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All’s quiet on the player signing front, as we surf the second and third waves of free agency...

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Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long and quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) and tight end Zach Miller (left to right) prior the first half between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Finley: Bears' Cody Parkey - Robbie Gould shows it's 'possible to be a great kicker here' - Chicago Sun-Times - Cody Parkey doesn’t know Robbie Gould but, sometime before he makes his Bears' debut this fall, he plans to reach out to the veteran for pointers.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Debating the Bears' reasoning to keep Kyle Fuller and more - Chicago Sun-Times - Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio's Adam Hoge discuss the Bears' decision to keep cornerback Kyle Fuller and their other moves in free agency.

NFL Mock Draft 2018: Post-free agency projections for Chicago Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Here's the latest on what the mock drafts are saying about the Bears following the start of free agency.

Campbell: Mitch Trubisky on Bears' free-agent splurge - 'We're in a perfect situation to really emerge' - Chicago Tribune - Quarterback Mitch Trubisky embraces how the Bears are building the organization around him, he said in an exclusive sit-down interview with the Chicago Tribune on Sunday.

Letizia: Trey Burton - A Comprehensive Analysis of Chicago's New Tight End - Da Bears Brothers - From Trey Burton's background to how he projects within Matt Nagy's offense, here's everything you need to know about the new Chicago Bear.

Mock Draft: How last week's free agent frenzy affects the Bears at No. 8 - NBC Sports Chicago - With Kirk Cousins off to Minnesota and Case Keenum in Denver, how will last week's quarterback movement shake things up in April's NFL Draft?

LeGere: Chicago Bears take advantage of Trubisky buzz - Pro Football Weekly - Bears rookie QB helps attract talent in free agecy

Perez: Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel headline new WR depth chart for Bears - Bears Wire - An analysis of the new-look Bears wide receiver depth chart

Perez: Chicago Bears 7-round post-free agency NFL mock draft - Bears Wire - A complete seven-round NFL Mock Draft for the Chicago Bears after their first wave of free agent signings

Cox: Making cents of Kyle Fuller’s four-year, $56 million contract - Bears Wire - Kyle Fuller's new contract with the Chicago Bears was structured by the Green Bay Packers to be inflexible against the salary cap.

Hughes: Defensive Continuity, Campbell & the Trib, Gabriel Wants to Rollerblade…More! - Da Bears Blog - We are calmly navigating Ryan Pace’s most important off-season. And while it’s impossible to know if any of these decisions are any good until September, it sure feels like he’s making the right calls.

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Gantt: Bills “not ready to pull the trigger” on draft trade – ProFootballTalk - Perhaps the two easiest dots to connect in the looming quarterback draft market is between Buffalo and New York. But Bills General Manager Brandon Beane's not ready to connect them, at least not yet. With the Jets trading to the third spot, the Bills would have to go to No.

Florio: Competition Committee focuses on catch rule, again – ProFootballTalk - With the annual league meetings starting next week in Orlando, the Competition Committee has commenced the process of finalizing possible changes to the catch rule.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Silverstein: How free agency helped the last four Bears playoff teams - Windy City Gridiron - WCG historian Jack M Silverstein looks at the role free agency has played in sending the Bears to the playoffs.

Wiltfong: Mitchell Trubisky isn’t a top 32 QB in the NFL according to NFL.com - Windy City Gridiron - This most certainly will change as the 2018 season progresses, but for now Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is getting no respect.

Wiltfong: You grade the Bears free agency so far - Windy City Gridiron - How can you not like what the Chicago Bears have done so far in free agency? Let us know how you feel and give us your letter grade on their move.

Duerrwaechter: Behind enemy lines; a review of the NFC North free agent signings - Windy City Gridiron - We take a look at notable signings, and misses, from the Bears’ divisional rivals.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

NFL Free Agency 2018: Why is the market for Morgan Burnett & safeties so quiet? - Acme Packing Company - A fairly weak crop of free agent safeties and two outliers have contributed to Morgan Burnett and his fellow players still being on the market.

Ted Mock Draft 1.0 - Daily Norseman - Because nothing says ‘fun’ like an exercise in futility with people getting hashtag mad in hashtag real life over said exercise

Reisman: Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron signs 2-year deal with Indianapolis Colts - Pride Of Detroit - Eric Ebron has found a new home.

Reisman: Did Eric Ebron hold the Detroit Lions hostage in trade negotiations? - Pride Of Detroit - One rumor suggest the Ebron made himself untradeable.

PODcast recaps a frustrating first week of Lions free agency, debates Eric Ebron - Pride Of Detroit - What the heck are the Lions doing (or not doing)?

Western: Don’t blame the Packers for not signing Tyrann Mathieu - Acme Packing Company - The reason Mathieu landed in Houston likely lies less with dollars and more with his personal history.

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