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The Bears officially start the offseason training program at Halas Hall today. 2018 is on like Donkey Kong, Bears fans...

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Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) during the OTA practice at Halas Hall.
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Potash: Matt Nagy era begins in earnest Tuesday when Bears open offseason program - Chicago Sun-Times - The Matt Nagy era officially kicks into a higher gear on Tuesday when the Bears’ open their offseason program. It

Finley's Mock Draft 6.0: Analyzing draft pick tiers and what they mean for the Bears | Chicago Sun-Times - The NFL draft is less than four weeks away. While the order of the top picks isn’t clear, the draft order tiers are coming into focus.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Time to start previewing the Bears and NFL draft - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio's Adam Hoge kick off their series previewing the NFL draft, which opens on April 26.

Finley: Bears great Brian Urlacher picks former coach as Hall of Fame presenter - Chicago Sun-Times - Brian Urlacher picked the man who will introduce him during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: former position coach Bob Babich.

Copeland: Injury put Nick Chubb under the radar, but he could be a gem in the 2018 NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - Georgia's Nick Chubb could be the best of the second tier of running backs in the 2018 NFL Draft despite a devastating knee injury.

Biggs: Brian Urlacher chooses Bob Babich to present him at Hall of Fame induction ceremony - Chicago Tribune - Bears linebacker has selected Bob Babich, his longtime position coach, as the man to present him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "It was tough (to choose) because there are so many good coaches," Urlacher said.

Moreano’s Complete Bears Mock Draft: Loading Up On Playmakers - Da Bears Brothers - Nicholas Moreano unveils his first complete mock draft of the year. Which playmakers does he have pegged to bolster the Bears' roster?

LeGere: Chicago Bears LB Urlacher tabs Babich as Hall of Fame presenter - Pro Football Weekly - Bears all-time leading tackler credits coach for elevating his game

Bowen: Trubisky leads list of 10 2017 NFL rookies (including Cohen) ready to break out in Year 2 - ESPN - Mitchell Trubisky has the offensive system and talent around him to make a big leap in 2018. Here are the other NFL sophomores on their way to stardom. Ken's Note: Stop trying to make QBR happen, ESPN, it's not going to happen. It's so fetch!

Eurich: Revisiting the Bears trade for Jay Cutler in 2009 - 247Sports - The Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears consummated a deal for Jay Cutler nine years ago Monday.

Eurich: Bears putting faith in Vic Fangio with lack of defensive moves - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are putting a lot of faith in Vic Fangio this offseason.

Eurich: The 10 biggest cap hits for the Bears in 2018 - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have some new faces set to earn big money in 2018.

NFC North Roster Reset: Offseason of change ramps up intrigue - NFL.com - With new faces in prominent places across the NFC North, Marc Sessler says the division's in a fascinating place heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. Check out the biggest addition, biggest loss and much more.

Quarterback relocations: Tyrod Taylor, Kirk Cousins set to soar - NFL.com - Alex Smith and Tyrod Taylor will dawn new uniforms in 2018. David Carr examines notable offseason QB moves, providing stat projections and analysis for each.

Alper: Matt Nagy will point to Eagles as example of surviving “bad times” – ProFootballTalk - Matt Nagy has been on the job as head coach of the Bears for much of this year, but he's yet to step up to deliver a message in front of his entire roster. That will change on Tuesday when the Bears begin their offseason program.

Gantt: Brian Urlacher tabs Bob Babich to present him at Hall of Fame – ProFootballTalk - Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has picked his old position coach to present him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall announced that Urlacher has selected longtime assistant Bob Babich as his presenter.

Wiedman: Our Turf Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 16-32 - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Wanda Wiedman tackles the second half of the first round in her 2018 mock draft.

Eurich: Breaking down upcoming Bears offseason dates for 2018 - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have a busy offseason awaiting them in 2018.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Arthur Arkush: Jim Mora doubles down on tepid endorsement of former pupil Josh Rosen - Pro Football Weekly - Rosen's former UCLA coach: 'He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn't get bored'.

Alper: Mike Maccagnan unfazed by past QB misses – ProFootballTalk - The Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the first round of this year's draft with the expectation that the team is going to pick a quarterback for the third time since Mike Maccagnan became the team's General Manager in 2015.

Florio: Josh Rosen will play for whoever drafts him – ProFootballTalk - The recent comments from former UCLA coach Jim Mora regarding former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has invited speculation that Mora possibly is trying to help Rosen implement a strategy to avoid the Cleveland Browns. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that's not the case.

Florio: If starting a franchise, which coach would you want? – ProFootballTalk - The NFL currently has plenty of great coaches. If currently starting an NFL franchise, which coach would you want? That was the subject of a PFT Live draft on Monday's edition of the show. Chris Simms and yours truly took turns, filling out three rounds.

KNOW THY ENEMY

NFL Draft 2018: Five FCS players to watch for the Packers on day three - Acme Packing Company - With nine third-day picks, the Green Bay Packers have been active scouting participants at small-program Pro Days across the country.

2018 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft: Chicago Bears, Pick #8 - Daily Norseman - Our first opportunity to pick for an NFC North rival

PODcast hands out free agency grades, talks new NFL rules - Pride Of Detroit - The PODcast crew recaps free agency, talks Lions TE depth and debates targeting in the NFL on the latest episode.

Will Kirk Cousins will keep the Minnesota Vikings atop the NFC North? - ESPN - The Vikings won the North in 2017, then went out and grabbed free agency's top QB. But a healthy Aaron Rodgers might not be ready to cede the division.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears re-sign Benny Cunningham - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will be bringing back their third-string running back.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears to meet with UCF corner Mike Hughes today - Windy City Gridiron - Chalk up another NFL Draft prospect meting for the Chicago Bears.

Zeglinskii: This year’s Eddie Jackson: injured players with value in the 2018 Draft - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears stole Jackson in 2017’s fourth round because of a broken leg. Examining history and opportunities with value this April.

Wiltfong: Bob Babich will present Brian Urlacher at his Hall of Fame induction - Windy City Gridiron - Soon to be Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher has decided his former position coach will present him for induction into the class of 2018.

BearBlitz's 5 Round Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Bears needs: Linebacker, Offensive Line, Wide Receiver

Dave Wannstash: To Reckon With the Second (favorite 2nd round prospects) - Windy City Gridiron - A team's first round selection always gets the majority of pre draft speculation and post draft analysis. But one of my odd quirks is that historically I get even more excited about the second...

MCD's Windy City Gridiron 2018 Community Mock Draft - Sign-Ups OPEN! - Windy City Gridiron - Fanatic Posters and Casual Lurkers of the Windy City Gridiron Community, with the NFL Draft almost upon us it's an exciting time of the off-season. While that means a great many things for the NFL...

2018 NFL mock draft: The QBs aren’t even the best players available - SBNation.com - If we see four quarterbacks in the top five, the draft’s best players will be ripe for the taking.

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