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The Bears Den, March 16, 2017

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Views differ on the quality of Chicago's 2017 free agent class...

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Mayer: Demps to provide veteran leadership - ChciagoBears.com - The Bears are counting on recently-signed safety Quintin Demps to bring ball skills, leadership and playmaking ability to their young secondary.

Perez: Bears one of NFL’s biggest spenders in free agency - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears rank among the biggest spenders in the NFL during the 2017 free agency period

Jahns: Tackle Charles Leno leads Bears in performance-based pay - Chicago Sun-Times - Left tackle Charles Leno will receive $228,015.52 in performance-based pay, the most of any of his teammates, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Mayer: Who is last Bears safety with 6+ picks? - Chalk Talk - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the last Bears safety who had more interceptions than free agent-signee Quintin Demps had last year, if there are any players remaining from the Lovie Smith era and the possibility of the Bears trading down with the Saints.

Gabriel: Bears’ Free Agency Signings Give Them More Flexibility In NFL Draft - CBS Chicago - The Bears made low-profile signings in free agency, but they were at positions of need.

Mullin: Bears free-agency analysis - Ryan Pace overhauls secondary - CSN Chicago - The Bears took passes on players on whom a knee-jerk market was overheating, and simultaneously upgraded primary need positions.

Campbell: Former Bear Lance Briggs on CTE threat: 'You get worried' - Chicago Tribune - Lance Briggs’ life after football includes confronting the sobering threat of CTE.

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Dave Birkett's 2017 NFL mock draft (2.0) - Detroit Free Press - The first wave of NFL free agency is in the books, so it’s time for Dave Birkett's Mock Draft 2.0, with a better read on every team’s biggest needs.

Post-free agency NFL mock draft: Deshaun Watson lands in very interesting situation - Yahoo Sports - Free agency has slowed to a virtual crawl, with Dont’a Hightower returning to the New England Patriots taking one of the last big names off the market. The NFL draft picture very much is coming into focus because of this. What’s most interesting is that the quarterbacks in this class, such as Clemson

NFL Mock Draft 2017: Round 1 picks and teams with QB needs - SI.com - What would the 2017 NFL draft look like if no team in the top 10 took a QB? A closer look at the fallout from Mitch Trubisky and Deshaun Watson's long

UPDATED: 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.

Goodbread: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis out for pro day - NFL.com - An ankle injury continues to prevent Western Michigan WR Corey Davis from showing NFL scouts his speed, or anything else in a workout setting.

Emma: Bears Have Options In Deep Safety Class - CBS Chicago - Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker and Obi Melifonwu are the among options for the Bears.

Mullin: Quality in 2017 NFL Draft may work against Bears trading out of No. 3 - CSN Chicago - Few players have separated themselves from the field that they become far-and-away, must-have targets that a team or teams feel driven to trade up for.

PEANUT GALLERY

Thompson: Charles Tillman comes out of his shell in video for the National Peanut Board - Chicago Tribune - Charles "Peanut" Tillman, prepare to get roasted. The retired Bear comes out of his shell in a new video for the National Peanut Board's "#ShellOut" campaign.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Maske: Jets can have Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick or RG3. Should they want any of them? - Chicago Tribune - The New York Jets currently are without a starting quarterback, basically.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Alsper: Vikings sign Adam Thielen to three-year deal - ProFootballTalk - The Vikings gave wide receiver Adam Thielen a second-round tender as a restricted free agent to increase their chances of holding onto him this offseason and they eliminated the possibility of losing him altogether on Wednesday.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: Mock Draft - Non-Power 5 Edition - Windy City Gridiron - If the Bears couldn’t draft from the Power 5, what options would they have for rebuilding the Monsters of the Midway?

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears’ free agent moves among the NFL’s worst according to some - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago’s free agent acquisitions are generally getting hammered from a national perspective.

Wiltfong & Snyder: 2017 NFL Draft - Chicago Bears’ offensive options - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest edition of Lester’s T Formation Conversation podcast, he is once again joined by WCG’s own draft guru, EJ Snyder, to talk about some offensive players in the 2017 NFL Draft.

FANPOSTS

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