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Bears considering options as NFL Scouting Combine Concludes

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James Burgess #52 of the Cleveland Browns grabs Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears in the third quarter at Soldier Field on December 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Jahns: 'A personal challenge' - Bears coach Matt Nagy eager to work with WR Kevin White - Chicago Sun-Times - “He’s still humble, hungry and wants to prove everybody wrong. A lot of people are saying he’s a bust, he’s glass, he’s this."

Finley: After yips ended his baseball career, Hayden Hurst emerges as Bears TE option - Chicago Sun-Times - Less than three years later, Hayden Hurst is the top tight end prospect in the draft class — though he’ll be 25 by the time the season starts.

Biggs: Jarvis Landry would make Bears better, but trade isn't the right move - Chicago Tribune - Jarvis Landry has received permission to seek a trade from the Dolphins, and it's easy to connect any productive wide receiver to a team with a need and a ton of salary-cap space. But Landry to the Bears doesn't make sense — for a variety of reasons.

Wiederer: As Bears continue another reboot, GM Ryan Pace faces pressure to produce - Chicago Tribune - Ryan Pace has been given every opportunity to succeed as Bears general manager. He has hired two head coaches, hand-selected his franchise quarterback and is now in his fourth offseason. Pace's wagon is hitched to quarterback Mitch Trubisky and coach Matt Nagy. Now he must produce.

Chicago Bears need to act fast to acquire pass-rush help in draft - Daily Herald - With a shallow talent pool of free-agent edge rushers, the Bears may be compelled to address that weakness in the draft, where the problem is that talented pass rushers disappear in a hurry. If the Bears don't use the eighth overall pick to boost a pass rush in need of help, they have to hope one of the quality edge players falls to their second-round pick at 39 overall.

Mullin: Sources - Bears, Dolphins have discussed Jarvis Landry-for-Jordan Howard swap - NBC Sports Chicago - NBC Sports Chicago's John "Moon" Mullin is reporting that the Bears and Dolphins have discussed a deal that would send Jarvis Landry to Chicago for running back Jordan Howard. Ken's Note: The sources Mullin quotes have been widely discredited.

LeGere: NFL Draft -Talented edge rushers will come off the board in a hurry - Pro Football Weekly - Chicago Bears must act quickly to acquire pass-rush help in draft

Perez: Here’s who Calvin Ridley’s NFL Combine performance compares to - Bears Wire - A comparison of Calvin Ridley's NFL Combine performance to other receivers since 1999

Perez: Bears WR Coach Mike Furrey gives prospects great advice at 2018 NFL Combine - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears WR Coach Mike Furrey provided great words of advice to QB and WR prospects at the 2018 NFL Combine

Perez: This stat proves why Bears need WRs in worst way - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears need wide receivers in the worst way this offseason, and this stat proves why

Santucci: Bears WR Needs In The Draft Might Not Be So Needy – Bears Barroom - Last season, the Bears wide receiver group was generally regarded as one of the worst in the league. Granted, their top two receivers were injured for most, if not all, of the season. Cam Meredith was lost for the season before it even began, and not long after the season started, it was time for another Kevin White injury. (Insert collective groan here.)

Vita Vea runs 40, will sit out other drills after tweaking hamstring – ProFootballTalk - University of Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea hurt his hamstring on Sunday in Indianapolis, but, assuming it's not a major issue, he hasn't done anything to hurt his draft stock during the Scouting Combine.

Baker Mayfield: Forget Orlando Brown’s Combine numbers, remember zero sacks – ProFootballTalk - The man whose blind side Orlando Brown protected at Oklahoma is defending Brown after an ugly Combine performance. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, says Brown's poor showing at the Combine shouldn't hurt his draft stock.

Florio: With tag deadline two days away, two players have been tagged – ProFootballTalk - The tag deadline arrives on Tuesday, in only two days. And only two guys have been tagged since the window opened 12 days ago. On the first day, the Dolphins applied the franchise tag to receiver Jarvis Landry. More recently, the Lions used the franchise tag on defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

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Jarvis Landry informs Dolphins he'll sign franchise tag - NFL.com - Jarvis Landry has informed the Miami Dolphins he will sign the franchise tag, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. Miami tagged the wide receiver last month.

Knoblach: 'Philly Special' passer Trey Burton set to leave Eagles - NFL.com - One of the heroes of the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl LII victory is set to become a salary-cap casualty in the days ahead. Trey Burton isn't expected to return to the team this year.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Gates: Vikings won’t extend offer to Jeremiah Sirles - Daily Norseman - The restricted free agent will get to test the market

Best football movie characters: Fictional Football Fantasy Draft - Pride Of Detroit - Ryan and Mike fantasy drafted the best fictional football players in movie history. Ken's Note: This one's good!

2018 NFL Combine: Full workout results for quarterbacks, wide receivers, & tight ends - Acme Packing Company - We break down the top performers from Saturday in Indianapolis.

Gates: ESPN thinks the Vikings will miss out on Kirk Cousins - Daily Norseman - According to a panel of their experts, anyway

NFL Combine results: 3 Winners, 3 Losers—Offensive tackle edition - Pride Of Detroit - A look at which offensive tackles helped their draft stock this weekend.

Report: Jets fear Kirk Cousins is heading to the Vikings – ProFootballTalk - Then there were four. Eventually there will be one. And one of the four thinks the one will be the Vikings. Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports that the Jets are taking the Minnesota threat seriously "after some informal, preliminary talks with his camp this week.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears have met with a slew of pass catchers at the NFL Combine - Windy City Gridiron - On Friday, Robert brought us the news about the Chicago Bears planning to meet with Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley at the NFL Combine. Officially each team can meet with 60 prospects for 15...

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears met with quarterback Lamar Jackson at the NFL Combine - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears drafted their franchise quarterback last year, but that’s not stopping them from meeting with talented passers at the 2018 NFL Combine. As reported by Eric Edholm of Pro Football...

Infante: Best Bears free agency signings in the past 10 years - Windy City Gridiron - Free agency hasn’t been entirely bad for the Bears in recent offseasons.

Chicago Bears NFL Combine Prospect Visit Tracker - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are allowed to meet with 60 prospects at the NFL Combine, and head coach Matt Nagy alluded to those 60 being split evenly among offensive and defensive players, 30 each. Each...

Wiltfong: Kevin White is jacked - Windy City Gridiron - Kevin White may still be an unknown as a football player, but he’s a physical specimen. Check out this picture of him flexing in a tropical paradise.

Infante - 2018 NFL Combine: Thoughts on Bears targets from Day 2 of workouts - Windy City Gridiron - I was able to travel down to Indianapolis and get a live look at workouts on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Combine. Here are some of my thoughts.

Infante - 2018 NFL Combine: Thoughts on Bears targets from Day 3 of workouts - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears got a chance to do some window shopping on this year’s group of edge rusher prospects.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears meeting with two top corners at the NFL combine - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears met with two of the best corners at the NFL Combine, Ohio State’s Denzel Ward and Iowa’s Josh Jackson. Big Ten in the house!

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