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

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Finley: Chris Gedney, former Bears third-round pick, dies at 47 - Chicago Sun-Times - Chris Gedney, the Bears' third-round pick in 1993, died Friday at age 47.

Finley's Bears free agent primer: Who's coming, who's going and how much they can spend - Chicago Sun-Times - Monday marks the start of the NFL’s official tampering period, a two-day window during which teams can negotiate with agents — but not players.

Biggs: Former Bears tight end Chris Gedney dies at 47 - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears tight end Chris Gedney, the team’s third-round draft pick in 1993, died Friday, Syracuse University announced. Gedney was 47.

Biggs: Clues point to Bears surrounding Mitch Trubisky with targets in free agency - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have struggled in free agency in recent years but all signs point to them being active one again with a goal to overhaul their wide receivers for quarterback Mitch Trubisky and new coach Matt Nagy.

Campbell: Bears believe they're on the road to success in free agency - Chicago Tribune - Bears free agency preview. They believe Mitch Trubisky makes them a more attractive destination. A look at their options at their five greatest positions of need.

Mullin: Bears of Ryan Pace willing to reach for 'ceiling' in free agency, draft as ’18 talent grabs loom - NBC Sports Chicago - Ryan Pace has shown he tends to go with ceiling over safe when it comes to free agency.

Perez: Chicago Bears’ 2018 Free Agency Big Board - Bears Wire - A look at the top-20 free agents the Chicago Bears should pursue

Cox: What to expect from the Bears in free agency - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has followed some patterns over the past three offseasons when it comes to NFL free agency.

Mayer: Ex-Bears tight end Gedney passes away - ChicagoBears.com - Chris Gedney, a third-round draft pick who played tight end for the Bears from 1993-96, passed away Friday at the age of 47.

Former Chicago Bears tight end Chris Gedney dies at 47 - ESPN - Former Bears tight end Chris Gedney has died at 47. Prior to his NFL career, Gedney was an All-American at Syracuse.

Brandt: Bears, Bucs among teams with most riding on free agency period - NFL.com - Can Bears GM Ryan Pace provide Mitch Trubisky with enough help to make the quarterback's second pro season a success? Gil Brandt spotlights the seven NFL teams with the most riding on free agency.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: More than 187,000 have requested tickets for the draft – ProFootballTalk - The draft is heading to Dallas. And plenty of people want to witness the ultimate reality show about nothing. Via the Dallas Morning News, the NFL recently said that more than 187,000 fans have registered for a ticket lottery that will gain access to AT&T Stadium for the draft.

Florio: NFL reminds teams about tampering and trades – ProFootballTalk - At a time when rampant tampering is occurring regarding players who will become free agents on Wednesday, the league has distributed a memo to all teams reminding them of one specific aspect of the tampering rules.

Florio: Players need good agents, period – ProFootballTalk - At a time when a rumor is making the rounds that a prominent member of the media was unofficially giving cornerback Richard Sherman free advice on his negotiations with the 49ers (Sherman may have gotten his money's worth), I'm prepared to give all players free advice on this topic an may have gotten his money's worth), I'm prepared to give all players free advice on this topic.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: How to react to the Packers’ & Browns’ Damarious Randall/DeShone Kizer trade - Acme Packing Company - There are plenty of reasons for various reactions to Friday’s trade, and we’ll break some of them down.

Bukowski: Packers plan to target CB Trumaine Johnson in free agency, per report - Acme Packing Company - After trading Damarious Randall, Green Bay desperately needs an influx of talent at cornerback. Could they go the free agent route?

2018 NFL Combine: Why Orlando Brown’s performance wasn’t a complete disaster - Acme Packing Company - The mammoth offensive tackle posted some historically bad numbers in Indianapolis, but could he be an exception?

QB Rumors Continue to Swirl - Daily Norseman - Latest buzz on which QB goes where

Detroit Lions free agency preview: Sitton one of high-risk, high reward options at left guard - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have a lot of interesting options in free agency, if they want to find a starting guard.

Western: What do the Packers need to do to make the Randall-for-Kizer trade a success? - Acme Packing Company - Here are a few ideas on what might happen after the Packers acquired DeShone Kizer for Damarious Randall.

Florio: Lions had significant interest in Richard Sherman – ProFootballTalk - The full slate of teams with genuine interest in cornerback Richard Sherman isn't known. The Lions, we're told, were definitely one of them. Per a league source, the Lions was strongly motivated to pursue Sherman, who signed with the 49ers only one day after being cut by the Seahawks.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 7 Round Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - The first of my "theme" mock drafts for the Chicago Bear has me taking the best player available approach.

Bearsfuturechamps: My Take on the Bears Off Season and What They should Do....When They Ask Me. - Windy City Gridiron - The 2018 off season is well underway and the Bears started the right way in firing John Fox and his offensive staff (and they were offensive) and hiring Matt Nagy, building a young and promising...

EricSoderholm'sbat: Bellamy/Callahan/Timu/Meredith - Windy City Gridiron - All 4 of our restricted free agents were originally undrafted free agents, meaning that if Pace only places the low (original-round) tender on each of them, then we will receive absolutely no...

EricSoderholm'sbat: Fitzpatrick/Barkley/Nelson/Chubb/Rosen/Darnold/Allen/Mayfield - Windy City Gridiron - At least 1 of those 8 prospects will still be on the board for Ryan Pace at #8, pretty much guaranteeing that at least 1 general manager will be calling Pace about a possible trade up. Even if this...

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