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NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) takes a selfy with fans after a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Chicago defeated Minnesota 20-10. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Biggs: Sorting through options for 25 Bears slated to become free agents - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have much flexibility in reshaping their roster for next season. Here's an assessment of where 25 Bears heading to free agency stand.

Wood: Understanding Where the Bears Currently Stand with the Salary Cap - Da Bears Blog - The questions… Where do the Bears now sit relative to the cap? How much money do they have to work with? How much can they create with cuts? What players of their own do they have to re-sign before looking for improvements elsewhere?

Mullin: 49ers locking in Jimmy Garoppolo sets up interesting future with Bears' Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - The 49ers casting their future into Jimmy Garoppolo marks another of those moves that aren’t directly tied to anything Bears, but nonetheless spark a number of thoughts.

NFL mock draft 2018: Full first-round outlook after season - USA Today - Quarterbacks might dominate the NFL draft, but one RB could be poised to take the spotlight, while the Bears look to the OL in the first round.

2018 NFL - Bold offseason predictions for all 32 teams, Dickerson predicts Bears Take QB In Draft - ESPN - Last spring's second overall pick, Mitchell Trubisky, is Chicago's unquestioned starter heading into 2018, but the rest of the depth chart is fluid. There's almost no chance that Mike Glennon returns for a second season.

Easterling: 6 teams most likely to trade up, down in the 2018 NFL draft - The Draft Wire - These six teams are likely to be moving up or down the board in the 2018 NFL draft

Perez: 4 Chicago Bears who were underpaid in 2017 - Bears Wire - A look at four Chicago Bears who were underpaid in 2017

2018 NFL Draft: This sleeper WR could be Day-3 steal for Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - Boise State's Cedrick Wilson could be a sleeper target of the Chicago Bears on day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft

Kritkos: Chicago Bears offseason wish list for fantasy - Pro Football Focus - The Bears have a decent foundation from a fantasy perspective, with the glaring weakness of a total lack of reliable receivers.

Renner: Sitton one of top 10 players to miss the PFF Top 101 - Pro Football Focus - PFF's Mike Renner examines those who just missed out on the PFF Top 101 - which highlighted the best 101 seasons in the NFL during the 2017 season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Gates: Jimmy Garoppolo extension won’t affect this year’s franchise tag - Daily Norseman - Those prices are set as of 1 February

KNOW THY ENEMY

Gates: Vikings deny New York Giants permission to interview Kevin Stefanski - Daily Norseman - So, I guess that’s not happening after all

2018 Free Agency Preview: Green Bay Packers - Pro Football Focus - Top free agent targets for the Green Bay Packers, players that must be re-signed, team cap space and more to get you ready for 2018 free agency.

2018 Free Agency Preview: Detroit Lions - NFL Analysis - Pro Football Focus - Top free agent targets for the Detroit Lions, players that must be re-signed, team cap space and more to get you ready for 2018 free agency.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Things the Bears should NOT do this offseason - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears can’t afford to make these mistakes if they want to make the leap into playoff contention next year.

IOftenPanic's 2018 NFL Draft: NFL Mock Draft (Pre-Combine with Trades) - Windy City Gridiron - Obviously free agency will impact draft needs considerably. I tried to list the top 5 most pressing needs for every team, and then list some potentially big needs depending on which free agents a...

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