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The Bear’s Den, March 21, 2018

Cameron Meredith hits the road to sell his services, while Chicago works it’s way through Free Agency

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Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings
Jerick McKinnon #21 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Finley: John Fox hired by ESPN as NFL studio analyst: report - Chicago Sun Times - The ex-Bears coach has decided to move on from coaching to take a gig with ESPN.

Finley: Bears WR Cam Meredith visits Colts - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears gave Cam Meredith the tender last week, which would pay him $1.907 million for 2018.

Finley: New free agent WR Allen Hurns - Bears among teams interested in me - Chicago Sun-Times - Asked by WFNZ radio in Charlotte to list the teams that liked him, Allen Hurns named the Bears first.

What Mitch Trubisky said about Matt Nagy and the Bears offense - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Campbell: 'I can't wait' Mitch Trubisky eager to learn Matt Nagy's 'tricky' offense - Chicago Tribune - Bears second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky sees explosive potential in new coach Matt Nagy's quarterback-intensive, West Coast scheme that includes option concepts.

Rosenbloom: Mitch Trubisky talks like the Bears franchise QB. But there’s still one thing he needs to say. - Chicago Tribune - Is Mitch Trubisky happily naïve? Or is he a young QB displaying veteran aplomb? I'm not sure yet, but I liked what the Bears potential franchise quarterback said last weekend in a Tribune exclusive about embracing the weight of being a franchise quarterback. I just wish he had said one more thing.

Kane: Cody Parkey wants to be the Bears' next Robbie Gould - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are guaranteeing Cody Parkey $9 million to stop the cycle of disappointment they've experienced since they cut Robbie Gould.

Biggs: Bears restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith visits Colts and is expected to meet with another team - Chicago Tribune - Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith, a restricted free agent, visited the Colts on Tuesday and is expected to meet with another club soon. That raises the possibility he could sign an offer sheet and force the Bears to decide if they want to match it.

Moreano: Bears’ offense to leap into top-10 - Da Bears Blog - In one offseason the Chicago Bears have primed themselves to go from being one of the worst offenses to a top-10 unit in 2018.

Murray: That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you - NBC Sports Chicago - The notoriously elusive John Fox will be now be paid for his color commentary.

Stankevitz: Kyle Fuller is 'definitely happy' to be back with Bears after whirlwind process - NBC Sports Chicago - Kyle Fuller caused a minor panic on Friday, but is happy to be back in Chicago after a whirlwind process involving the Green Bay Packers.

Cox: Bears re-tool LB corps in latest 2-round NFL mock draft - Bears Wire - In the latest two-round mock draft from Draft Wire, the Chicago Bears pick up both an inside and outside linebacker to re-tool the defense.

Perez: Allen Robinson recruiting former teammate Allen Hurns to join him in Chicago - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson is recruiting the recently released Allen Hurns to join him in Chicago

Mayer: NFL analyst excited to see new Bears - ChicagoBears.com - NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal has included the Bears as one of four teams he’s eager to see on the field "in their new form" after a flurry of free agent activity by GM Ryan Pace.

Mayer: Bears, Robinson seem to be a perfect match - ChicagoBears.com - Using Next Gen Stats, NFL.com's Matt Harmon ranks the Bears and new receiver Allen Robinson as the best fit between an NFL team and a receiver it signed in free agency.

Mayer: Bears match offer sheet to Kyle Fuller - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday officially matched a four-year offer sheet that cornerback Kyle Fuller signed with the Packers last Friday, assuring he will remain in Chicago.

Dickerson: Trey Burton represents new vision for Bears tight ends - ESPN - The Bears struggled to find any consistency at tight end last season. Trey Burton hopes to change that in 2018.

Dickerson: Kyle Fuller happy 'crazy process' over after Bears match offer sheet - ESPN - The cornerback, who had 22 pass breakups in 2017, said he's happy to be staying with the Bears after they matched the Packers' four-year offer sheet.

Wood: Looking at WR fits in the Draft - Da Bears Blog - Before the Combine, I looked at WRs who found success in coach Matt Nagy’s offense in Kansas City and identified physical traits that they all shared.

Mailbag: Bills can address QB need via bold draft move - NFL.com - What is the next move the Bills must make in the 2018 NFL Draft? Is Jon Gruden improving the Raiders' roster? Could a kicker win MVP? Dan Hanzus answers these questions -- and more -- in his mailbag.

Alper: Cameron Meredith visits Colts – ProFootballTalk - The Colts signed a wide receiver on Tuesday, but Ryan Grant isn't the only player at the position on their radar. Field Yates of ESPN reports that Cameron Meredith visited with the team. Meredith was tendered by the Bears at the lowest level.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: ESPN hires John Fox as studio analyst – ProFootballTalk - Former Bears, Broncos and Panthers head coach John Fox probably won't roam an NFL sideline again, but he has another job. Fox was hired by ESPN as a studio analyst, Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports.

Fitzgerald: Grading the NFL Trades - Over the Cap - An overview of the various 2018 NFL trades.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Morgan Burnett-Steelers contract is under $5 million per year - Acme Packing Company - The former Packers safety’s asking price dropped off a cliff, so why didn’t his old team catch him as it fell?

NFL Players Association - Public Salary Cap Report - Here's the latest on the various NFL team's caps according to the NFLPA.

Smith: Would Allen Hurns be a good fit in Green Bay? - Acme Packing Company - There’s a Jordy Nelson-shaped hole opposite of Davante Adams in Green Bay. Should the Packers consider adding recently-released Allen Hurns?

Glover: Kai Forbath Returning On A One Year Deal - Daily Norseman - He will sweep the leg in purple at least one more season

Perfett: Eric Ebron and the Detroit Lions were doomed from the start - Pride Of Detroit - There could have been something special in store, but fans and franchise just couldn’t buy it.

NFL free agency: Jaguars release veteran TE Marcedes Lewis—Next Detroit Lions target? - Pride Of Detroit - Could the former Pro Bowl tight end be the Lions’ next TE target?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: WCG Confidence Board 3.0 (Post-Combine Update) - Windy City Gridiron - With free agency settling down, the Chicago Bears are ready to head into the draft. Picking at #8 barring some change, they should have the chance to pick an impact player. Who is it going to be?

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears re-sign John Timu - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have re-signed veteran inside linebacker John Timu.

Zeglinski: With high expectations, Allen Robinson comes to Chicago prepared for redemption, and greatness - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ new star receiver has the weight of an offense’s hope on his shoulders. That’s a future and load he’s prepared for, and excited to carry.

Wcassasin106: Three defensive prospects I love a #8. Who is best? - Windy City Gridiron - I know I want a defensive player. We need more star power on defense that is for sure. This Bear defense can make the leap from top 10 to top 5 with a couple more pieces. Plus, I don’t believe...

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