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The Bear's Den Weekend Open Thread & Links - March 11-12, 2017

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The Bears add free agents but avoid the big names...

Kyle likes his new teammates... fan comments? Not so much.
Kyle likes his new teammates... fan comments? Not so much.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Fishbain: Chicago Bears QB Mike Glennon ready for first starting opportunity in his NFL career - Pro Football Weekly - Glennon addressed the media Friday at his introductory Bears press conference

Mayer: Pace has total confidence in Glennon - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace voiced his support for one of the Bears' key free agent acquisitions Friday at Halas Hall, - proclaiming that "Mike Glennon's our starting quarterback."

Fishbain: Chicago Bears add pass catchers Dion Sims, Markus Wheaton - Pro Football Weekly - Former Dolphins TE, Steelers WR help Bears restock skill positions

Mayer: Bears agree to 3-year deal with Demps - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears bolstered their secondary Friday by signing veteran safety Quintin Demps to a three-year contract.

Perez: Bears receive passing grade from Pro Football Focus for Mike Glennon signing - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears received a passing grade from Pro Football Focus for their signing of former Buccaneers backup Mike Glennon

Cox: Bears Depth Chart - Amukamara fills need with solid, not flashy play - Bears Wire - New Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara isn't a big-time play-maker, but he is a consistent starter when he stays healthy.

Mayer: Glennon excited about his opportunity - ChicagoBears.com - Although Mike Glennon played sparingly the last two years in Tampa, the 27-year-old feels that he improved as a quarterback and is eager to prove it with the Bears.

Baffoe: Jay Cutler’s Exit From Bears Brings No Joy - CBS Chicago - The recognition of the end of an era overshadows a reality that perhaps we don’t want to acknowledge right now.

Emma: Bears QB Mike Glennon Faces Pressure To Perform - CBS Chicago - Glennon has a contract structured with few assurances beyond 2017.

STL: Is Mike Glennon's deal worth it? - CSN Chicago - The SportsTalk Live panel discusses Mike Glennon's deal and the lack of big names the Bears have gone after.

Mullin's Bears Free Agency Notes: Mike Glennon signing puts Dowell Loggains in the spotlight - CSN Chicago - The most important member of the Bears' coaching staff just became offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains after the signing of quarterback Mike Glennon.

Krinch: Ryan Pace pulls no punches: Mike Glennon is the Bears starting quarterback - CSN Chicago - Bears general manager Ryan Pace made it abundantly clear on Friday: Mike Glennon is the team's starting quarterback.

STL: Bears sign Amukamara, Packers get Marty Bennett - CSN Chicago - The SportsTalk Live panel takes a closer look into the Bears' deal with Prince Amukamara and the Packers' signing Martellus Bennett.

LeGere: New QB Glennon: Bears have a lot of great building blocks - Daily Herald - As he sat idle in Tampa last season, new Bears quarterback Mike Glennon said that, when he watched his future team on film he "saw a great offensive line, a great running game and playmakers on the outside."

Mullin: Plenty of implications for Bears after signing of Mike Glennon - CSN Chicago - The Bears made the signing of Mike Glennon official on Friday, agreeing to a three-year deal with the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback.

Rozner: Chicago Bears dump a guy, collect another - Daily Herald - After all that, Jay Cutler turned out to be just another guy. The Chicago Bears dumped him Thursday and signed another guy.

Rosenbloom: What Jay Cutler's release says about Ryan Pace's Bears - Chicago Tribune - The Bears released Jay Cutler, then reportedly will sign someone else’s backup to start, and still plan to draft a quarterback this year.

Wiederer: Eight is enough - Why the Jay Cutler era finally came to an end in Chicago - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are moving in a new direction at their most important position while filing away a complicated epilogue on newly released quarterback Jay Cutler.

Biggs: Bears re-sign kicker Connor Barth - Chicago Tribune - The Bears filled another roster hole Friday when they re-signed kicker Connor Barth, a player special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers and coach John Fox have

Thompson: Alshon Jeffery pens goodbye to Chicago, Bears in Players' Tribune letter - Chicago Tribune - Alshon Jeffery expressed appreciation to Chicago and the Bears organization for supporting him in a letter posted on The Players' Tribune Friday.

Jay Cutler's 6 best and 6 worst games with the Bears - Chicago Tribune - What were the high points of Jay Cutler's time with the Bears? And how low were the lows? Here's a look at his six best and six worst games as a Bear.

Biggs: Bears sign quarterback Mike Glennon to 3-year deal - Chicago Tribune - The Bears launched the post-Jay Cutler era on Friday by announcing the addition of quarterback Mike Glennon on a three-year contract.

Rosenbloom: First impressions of the Mike Glennon presser - Chicago Tribune - Mike Glennon is your Bears starter. That’s what GM Ryan Pace said. That’s why the Bears signed him.

Wiederer: Bears GM Ryan Pace optimistic about new QB Mike Glennon - Chicago Tribune - In the midst of a hectic week of free agency shopping, Bears general manager Ryan Pace took a moment Friday afternoon to summarize the team’s progress.

Haugh: Bears release Jay Cutler, but is new direction worth celebrating? - Chicago Tribune - The lazy Chicago narrative blames Jay Cutler as the main reason for the mediocrity defining his era but, in reality, the Bears' issues ran much deeper.

Wiederer: Mike Glennon thrilled to start with Bears - 'Finally, I have that opportunity' - Chicago Tribune - On the same day he signed a three-year contract worth up to $45 million, quarterback Mike Glennon chronicled how he had set his sights on joining the Bears months ago.

Stoltz: Chicago Bears come up empty handed on first day of free agency - Chicago - Scout - The Chicago Bears failed to land a number of top-tier free agents yesterday, yet that might actually be a good thing.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: The Romo-Jones dance continues - ProFootballTalk - On Wednesday, the Cowboys told quarterback Tony Romo he'd be released. On Thursday, the Cowboys didn't release him. Since then, the Cowboys have been waiting for a trade offer, and Romo hasn't said or done anything publicly to agitate for a release.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Packers sign Martellus Bennett: Free agent tight end agrees to terms with Green Bay - Acme Packing Company - THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Bennett is going to be a Packer in 2017.

Former Bears tight end Martellus Bennett signs with Packers - Chicago Tribune - The Green Bay Packers have signed Martellus Bennett, giving quarterback Aaron Rodgers a prolific pass-catching target at tight end.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Jay Cutler thanks Chicago, a couple of teammates thank him - Windy City Gridiron - The Jay Cutler era sure was something for the city of Chicago. From the second the Bears sent Kyle Orton, their 1st and 3rd round draft picks in 2009, and a 1st in 2010 to the Denver Broncos for...

Mitchell: An Open Letter To Jay Cutler - Thank You - Windy City Gridiron - One fan’s Thank You to Jay for all of his efforts.

Wiltfong: You grade the Chicago Bears 1st day of free agency! - Windy City Gridiron - What letter grade do you give the Chicago Bears after 1 day of free agency?

Householder: Chicago Bears Free Agency Day 2 Recap (Open Thread) - Windy City Gridiron - Come talk day 2 of Bears free agency

Wiltfong: It’s official, the Chicago Bears sign Mike Glennon - Windy City Gridiron - Free Agency Frenzy!

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign Connor Barth - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears bring back Barth!

Wiltfong: The Chicago Bears sign Dion Sims - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have added a veteran tight end to their roster.

Wiltfong: The Chicago Bears sign Dion Sims - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have added a veteran tight end to their roster.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign Prince Amukamara - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have added another upgrade to their secondary.

FANPOSTS

Marquess de Sade: The People's Court Trial of Ryan Pace. Part One - Laying the Charges - Windy City Gridiron - There's been a lot of debate in threads lately about Ryan Pace's fitness as a GM. I would like to collect and address each criticism of him objectively. I am going to list as many as I can think...

BmacNcheese: Lets Go over what happened - Windy City Gridiron - Pace tries to sign multiple high end free agents, misses because they dont want to come to a 3-13 team and instead goes to a super bowl contender, and a CB who wanted to stay in the south and...

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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