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Orange is the new Navy Blue, Steltz sues the NFL, owners meet and change rules and much more...

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Craig Steltz in orange... he’s now suing the NFL over concussions...

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

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Jahns: Matching Packers' bid for CB Kyle Fuller was easy call for Bears GM Ryan Pace - Chicago Sun-Times - "Green Bay was one of those ones we thought could be a possibility,” Pace said during the NFL’s annual meetings.

Finley: Ex-Bears safety Craig Steltz suing NFL over concussions - report - Chicago Sun-Times - Craig Steltz is suing the NFL over traumatic brain injuries suffered as a special teams specialist from 2008-14.

Jahns: With Mitch Trubisky in place, Bears openly rooting for run on QBs in draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Conversations about QB dominated the NFL’s annual meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, particularly during the coaches breakfast.

Potash: Mel Kiper sends Quenton Nelson to Bears at No. 8 - Chicago Sun Times - Excitement over plug-and-play, sure-fire Pro Bowl guards in the NFL draft often withers as the draft approaches — one reason why only two guards have gone in the top 10 since 1988 — but the hype for Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson seems to be strengthening at this point.

Jahns: Bears' George McCaskey on orange jerseys, the anthem and more - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears chairman George McCaskey sat down with reporters after the NFL’s annual meetings concluded at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Wednesday.

Kane: As Matt Nagy installs new Bears offense, he tells coaches to bring on ideas - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy calls his new Bears offense "a 'We' thing" as he seeks to foster collaboration from everyone on his coaching staff.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Do the Bears have a new approach in the weight room? What is Kyle Fuller's contract moving forward? - Chicago Tribune - How will the approach change in the weight room? Will salary cap numbers in the back end of Kyle Fuller's contract matter? How much does the early start to training camp help? That and much more in this week's Bears Mailbag.

Kane: Bears Chairman George McCaskey has high hopes for Matt Nagy - 'Very confident leader, an innovator' - Chicago Tribune - Bears Chairman George McCaskey said his trust in general manager Ryan Pace drives his trust that Matt Nagy is the right man to lead the team's turnaround.

Podcast: Owners Meetings Takeaways, Recent Re-Signings, Orange Jerseys, Division Recap (And More) - Da Bears Brothers - Listen as Da Bears Brothers share takeaways from Nagy and Pace's comments at the owners meetings, the Bears' recent re-signings, orange jerseys, and more.

Letizia: Three Offensive Linemen the Bears Should Target in the NFL Draft - Da Bears Brothers - Here are three quality offensive linemen the Chicago Bears should consider drafting at every stage of the upcoming draft.

Mullin: Bears should have very high expectations of Matt Nagy, Part II - NBC Sports Chicago - Expectations of Matt Nagy and his Bears should be higher, not patiently lower just because he’s a first-time head coach or he’s inheriting a bad team, writes John "Moon" Mullin.

PFW NFL Draft newsletter sample: LeGere's Chicago Bears seven-round mock draft - Pro Football Weekly - Pace addresses defense, starting with edge rusher

Hub Arkush: George McCaskey likes the path his Chicago Bears are on - Pro Football Weekly - Bears chairman also "a fan of the orange jerseys"

Cox: Bears bringing back orange alternate jerseys for 2018 - Bears Wire - At the request of defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, the Chicago Bears decided to bring back the orange jersey as their alternate for 2018.

Cox: Bears trade up in new mock draft from CBS - Bears Wire - The latest mock draft from CBS has the Chicago Bears trading up to the No. 6 pick to make sure they land the perfect prospect.

Perez: Trey Burton will play ‘U tight end’ in Bears’ offense - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy outline Trey Burton's role in the team's offense next season

Perez: Bears land Quenton Nelson in latest Mel Kiper mock draft - Bears Wire - Mel Kiper published his third NFL Mock Draft and sent the Bears Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson

Perez: Matt Nagy says Taylor Gabriel is not just a gadget player - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy broke down Taylor Gabriel's role in the Bears' offense for 2018

Mayer: White will be given 'every opportunity to succeed' - ChicagoBears.com - Despite receiver Kevin White’s injury history, first-year Bears head coach Matt Nagy intends to give the 2015 first-round draft pick every opportunity to succeed.

Mayer: Will Bears consider trading down in draft? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears will consider trading down in the first round of the draft, what tight end Adam Shaheen needs to work on and who will replace Josh Sitton.

Mayer: Bears to don orange jerseys this season - ChicagoBears.com - Chairman George H. McCaskey revealed at the NFL owners meetings that the Bears will wear orange jerseys as part of their alternate uniforms this season for the first time since 2011.

Dickerson: Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson an option for Chicago Bears at No. 8 - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN - Using their top pick on the best O-line prospect in the 2018 class makes sense for a Bears team that needs help up front to protect Mitchell Trubisky.

Dannehy: Harold Landry Is The Best Player the Bears Aren’t Likely To Take - Da Bears Blog - Boston College pass rusher Harold Landry projects as a dynamic player at a position of need for the Bears. While an ankle injury slowed him last year (before ending his season completely) he still managed 21.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss in his last two seasons at BC. He also forced ten fumbles in his collegiate career and added an interception for good measure.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Cohen: Packers 'pretty much in every conversation' for top cornerbacks - PackersNews.com - Packers GM Brian Gutekunst put together a board with all the free agents they believed could help the team. Kyle Fuller was near the top of the list.

Gates: NFL eliminates PATs after a team wins on the final play - Daily Norseman - Likely spurred by the Minneapolis Miracle. Ken's Note: Perhaps the NFL has finally learned the lesson of the Saturday matinee B-movies that featured Godzilla smashing Tokyo... when the critter dies, roll the credits!

Mel Kiper Jr. ‘Mock Draft 3.0’: Lions add ‘raw’ talent who ‘could be a star’ - Pride Of Detroit - In Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft, the Lions address their need along the defensive line.

2018 NFL rule changes: League discussed 10-second runoff rule change, but no formal proposal made by Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - Well, at least they’re not ignoring it completely.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Link's Checking the “Bears Box” Draft Profile: RB - Windy City Gridiron - Based on the last 10 years, the Bears front office and coaching staff have given us clues as to what physical profiles they value at each position. This series aims at zeroing in on those players while separating the wheat from the chaff.

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: Mel Kiper has the Bears taking Quenton Nelson - Windy City Gridiron - Now that the initial wave of free agency is done, teams will start to tweak their draft boards. The NFL Combine is in the books, schools are in the midst of their pro days, and individual prospect...

Wiltfong: Andy Reid can’t stop praising Matt Nagy - Windy City Gridiron - Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke with the media yesterday at the NFL Annual League Meetings in Orlando, Florida, and as expected his former disciple, Matt Nagy, was brought up a few times.

Sunderbruch: Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock: Non-Power 5 Players - Windy City Gridiron - If the Bears could not pick players from the Power 5 conferences, what would the 2018 draft look like? Surprisingly, there are some decent choices available in most of the rounds.

Han Alister: Ok so its mock time - Windy City Gridiron - I'll post my one and only mock of the year. this was my favorite outcome using the first pick website.I traded down with Arizona they offered me there 1st,2nd and 3rd rounders so hard to say no lol.

IOftenPanic: 2018 NFL Draft - Day One Grades - Windy City Gridiron - As we draw closer and closer to draft day, I've just about solidified my draft grades barring anything unforeseen. Some of these grades will shift a little, as my grades factor in rankings from...

Boiler_SMoG: Trade for Odell? - Windy City Gridiron - The Giants are trading Odell Beckham?!?!? Reportedly asking for two #1 draft picks, but Adam Schefter thinks it'll only take one #1 pick and a #3 or #4 pick.

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