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A lighter, "sexier" Pernell McPhee wins big award as former teammate becomes a Packer

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

BEARRRSSSS

Wiederer: Pernell McPhee eager to get back up to speed for Bears - Chicago Tribune - Pernell McPhee was honored as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, recognizing a Bears player who displays outstanding professionalism, strength and dedication.

Mayer: McPhee presented with Ed Block award - ChicagoBears.com - Veteran outside linebacker Pernell McPhee was honored as the Bears' recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award Tuesday at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines.

Hoge: John Fox Still On Board, Even As Rebuild Takes Longer Than Expected - WGN Radio - Fox was 59 when he took the job. He’s 62 now. And, nine wins and 23 losses later, it’s fair to wonder if he knew what he was getting himself into.

Finley: Packers claim former second-rounder Ego Ferguson from Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Ego Ferguson won't be going far.

Perez: Mitchell Trubisky receives comparison to Bears backup Mark Sanchez - Bears Wire - 2017 NFL draft prospect Mitchell Trubisky brings back memories of current Bears backup Mark Sanchez

Fishbain: OLB Pernell McPhee receives Chicago Bears' Ed Block Courage Award - Pro Football Weekly - McPhee is lighter this offseason and ready to return to the field after injury-plagued 2016

Finley: Lighter and 'sexier,' Bears' Pernell McPhee eyes dominant return - Chicago Sun-Times
When Pernell McPhee got hungry after 7 p.m., he poured himself a glass of water and drank until he felt full.

Cox: Former Bears second-round pick Ego Ferguson claimed by Packers - Bears Wire - The Green Bay Packers claimed former Chicago Bears 2014 second-round pick Ego Ferguson off of waivers.

Video: George McCaskey on Pernell McPhee's leadership style - Chicago Tribune - Bears chairman George McCaskey discusses the leadership style of outside linebacker Pernell McPhee. (Dan Wiederer/Chicago Tribune)

DRAFT / PROSPECTS / FREE AGENCY

Moreano: Making the Case for Bears to Draft Jamal Adams - Da Bears Brothers - It’s been 17 years since the Chicago Bears have drafted a playmaker at safety. Nick makes his case for that to change by drafting Jamal Adams.

LeGere: Will injuries drop draft stock of former Wheaton Warrenville South WR? - Daily Herald - It's a good thing former Wheaton-Warrenville South wide receiver Corey Davis produced four years' worth of quality film at Western Michigan because injuries have prevented him from auditioning in the run-up to the draft.

Krich: CSN Chicago's 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0 - CSN Chicago - Check out CSN's 2017 NFL Mock Draft version 2.0 to see why the Bears could shore up their secondary with LSU safety Jamal Adams.

Alper: Bill O’Brien says it's tough to start a rookie at quarterback right away - ProFootballTalk - Tony Romo stopped short of declaring himself 100 percent retired during an introductory conference call with CBS, but said he's committed to a life in the broadcast booth.

Video: Patrick Mahomes unleashes 78-yard pass at pro day - NFL.com - If you need to throw a Hail Mary pass, Patrick Mahomes could be your guy. Watch as the potential first-round QB unleashes a 78-yard toss at his pro day.

Chadiha: Adrian Peterson, Colin Kaepernick among intriguing free agents - NFL.com - What does Colin Kaepernick need most right now? Will Jay Cutler follow Tony Romo into the retirement sunset? Jeffri Chadiha breaks down the realities of five intriguing veteran free agents.

Patra: With Tony Romo retiring, where do Texans turn at QB? - NFL.com - Tony Romo's retirement from the NFL leaves one huge question to ponder: What in the world do the Texans do now? The prevailing sentiment around the NFL pegged Romo as the Texans' savior.

Hoge: 2017 Bears Mock Draft 3.0 - WGN Radio - WGN Radio Bears Insider Adam Hoge makes all seven draft selections for the Bears in his third mock draft of the year.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Mayer: Houston wins NCAA bracket challenge - ChicagoBears.com - With North Carolina's win over Gonzaga Monday night in the NCAA men's basketball championship game, Lamarr Houston has won this year's Bears bracket challenge.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Gates: Minnesota Vikings Sign Punter Ryan Quigley - Daily Norseman - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a punter competition!

Payton: Lions TE Darren Fells ‘does everything well, but nothing great’ - Pride Of Detroit - Getting an education on the Lions’ new tight end.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: 2017 Bears Draft - Pace’s Strategy Relies on Luck - Windy City Gridiron - Pace has claimed he wants to string together multiple good drafts. Multiple studies of history explain that this is not a matter of skill so much as it is luck and circumstance.

Wiltfong: Pernell McPhee wins the Ed Block Courage Award - Windy City Gridiron - Pernell McPhee is the Chicago Bears winner of the Ed Block Courage Award.

Wiltfong: 2017 NFL Draft - Are the Ohio State DBs in play for the Chicago Bears at 3? - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation podcast, he takes a look at the recent mock draft trends for the top 3 teams picking in the draft, and the possibility the Bears could go with one of the Ohio State DBs.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Give this weeks Ten Thoughts on the NFL a peek and drop some thoughts of your own in the comment section.

FANPOSTS

Nadoo: Should the Bears Trade the Third Overall Pick? - Windy City Gridiron - No, for once, this isn’t about Jimmy Garoppolo. In a draft that many consider to be loaded with talent, the Bears might be better off trading down and accumulating more picks to fill needs on...

Cushman: Can Markus Wheaton be the deep threat the Bears need? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears receiving core is in a period of transition. There is no doubt about that. With the departure of Alshon Jeffery, the group now consists of a bunch of guys whose value is rather...

x160630: X’s and O’s Of The Draft pt. 2 - Windy City Gridiron - In the first part of this series concerning the #3 pick, I gave a full examination of the defense. It is what Chicago Bears football is (or is supposed to be) about. There were not many surprises...

Cushman: Will luck cost Ryan Pace and John Fox their jobs? - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL is based around super-athletes running as fast as they can and crashing into each other, so it is to be expected that some injuries will occur. However, last year the Bears caught the...

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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