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From the Punky QB they call McMahon to Mitchell “Pretty Boy Assassin” Trubisky, we’ve got you covered...

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Chicago Bears v Los Angeles Rams
Quarterback Jim McMahon #9 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Anaheim Stadium on November 6, 1983 in Anaheim, California. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Biggs' Roster rundown: At a position of flux, Kyle Fuller helped Bears cornerbacks excel - Chicago Tribune - Cornerback has been a position of flux for GM Ryan Pace since he arrived and it remains that way entering this offseason, but Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara certainly helped settle things during the 2017 season. Fuller has set himself up to be paid as a free agent.

Stankevitz: 2017 Bears position grades - Offensive Line - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have a few key decisions to make with their offensive line unit, namely whether or not to keep guard Josh Sitton and tackle Bobby Massie.

Gabriel: Free Agency Offers Ample Options For Bears To Address Wide Receiver Needs - CBS Chicago - Allen Robinson, Albert Wilson and Paul Richardson are some receivers the Bears could chase in free agency.

Wiedman's Chicago Bears Mock Draft: 7-Round Scenario - Our Turf Football
OTFB's Wanda Wiedman walks us through various scenarios for the Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Browns take Wyoming QB Josh Allen with top pick - CBSSports.com - Browns add Saquon Barkley with their second first-round pick. Ken's Note: All mock drafts this time of year are bad, but this one is uber bad. Not only does he have the Bears taking Ridley (they won't) but Allen first guy off the board? Josh Allen? Seriously?

Perez: Bears face tough decision with Kevin White this offseason - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace faces a tough decision with former first-round pick Kevin White this offseason. Ken's Note: No, they don't face a tough decision, it would be reckless bordering on nutty to guarantee Kevin White's 5th year against injury. Seriously, I know it's the offseason, but c'mon let's at least keep the speculation realistic. Guaranteeing top-10 money (100 percent against the cap) to a guy who's played 5 games in three years? THIS is a tough decision? ALL the NO.

Gandia: NFL Mock Drafts on the Chicago Bears 1.0 – Bears Barroom - Time to take a look at what’s transpiring in the world of mock drafts. Yes, it’s a silly exercise to put together mock drafts before the NFL’s free agency period has played its prime-time out, but like Adam Hoge recently posted when a colleague criticized early mocks and win projections…

Hughes - Pertinent Off-Season Dates - Da Bears Blog - Critical dates upcoming this offseason.

Eurich: Bears who could sign contract extensions this offseason - 247Sports - Both Eddie Goldman and Adrian Amos deserve contract extensions this offseason from the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Mid-round wide receivers who should be on Bears radar - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears will still be able to find play-making wideouts in the middle rounds of this year's draft.

Dickerson: Bears' schedule could prove daunting (again) - ESPN - The Bears have the eighth-hardest schedule in 2018 based on opponents' 2017 records, including home dates with the Patriots and Rams.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Blystone: Is the Colts’ “Secret Weapon” a (Former Bears) Guy They Just Pulled Out of Retirement? - Stampede Blue - Rusty Jones has made a career out of innovation in strength and conditioning, now he has joined the Colts...

Don’t be so sure Dustin Colquitt will be back with the Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride - The Chiefs’ push to get younger doesn’t extend to punters, at least according to Dustin Colquitt, who joined Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio Thursday. Ken's Note: It would not be shocking to see Colquitt in a Bears uniform next season... Bears punter Pat O'Donnell is a free agent, as is Colquitt.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Kruse: NFL insider would be ‘surprised’ if Packers kept both Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb - Packers Wire - Ian Rapoport of NFL Network doesn't believe the Packers will keep veteran receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in 2018.

Gates: A.J. McCarron will join the free agent quarterback pool - Daily Norseman - He won his grievance against the NFL

Davenport: Hyde to Detroit? Bridgewater to Arizona? NFL Free-Agent Signings That Make Too Much Sense to Happen - Bleacher Report - In one month, the meat market opens. On March 14 at 4 p.m. ET, NFL free agency begins. By the end of that first day, teams will have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Building the 2020 Super Bowl champion Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Championship windows come and go fluidly in the NFL. The Bears, in the thick of Mitchell Trubisky's rookie contract, are ideally on that timeline. But how far away are they, roster wise? Projecting a potential Super Bowl team two years from now.

Wiltfong: Here’s the full list of Chicago Bears’ 2018 free agents - Windy City Gridiron - There are currently 25 free agents on the Bears’ roster, and we run down that list right here. We also explain the difference between an UFA, RFA and ERFA.

Zeglinski's Bears free agency preview 2018: Offensive line - Windy City Gridiron - A Bears' position of strength just a year ago, is now in flux. Taking a look at the offensive line open market.

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