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Morrissey: The NFL Draft is a lot of things, but scientific isn't one of them - Chicago Sun-Times - After the months of research the Bears had done on quarterback Mitch Trubisky, they seemed more impressed with his personality than his arm.

Jahns: Which LB best fits Bears -- Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith? - Chicago Sun-Times - Part 4 of a 10-part series previewing the NFL draft and analyzing the Bears’ needs.

Finley: Cam Meredith contract - Bears decline to match Saints' offer sheet - Chicago Sun-Times - Cam Meredith signed a Saints offer worth $5.4 million guaranteed and $9.6 million total, plus incentives, over two years.

Potash: Bears preseason schedule 2018: Full slate of exhibition games - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears will open their preseason slate a week early, against the Baltimore Ravens in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.

Wiederer's NFL draft position preview: Wide receivers - Chicago Tribune - Alabama's Calvin Ridley is the consensus plum receiver in the draft, but let's dig deeper.

Campbell: Bears' doubts about Cameron Meredith's knee lead them not to match Saints' offer sheet - Chicago Tribune - The Bears declined to match the offer sheet receiver Cameron Meredith signed with the Saints. Meredith departs as a restricted free agent.

Kane: Bears release exhibition schedule, will host Chiefs and Bills - Chicago Tribune - The Bears won’t play at Soldier Field until their fourth exhibition game against the Chiefs in August, according to the preseason schedule the NFL released Wednesday.

Hendrix: Bears won’t match Saints offer to Cameron Meredith - Canal Street Chronicles - After playing the waiting game, the Saints get to keep Cameron Meredith after all.

Haugh: For a measly $1 million, Ryan Pace let WR Cam Meredith leave Bears without getting anything in return - Chicago Tribune - The Bears did more than just give up on injured wide receiver Cameron Meredith, their leading receiver in 2016. They let Meredith leave town without receiving compensation, all for a measly $1 million. Bad move, Ryan Pace.

LeGere: Chicago Bears lose Meredith after declining to match Saints' offer - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears have lost wide receiver Cam Meredith, their top pass catcher in 2016, after deciding not to match the $10 million, two-year offer sheet Meredith received last week from the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple sources.

Moreano: Welcome to the Modern NFL, Bears Fans - Da Bears Brothers - WIth legitimate playmakers surrounding the franchise quarterback of the future, the Bears have the tools to employ a modernized NFL offense next season.

Stankevitz: Bears letting Cameron Meredith sign with New Orleans has big implications for draft, Kevin White - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will not be retaining wide receiver Cameron Meredith, according to multiple reports, allowing the Berwyn native to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

Hoge: Three clubs that could be poised to trade up in Round 1 - Pro Football Weekly - 3 potential NFL draft movers and shakers outside of New York

LeGere: Chicago Bears won't join frantic run on QBs in Round One - Pro Football Weekly - But Bears could draft a developmental QB in late rounds

LeGere: Chicago Bears lose WR Meredith after declining to match Saints $10M offer - Pro Football Weekly - Bears 2016 receiving leader missed last season with torn ACL

PFW Chicago Podcast 111: Bears' curious choice with Cam - Pro Football Weekly - Cam Meredith is signing with the Saints, and we called an emergency Bears podcast to break it all down. Bob LeGere explains how the Bears erred in their initial RFA tender decision and how Meredith's departure increases the onus on Allen Robinson and

LeGere: Preseason schedule announced for Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - After HOF game, Bears will face Chiefs, HC Nagy's former team

Cox: Bears decline to match Cameron Meredith’s offer sheet from Saints - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears did not match wide receiver Cameron Meredith's offer sheet from the New Orleans Saints.

Cox: Bears 2018 preseason schedule features Matt Nagy facing former team - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears announced their five-game 2018 preseason schedule, which features a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mayer: McShay would pick Smith, Price for Bears - ChicagoBears.com - If ESPN's Todd McShay was Bears GM, he would select Georgia ILB Roquan Smith and Ohio State center/guard Billy Price in the first two rounds of the draft.

Mayer: Bears announce preseason opponents - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears' preseason slate in Matt Nagy's first year as head coach will consist of games against five AFC teams in the Ravens, Bengals, Broncos, Chiefs and Bills.

Bears tickets to go on sale same night schedule released - ChicagoBears.com - New for 2018, preseason and regular-season single-game tickets will go on sale the same night that the NFL regular-season schedule is announced by the league.

Dannehy: Be Prepared To Be Surprised (With an Emphasis on Denzel Ward) - Da Bears Blog - How the Bears identify their needs is not necessarily how the media and fans identify them. And it isn’t just the first round.

Dickerson: ESPN draft analysts link Quenton Nelson, Roquan Smith to Chicago Bears - Chicago Bears- ESPN - Mel Kiper Jr. sees the Bears taking the player considered the best offensive lineman in the draft.

Chicago Bears let Cameron Meredith sign with New Orleans Saints - ESPN - The Saints added wide receiver Cameron Meredith on Wednesday when the Bears declined to match New Orleans' offer sheet.

Sessler: Bears not matching Cam Meredith's Saints offer sheet - NFL.com - Cameron Meredith is bound for New Orleans. The Chicago Bears have decided not to match the two-year, $10 million offer sheet the restricted free-agent wideout inked last week with the Saints.

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NFL releases 65-game 2018 preseason schedule - NFL.com - The NFL released the 2018 NFL preseason schedule on Wednesday. The 65-game slate features eight nationally televised games, and every tilt will be shown on NFL Network.

Sessler: Ranking the 18 quarterback classes since 2000 - NFL.com - Marc Sessler ranks all 18 quarterback draft classes of the millennium. Where does the Class of 2016 sit after hot sophomore efforts by Carson Wentz and Jared Goff?

Alper: NFL to release preseason schedule Wednesday night – ProFootballTalk - We know one of the 65 preseason games that will take place in the NFL this summer and it won't be long before we know what the rest of the schedule looks like. The NFL will be announcing the full preseason schedule for all 32 teams on NFL Network Wednesday.

Bonesteel: According to Martellus Bennett, NFL players smoke marijuana at a very high rate - Chicago Tribune - Recently retired NFL player Martellus Bennett has a rough estimate of how many of his former compatriots smoke marijuana. It's pretty high.

Maese: NFL draft analysis is a cottage industry and everyone wants to join the neighborhood - Chicago Tribune - Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network — a former scout for three pro teams — is among the leading voices in what was a one-man field just a decade ago.

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Lions free agency: Detroit hands Matt Cassel a veteran minimum deal - Pride Of Detroit - The veteran quarterback won’t even cost the Lions $1 million in cap space.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch's Chicago Bears 2018 Mock Draft: ACC Edition - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears found their quarterback in the ACC last year, even if he needed some development. If they could only look to the ACC this year, their draft class would need patience once again.

Zeglinski: Bears re-sign Cameron Meredith to two-year deal after matching Saints’ offer sheet - Windy City Gridiron - Health was the deciding factor in the Bears ultimately not bringing Meredith back to Chicago.

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: McShay and Kiper give their “Grade A” picks for the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The latest mock drafts from the ESPN dynamic duo of drafting, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, both have the Chicago Bears addressing offense and defense, just in different ways.

Zeglinski: Bears announce 2018 preseason schedule, begin with Ravens in Hall of Fame Game - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago’s tune-up tour begins with the Hall of Fame game against the Ravens, and finishes up with a date against the Bills.

Infante: With Cameron Meredith gone, Bears are in need of a starting receiver - again - Windy City Gridiron - The unexpected loss of Cameron Meredith to the Saints causes a sizable hole on Chicago’s roster.

Zeglinski: The detailed history of the Bears’ slots in the 2018 Draft - Windy City Gridiron - As the NFL’s charter franchise, the Bears have plenty of drafts to examine in hindsight. Looking back at players they’ve previously selected in this year’s draft slots.

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