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NFL: Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears won 20-3.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Jahns: Bears' signing of Aaron Lynch just another sign of strong faith in Vic Fangio - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy’s pairing with Fangio is obviously comparable to what the Rams have with Sean McVay, who's 32, and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, 70.

Finley: Team officially re-signs Marcus Cooper | Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears made their signing of Marcus Cooper official Friday, giving the cornerback a one-year deal worth a reported $2.5 million.

NFL mock draft: Who will the Bears select at No. 8? - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are hopeful that quarterbacks fly off the board early when the NFL draft begins April 26. How will things fall and how many passers will have their name called before the Bears go on the clock with the No. 8 overall pick?

Finley: Vikings sign Bears leading receiver Kendall Wright | Chicago Sun-Times - Kendall Wright, who led the Bears in catches with 91 targets, 59 catches and 614 receiving yards, will join the Vikings, the team announced Friday.

Jahns: Why Matt Nagy sees the Bears' history as a motivation for all - Chicago Sun-Times - Welcome to Nagy’s world. It’s full of nostalgia and fire. He has fully embraced the Bears' history.

Wiederer: Kyle Long named the Bears' Ed Block Courage Award recipient - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have named offensive lineman Kyle Long as their 2017 Ed Block Courage Award winner.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears overhaul WR position with signing of Allen Robinson - Chicago Bears- ESPN - The Bears, committed to building around QB Mitchell Trubisky, have brought in TE Trey Burton as well as WRs Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: John Elway may take a quarterback, won’t decide until draft day – ProFootballTalk - Broncos G.M. John Elway says signing Case Keenum in free agency won't preclude using the fifth overall pick in the draft on a quarterback. "That'll be wide open," Elway told Adam Schefter.

Malcolm Butler: I wanted to confront Bill Belichick during the Super Bowl – ProFootballTalk
- As Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler stood on the sideline and watched his teammates get carved up by the Eagles' offense in Super Bowl LII, he was tempted to confront Patriots coach Bill Belichick and ask why he'd been benched. But Butler kept quiet.

Gantt: Hue Jackson has dreams of what to do with No. 4 – ProFootballTalk - The Browns are past the point of lying about what they intend to do with the first overall pick. What they intend to do with the fourth one is enough to get coach Hue Jackson excited, as well.

Smith: Bruce Allen - Team presidents should be judged by wins and losses – ProFootballTalk - Washington team President Bruce Allen thinks he upgraded at the quarterback position this offseason because Alex Smith has won more games than Kirk Cousins as a starting quarterback. But in making that case, Allen may have inadvertently painted himself as a failure.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Gates: Minnesota Vikings sign Kendall Wright - Daily Norseman - He will likely fill the #3 receiver spot

Packers Free Agents: CB Davon House remains unsigned, but could return - Acme Packing Company - With more than two weeks gone in free agency, several former Packers remain on the market. Here’s a look at one such player.

Report: Kendall Wright meets with Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman - The search for a WR3 continues

PFF: 1,000 yards, 10 TDs ‘on the table’ for Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount - Pride Of Detroit - PFF has ridiculously high projections for Lions RB LeGarrette Blount.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: The belle of the ball at the 2018 owner’s meetings - Matt Nagy - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ energetic head coach went in-depth on plenty of aspects of Chicago’s future. The latest WCG radio discusses these developments.

Zeglinski: Spurred by personal tragedy, Jordan Howard seeking to change lives - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ star running back is more than a bruising football player. He’s a man motivated by his own previous trials using his platform for an important cause close to his heart.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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