers faced Jay Cutler six times in his first five seasons, and we look at those contests leading up to the 2010 NFC title game.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears quarterback shuffle - Windy City Gridiron - I take a look at two quarterback trade scenarios for the Chicago Bears plus the latest mock draft from SB Nation has them taking a QB.

FANPOSTS

TheRedStampede: Peterman and Kaaya are the way to go in the draft - Windy City Gridiron - Nathan Peterman and Brad Kaaya are two quarterbacks who have been connected to the Bears and are talented prospects each. Based on the hype of the Watson, Trubisky and Kizer these two are talented...

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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