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The Bear’s Den: March 6, 2018

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It’s decision day for Chicago with Kyle Fuller. What will the Bears do? Transition tag? Franchise tag? Nothing and hope for the best? We’ll know soon.

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Kyle Fuller #23 and Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears celebrate after Fuller intercepted the football in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field on December 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Finley: While teams search for franchise QBs, Bears hope it helps their draft options - Chicago Sun-Times - Finding a franchise quarterback isn’t the Bears’ problem this year. But they hope the teams drafting above them take a big swing.

Finley: Examining the Bears' CB options as Kyle Fuller's franchise tag deadline looms - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s to Kyle Fuller’s immense credit, then, that a standout 2017 season has left revisionist historians questioning GM Ryan Pace’s decision.

Morrissey: Who has longest drought in Windy City? Hint - Its initials are 'Chicago Bears' - Chicago Sun-Times - Thirty-two years without a Super Bowl title is a long time. Since the Bears last won one, 15 other franchises have won at least one championship.

Jahns: NFL Mock Draft: Predicting all 32 picks after the NFL combine - Chicago Sun-Times - Here is the Sun-Times’ mock draft 2.0 after several days in Indianapolis, but also knowing that free agency will change everything soon:

Kane: Equanimeous St. Brown’s odd request, Justin Jackson’s 40 and other nuggets from NFL combine - Chicago Tribune - Equanimeous St. Brown now knows he can keep his eyes open for 15 seconds thanks to one NFL team.

Campbell: Bears' wide search for receivers in NFL draft begins with Calvin Ridley - Chicago Tribune - The Bears' multi-pronged search for wide receivers this offseason will include the draft, starting with Alabama's Calvin Ridley and including Texas A&M's Christian Kirk and Southern Methodist's Courtland Sutton.

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears after the NFL scouting combine - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears after the NFL scouting combine. What's the plan with Kyle Fuller?

Letizia: 2018 NFL Scouting Combine Winners and Losers - Offense - What offensive players helped themselves, and hurt themselves, the most at the 2018 NFL Combine?

Stankevitz: What makes Quenton Nelson great? The guys who faced him in college explain - NBC Sports Chicago - The players who squared up against Quenton Nelson in college explained what makes the potential top-10 guard such an elite player at the NFL Combine this week.

Stankevitz: Praise for Matt Nagy was easy to find around Indianapolis this week - NBC Sports Chicago - While we don't know if Matt Nagy will work out with the Bears yet, he drew plenty of positive reviews around Indianapolis this week.

Stankevitz: Free-agent options for the Bears to upgrade at wide receiver - NBC Sports Chicago - A look at some of the top wide receivers set to hit the free-agent market - and which ones would make sense for the Bears.

Speculation Station: Who Will Rise? Who Will Fall? Who Could be a Dark Horse Contender? - Da Bears Blog - All right, Bears fans. We’re still a couple weeks out from the official start of free agency, and while a few noteworthy cuts, extensions, trades and franchise tags have all taken place we’re still pretty much just…. waiting.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears and what they plan to do at quarterback in 2018 - ESPN - The verdict is still out on Mitchell Trubisky, but he is the Bears' unquestioned starter heading into his second season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Benne: How does the NFL franchise tag work and how much do players get paid? - SBNation.com - The franchise tag is a relatively simple process, but the ramifications can be big for both teams and players.

Rosenthal: Sammy Watkins headlines free agents who could be overpriced - NFL.com - Combine the copious amount of salary-cap space across the NFL with a shallow free-agent class, and it's easy to envision some bloated contracts materializing. Gregg Rosenthal spotlights players who could be overpriced.

Gantt: Eagles are looking for Bradford-level deal if they move Foles – ProFootballTalk - The Eagles were offered a second-round pick for Nick Foles. Which they turned down. Because that's not nearly what they're looking for in exchange for their backup quarterback/Super Bowl MVP.

Kenney: Watch Roger Goodell run 40-yard dash at NFL headquarters - Chicago Sun-Times - Well, there's something you don't see while working in a cubicle every day.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Hirchhorn: Packers expected to meet with Muhammad Wilkerson, per report - Acme Packing Company - The Packers and Muhammad Wilkerson expect to meet after the Jets officially release him.

Schefter: Several teams expressing interest in Teddy Bridgewater - Daily Norseman - And it sounds like they think he can start...

Kirk Cousins: More Cons than Pros - Daily Norseman - The former Redskins QB has some good stats - and red flags.

Just Say No Volume 3.0: Another 5 free agents the Lions should avoid (two Bears on the list) - Pride Of Detroit - The list about guys the Lions shouldn’t sign gets its Return of the Jedi

Reisman: Travis Swanson ‘not expected to return’ to Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - No surprise here.

2018 NFL Combine results: 3 Winners, 3 Losers from the defensive ends - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions need a pass rusher, so we’ve looked at who helped and who hurt their stock at the Combine.

2018 Salary Cap Casualty Tracker: Cuts begin around the NFL - Acme Packing Company - Veterans are starting to land on the chopping block around the league as teams try to open up cap space.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Matt Forte to sign one-day contract, retire with Bears - Windy City Gridiron - One of the greatest Bears running backs retires with the team he helped lead in his prime.

Zeglinski's Bears free agency preview 2018: Edge rusher - Windy City Gridiron - If the Bears' defense under Vic Fangio is going to become elite, the pass rush needs to be bolstered on the edge. Examining the free agent market.

Wiltfong: Bears free agency rumor tracker - News, signings, cuts and more - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll be using this post as a catch-all for the Chicago Bears free agency rumors and news that will be coming up over the next few weeks.

Link's Layman’s Guide to Bears Free Agency: The Big Uglies - Windy City Gridiron - Have you ever gone into free agency and hear scores of names but aren’t quite sure who these players are? Well, you’re not alone.

Wiltfong: Report - Kyle Fuller wants to return to Chicago, Bears will not use the franchise tag - Windy City Gridiron - There are two interesting reports that popped up on Monday in regards to Chicago Bears free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bears will not use...

Wiltfong: Bears met with USC running back Ronald Jones - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs had a lot of interesting nuggets in his 10 Thoughts on the Chicago Bears column today, including info on a running back the Bears met with at the NFL Combine.

Zeglinski: Six players at Bears' need positions to watch from the 2018 Scouting Combine - Windy City Gridiron - From a star-studded linebacker class, to playmakers making names for themselves (or losing ground), here's guys the Bears should be taking a second look at following the weekend in Indianapolis.

vs.cbears20: Chicago Bears Realistic Off-Season Simulation - Windy City Gridiron - With this post, I want to make an ideal, yet realistic, simulation on what the Bears roster should look like come draft-day, and also mention my ideal 2-round mock draft. This isn't as much...

Kading: Christian Kirk - Bears' WR2 - Windy City Gridiron - It's no secret to anyone that the Bears need wide receiver improvements. While a new coach does bring new opportunities for Tarik Cohen as a pass catcher, he is not a wide receiver.

Mitchell: Do you have what it takes? Give a fanpost a try! - Windy City Gridiron
I'l like to make a suggestion to all of you good people who have thought about making a fanpost in the past but never have... GIVE IT A TRY!

xl60630: X’s & O’s Draft Edition - Late Round Gems - Windy City Gridiron - Who to draft at #8? Personally I have had a ton of discussions on what I see when it comes to #8. The question today is, who to draft at #145, #181, and #224. Being able to uncover those players on...

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