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The Bear's Den: February 3, 2017

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Super Bowl week & the rumors (from unreliable sources) are flying...

Jordan Howard ran strong at the Pro Bowl
Jordan Howard ran strong at the Pro Bowl
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

DeWitt: Current State of the Franchise (Part Two: Defense) - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers take a hard look at the Chicago Bears defense, decide what Ryan Pace's priorities should be for it, and more.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Trading down, Jonathan Allen's pains, Jimmy Garoppolo's potential and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Rosenthal: One thing each NFC team can do to hit Super Bowl LII - NFL.com - How can Ezekiel Elliott's Cowboys and Aaron Rodgers' Packers take a step closer to next year's Super Bowl? Gregg Rosenthal has one thing each NFC team can do to knock Atlanta off the conference perch.

Perez: Accolades continue for Jordan Howard after productive rookie season - Bears Wire - ChicagoBears.com awarded Jordan Howard with three significant team awards after a fantastic rookie season.

Finley: Despite 'awkward' feeling, Mike Singletary hopes Bears improve - Chicago Sun-Times - Despite calling his relationship with his former team "awkward," Mike Singletary said it was maddening to watch the team struggle.

Rosenbloom: The simple answer for the Bears' Jimmy Garoppolo question - Chicago Tribune - Should the Bears trade picks for Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo? No. No deal. No discussion. No nothing. Period. Paragraph. Ballgame.

Cox: Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Pace started building relationship back during Bears-Patriots joint practices - Bears Wire - Ryan Pace and New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo started to build a connection back at the Bears-Patriots joint practices.

Finley: Jim McMahon: Bears' play in recent years 'embarrassing' - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s hard for Jim McMahon to watch the Bears.

Krinch: Report says Bears plan to make trading for Jimmy Garoppolo top offseason priority - CSN Chicago - According to a report from CBS's Jason La Canfora, the Bears plan to make trading for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo a top priority.

LeGere: Should Chicago Bears make move for Garoppolo? - Daily Herald - There's no doubt about the biggest question facing the Chicago Bears this off-season. Should they trade for Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to lead their hoped-for return to prominence, or would they be better off using a high draft pick to get their QB of the future?

Finley: Could Jimmy Garoppolo come home as the Bears' next starting QB? - Chicago Sun-Times - Jimmy Garoppolo feels the tug of home. It’s usually vocalized by his childhood friends from Arlington Heights.

Emma: Where Could The Bears Find A Franchise Quarterback? - CBS Chicago - Should the Bears part ways with Jay Cutler, they'll be facing a major decision.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Nick’s Quick Breakdown: Jamal Adams – Safety (LSU) - Da Bears Brothers - Nick breaks down and gives insight on a potential Bears draft pick, safety Jamal Adams out of LSU.

Mayer: Howard honored for breakout season - ChicagoBears.com - ChicagoBears.com has named running back Jordan Howard as the 2016 Bears most valuable player, offensive player of the year and rookie of the year.

Perez: Potential Bears’ draft target Malik Hooker has shoulder, hernia surgery - Bears Wire - 2017 NFL draft prospect Malik Hooker had shoulder and hernia surgery putting his draft status in jeopardy

2017 NFL Mock Draft - WalterFootball.com - Detailed NFL Mock Drafts, Player Prospect Rankings, One of the Largest Mock Draft Databases on the Web, Power Rankings and Much More for the NFL and Other Sports.

NFL Mock Draft 2017: Three-round projections - The San Diego Union-Tribune - Looking forward to the NFL Draft? Let us tell you what will happen.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Finley: Dwight Freeney preps for Super Bowl, 11 years after beating Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Every Bears starter from their Super Bowl XLI appearance but kicker Robbie Gould has since retired.

Battista: The Marty B Show - NFL.com - Martellus Bennett wouldn't seem to fit "the Patriot way." But as we've come to learn of the tight end himself, conventional thinking need not apply.

Finley: Ex-Bears WR Eric Weems turns to Devin Hester for inspiration - Chicago Sun-Times - Eric Weems presumed his days with the Bears were coming to an end.

Finley: Bryan Cox's Bears highlight? 'Jordan winking at my ex-wife' - Chicago Sun-Times - Asked what he remembered about playing linebacker for the Bears from 1996-97, Falcons assistant Bryan Cox smiled.

Finley: Brandon Marshall says he sold Matt Forte on dream-turned-'nightmare' | Chicago Sun-Times - Brandon Marshall recruited former Bears teammate Matt Forte to the Jets last offseason.

Garfien: The story of the Chicago Blitz and the craziest trade in sports history - CSN Chicago - The craziest trade in Chicago sports history didn't involve the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs or Sox. But it did include the Chicago Blitz.

Tesfatsion: The NFL's ongoing awkward dance with touchdown celebrations - Chicago Tribune - The NFL's dance with touchdown celebrations has long been an awkward one.

Biggs: Super Bowl experience priceless for Patriots defensive end Chris Long - Chicago Tribune - After years of losing with the Rams, Chris Long says he would have played for $5 with Patriots for a march to the Super Bowl.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

WIltfong's Chicago Bears 2017 Roster Turnover: It’s time for an upgrade at safety - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13 part series we'll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2017 season. We'll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential...

Sunderbruch: 2016 Bears in Context: 3rd Down Efficiency - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears only scored 17.4 points per game in 2016 (which placed them 28th in the NFL). While it would be hard to pinpoint a single cause in such a disastrous season, there is one stat that...

Zeglinski's Bears window shopping 2017: Eric Berry leads the safeties - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are likely to be very active in free agency this offseason. In this series, we’ll take a look at the top available players on the market for each primary need. With the secondary in...

FANPOSTS

ThatChowder99: Swap Cutler for Tyrod Taylor? - Windy City Gridiron - It seems like both players could benefit from a change of scenery, and it seems like both front offices would like to move on from their respective signal callers yet there are limited options out...

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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