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One day closer to free agency... just keep repeating, one day closer, one day closer...

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Paul Edinger
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Price: NFL Draft 2018 - Chicago Bears draft pick value breakdown - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears' upcoming draft pick haul has the least estimated value since 2014, but it's still a big opportunity for the team.

Moreano: Bears must take aggressive approach in free agency - Da Bears Brothers - This will be Ryan Pace's fourth free agency as Bears general manager and if he wants to add impactful players he will have to take an aggressive approach.

Ingalls: Grading Ryan Pace’s 2015 Free Agent Class - Da Bears Brothers - Let's take a look back at Ryan Pace's first free agency class in Chicago. Just how well did the Bears General Manager fare?

Talarico: Mitch Trubisky Makes Big Offseason Possible for Chicago - Da Bears Blog - The Chicago Bears are in a better situation to bolster their roster in 2018 because they have Trubisky leading the charge.

Sports Illustrated calls Bears OL coach ‘the offseason’s underrated hire’ - Bears Wire - Albert Breer from Sports Illustrated thinks Chicago Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand will be a difference maker for Matt Nagy.

Cox: Allen Robinson should be Bears top wide receiver target - Bears Wire - The best wide receiver set to hit free agency is Allen Robinson, and he should be the Chicago Bears' top target.

Mayer: Best Bears players not headed to Hall - ChicagoBears.com - One NFL writer thinks Jim McMahon is the best player in Bears history who will never be voted into the Hall of Fame. Senior writer Larry Mayer weighs in with four other possibilities.

Hughes: Fuller Transitioned, Draft Thoughts, Kevin White, Q Brothers, Links! - Da Bears Blog - There was much debate this off-season about the best approach to Fuller, a player with one of the most tumultuously bizarre starts to an NFL career many can remember. He’s been at turns terrific and terrible, including missing an entire season for injury reasons the organization did not believe were valid.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Zeigler: NFL questions about being gay would have scared Ryan O’Callaghan - Outsports - O’Callaghan prays the gay NFL prospects he knows were not asked these questions.

Zeigler: NFL team that asked player about being gay should lose a draft pick - Outsports
This happened in conjunction with the NFL Draft process. The punishment should as well.

Buzinski: An NFL team asked draft prospect Derrius Guice if he likes men - Outsports - This absurd question comes up again at NFL Combine.

Steinberg: So what else do NFL team employees ask prospective players in those interviews? - Chicago Tribune - It's become something of an annual tradition to round up the unusual questions teams ask prospects, although questions about parental prostitution and sexual orientation veer past "unusual" and go straight to "inappropriate."

KNOW THY ENEMY

Schein: Sam Bradford, Tyler Eifert head NFL's riskiest free agents of 2018 - NFL.com - The NFL market is about to open. Which available players should give teams pause? Adam Schein identifies the riskiest free agents of 2018. The list includes not one, not two, but THREE QBs from the 2017 Vikings.

Western: What is going on with Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks? - Acme Packing Company - A series of vague tweets have led to a full-blown social media firestorm about Sherman potentially leaving Seattle.

Walkthroughs: Which NFL Draft prospects impressed the most at the 2018 Combine? - Acme Packing Company - APC’s writers share the names of prospects whose workouts or interviews were the most impressive.

Western: Packers CB Demetri Goodson will not be a free agent in 2018 - Acme Packing Company - The Packers have one fewer free agent decision to worry about for next season.

Gates: Vegas really likes the Vikings’ chances of landing Kirk Cousins - Daily Norseman - To the point where it’s not even a good bet anymore

Gates: More Vikings Exclusive Rights Free Agent news - Daily Norseman - The purple made decisions on two more ERFAs today

POD Book Club review: Football Scouting Methods by Steve Belichick - Pride Of Detroit - Steve Belichick’s lessons on observing football from the 1950s hold up well.

NFL.com 2018 mock draft 2.0: Lions go linebacker in first round... again - Pride Of Detroit - Could the Alabama linebacker adequately replace Tahir Whitehead?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Link's Layman’s Guide to Bears Free Agency: Outside Linebackers - 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: Is Tremaine Edmunds an option at 8 for the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - Tremaine Edmunds could be in play for the Bears when they draft in the first round.

Zeglinski's Bears mailbag: Free agency and the Allen Robinson bidding war - Windy City Gridiron - The madness of free agency is less than a week away. That means pondering the best possible free agent additions for Ryan Pace and the Bears. Oh, and finding a kicker.

PowerTool: 2018 QB Prediction *Updated - Windy City Gridiron - Look for the * if you read the previous post and want to skip to the changes.

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