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Long says he’s healthy after three offseason operations, Bears sign OL depth and OTA’s begin at Halas Hall

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Chicago Bears wide reciever Kevin White during the OTA practice at Halas Hall in 2016. This week’s activities are indoors, centered around workouts and learning the new offense.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Biggs: Bears sign Earl Watford for depth on offensive line - Chicago Tribune - The Bears signed veteran offensive lineman Earl Watford, who appeared in 43 games with 21 starts over the last five seasons with the Cardinals.

Wiederer & Campbell: The Bears are back! At Halas Hall anyway. So now what? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears will reunite at Halas Hall this week as their offseason program under new coach Matt Nagy begins. So what has general manager Ryan Pace so fired up about the head coach and quarterback he has chosen to lead this bunch?

Wiederer: After three surgeries, Kyle Long promises to be 'flying around' when season starts - Chicago Tribune - Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long had plenty of enthusiasm Tuesday as he arrived as the guest of honor at the team's annual Ed Block Courage Award luncheon.

Finley: After 3 surgeries, Bears G Kyle Long expects 'no limitations' during season - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, Long said Tuesday that he had three offseason procedures.

LeGere: Chicago Bears give Kyle Long courage award; he gives hope with 'healthy' report - Daily Herald - The hiring of energetic Matt Nagy as head coach of the Chicago Bears has brought an electric atmosphere to Halas Hall, and no player may be more pumped up about the fresh start than rejuvenated guard Kyle Long, who reports he's finally healthy.

Stankevitz: As offseason program begins, Bears' offensive depth chart comes into focus - NBC Sports Chicago - With the Bears' free agency spending spree over and Matt Nagy revealing more details about his offense last month, where does this side of the depth chart stand?

Hub Arkush's NFL Mock Draft 2.0 - Pro Football Weekly - 3 QBs in top 5, 3 RBs in top 16; Browns reset backfield

LeGere: Chicago Bears OG Long ready to roll after multiple surgeries - Pro Football Weekly - Bears Pro Bowler honored as Ed Block Courage Award winner

LeGere: Chicago Bears re-sign versatile veteran RB Cunningham - Pro Football Weekly - Bears also add OL depth with ex-Cardinal OG Watford

Perez: Bears sign OG Earl Watford to 1-year deal - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears added veteran guard Earl Watford on a one-year deal Tuesday

Perez: Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs to work out for Bears - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will work out Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs before the 2018 NFL Draft

Mayer: Bears ink Cunningham to one-year deal - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday re-signed versatile running back and special teams contributor Benny Cunningham to a one-year contract.

Mayer: Bears add free agent lineman Earl Watford - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday bolstered their offensive line by signing veteran guard Earl Watford to a one-year contract. Watford spent the past four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

Wood: Establishing Ryan Pace’s draft profile, day 1 - Da Bears Blog - I’m going to spend the next three weeks looking at how Pace has approached the three days of the draft, and then applying that approach to 2018 to see what players are likely being considered for the Bears this year. We’re starting today at the top of the draft. Let’s look first at the history, and then we’ll examine lessons learned.

Dickerson: Bears' Kyle Long certain he'll be 'full go' by regular season - ESPN - Kyle Long vowed Tuesday that he will be fully recovered from surgical procedures on his neck, shoulder and elbow by the start of the regular season.

Eurich: Mitch Trubisky is already lauded as a leader heading into Year 2 - 247sports - Mitch Trubisky has asserted himself as a leader of the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Bears land at No. 17 in Bleacher Report's pre-draft rankings - 247sports - The Chicago Bears have spent the majority of the last two seasons near the bottom of most power rankings.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Patra: O'Brien says Deshaun Watson has injury-avoiding instincts - NFL.com - Deshaun Watson's incredible rookie season was cut short by a torn ACL. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien isn't too concerned about the long-term health of his standout quarterback.

Rosenthal: Winners, losers from Brandin Cooks trade: Patriots have options - NFL.com - With the New England Patriots trading Brandin Cooks to the star-studded Los Angeles Rams, are the Rams now the NFC's team to beat? Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the winners and losers from Tuesday's trade.

Shook: Rams acquire Brandin Cooks in trade with Patriots - NFL.com - Les Snead isn't finished wheeling and dealing. The Los Angeles Rams have acquired receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick in a trade with the New England Patriots, the team announced.

Williams: Cardinals putting together health plan for Sam Bradford – ProFootballTalk - Sam Bradford didn't work outside with his new teammates Tuesday, instead staying inside to meet with the Cardinals' medical and training staff to formulate a plan to keep him healthy.

Florio: Rams keep going all in, possibly with short-term players – ProFootballTalk - The Rams have acquired several key players in the past month, and they eventually may have to make some tough decisions about which ones they'll keep.

Florio: Pats now have plenty of ammunition to move up for a quarterback – ProFootballTalk - Three teams in the AFC East could now be angling for top-shelf quarterbacks in the draft. The Jets already sit in prime position after moving from No. 6 to No. 3 last month.

KNOW THY ENEMY

NFL Draft 2018: EDGE Kendall Donnerson is a name Packers fans should know - Acme Packing Company - The FCS prospect blew up a Pro Day recently and earned himself a visit to Green Bay.

Glover: Kirk Cousins Already Working Out With Receivers - Daily Norseman - The new Vikings QB is getting to know some of his teammates

Reisman: Luke Willson brings ‘terrific’ character, techno music to Lions locker room - Pride Of Detroit - Luke Willson will be one of the most interesting people in Detroit’s locker room this season.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski's Bears Draft mailbag: Trading up, draft philosophies, and Bears’ Avengers - Windy City Gridiron - The last month of the 2018 Draft season is set to be rowdy. Opening up this week’s mailbag on trade scenarios and current Bears as superheroes.

Infante's 2018 NFL Draft outlook: Ranking each position for the Bears based off of need - Windy City Gridiron - After an active free agency period, the Bears have considerably less holes than they did before the start of the offseason.

Wiltfong: Bears meeting with Iowa corner Josh Jackson today - Windy City Gridiron - Add another top corner to the Chicago Bears watch list.

Link's Checking the “Bears Box” Draft Profile: G/C - Windy City Gridiron - Based on the last 10 years, the Bears front office and coaching staff have given us clues as to what physical profiles they value at each position. This series aims at zeroing in on those players while separating the wheat from the chaff.

Zeglinski: Bears sign Earl Watford - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago bolsters it’s interior offensive line depth with the veteran move.

Wiltfong: Bears will meet with wide receiver Simmie Cobbs - Windy City Gridiron - Simmie Cobbs is one of the Chicago Bears’ 30 allotted pre-draft prospect visits.

TonyBearFan503454: My Multiple Chicago Bears 2018 Mock Drafts - Windy City Gridiron - Ok, since we have just over 3 weeks until the NFL draft, I think it's time for first set of the Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Mock Draft set. I have one with the original order, one with a trade and one...

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