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Chicago Bears v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tracy Porter #21 of the Chicago Bears breaks up a pass intended for the now very rich Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half of the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. The Bears defeated the Buccaneers 26-21.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Kenney: NFL Mock Draft - 4 candidates the Bears might take in first round - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are in a good position to select a valuable player in the first round of the NFL Draft beginning on April 26.

NFL Mock Draft: 4 candidates the Bears might take in first round - The Bears are in a good position to select a valuable player in the first round of the NFL Draft beginning on April 26.

Potash: Treacherous waters? Bears' Ryan Pace could find smoother sailing in free agency - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have a long way to go. But free agency won’t be the “treacherous waters” that they’ve been in the past.

Rosenbloom: A simple way to end the NFL's latest despicable behavior - Chicago Tribune - Here's how despicable the NFL is: Players taking a knee to silently protest racial inequality is bad, but teams spitting out a question regarding a player's sexuality t the combine is good. There's a simple way to fix the last part of the stupidity.

Kane: Bears GM Ryan Pace hopes ‘revamped’ staff will better address injury woes - Chicago Tribune - After making two major offseason changes, Ryan Pace said last week at the NFL scouting combine that he hopes new philosophies will help the Bears to improve when it comes to injury prevention and recovery.

Chicago Bears don't need to make a big splash in free agency - Daily Herald - For the Bears to achieve success in free agency, a goal that has escaped them in recent years, general manager Ryan Pace doesn't necessarily have to make a splashy, huge-money move in the opening hours.

Ingalls: A Comprehensive Chicago Bears Free Agency Preview - Da Bears Brothers - Prepare for the upcoming free agency frenzy with this in-depth look at everything from the Bears' likely free agent signings to the long-shots.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Wide receiver roulette for the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Luke Stuckmeyer hosts and is joined by David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Mark Lazarus (Chicago Sun-Times) and Charlie Roumeliotis (NBC Sports Chicago/NHL.com).

Free agent focus: O-line options for the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears might be more likely to fill their O-line hole in the draft, but if they opt for a free agent, here are some possible options.

Stankevitz: Free-agent options for Bears to fill hole on offensive line - NBC Sports Chicago - There's a hole on the Bears' offensive line, and while they might plug it with a draft pick, here are some options should they opt for a free agent.

Stankevitz: The Dolphins' asking price for Jarvis Landry didn't make sense for the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears weren't going to trade draft picks for Jarvis Landry, which is exactly what the Cleveland Browns did on Friday.

Mullin: Bears expected to make major strikes early at multiple positions when free agency opens next week - NBC Sports Chicago - How things pan out remains to be seen, but Ryan Pace's front office is expected to make major strikes at multiple positions early in free agency.

PFW NFL Draft: Hub Arkush's Mock Draft 1.0 - Pro Football Weekly - No QB at No. 1, plus an early trade

LeGere: Chicago Bears have several challenges in free agency - Pro Football Weekly - Bears don't necessarily need big splash, but it could help

Perez: No. 8 pick has been hit or miss in recent Draft years - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears own the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, a slot that has been hit or miss in recent years

Perez: WR dubbed Bears’ biggest need heading into free agency, NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears' biggest need is at WR, according to Luke Easterling of The Draft Wire

Perez: How Mike Evans’ new contract impacts the Chicago Bears - Bears Wire - Mike Evans' new monster contract will impact the Chicago Bears' free agency plans

Perez: No Jarvis Landry for Bears - Bears Wire - There's one less receiver for the Chicago Bears this offseason as Jarvis Landry was traded to the Cleveland Browns

Mayer: Nagy lauded for hiring Hiestand - ChicagoBears.com - One national NFL writer is praising Bears coach Matt Nagy for adding offensive line coach Harry Hiestand to his staff, calling the move "the offseason's underrated hire."

Michelle Bruton talks about the Bears 2018 offseason on Sports Feed - WGN-TV - The Franchise/Transition Tag deadline has come and gone and indeed the Bears made a move to keep Kyle Fuller. But that certainly won't be the only major move that Ryan Pace makes over the coming months to attempt to get the Bears on track in his fourth season as general managers.

PFW Chicago Podcast 106: Chicago Bears free agency preview - Pro Football Weekly - A potential No. 1 wideout could finally be on the horizon for Mitch Trubisky and the Bears, and Arthur Arkush, Bob LeGere and Hub Arkush are weighing the options: Sammy Watkins vs. Allen Robinson vs. Jarvis Landry. Plus, do people really think Ryan P

Wood: A Realistic Best-Case Scenario for the Bears Future - Da Bears Blog - As everybody knows, it’s been a rough stretch for the Bears. They’ve won a total of 14 games in the three years since Ryan Pace took over and lost at least 10 games in each of those seasons.

Wesseling: Seven potential landing spots for Richard Sherman - NFL.com - Once the face of a historically great Seahawks defense, Richard Sherman is free to choose his next team following Friday's release. Chris Wesseling examines potential landing spots for the former All-Pro cornerback.

Rosenthal: Trade tsunami hits NFL! Plus, more trends impacting free agency - NFL.com - Before the free agency frenzy kicks off, Gregg Rosenthal spotlights some NFL trends that will impact this year's open market -- like a trade tsunami that's being spearheaded by the Browns and Rams.

Florio: Ravens were the only other serious suitor for Jarvis Landry – ProFootballTalk - It ultimately came down to the new Browns and the old Browns. Per a source with knowledge of the thinking, the Baltimore Ravens were the other other serious suitor for receiver Jarvis Landry, who was traded by the Dolphins on Friday (officially, next Wednesday) to the Browns.

Bear Report Podcast: Off-Season Review - Bear Report - Jeremy Stoltz and Aaron Leming break down all of the Chicago Bears off-season personnel changes, including the recent transition tag placed on CB Kyle Fuller

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: Bills now have two picks in each of the first three rounds – ProFootballTalk - After trading Tyrod Taylor, the Bills need a new quarterback. If they want to draft one, they have plenty of capital to do it. Buffalo traded Taylor to Cleveland for a third-round draft pick, and that means they now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the draft.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: Seahawks release Richard Sherman to free up $11 million in salary cap space - Acme Packing Company - However, Seattle has apparently shown interest in bringing him back at a lower price depending on his market as a free agent.

The Case for Keenum - Daily Norseman - Why Case Keenum makes the most sense to continue as starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings

Report: Lions told Eric Ebron they’re open to trading him - Pride Of Detroit - Eric Ebron is officially on the trading block.

Hirchhorn: Packers trade Damarious Randall to Browns for DeShone Kizer, swap picks - Acme Packing Company - The Packers sent away an underperforming cornerback and brought in competition for Brett Hundley, improving their draft position in the process.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski's WCG Radio, Episode 22: Free Agency Preview and Combine Review with Dan Kadar - Windy City Gridiron - Free agency meshing with draft season is one of the busiest parts of the NFL year. That means discussing both as to Bears' options and fits, as well as sights and sounds of the 2018 Scouting Combine.

Witfong & Snyder: Draftwatch - Top 5 prospects at every offensive position - Windy City Gridiron - In my latest T Formation Conversation Podcast (Subscribe now on iTunes for free!), I got to pick the brain of our lead NFL Draft analyst, EJ Snyder, and I got his top five prospects at every...

Wiltfong: Is Richard Sherman heading to Chicago? - Windy City Gridiron - Come and vote in out poll of the day. Would you like the Chicago Bears to sign Richard Sherman?

x160630: Paul Richardson? No Thanks! - Windy City Gridiron - Let's take a brief look at popular names on the offensive side of the ball that are being heralded by the WCG faithful. In this article, I will explain why we should definitely buy their FA...

Moarbears: Dallas Goedert - Nagy target #1? - Windy City Gridiron - While the WCG community has discussed oodles of draft candidates at #8 and #39, one prospect that has not been discussed is TE, Dallas Goedert from South Dakota State.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - Robert Zeglinski

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