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Former Bears backup QB Mark Sanchez suspended by the NFL, Dez Bryant is “available” and the draft is one day closer

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Former  Chicago Bears quarterback Mark Sanchez was suspended 4 games for violation of the PED policy, although it’s hard to imagine an NFL player needing PED’s to hold a clipboard and giving advise to the starting QB... which is all that Sanchez did in Chicago.
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Rosenbloom: Some perspective on the handling of Cam Meredith - Ryan Pace has done dumber things - Chicago Tribune - The Cam Meredith contract episode is amateur stuff for a GM who bid against himself to sign Mike Glennon and then guaranteed him the starting job. Rest up, people. We're less than two weeks from the draft, and you'll need all your strength to react to what might be another Pace pantsing party.

Campbell: Quarterbacks will shape the top of NFL draft while Bears enjoy the view - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will be affected by how this year's heralded quarterback class slots ahead of them in the NFL draft. Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield might be drafted in the top six, ahead of the Bears at No. 8.

Wiederer: Former Bears QB Mark Sanchez suspended for performance-enhancing drugs - Chicago Tribune - Former Chicago Bears quarterback Mark Sanchez has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Biggs: Bears sign veteran WR Bennie Fowler to one-year deal - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are signing wide receive Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract, news first reported by ESPN.

Kane's NFL draft position preview - Offensive linemen - Chicago Tribune - Top-rated offensive lineman Quenton Nelson, a guard from Notre Dame, would have to be a consideration should he fall to the Bears at No. 8.

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Stankevitz: No, Dez Bryant doesn't make sense for the Bears (and the Bears don't make sense for him) | NBC Sports Chicago - Dez Bryant is a free agent, but he doesn't make a lot of sense for the Bears -- nor do the Bears make a lot of sense for him.

LeGere: Chicago Bears report to training camp July 19 - Pro Football Weekly - Bears first practice at Olivet Nazarene scheduled for July 20

NFL Draft: Chicago Bears will have multiple draft options at RB - Pro Football Weekly - Potential starters could be available until Round 4 in strong group

LeGere: Chicago Bears add WR depth with ex-Bronco Fowler - Pro Football Weekly - Career backup coming off best season provides Bears insurance

Perez: Taylor Gabriel says Bears’ offensive weapons are like superheroes - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears WR Taylor Gabriel said the team's offensive weapons are like superheroes

Perez: Cameron Meredith says goodbye to Bears fans on Instagram - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears receiver Cameron Meredith said goodbye to Bears fans on Instagram

Perez: Bears announce date for 1st day of 2018 training camp - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears announced the first day of the team's 2018 training camp schedule

Cox: Should the Bears sign Dez Bryant? - Bears Wire - The Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Dez Bryant, and the Chicago Bears still have a need for wide receiver talent.

Perez: Bears sign former Broncos WR Bennie Fowler to 1-year deal - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears signed former Denver Broncos WR Bennie Fowler to a one-year deal

Orr: Cowboys Release Dez Bryant - Bears On Landing Spots List - SI.com - Rumors are already flying about where the former Cowboys wide receiver will play next, so we attempt to make sense of each one.

Hughes: First-Round Projections for the Bears - Da Bears Blog - The draft is coming and the mocks are rolling in. Here are some projections for the Bears’ first-round selection. As has been proven in the Ryan Pace era, the chances of these being correct are not good.

Williams: Bears agree to terms with Bennie Fowler – ProFootballTalk - The Bears have agreed to terms with receiver Bennie Fowler on a one-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Fowler, 26, signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2014. He spent his rookie season on their practice squad.

Smith: Mark Sanchez blames “unknowing supplement contamination” for PED suspension – ProFootballTalk - Mark Sanchez has confirmed that he is suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, but he denies knowingly using such substances. Sanchez released a statement saying he thinks a supplement he took was contaminated with a banned substance.

Sports Central, 04.13.18: Glen Kozlowski talks Cam Meredith & a minute with Jason Benetti - WGN Radio - 720 AM - WGN Radio's Adam Hoge & Mark Carman talks with former Bear's wide receiver Glen Kozlowski on Ryan Pace's recent decisions and the future of the Bears. Later, Adam spends a few minutes with White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti talking about Jason's first homestand and more!

Chicago Bears Podcast - Bears Banter: Saints WR Cameron Meredith Joins - BGO - In the latest edition of the podcast, we are joined by now New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith as he updates his injured knee and discusses signing in NO. Ken's Note; Not a source I usually link but it's a podcast.

Papke: Mark Sanchez suspended four games for violating NFL drug policy - Larry Brown Sports - Free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Boston: Chicago Bears made a big mistake letting Cameron Meredith walk - Lombardi Ave. - The Green Bay Packers have one less worry inside the NFC North this season. The Chicago Bears' offense has been taking shape this offseason. Ken's Note: Any high school's WR's could beat your weak-ass DB's, Green Bay.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Williams: Jets waive four, including Jeremy Langford – ProFootballTalk - The Jets announced they have waived four players, including running back Jeremy Langford. Quarterback Joel Stave, running back Jahad Thomas and receiver Daniel Williams also received the ax. Langford, 26, joined the Jets' practice squad December 8 and signed a reserve/future contract in January.

AP: NFL seeks special investigator in concussion settlement - Chicago Tribune - The NFL accused some lawyers representing players in the $1 billion concussion settlement of fraud and wants a special investigator appointed.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Silverstein: Packers right to keep Aaron Rodgers out of roster decisions - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Until he wins a Super Bowl, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst will be a punching bag, absorbing shots from every direction for every perceived misstep.

Reisman: Ranking the NFC North post-free agency - Pride Of Detroit - How would you rank the NFC North right now? Ken's Note: It's really, really hard to not root for the asteroid when Detroit plays Green Bay... so I don't even try to avoid it... If it hit Detroit, would anybody even noticed the difference?

Williams: Packers announce Davon House signing, cut David Talley – ProFootballTalk - The Packers announced the signing of cornerback Davon House. They also cut linebacker David Talley. House, a fourth-round pick in 2011, has played 84 career games with 45 starts. He has made 199 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and 69 pass breakups in his career. Ken's Note: Good news, even Joshua Bellamy beats this guy like a drum.

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Zeglinski: Chicago Bears sign Bennie Fowler to one-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - The former Denver depth receiver is joining Chicago’s ranks.

Zeglinski: Athlete tweets, familiar names like Dez Bryant, and sports fandom in 2018 - Windy City Gridiron - One of your favorite team’s players just tweeted about signing a proven star that you know. That means your team should sign them, right? It’s more complicated than that.

Wrestling Grognard: The Curious Case Of Cameron Meredith - Windy City Gridiron - Suppose for a moment that there are two potential wide receivers that could potentially start for a football team.

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