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The Bear's Den: March 10, 2017 - And then chaos ensued...

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Bears have a controversial opening day of free agency...

Goodbye Alshon, Jay
Goodbye Alshon, Jay
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

JAY

Fishbain: Chicago Bears release QB Jay Cutler after eight seasons - Pro Football Weekly - Bears brass expresses gratitude for Cutler's time in Chicago

Mayer: Bears release Cutler after 8 seasons - ChicagoBears.com - Quarterback Jay Cutler's polarizing eight-year tenure in Chicago officially ended Thursday when he was released by the Bears.

Morrisssey: A brand new day, as Bears finally get rid of Jay Cutler - Chicago Sun-Times - It was time -- about three years ago.

Finley: Eight defining Jay Cutler moments, one for each Bears season - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at one memorable snapshot from each of Jay Cutler’s eight Bears seasons:

Emma: Jay Cutler Deserved Better As Bears Quarterback - CBS Chicago - Cutler's eight-year tenure ended Thursday with his release from the team.

Mullin: Looking back on Jay Cutler's eight seasons with the Bears - CSN Chicago - Jay Cutler’s time with the Bears has come to an end. Check out a timeline of Cutler's eight seasons in Chicago.

Jay Cutler left his mark in the Bears record books - CSN Chicago - Jay Cutler’s Bears years had their peaks and valleys but also produced some franchise records. Here is what he accomplished in eight seasons.

Mullin: End of an era, Bears release Jay Cutler - CSN Chicago - The long-anticipated departure of Jay Cutler from Chicago came to pass on Thursday as the Bears released the veteran quarterback.

LeGere: After 8 seasons, Chicago Bears release Jay Cutler - Through all the ups and downs, Jay Cutler was a .500 quarterback. Bob LeGere looks back on Cutler's career here.

Wiederer: Bears release Jay Cutler, ending an era - Chicago Tribune - The Jay Cutler era in Chicago is officially over. - After eight seasons, the Bears showed their desire to start a new chapter at quarterback, releasing Cutler.

Jahns: Jay Cutler thanks Chicago, Bears fans – Chicago Sun-Times - "I would like to first thank the city of Chicago and its passionate fans for a memorable eight years. I grew up in Indiana rooting for the Bears as kid, so it was an honor to wear the Bears uniform and play quarterback at Soldier Field for my favorite childhood team.

ALSHON

Mayer: Jeffery signs 1-year deal with Eagles - ChicagoBears.com - Receiver Alshon Jeffery has left the Bears after five seasons to sign a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Finley: Alshon Jeffery signs with Eagles - Chicago Sun-Times -Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery signed a one-year deal to play for the Eagles next year

Report: Alshon Jeffery agrees to one-year deal with Eagles - CSN Chicago - Alshon Jeffery has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Campbell: Alshon Jeffery agrees to join Eagles on 1-year deal - Chicago Tribune - By playing on a one-year deal, Alshon Jeffery is effectively betting on himself to answer questions about his availability and cash in as a free agent next offseason.

BEARS

Chicago Bears Free Agency Reaction: Mike Glennon and Quintin Demps - Da Bears Brothers - Just hours after becoming official, Da Bears Brothers shared their initial thoughts on the new Bears with insight and analysis on what to expect from each.

Biggs: Once again, Bears can't land the big one in free agency - Chicago Tribune - The Bears swung and missed when it came to the two best cornerbacks on the market — Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye — leaving a gaping hole in the secondary.

Jackson: Bears sign Markus Wheaton - ProFootballTalk - Free agent wide receiver Markus Wheaton will sign with the Bears, NFL Network reported Thursday. The Steelers drafted Wheaton, 26, in the third round in 2013.

Cox:  Receivers lack proven play-maker after Jeffery departure - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are left with unproven wide receivers on the depth chart after losing Alshon Jeffery in free agency.

Perez: Bears sign free agent WR Markus Wheaton - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears signed Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Markus Wheaton

Mullin: Bears add Quintin Demps in rebuild of secondary - CSN Chicago - The Bears bolstered their secondary with the addition of veteran safety Quintin Demps on Thursday.

Imrem: Can Mike Glennon really be the answer for Chicago Bears? - If Mike Glennon is the answer, maybe the Chicago Bears misunderstood the question.

LeGere: Glennon's deal with Bears worth $45 million for three years - For now, Mike Glennon is the Bears' quarterback of the future. Glennon's deal, which according to multiple reports is for $45 million over three years ($19 million guaranteed), is expected to become official at 3 p.m. Thursday when the NFL year officially begins.

Biggs: Confused about Bears, Mike Glennon? There's reason to be open-minded - Chicago Tribune - All indications are the Bears will sign 27-year-old Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon after the free-agency period opens at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Campbell: Bears agree to terms with safety Quintin Demps - Chicago Tribune - The Bears began adding to their secondary Thursday by agreeing to sign former Texans safety Quintin Demps. Demps tweeted that he is signing with the Bears.

Thompson: Mike Glennon - 5 things to know - Chicago Tribune - Mike Glennon, the 6-foot-6 quarterback, bears a resemblance to Napoleon Dynamite and once announced his benching on his own radio show.

Neveau: What's Next for the Bears in the Post-Jay Cutler Era? - NBC Chicago - On Thursday, the Chicago Bears reportedly granted quarterback Jay Cutler his release, but where does that leave the team in 2017 and into the future?

Bernstein: Does Anybody Trust The Bears To Get This Right? - CBS Chicago
The ideal scenario at quarterback is difficult to envision with Mike Glennon about to enter the mix.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

2017 NFL free agency: Top 101 available players - NFL.com - NFL free agency is open! With teams around the league looking to upgrade their rosters, Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling have ranked the top available players.

Fucillo: 49ers sign Robbie Gould, Phil Dawson signs with Cardinals - Niners Nation - The 49ers are swapping out veteran kickers.

Florio: With extra second-rounder, Browns will now try to get Garoppolo - ProFootballTalk - By beating Brock Osweiler twice, the Patriots may have made it easier to get a big offer for Jimmy Garoppolo. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns will still try to get Garoppolo.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Withers: Cleveland Browns acquire QB Brock Osweiler and a second-round pick from Houston Texans - Pro Football Weekly - The Browns found a franchise quarterback, just maybe not their own.

Florio: Browns will trade or cut Brock Osweiler - ProFootballTalk - The infiltration of baseball-style analytics has created a basketball-style dynamic in the context of a football trade. Per multiple reports, the Browns won't be keeping quarterback Brock Osweiler for long. They're expected to trade him or to cut him.

Ingrassia: Martellus Bennett hints that he won’t be back with Patriots in hilarious tweets - FOX Sports
Bennett's message comes hours after Patriots' reported trade.

Smith: Could Jets end up settling for a return of Geno Smith at quarterback? - ProFootballTalk - Last year, the Jets spent months in quarterback limbo before finally agreeing to terms to bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter. This year, Fitzpatrick is a free agent, the Jets are again in quarterback limbo, and it's possible that another one of their old quarterbacks will be the one who en...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Gantt: Eddie Lacy’s free agent tour includes visit to Packers - ProFootballTalk - Packers free agent running back Eddie Lacy is about to hit the road. And he's going to visit the team that knows him best. Lacy's agents announced on Twitter that he was going to visit the Vikings, Seahawks and Packers in the next four days.

Hirchhorn: Micah Hyde unlikely to re-sign with Packers, per report - Acme Packing Company - Hyde has reportedly focused on options other than Green Bay as free agency looms.

Wesseling: Lions set to make Ricky Wagner top-paid right tackle - NFL.com - With Riley Reiff and Larry Warford poised to reach the open market, the Lions are retooling their offensive line. The Lions have agreed in principle with former Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: Report - Bears Sign Markus Wheaton - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have begun to fill in the holes at wide receiver, even if it’s not with the player some fans were hoping for.

Wiltfong: Alshon Jeffery signs a 1 year deal with the Eagles - Windy City Gridiron - This one is a head-scratcher.

Zeglinski: Bears officially release Jay Cutler - Windy City Gridiron - The eight-year ride with the 33-year-old Cutler has officially come to an end in Chicago. UPDATED with quotes from Pace, Fox and McCasky.

FANPOSTS

General Zimpok: Free agents hate the Bears. - Windy City Gridiron - My dream FA class looked like this: S Jefferson, CB Gilmore, CB Bouye, T Wagner, (who cares at QB as long as we draft one too) Jefferson to Ravens. Gilmore to Patriots. Bouye to Jaguars. Wagner to...

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