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All eyes are on the Combine, while free agency looms ever closer...

Leonard Floyd had very controversial measurements at the combine last year...
Leonard Floyd had very controversial measurements at the combine last year...
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS (AND COMBINE)

Mayer: What Bears rookies said at Combine - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL Combine looming, we take a look back at what top Bears rookies Jordan Howard, Cody Whitehair and Leonard Floyd had to say at last year's event.

Biggs: No shoulder surgery for Bears’ Kyle Long this offseason - Chicago Tribune - Kyle Long will maintain his focus on rehabilitating from reconstructive surgery on his right ankle and has opted not to have surgery to repair a partially torn

Mayer: Bears head to Indianapolis for Combine - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox will lead a contingent of more than 60 Bears staffers down Interstate 65 to Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Mayer: How Bears players fared at Combine - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL Combine being held this week in - Indianapolis, we took a glimpse back at how current and former Bears fared in the 40-yard dash, bench press and vertical jump.

Perez: Bears must look elsewhere for safety as Eric Berry signs massive deal - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will look elsewhere for safety help as their top target, Eric Berry, re-signed with the Chiefs

Mullin: NFL Scouting Combine represents opportunities - good and bad - for Bears - CSN Chicago - With the NFL Scouting Combine beginning this week, the Bears are presented with plenty of opportunities — both good and bad.

Biggs: NFL combine storylines to watch: Start with quarterbacks - Chicago Tribune - The quarterback-needy Browns (first pick), 49ers (second), Bears (third) and Jets will be in a risky position if they pass on a one with their first pick.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / COMBINE

Moreano's 7-Round Bears Mock Draft (1.0) - Da Bears Brothers - Nick takes his turn with his pre-combine mock draft. Find out which players he has coming to the Windy City.

2017 NFL mock draft: What 1st rounders need to do at the combine - SBNation.com - This week’s mock is all about finding flaws in the first 32 picks

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Jets, Broncos go QB in first, Browns, 49ers in second – Metro - The NFL Combine begins this week. Expect many players on this board to rise and fall dramatically over the course of the next few weeks.

WalterFootball.com: 2017 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell - 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.

2017 NFL mock draft 1.0: Falcons select Carl Lawson with 31st pick | Atlanta Falcons blog: Atlanta football news - By the time the NFL scouting combines ends and teams have made their Pro Day visits, the dust will settle at the top of the draft class. Despite Deshaun Watson’s great play over the past two college seasons, he is not currently the consensus No.

Peter Schrager's pre-Combine 2017 NFL Mock Draft - We’re through the Senior Bowl, the Super Bowl, and now on to Indianapolis.

NFL mock draft 2017 - Newsday - Where do Myles Garrett, Deshaun Watson, Jonathan Allen and others end up in Newsday's first-round mock draft 3.0?

2017 NFL Mock Drafts - Rob Rang - CBSSports.com NFLDraftScout.com - Rob Rang's expert NFL mock draft -- provide by CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com.

2017 NFL Mock Drafts - Dane Brugler - CBSSports.com NFLDraftScout.com - Dane Brugler's expert NFL mock draft -- provide by CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com.

FREE AGENCY

Schein: Eddie Lacy, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett headline riskiest free agents of 2017 - NFL.com - Before the free agency spending sprees begin on March 9, Adam Schein identifies nine available players who should give teams pause, including Eddie Lacy, Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery.

Western: Tracking every player receiving a tag in 2017 - Acme Packing Company - With a deadline nearing, we will keep track of all of the players receiving tags.

Rosenthal: Free agency stories to watch as combine gets rolling - NFL.com - Expect the buzzy rumors to fly when the NFL's decision makers meet in Indy. Gregg Rosenthal explains Kirk Cousins' leverage, the impact of JPP's tag and Calais Campbell's opportunity to cash in.

Florio: Washington needs to be "blown away" to trade Kirk Cousins, supposedly - ProFootballTalk - With Washington applying the exclusive franchise tag to quarterback Kirk Cousins, which will cost them no more than his 20-percent raise over last year's $19.95 million tender (i.e., $23.94 million), Cousins can't negotiate with other teams.

Stapelton: NFL teams get jump start on franchise tags - Chicago Tribune - Le'Veon Bell, Chandler Jones, Melvin Ingram and Kawann Short didn't have to wait until Wednesday's deadline to get franchise tagged.

DeSilva: 7 teams that should consider signing Adrian Peterson - FOX Sports - Peterson is set to be a free agent on March 9.

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!

HoneyBearHouseholder: Taking A Look in the Bears History Book: Chris Zorich - Windy City Gridiron - The next edition of Taking A Look in the Bears History Book! This week our former Bear is Chris Zorich.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Manziel says life 'trending upward' despite judge's concern - Chicago Sun-Times - Former NFL quarterback tries to reassure judge he's serious about the conditions of getting his domestic violence case dismissed.

Bad Hair Days: Tom Brady posts surprising yearbook photo - Chicago Sun-Times - Five-time Super Bowl champion has some serious #hairgoals

Schwartz: Skip Bayless thinks Steelers made a mistake by committing to Antonio Brown long-term | FOX Sports - The Steelers made Antonio Brown the highest-paid WR in football, but was that a mistake?

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lemieux: PODcast - NFL Combine preview, franchise tag reactions, Kareem Hunt crushes - Pride Of Detroit - The scouting combine starts Tuesday and Alex Reno teaches you all the buzz words to use. Also: bonus listcast?

Thompson: Bill Polian doesn’t think Randy Moss should be in the Hall of Fame - Daily Norseman - The Hall of Fame executive doesn’t want two of the best wide receivers to play the game in Canton with him.

Western: T.J. Lang and Packers finally in contact about new contract - Acme Packing Company - The fact that Packers’ brass are talking to the agent for one of their top free agents is a good sign, especially in light of silence between the two parties.

Adrian Peterson a free agent after 10 years with Vikings - Chicago Sun-Times - Vikings declined to exercise their option for next season on Peterson's contract.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Give my Ten Thoughts on the NFL a peek this week, and make sure you drop a few thoughts of your own in our comment section.

Wiltfong: Mike Mayock on the NFL Draft, the Combine and the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, held his annual pre-combine press conference and we’ve got all his pertinent information about the Chicago Bears.

FANPOSTS

Ditka's Pushbroom: Re-Building 101 - Windy City Gridiron - With the news breaking that Cutler is available and Jeffery won't be tagged, the Bears/Pace/Fox vitriol has reached a fever-pitch. Before I get into this post too far, let me ask all of you a...

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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