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Eddie Goldman looks forward to the season, as Cameron Meredith’s contract starts to be mentioned...

NFL: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston (3) is sacked by Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman (91) and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (92) during the second quarter of a football game at Raymond James Stadium. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Mamola: Eddie Goldman entering critical 2017 season - FOX Sports - The 2017 season is time for Chicago Bears' defensive tackle Eddie Goldman to live up to his high potential.Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman is entering his third season with the Chicago Bears, and it’s arguably his most critical. After being drafted 39th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, Goldm...

Boden: Is Charles Leno Jr. right long-term fit at left tackle for Bears? - CSN Chicago - Could Charles Leno Jr., entering the final year of his rookie contract, be the long-term solution at left tackle for the Bears?

Cox: Four Bears entering final year of contract in 2017 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have some critical players entering contract years in 2017, and their performances this season will shape their future.

Joniac: Trubisky featured in Meet the Rookies - ChicagoBears.com - New Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is featured in the first of a four-part "Meet the Rookies" series on ChicagoBears.com.

Mayer: Bears 5K, Kids Dash to be held Saturday - ChicagoBears.com - The 2017 PNC Chicago Bears 5K this Saturday will give participants the chance to run through the tunnels at Soldier Field and cross the finish line on the field.

Joniak: Coward featured in Meet the Rookies - ChicagoBears.com - Undrafted free agent Rashaad Coward's battle to beat the odds and earn an NFL job is featured in the second installment of "Meet the Rookies," a four-part series on ChicagoBears.com.

Brandt: Two Bears appear on Gil Brandt's greatest NFL running backs of all time - NFL.com - NFL Media senior analyst and personnel guru Gil Brandt ranks the best running backs in NFL history. Take a look at how they stack up. Ken's note: I think Walter Payton is better than Jim Brown but I can see the argument, it's reasonable. Putting Zeke Elliot in this list, however, is stupid.

Patra: Jets sign former Bears receiver Marquess Wilson - NFL.com - The New York Jets are adding a receiver to a stripped-down wideout corps. The agent for Marquess Wilson tweeted that the 24-year-old receiver joined Gang Green on Tuesday.

Gutierrez: Bears Using Virtual Reality Training - Cover32 - When I think of Virtual Reality, I immediately visualize standing in front of my TV playing a video game or connecting it to my phone for a submersive adventure. I must admit, I did not see this coming where the NFL would adopt this method as a way to train their players. But they aren’t the only ones.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: Sheldon Richardson says there will be no tanking on his watch - ProFootballTalk - Don't tell Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson the team is tanking this season. "Tanking for what?" Richardson responded when asked about it by NJ.com.

Florio: Warren Sapp announces intention to donate brain for research - ProFootballTalk - Research regarding the impact of brain injuries in football and elsewhere will continue decades into the future, and one of the best defensive linemen in league history will be helping the effort. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp announced in a video posted by ThePlayersTribune.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Pro Football Weekly's 2017 NFC breakout players on offense - Pro Football Weekly - Lions RB Abdullah, Saints WR Snead primed to break out in 2017

Orr: Mike Daniels thinks Packers' defense 'did a heck of a job' - NFL.com - Mike Daniels doesn't take kindly to his unit being seen as weak. The Packers' defensive tackle explained that his fellow defenders were fighting an uphill battle -- and still made the NFC title game.

Podlesny: Green Bay fan takes wife’s last name so he can be a Packer, too - SBNation.com - A true cheesehead.

Video: True Story Behind Moss' mooning at Lambeau Field - Vikings.com - During his visit to Winter Park last week, Randy Moss explained the story behind his much talked about touchdown celebration during the Vikings' playoff victory at Green Bay in 2005. Check back with vikings.com later this week for the full wired video from Moss' Winter Park return.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2017: Is Dak Prescott better than Matthew Stafford? - Pride Of Detroit - Dak Prescott at No. 14? Really?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: 30 Day Challenge - Current player on another team who you wish was on the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Every day in the month of June, we'll ask a different Chicago Bears related question to our readers. Make sure you guys participate the entire month so we can all get to know the WCG community a...

Berkes: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - It’s a slow time in the NFL, let’s take a walk around the league.

WIltfong: There will be no sophomore slump for the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago’s 2016 draft class come through in a big way last year, and I don’t see them taking a step back in 2017.

Infante: Bears roster breakdown, 90-in-90 - Tanner Gentry - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest installment of our 90-in-90 series, we take a look at Chicago Bears wide receiver Tanner Gentry.

WIltfong: Mitchell Trubisky should play as soon as he’s ready - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation Podcast, he discusses the quarterback plan for the 2017 Chicago Bears, and how soon they should play Mitchell Trubisky.

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