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The Bear's Den: March 14, 2017

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As the first rush of free agency cools down, debate about the draft starts to heat up

Glennon at his combine
Glennon at his combine
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Emma: After Striking Out In 1st Wave Of Free Agency, Bears Add Depth, Keep Operating With Caution - CBS Chicago - The Bears won't be deemed free agency winners by anyone, but they also stayed away from bad contracts.

Cox: Bears free agent signings bring more durability concerns to Chicago - Bears Wire - The players the Chicago Bears signed in free agency are all bringing a history of injury concerns to a team that struggled with health.

Mullin: After early hold-backs, Bears strike for two cornerbacks in makeover of secondary - CSN Chicago - The Bears pulled out of huge-ticket bidding for A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore on day one of free agency in their quest for a starter-grade cornerback, or two. But they didn’t back out too far, coming back to wrap up contracts with a pair of 27-year-old cornerbacks on Saturday: a one-year contract with former New York Giants No.

MMQB's Peter King weighs in on Bears' signing of Mike Glennon - CSN Chicago - Monday Morning Quarterback's Peter King likes what the Bears did in signing Mike Glennon. Here's why.

Thompson: Alshon Jeffery blames injuries for Bears' shortcomings - Chicago Tribune - "First Take" co-host Stephen A. Smith gave Alshon Jeffery a chance to blame Jay Cutler, but Jeffery wasn't biting.

Wiederer & Campbell: Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Campbell: Loading up? Assessing the Bears' playmaking ability on offense - Chicago Tribune - Playmaking is a major theme of the Bears' rebuilding effort. Let's look at the playmaking state of three offensive position groups now that free agency has begun.

Hockey Duckie: The Buccaneers should hang on to Mike Glennon - Bucs Nation - Ken's Note: This article is a couple of years old. It was mentioned in fanpost I would share it so that people could see it and consider.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Mock Draft III - Mock Drafts - Rotoworld.com - Josh Norris shares his post-free agency mock draft with major changes thanks to the NFL Combine.

NFL Mock Drafts - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com - 2017 NFL mock drafts by CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com, including pick-by-pick analysis by NFL Draft experts Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and Will Brinson.

Charean Williams' Mock Draft 1.0 - The Star-Telegram - The Dallas Cowboys own the 28th overall pick and still seek a "war daddy" pass rusher. Will one be there for them late in the first round?

2017 NFL Mock Draft Central - NFL.com - Expert 2017 NFL mock drafts and analysis from NFL.com and NFL Network analysts. Includes projected picks for the first round of the 2017 Draft.

Kadar: 2017 NFL mock draft: Free agency fallout - SBNation.com - Did we just learn that teams don’t like the incoming rookie quarterbacks?

Cox: Should the Bears consider signing Chase Daniel? - Bears Wire - Ryan Pace has familiarity with quarterback Chase Daniels, and he could see him as a high-upside backup option to pair with Mike Glennon.

Rotoworld's latest NFL mock draft: At No. 3, the Bears select... - CSN Chicago - In his latest NFL mock draft, Rotoworld's Josh Norris has the Bears addressing and strengthening their defensive line.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Thompson: DeMarcus Ware, 8th on NFL's career sacks list, announces retirement - Chicago Tribune - DeMarcus Ware won't be returning to the Dallas Cowboys nor the Denver Broncos as expected. The 12-year NFL veteran is instead retiring from the NFL.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Boden: What’s My Line? (and Where’s My Line?) for Bears Rivals in Free Agency - CSN Chicago - The Bears’ free agent priority was Mike Glennon, and it conveniently worked in their favor when either other teams cooled on him, or he made it clear to anyone else interested that the quarterback was most interested in coming here. That’s how Glennon himself made it sound during Friday’s introductory press conference. But now, we can only wait to see how good he is, and the impact he can make with the other acquired pieces so far in free agency, as well as next month’s draft.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Bears free agent profile: Dion Sims brings physicality and athleticism to Bears offense - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears needed to add some quality tight end depth. Sims fits that bill and more.

Wiltfong: 2017 Chicago Bears’ Free Agency: Recap and Grades - Windy City Gridiron - We recap all the Chicago Bears free agency moves so far and ask you to give a letter grade in the accompanying poll.

FANPOSTS

IOftenPanic: 2017 NFL Draft - Replacing Some Departed Bears - Windy City Gridiron - I can't say I've been a fan of everything Pace and company have done this off-season, but I will say I'm glad he hasn't handed out almost any of the mega contracts that have been reported. Early...

Dbad: What is the prognosis for all of the previously injured Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - So we made it through the first few days of free agency - WooHoo! That was kind of exhausting. Some are disappointed, some are optimistic, some just want to see things progressing. That's where...

PowerTool: 10 Predictions For 2017 - Windy City Gridiron - I'll hang my hat on these. Bookmark this thread and give me my criticisms/praises as the season unfolds. Mike Glennon will be an average starter for below average starter pay. With RGIII cut...

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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