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

BEARRRSSSS

Campbell's Bears Q&A: Alabama coach Nick Saban on safety Eddie Jackson - Chicago Tribune - Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke about Eddie Jackson's emergence as a leader, his evolution as a safety and the qualities he'll bring to the Bears.

Mullin: Jay Cutler's success as FOX analyst not the biggest question hanging over ex-Bears QB - CSN Chicago - Jay Cutler is headed to a career as an announcer, but why couldn't he find another job in the NFL?

Wiederer: With snap judgments all around, waiting game on Bears QB Mitch Trubisky begins - Chicago Tribune - Bears fans owe it to general manager Ryan Pace — and themselves — to remain open-minded regarding his contentious draft pick of quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Jahns: Fox Sports, Charles Davis excited to have Jay Cutler on board - Chicago Sun-Times - "There’s a natural change that comes with age," Davis said of Cutler. "But it wasn’t a huge shift."

Maske: Jay Cutler or Tony Romo: Who's more likely to make an NFL comeback? - Chicago Tribune - So the question becomes: Which quarterback, Tony Romo or Jay Cutler, is more likely to ever play again?

Rosenbloom: How the Bears can hurry along this rebuild - Chicago Tribune - John Fox said in January that the Bears are closer to competing than we think, but last month after the draft, Fox said the Bears are rebuilding.

Imrem: Cutler's easy exit says it all - Daily Herald - Chicago Bears ex-QB Jay Cutler's easy exit symbolizes his lack of passion for playing football.

Boden: Will Bears fans finally get to see another side of Jay Cutler in his new role as FOX broadcaster? - CSN Chicago - After years of limited expsoure as the Bears' quarterback, will fans finally see another side of Jay Cutler in his new role in the broadcast booth?

Boden: Why the Bears defense needs to be healthy, ready when the bell rings - CSN Chicago - Chris Boden shares why the Bears defense needs to be healthy and ready right when the 2017 season starts.

Morrissey: Chicago sports landscape looks different than it did 5 months ago - Chicago Sun-Times - Trubisky, Blackhawks' collapse lead the way.

Finley: Bears continue to round out defense, sign veteran OLB Dan Skuta - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are getting younger - and proud of it - but added an eight-year NFL veteran Monday: linebacker Dan Skuta.

Perez: Guess who Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky compares to based on his measurables - Bears Wire - A look at the quarterbacks Chicago Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky compares to based on his measurables

Kwiecinski: New Bears DL Jaye Howard could make up to $4M in 2017 - Bears Wire - A look at new Bears DL Jaye Howard's contract

Mayer: Bears sign LB Skuta to one-year deal - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday signed free-agent linebacker Dan Skuta, who has played eight NFL seasons with the Bengals, 49ers and Jaguars.

PFW Chicago Podcast 074: Getting to know Bears rookies Jackson, Cohen, Morgan - Pro Football Weekly - In Part II of our special Podcast series on the 2017 Bears rookie class, we learn about the three picks that Ryan Pace made on Saturday. We open, though, with a little talk about Jay Cutler entering the TV booth and why it's a great fit. Then Cecil H

DeWitt: Recapping the Bears' Draft with Larry Mayer (Senior Writer at ChicagoBears.com) - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers were joined by Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com to recap last week's draft.

Patra: Jay Cutler - Trubisky shouldn't play if Bears struggle - NFL.com - As Jay Cutler moves from the backfield to the TV booth, he has some advice for the Chicago Bears: Don't toss rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky into the fire.

Brinson: Why the Bears' draft trade is bad, even if Mitchell Trubisky ends up being good - CBSSports.com - The process matters too -- not just the outcome

POLISH SAUSAGE

MMQB: The odd offseason of QB movement in the NFL - FOX Sports - It’s a good time to reset how nonsensical the situations under center have become

Plaxico Burress: Letter to the NFL Draft Class - The Players' Tribune - I’ll give it to you straight. I know you see my name, and you probably think, That’s the guy who shot himself. Don’t lie … it’s O.K. I am that guy.

Skretta: After 34 years, Chiefs land their franchise QB in the draft - Quincy Herald-Whig - It took more than three decades for the Kansas City Chiefs to draft a quarterback in the first round, so stung were they by the failure in 1983 of Todd Blackledge

KNOW THY ENEMY

Hirschhorn: Jay Cutler not interested in comeback, even with Packers - Acme Packing Company - Don't expect to see the recently retired quarterback in a Packers uniform -- or any uniform -- anytime soon.

Gates: Minnesota Vikings Apply To Host NFL Draft In 2022 Or 2023 - Daily Norseman - Could the entire city of Minneapolis be on the clock?

Reisman: Elliot Harrison - he Detroit Lions will contend for the NFC North again - Pride Of Detroit - NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison believes the Lions will compete for a division title again in 2017.

Packers open rookie camp - The Rock River Times - The Packers' top draft pick had to admit that his first official day as an NFL player brought out the nerves.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Can Cameron Meredith be the Chicago Bears’ number one receiver in 2017? - Windy City Gridiron - Don’t be surprised if it’s the soon to be 24 year old Cameron Meredith, ends up leading the Chicago Bears in receiving again in 2017.

Zeglinski: Bears sign Dan Skuta to one-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago again added depth to their defense with the addition of Skuta.

Zeglinski: Mitchell Trubisky can lead the Bears to the top of the mountain - Windy City Gridiron
The Bears shocked the NFL when they traded up to select Trubisky. Their aggressiveness to find the "answer" was - motivated by what Trubisky can become.

FANPOSTS

MDC: WCG Community Mock Draft - Recap and Analysis - Windy City Gridiron - The week before the 2017 NFL Draft, the members of the Windy City Gridiron community signed up for a Mock Draft of the first round, and part of the second round leading up to the Bears pick at #36....

Opinionbear: Trubisky to Tarik, strength strengthing strength spells synergistic success! - Windy City Gridiron - Imagine, it's December 2018, a crisp cold day at Soldier field, and the self-satisfied visiting Packers are leading in the 4th. Trubisky takes a shotgun snap and looks deep to White, who is delayed...

Matt Agostini: 2017 Projected Depth Chart and Analysis (Offense) - Windy City Gridiron - Now that free agency (for the most part) and the draft are complete it seems like a good time to take a look at what the Bears depth chart might look like. Here is my take at how the offense will...

Durst's Way Too Early 2018 NFL Draft Value Board - Windy City Gridiron - 2018 NFL Draft Value Board

Ditka's Pushbroom: 2017 Depth Chart / 53-Man Roster - Windy City Gridiron - I am going to take a swing at this as well. I have not seen the Bears officially announce their UDFA class, so until then, they are not being considered here. QB Glennon, Mike Sanchez,...

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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