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The Bears Den, Free Agency Open Thread Saturday

Fuller is back, Brown is back, Lynch looks to get his groove back and Bears-Packers rivalry adds new chapter

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Daniel Brown #85 of the Chicago Bears flys through the air in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field on December 4, 2016
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Potash: Bears see 'a lot of upside' in Super Bowl hero Trey Burton at TE - Chicago Sun-Times - Trey Burton will forever be hero in Philadelphia for his role in “Philly Special,” the gadget play that propelled

Finley: 'Humbled' OLB Aaron Lynch hopes reunion with Bears' Vic Fangio spurs turnaround - Chicago Sun-Times - Aaron Lynch was benched in four of the 49ers’ final six games last year, rendered a healthy scratch while his teammates ran off a 5-1 record.

Jahns: A look at what Chicago's big signings want to be for Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - In time, quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be expected to make his teammates better. Just not in his second NFL season.

Finley: Despite 2 starts in 8 years, Bears know what they're getting in QB Chase Daniel - Chicago Sun-Times - At the NFL Scouting Combine last month, Ryan Pace was asked what he wanted in a backup quarterback.

Bears free-agency tracker: Bears match Packers' offer, secure CB Kyle Fuller on 4-year deal - Chicago Tribune - As free agency deals unfold and players change teams, the Tribune’s coverage team will track the Bears’ moves and provide insight into what it all means. Check back often for updates.

Wiederer: Ryan Pace's 12 most significant wide receiver moves as Bears GM - Chicago Tribune - The Bears added Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to their receiving corps during free agency this week. General manager Ryan Pace must hope both players add something to the offense. Pace's track record with receivers has been spotty since his 2015 arrival.

Kane: ‘Down and out’ with 49ers, Aaron Lynch hopes Bears, Vic Fangio spark revival - Chicago Tribune - With voids to fill at outside linebacker, the Bears gave Aaron Lynch a one-year contract this week to see if Matt Nagy and Vic Fangio can help him get back on track.

Biggs: Bears match Packers offer for Kyle Fuller with 4-year, $56 million deal - Chicago Tribune - After the Packers signed cornerback Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet Friday, the Bears moved quickly to keep him away from their NFC North rival and in the fold.

Stankevitz: Why Chase Daniel made sense to be Mitch Trubisky's backup quarterback - NBC Sports Chicago - Chase Daniel knows Matt Nagy's offense well, and can be a conduit and sounding board for Mitch Trubisky as his backup quarterback in 2018.

Mullin: Bears attitude adjustment already apparent in first wave of free agents - NBC Sports Chicago - The first game of the 2018 season is still months away, but there's a noticeable difference around this Bears team with their new players in tow.

Stankevitz: Bears match Packers' offer for Kyle Fuller, ink CB to 4-year deal - NBC Sports Chicago - The Packers reportedly signed Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet on Friday, and Bears GM Ryan Pace wasted no time in responding..

LeGere: Top free agents buying into Chicago Bears coach Nagy - Pro Football Weekly - Bears new coach making Chicago a popular destination

LeGere: Pass-rusher Lynch eager to resurrect career with Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Bears DC Fangio was instrumental in OLBs early development

Edholm: Chicago Bears quickly match deal to keep CB Kyle Fuller - Pro Football Weekly - Bears GM wastes no time matching Green Bay Packers' offer sheet on transition player

Carson Wentz writes emotional goodbye to Trey Burton on Instagram - Bears Wire - Carson Wentz wrote his goodbye to Trey Burton on Instagram

Cox: Bears match Packers’ 4-year, $56 million offer for Kyle Fuller- Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears officially locked in cornerback Kyle Fuller, matching the four-year, $56 million offer he got from the Green Bay Packers.

Mayer: Bears retaining Pat O’Donnell, Daniel Brown - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears are bringing back two of their own free agents, agreeing to terms with punter Patrick O’Donnell and tight end Daniel Brown on one-year contracts.

Mayer: Bears add backup quarterback Tyler Bray - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday agreed to terms with quarterback Tyler Bray on a one-year contract. Bray spent the past five seasons with the Chiefs, working with Bears head coach Matt Nagy.

Mayer: Lynch aiming to 'rejuvenate my career' - ChicagoBears.com - Bears free-agent acquisition Aaron Lynch hopes that a reunion with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will help revitalize the outside linebacker’s once promising career.

Chicago Bears match offer sheet from Green Bay Packers on Kyle Fuller - ESPN - Cornerback Kyle Fuller has signed with the Bears, who countered the Packers' offer sheet Friday by inking the cornerback to a four-year deal, sources say.

Sessler: Five biggest moves of free agency -- and five biggest non-moves - NFL.com - Was there any move more seismic than Minnesota signing Kirk Cousins? What about John Elway's failure to snag the most sought-after QB himself? Marc Sessler lists the five biggest moves -- and five biggest non-moves -- of free agency.

Brooks: Mitchell Trubisky set up to soar; don't dismiss Sammy Watkins - NFL.com - Jared Goff and Carson Wentz broke out in Year 2 -- will Mitchell Trubisky follow suit? Bucky Brooks says the Bears are following a familiar blueprint. Plus, strong thoughts on a polarizing signing and much more.

Florio: Kyle Fuller gets $4 million more per year than Bears had offered – ProFootballTalk - "The end result is that the Packers negotiated the deal for the Bears, at no cost to Chicago. At a minimum, the Bears should give Abe Froman a call and send a gift basket full of pork products to Green Bay."

Emma: Bears, Fuller Win With Deal Set By Packers - 670 The Score - Utilizing the transition tag proved to be beneficial for the Bears and Fuller.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jeremiah: Five teams most likely to pick QB in first round of 2018 NFL Draft - NFL.com - With the first wave of free agency in the rearview mirror, Daniel Jeremiah looks at the new landscape at the QB position around the league, and identifies five teams most likely to take a QB early in the 2018 NFL Draft.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Packers Free Agency: Bears match Packers’ offer sheet for Kyle Fuller - Acme Packing Company - That was an exciting three hours or so.

Packers Free Agency: Bears have planned to match any offer sheet for Kyle Fuller - Acme Packing Company - That was the plan at first, but some creative structuring by Russ Ball and Brian Gutekunst may still give them pause.

Packers Free Agency: CB Kyle Fuller signs offer sheet with Green Bay - Acme Packing Company - Could the Bears let the former first round pick leave for their hated rival?

Glover: Vikings Not High Bidder For Cousins. Are They Now A Destination Team In Free Agency? - Daily Norseman - The Jets and Cardinals had more money on the table, but Cousins chose Minnesota. Why?

Thompson: Vikings Sign Sheldon Richardson - Daily Norseman - The Vikings have added a big piece to their defensive line.

Ludford: Vikings Roster Changes Unfolding - Daily Norseman - In the Not For Long league of professional football, change is inevitable, and we’re seeing some significant changes to the Vikings roster as free agency gets under-way.

Gates: Minnesota Vikings release WR Jarius Wright - Daily Norseman - The move saves them about $2.6 million in cap space

Reisman: Haloti Ngata turned down identical offer from Lions to join Eagles - Pride Of Detroit - Ngata reportedly preferred the Eagles’ defensive scheme.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder: Bears sign former Chiefs third QB Tyler Bray - Windy City Gridiron - The former Kansas City Chiefs QB has been with Nagy since entering the league in 2013 undrafted

Bears Free Agency Rumor Tracker: March 16, 2018 - Windy City Gridiron - Kyle Fuller returns thanks to the Packers? Also, the Bears lose their long snapper. Keep it here as we’ll be updating this tracker all day.

Zeglinski: Bears to re-sign Daniel Brown - Windy City Gridiron - After not using a tender, Chicago will bring back the depth pass catching tight end.

Zeglinski: Ready for a fresh start - Aaron Lynch comes back to a place of comfort with the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The former 49ers pass rusher has had a rough go of it lately. Reuniting with Vic Fangio in Chicago plays a big part in unlocking him once again.

Duerrwaechter: Packers sign Kyle Fuller to offer sheet - Windy City Gridiron - A little transition tag drama is in full swing between division rivals.

Zeglinski: After matching Packers’ offer sheet, Bears re-sign Kyle Fuller to long term deal - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears said they value Fuller. The Packers obliged that value and set a long term contract structure that the Bears were comfortable in matching to lock up his future in Chicago.

Wiltfong & Snyder's Draftwatch: Top 5 prospects at every defensive position - Windy City Gridiron - In my latest T Formation Conversation podcast I was joined by WCG lead draft anaylst, EJ Snyder, and we talked about his top 5 defensive prospects at each position.

BearsPoo: Pace "Wins" Free Agent Frenzy...now must win draft - Windy City Gridiron - NFL pundits and pod-casters all seem to be giving the Bears at least a B+ in the way-too-early grading of off season moves. It's hard not to agree, though, that the incoming play makers have...

Powertool: Update on 2018 QB Predictions - Windy City Gridiron - Now that the FA quarterback market has made all the relevant moves, I thought I would follow up now before the draft. I've noted how each prediction is doing thus far.

Wetnight: What Defenders Won't The Bears Draft in R1 & Why? - Windy City Gridiron - It is exceptionally tough to predict who the Bears will draft in round 1, but I thought we'd put our heads together to figure out which defenders Chicago will likely avoid. Unlike in previous...

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