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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Mayer: Gabriel familiarizing himself with new teammates - ChicagoBears.com - One of the Bears' key free-agent additions, receiver Taylor Gabriel has enjoyed getting to know his new teammates, especially promising young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Finley's Draft analysis: One year after Mitch Trubisky, are the Bears done selecting QBs? - Chicago Sun-Times - In March 2015, two months after he was hired as the Bears’ general manager, Ryan Pace said he’d like to find a college quarterback each offseason.

NFL draft position preview: Running backs - Chicago Tribune - The Bears appear set at running back, but Ryan Pace has taken one in each of his three drafts — Jeremy Langford, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Will the GM take another in the mid- to late-rounds?

Biggs Bears Q&A: Why was Cameron Meredith allowed to leave? Where to play Cody Whitehair? Plus draft questions - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Lots of inquiries about the decision to not match an offer sheet for Cameron Meredith. Did the Bears make an error? Plus plenty of draft questions.

ESPN's Matt Bowen on Mitchell Trubisky's Potential, the NFL Draft (And More) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Matt Bowen joins the show and discusses Mitchell Trubisky's potential inside Matt Nagy's offense, numerous topics on the draft, and much more.

Mullin: Cam Meredith exit the latest in continuing WR woes, mysteries for Bears | NBC Sports Chicago - Ryan Pace and the Bears still can't seem to figure out the right equation at wide receiver, and the decision to move on from Cam Meredith only added to that.

Mullin: 2018 Bears preseason contains particularly interesting 'test kitchen' for Matt Nagy offense - NBC Sports Chicago - The 2018 preseason will be a good test for new Bears' head coach Matt Nagy.

Stankevitz: Five wide receivers the Bears could draft to replace Cameron Meredith - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have a pressing need at wide receiver after letting Cameron Meredith go to New Orleans. Who could they target in the draft to replace him?

NFL Draft: Hub Arkush's Mock Draft 3.0 - Pro Football Weekly - Two clubs trade into the top 10 for QBs in Hub's latest mock draft while the Bears trade down and pick up an extra second and a third this year.

Perez: Bears fans split down the middle over Cameron Meredith - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears fans are split on whether Ryan Pace made the right decision with Cameron Meredith

Mayer: Kiper would pick Nelson, Carter for Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Given the chance to play Bears GM, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. would select Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson in the first round and Georgia OLB Lorenzo Carter in the second.

Emma: Why The Bears Let Cam Meredith Walk - 670 The Score - Meredith will sign with the Saints on two-year deal worth up to $9.6 million.

Gabriel: Bears Let Cam Meredith Walk Over Injury Concerns But Now Have A Hole To Fill - 670 The Score - Chicago may selected a receiver higher than first expected in the draft.

Williams: John Fox - Bears have done a “good job” getting Mitchell Trubisky help – ProFootballTalk - Mitchell Trubisky didn't set the league on fire last season in going 4-8 with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. But it wasn't a bad start, and this season he should have more to work with. The Bears signed receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton.

Alper: Cameron Meredith sees no reason he won’t be ready for season – ProFootballTalk - Wide receiver Cameron Meredith is officially a member of the Saints after the Bears chose not to match the offer sheet he signed in New Orleans. Meredith signed a two-year deal worth $9.6 million after being tendered by the Bears at a salary of $1.

Hoge: Hard To Find Logic In Bears Giving Cam Meredith Away - WGN Radio - Here’s a trivia question: can you name the only wide receiver the Bears have developed since general manager Ryan Pace arrived in Chicago in 2015?

2018 NFL mock draft: Bears have to think defense in the 1st round - SBNation.com - Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds would be the playmaker Chicago needs

POLISH SAUSAGE

Kielbasa - Wikipedia - Kielbasa is a type of sausage originating across modern-day Poland. Sausage is a staple of Polish cuisine and comes in dozens of varieties, smoked or fresh, made with pork, beef, turkey, lamb, chicken or veal with every region having its own specialty.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Glover: First Round Trade Scenarios - Daily Norseman - Vikings GM Rick Spielman has traded both up and down in the first round of the NFL Draft. Let’s try and look at some tendencies

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski's eight days (picks) a week: eight players for the Bears to consider at No. 8 overall - Windy City Gridiron - With another blue chip player, the Bears might have something special on their hands. Picking at No. 8 overall means they’re going to have to get creative, and potentially take a risk.

Duerrwaechter: Optimist Prime’s mock draft - Windy City Gridiron - An "Optimist Prime" crack at a Bears mock draft has a heavy investment in the trenches for Chicago.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears to meet with Quenton Nelson today - Windy City Gridiron - It was just a matter of time before the Chicago Bears got around to meeting with the top offensive lineman in the 2018 NFL Draft, Quenton Nelson. Josh Norris, who writes for Rotoworld and NBC...

Wiltfong: Where are the Bears spending their money? - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s take a look at the Bears positional spending in 2018 according to the salary cap site, Spotrac.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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