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Devin Hester and Matt Forte retire as Bears, and the final touches are put on the Chicago Bears draft plans

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Tennessee Titans v Chicago Bears
Devin Hester #23, Kevin Jones #27 and Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears celebrate after Forte scored a on 5-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Soldier Field on November 9, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Morrissey: Bears should give Mitch Trubisky what he needs -- a first-round receiver - Chicago Sun-Times - Courtland Sutton is athletic enough to have suited up with SMU’s basketball team. He’s sort of like Alshon Jeffery, without the soft tissue injuries.

Finley: Who the Bears should draft with their first-round pick Thursday - Chicago Sun-Times - Sun-Times expert Patrick Finley breaks down who the Bears should take in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft:

Potash: Who the Bears should draft with their first-round pick Thursday - Chicago Sun-Times - Sun-Times Bears beat writer Mark Potash breaks down who the Bears should take in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft, who will be selected in

Mullin: Past is prologue? Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace bring similar histories to first draft as Bears tandem - NBC Sports Chicago - Entering their first draft together as a Bears tandem, Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace bring similar histories. So will there be a shared vision of the player they select with the No. 8 overall pick?

LeGere: NFL Draft - There's no bigger need than edge rusher for Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Not much depth behind Floyd, but draft could bring Bears immediate help

Perez: Bears are big underdogs vs. Packers in early Week 1 spread - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are big underdogs against the Green Bay Packers in early 2018 NFL season Week 1 betting lines

Perez: Previewing the 2018 NFL Draft: Running backs - Bears Wire - A look at the top-five running backs in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Mayer: Matt Forte's career By the Numbers - ChicagoBears.com - With Matt Forte returning to Halas Hall Monday to sign a one-day contract and retire as a member of the Bears, senior writer Larry Mayer takes a numerical look at the running back’s career.

Mayer: Devin Hester’s career By the Numbers - ChicagoBears.com - With Devin Hester returning to Halas Hall Monday to sign a one-day contract and retire as a member of the Bears, senior writer Larry Mayer takes a numerical look at Hester’s career.

The picks are in: Game-by-game look at the Bears' 2018 regular-season schedule - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears will finish 7-8-1 in 2018.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Mike Mayock's Final 2018 NFL Draft position rankings - NFL.com - Mike Mayock reveals his final position-by-position rankings for the 2018 NFL Draft. There's movement across the board, including a new No. 1 wide receiver and linebacker.

Florio: Will Bills or Dolphins jump Jets for Mayfield? – ProFootballTalk - It's been nearly a month since PFT explained that the league insiders suspect that the Jets will be taking quarterback Baker Mayfield with the third overall pick in the draft.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Hirschhorn: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers purchases ownership stake in Bucks - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ franchise quarterback becomes the only active NFL player with an ownership stake in an NBA team.

Gates: ESPN writers predict Vikings to do well in 2018, but how well? - Daily Norseman - It depends on who you ask, apparently.

Ask POD: 2018 NFL Draft preview extravaganza - Pride Of Detroit - Time for our final PODcast mailbag before the 2018 NFL Draft.

2018 NFL predictions: Opponent’s ESPN writers predict Detroit Lions to go 5-11 - Pride Of Detroit - The beat writers for the Lions’ 2018 opponents don’t think much of Detroit this year.

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Sunderbruch: Chicago Bears 2018 7-Round Mock Draft: Big Twelve Edition - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears can fill a lot of needs by going to the Big 12, but only if they are willing to stretch a bit on what they are looking for.

Curl: Chicago Bears 2018 Draft Clouds 1 - 3 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have described their draft boards in "clouds" of similarly ranked players. I present what my clouds would look like if I were to grace that heavenly war room.

Stepo: Could or Should there be a Trophy ? - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears V Green Bay, is a rivalry that cannot be matched in any other team sport,(in my opinion ).

Stepo: U.D.F.A - Windy City Gridiron - Undrafted, free agents. Is there anyone you think The Bears/ Pace/Nagy/Fangio, should take a flier on?

Lancing_2009: 2018 NFL Draft as Voted by SB Nation: Final Edition - Windy City Gridiron - Attention NFL fans! The 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and unless you've been sleeping under a rock for the past 4 months, we've seen just about every kind of mock draft known to man...

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