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The Bear's Den: March 8, 2017 - The Legal Negotiating Window has arrived

We have banished forever the silly and inaccurate "legal tampering" phrase in favor of Lester Wiltfong's much more reasonable "Legal Negotiating Window"

Caption: Could a new #8 be coming to Chicago (assuming that Connor Shaw gives up the number to a big FA signing)?
Caption: Could a new #8 be coming to Chicago (assuming that Connor Shaw gives up the number to a big FA signing)?
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The 'what if' moments of Jay Cutler's career with the Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Cutler has had a roller coaster eight seasons with the Bears

Perez: ‘No chance’ Cutler returns to Chicago in 2017 - Bears Wire - Jay Cutler has been given no chance of returning to the Chicago Bears in 2017


Cummings: Mike Glennon could be this year’s Brock Osweiler; only better - - Back in 2014, during his first draft as general manager of the Buccaneers, Jason Licht fielded more than half a dozen phone calls from rival clubs inquiring about the availability of backup quarterback Mike Glennon. Interest in Glennon has been deteriorating steadily ever since then, with Licht fielding only a couple of trade inquiries two years ago and none during last year’s draft or before the 2016 trade deadline.

Cox: Post-combine 7-round Chicago Bears 2017 NFL mock draft - Bears Wire - Bleacher Report's Matt Miller put out a seven-round mock draft following the NFL combine that gives the Chicago Bears some freakish athletes

Perez: Teams preparing run for Bears QB Brian Hoyer - Bears Wire - Bears backup QB Brian Hoyer is expected to be in demand in 2017 NFL free agency

Cox: Bears pushing to sign cornerback Stephon Gilmore - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are working to sign free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore, according to Sporting News' Alex Marvez.

Finley: Free agency focus, analyzing the Bears' defense, options - Chicago Sun-Times - Vic Fangio is still here. So are most of his position coaches. Now he just needs more talent.

Jahns: Is the price right? Bears have strict approach to free agency - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears want to stick to the financial parameters they’ve established for free agency.

Cox: Signing Glennon wouldn’t keep Bears from drafting a quarterback early - Bears Wire - Even if the Chicago Bears sign quarterback Mike Glennon, they still will be interested in taking a quarterback early in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Finley: Alshon Jeffery 'I'd love to win a championship' with Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - On the eve of free agency, Alshon Jeffery told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he'd like to win a title in Chicago, but understands if it wouldn't work out

Jahns: Analyzing the Bears' offense, options - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ belief and interest in Brian Hoyer shouldn’t be overlooked, but Mike Glennon is obviously the hot name.

Bears 2017 Free Agency Tracker: Latest News & Updates - CBS Chicago - The Bears are looking to make major roster upgrades in free agency.

Mullin: Bears entering free agency No. 3 under GM Ryan Pace with targets but also caution - CSN Chicago - Entering Year 3 of free agency, on whom, which positions and when will Bears general manager Ryan Pace spend first and most this offseason?

Jahns: Free agency focus: Analyzing the Bears' offense, options - Chicago Sun-Time - The Bears’ belief and interest in Brian Hoyer shouldn’t be overlooked, but Mike Glennon is obviously the hot name.

Boden: Would Mike Glennon signing end Bears quarterback questions? Maybe not - CSN Chicago - The Bears are reportedly in Mike Glennon at quarterback, but he may not be the answer the team is looking for.

Krinch: Bears expected to target Cordarrelle Patterson in free agency - CSN Chicago - According to reports, the Bears will make a push to sign former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

NFL Free Agency Tracker: Bears making 'big push' to sign Stephon Gilmore - CSN Chicago - Check out all the latest Bears' news and rumors with's free agency tracker.

Mullin: Bears' competition for QB Mike Glennon disappearing? - CSN Chicago - According to CSN's John "Moon" Mullin, the Bears may not have much competition for the services of free agent quarterback Mike Glennon.

LeGere: Free agency Step 1 for Chicago Bears - Daily Herald - Although free agency doesn't officially begin until Thursday, NFL teams may start negotiating with players Tuesday. The Chicago Bears' plan is to shore up obvious areas of weakness in free agency so that they have the luxury of taking the best player available in the draft next month, and they have the financial means to make an early splash signing.

Bears free-agency tracker: The latest updates - Chicago Tribune - The NFL's new league year begins on March 9, opening the free-agency market across the league.

Orr: Mike Glennon eyes Chicago as preferred destination - - As the NFL glides into the first day of free agency negotiations, Mike Glennon could be only days away from landing a starting QB salary. Where will he end up and how much will he make?

Stroud: What Bears and Jets fans should know about Mike Glennon - Tampa Bay Times - Somebody tell me why Bears (and maybe Jets) fans are freaking out about their team's interest in Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon?

Wesseling: The impossible QB market, Bears shouldn't chase Mike Glennon - - Brian Hoyer may not be the long-term answer for the Bears at QB -- but, Chris Wesseling writes, neither is high-priced bridge Mike Glennon. Plus, why the market for franchise signal-callers is so fraught.


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 - Johnny Morris - Windy City Gridiron - Taking a Look in the Bears History Book. Meet the latest featured player, Johnny Morris, and learn about his amazing 10-year run with the Bears.


Smith: Adrian Peterson’s dad says he’s interested, Vikings haven’t made an offer - ProFootballTalk - Could the Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson work out a deal that would see him finish his career in Minnesota? At the moment, it looks like Peterson is more interested in that than the Vikings are.


Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my Thoughts on the NFL this week and make sure you chime in with some thoughts of your own.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Free Agency Odds (Open Thread) - Windy City Gridiron - Check out some of the latest Chicago Bears’ related free agency odds in this Negotiating Window Open Thread.


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