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It’s Draft Combine season here in the Bear’s Den, are you ready for the 2018 “Underwear Olympics”? Jim McMahon is.

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Finley: Mel Kiper Jr. - Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson, possible Bears draft target, a star - Chicago Sun-Times - Mel Kiper Jr. wasn't shy in finding his best comparison for Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson: a possible Hall of Famer.

Biggs: Washington State's Mike Leach says new Bears strength coach Jason Loscalzo particularly good with linemen - Chicago Tribune - New Bears strength and conditioning coach Jason Loscalzo was particularly good working with linemen at Washington State, according to coach Mike Leach.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: With Jarvis Landry tagged, what receivers will be available in free agency? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. This week, topics include wide receivers that will be available in free agency after Jarvis Landry was tagged, did the Bears show their hand with Quenton Nelson by shedding left guard Josh Sitton and much more.

2018 NFL Combine Preview - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Take a listen as PFF Analyst (and Bears Brother) Steve Letizia joins the show and provides an in-depth preview of the 2018 NFL Combine.

Emma: Nick Kwiatkoski Next At Inside Linebacker - CBS Chicago - Despite releasing Jerrell Freeman, the Bears still should be set at inside linebacker.

LeGere's Chicago Bears offseason positional analysis: Cornerbacks - Pro Football Weekly - Bears' level of CB concern hinges on what they do with free agents Fuller and Amukamara

2018 NFL mock draft: Updated 4-round projections with trades - The Draft Wire - In his latest 2018 NFL mock draft, Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling shakes up the first four rounds with some bold trade projections.

Dannehy: Letting Sitton Go Creates An Unnecessarily Big Hole at Guard - Da Bears Blog - Ryan Pace’s decision to decline the option on Josh Sitton needlessly creates a big hole in the middle of the Bears offense. There’s no doubting that Sitton isn’t the player he once was, but he was still better than most other guards in 2017. He was stout against the run, held his own as a pass-blocker and - despite his age and, well, shape - his ability to get to the second level was still top of the league. Sitton is a big reason why the Bears have been among the best rushing attacks in the league the last two years.

Dickerson: Potential Chicago Bears cuts - Mike Glennon, Pernell McPhee top list - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN - There's some roster stability in Chicago, but the team has several higher-profile veterans who are signed through 2018 and are on the bubble. Ken's Note: Thank goodness ESPN is there to share with us this earth shattering insight...

Dickerson: Tremaine Edmunds would strengthen Bears at LB in latest Kiper mock - ESPN - Mel Kiper Jr.'s lastest mock draft has the Bears opting to address the defense with Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cahill: Eagles' Alshon Jeffery played through season with torn rotator cuff - report - Chicago Sun-Times - During his five seasons with the Bears, Alshon Jeffery earned the reputation of being soft.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: Eric Ebron is putting up Hall of Fame numbers - kind of - Pride Of Detroit - Eric Ebron’s career is off to a better start than you probably think.

Gates: Sharrif Floyd dispute stems from 2017 compensation - Daily Norseman - Floyd is hoping to recoup his entire 2017 salary

Reisman: T.J. Lang tries to recruit soon-to-be free agent OG Josh Sitton to Detroit - Pride Of Detroit - T.J. Lang wants a guard reunion in Detroit.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

NFL Draft 2018: How Quenton Nelson May Fit into the Chicago Bears’ Draft Plans - One Foot Down - We talk to Windy City Gridiron’s draft expert about the Chicago Bears’ needs and how Quenton Nelson may be a fit.

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: The Chicago Bears get Tremaine Edmunds in the latest Mel Kiper Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll occasionally take a peek around the interwebs to see how the NFL Draft experts have the Chicago Bears drafting. Today we check out the latest from Mel Kiper and Dan Kadar.

Zeglinski's Bears free agency preview 2018: Running backs - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have one of the best running back duos in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. A third well-rounded runner couldn't hurt, though. Examining the running back open market.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2018 Roster Turnover: Has the safety problem finally been solved? - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13-part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2018 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.

Sunderbruch: Experts vs. Outcomes - Defense - Windy City Gridiron - How will do the experts manage when it comes to actually predicting the success of players on the defensive side of the football?

BearBlitz: Bears Pre-Combine Mock Draft (2 Rounds) - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will need to hit all the spots in this draft if they hope to develop into playoff contenders in the coming years. It’s hard to decipher which direction Ryan Pace will go. The first round...

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