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BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Jahns: A look at why the Bears' draft plans won't change after big free-agent signings - Chicago Sun-Times - Free agency was different for Bears general manager Ryan Pace this year because of quarterback Mitch Trubisky and new coach Matt Nagy.

Potash: CB Prince Amukamara back: 'Something about here felt like home' - Chicago Sun-Times - Cornerback Prince Amukmara was so intent on returning to the Bears that he told his agent he “didn’t want to hear

Potash: Bears WR Allen Robinson confident he'll be as good as ever - 'I know myself' - Chicago Sun-Times - At his best, Robinson indeed looks like the perfect solution to the black hole the Bears had at wide receiver last season.

Jahns: Matt Nagy mattered plenty to the Bears' new free-agent additions - Chicago Sun-Times - The money matters immensely in free agency, but it’s not the only thing that talks as teams and players search out each other and negotiations begin.

Finley: A year after free-agent miss, Ryan Pace rides 'different vibe' to land new Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - By landing two players in the upper tier of their position group, general manager Ryan Pace has been more exacting than last year.

Finley: Punter Pat O'Donnell returns on 1-year deal - Chicago Sun-Times - Punter Pat O’Donnell is returning to the Bears on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, a source confirmed Thursday.

Finley: OLB Aaron Lynch joins on 1-year deal - Chicago Sun-Times - Having said farewell to Pernell McPhee and Willie Young, the Bears landed an outside linebacker to try to fill the void: Aaron Lynch.

Campbell: Prince Amukamara on why he re-signed with the Bears: 'Really wanted to finish this thing out' - Chicago Tribune - Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara explains why he re-signed on a three-year, $27 million contract.

Kane: Allen Robinson on his knee and other highlights from the Bears' free-agent introductions - Chicago Tribune - Allen Robinson said he has "no questions" about being able to come back from ACL surgery.

Kane: Chase Daniel readily accepts his primary duty - Help Mitch Trubisky excel - Chicago Tribune - Free-agent signee Chase Daniel has rare qualificatons to mentor Bears second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky as he has learned from some of the best in his eight seasons as a backup.

Kane & Campbell: New Bears tight end Trey Burton knows how he can top the ‘Philly Special’ - Chicago Tribune - Trey Burton described the last two months of his life as a “whirlwind” as he celebrated a Super Bowl victory with the Eagles, fielded praise for his touchdown pass on a trick play in the game and then delved into free agency.

Wiederer: Is Bears' revamped offense reason to believe this free-agent class different? - Chicago Tribune - At first blush, fresh free agents Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton, Chase Daniel and Cody Parkey sure seems like an infusion of promising talent that will give quarterback Mitch Trubisky and new coach Matt Nagy a greater chance of succeeding.

Podcast: Top Takeaways from the Bears' Free Agent Press Conference (And More) - Da Bears Brothers - Listen as Da Bears Brothers share their top takeaways of the five new Bears who spoke during Thursday's press conference, and much more.

Bocker's Breakdown: How Taylor Gabriel Fits in Matt Nagy's Offense - Da Bears Brothers - Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy will be able to maximize Taylor Gabriel's potential. Here's how the speedy wideout can flourish.

Tidwell: Bears Sign DE/OLB Aaron Lynch who Reunites with Vic Fangio - Da Bears Brothers - The Chicago Bears have signed Aaron Lynch who reunites with his first defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Introducing the Bears' free agent signings - NBC Sports Chicago - Luke Stuckmeyer hosts tonight's podcast with Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report), Phil Rogers (MLB.com) and Jay Cohen (Associated Press).

Stankevitz: Why Prince Amukamara thinks Allen Robinson is exactly who the Bears needed - NBC Sports Chicago - Prince Amukamara came away impressed with Allen Robinson after spending one year as his teammate with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Stankevitz: How this year's free agent excitement feels different for the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears officially welcomed five free agent signings to Halas Hall on Thursday, and there was a different kind of excitement about this group than in years past.

LeGere: Gambling on themselves pays off for pair of Chicago Bears defenders - Pro Football Weekly - Bears CB Amukamara, OLB Acho get security from multi-year deals

Video: Ryan Pace, Bears excited about free agency signings - Pro Football Weekly - Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace met with the media on Thursday to introduce the newest members of the Bears. The five free agent signings which included receivers Allen Robinson, and Taylor Gabriel, tight end Trey Burton, quarterback Chase Daniel and kick

Arthur Arkush: Chicago Bears tab much-needed pass-rush help in former 49ers OLB Aaron Lynch - Pro Football Weekly - Lynch played under Bears' Fangio as a rookie, brings upside to position in flux

LeGere: Chicago Bears re-sign P O'Donnell for 1 year - Pro Football Weekly - Bears had shown interest in Bengals P Huber

Hub Arkush: Ryan Pace on Cloud 9 after rebuilding Chicago Bears' aerial attack - Pro Football Weekly - This could be the class that defines Pace's Bears legacy

Perez: Bears re-sign punter Pat O’Donnell to 1-year, $1.5M deal - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears re-signed punter Pat O'Donnell to a one-year deal

Mayer: Robinson lured to Bears by Nagy’s offense - ChicagoBears.com - The opportunity to play a major role in first-year head coach Matt Nagy’s offense helped the Bears land highly-coveted free-agent receiver Allen Robinson.

Mayer: Daniel excited to tackle dual role as backup QB - ChicagoBears.com - As the Bears' new backup quarterback, Chase Daniel knows that he'll be asked to perform when called upon and also help mentor promising young QB Mitchell Trubisky.

Fucillo: Aaron Lynch signs with Bears, Tank Carradine visiting with Raiders - Niners Nation - Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aaron Lynch is officially on the move. Lynch is signing a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport....

Mayer: Bears bolster defense by signing Lynch - ChicagoBears.com - Hours after introducing the five free agents they landed Wednesday, the Bears added a sixth Thursday when they inked outside linebacker Aaron Lynch.

Mayer: Joining Bears 'a no-brainer' for Gabriel - ChicagoBears.com - Free-agent acquisition Taylor Gabriel was eager to join the Bears after seeing what first-year head coach Matt Nagy had accomplished as Chiefs offensive coordinator.

Mayer: Amukamara wanted to play only for Bears - ChicagoBears.com - After signing his new contract, Prince Amukamara discussed why he wanted to play only for the Bears and why facing new Bears receiver Allen Robinson in practice with the Jaguars was a nightmare.

Clay: Fantasy football analysis of 2018 biggest signings including Robinson - ESPN
We continue to break down the biggest offseason moves for the 2018 fantasy football season as each one occurs, including deals involving Kirk Cousins, Jordy Nelson, Carlos Hyde, Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins.

Sando: Trubisky one of the quarterbacks who won in 2018 free agency - ESPN - With the major 2018 NFL offseason QB movement having run its course even before free agency officially began Wednesday, we consider which passers around the league stand to benefit from the initial wave of roster activity. Three stand out in particular.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Sessler: Hue Jackson - Tyrod Taylor is Browns' starting QB - NFL.com - Don't call him a bridge. Introduced Thursday as Cleveland's newest quarterback, Tyrod Taylor made it crystal clear he doesn't plan to simply log a few starts before giving way to a fill-in-the-blank rookie passer.

New Orleans Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson passes away at age 90 - New Orleans Saints - Mr. Benson was hospitalized with the flu Feb. 16

KNOW THY ENEMY

Report: Detroit Lions meeting with G Matt Slauson on Friday - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are courting yet another veteran player.

Rapport: The APC Podcast, Packers Free Agency Emergency Edition! - Acme Packing Company - The gang assembles to break down the flurry of activity coming from Green Bay as the Packers open free agency with a bang.

Glover: Vikings Officially Sign Kirk Cousins To 3yr, 84 Million Dollar Contract - Daily Norseman - The Minnesota Vikings and former Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins signed a history making deal moments ago.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: A Look Back at recent Winners and Losers - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are in the midst of free agency, and so far fans seem to think it’s going well. After all, the Bears picked up one of the best wide receivers on the market, a solid tight end, and...

Duerrwaechter: Bears re-sign Pat O’Donnell - Windy City Gridiron - MegaPunt returns for another season in Chicago.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears sign Aaron Lynch - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears address the defensive side of the ball with DE/OLB Aaron Lynch, who played for Vic Fangio as a rookie.

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