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The Bears Den, April 5, 2018

Mock drafts collide, consensus is formed, Bellamy is back and a shout out to Neal Anderson

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Finley: WR Josh Bellamy signs tender, will rejoin team - Chicago Sun-Times - Josh Bellamy signed his restricted free agent tender Wednesday, rejoining the team for $1.907 million next year.

Fishbain: Bears mailbag - Breakout player candidates, draft strategies and touchdown celebrations – The Athletic - The first two weeks of April in between the league meetings and the Bears’ voluntary minicamp provides a bit of a dead time in the schedule.

Stankevitz: Kyle Long senses a 'fresh feel' as Bears get back to work at Halas Hall - NBC Sports Chicago - Kyle Long offered a few reasons on Tuesday for why he's so excited to work with Matt Nagy and the 2018 Bears.

Mullin: Bears beginning true mystery stretch pointing to draft - NBC Sports Chicago - The road to the NFL draft can be...elusive. Here are some observations on various players drawing interest from the Bears.

Hoge: 2018 Bears Mock Draft 3.0 - WGN Radio - As Bears fans know, draft night can be very unpredictable. With that in mind, let’s jump into Bears Mock Draft 3.0:

LeGere: WR Josh Bellamy re-signs with Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - Three-year veteran has also been a S-T standout for Bears

NFL Mock Draft 2018: Mel Kiper, Todd McShay agree on Quenton Nelson to Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Both of ESPN's NFL draft analysts agree on Nelson to the Bears in their latest two-round mock draft.

Trey Burton on Bears coach Matt Nagy: ‘He’s fired up’ - Bears Wire - New Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton said coach Matt Nagy is fired up at the start of the team's offseason workout program

Mayer: Kiper, McShay project Nelson to Bears - ChicagoBears.com - In a dueling two-round NFL mock draft posted Wednesday on ESPN.com, analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay agree about what the Bears will do early in the April 26-28 NFL Draft.

Alper: Josh Bellamy signs RFA tender with Bears – ProFootballTalk - The Bears tendered a pair of wide receivers as restricted free agents this offseason and Cameron Meredith has seen signs of interest from other teams over the last few weeks. Josh Bellamy's name hasn't come up quite as often and he opted to end any chance of outside interest on Wednesday.

Dannehy: Does Vic Want To Play Chess? - Da Bears Blog - Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio hasn’t shown a lot of creativity when it comes to how he uses his players, but that just might change if the draft breaks the way many expect. Because if three quarterbacks are taken ahead of the Bears – with Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson and Saquon Barkley also going – the best players Ryan Pace might be looking at are versatile defensive backs Derwin James and Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Dickerson: Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson consensus choice for Bears at No. 8 - ESPN - Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay agree that the Bears can target their defensive needs in the second round.

Eurich: Josh Bellamy signs free-agent tender with Bears - 247Sports - Josh Bellamy is back in the mix for the Chicago Bears in 2018.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospects for 2018 NFL Draft 3.0 - NFL.com - Sam Darnold is among the risers in Daniel Jeremiah's latest ranking of the 2018 NFL Draft's top 50 prospects. No one makes a bigger leap than Maryland's D.J. Moore, though.

Bergman: Rams intend to extend Cooks before '18 season starts - NFL.com - Brandin Cooks has yet to be introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Rams, but the organization is already scheming to keep the wideout in Southern California for the long haul.

Edholm: Baltimore Ravens sign QB Robert Griffin III to one-year deal - Pro Football Weekly - Oft-injured RG3 gets another shot after not playing in 2017

Mosher: Relationship between production, athleticism and drafting successful NFL D-linemen - Pro Football Weekly - Payne leads three athletic first-rounders with concerning stats

KNOW THY ENEMY

Hirchhorn: Packers free-agent target Jordan Matthews takes visit with Titans - Acme Packing Company - Jordan Matthews continues to make the rounds on the free-agent market.

Packers Mock Draft Round-Up: Defensive backs dominate the projections - Acme Packing Company - The Packers need defensive back help, and according to these mock drafts, the Packers will have a chance to get it. Let’s take a deeper look at who these prospects are in this round-up.

NFL Draft trades: ESPN’s Bill Barnwell proposes fascinating trade up scenario for Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - From 20 to 6? It’s actually a pretty interesting idea.

Ted Mock 3.0: Mock Hard With A Vengeance - Daily Norseman - We mockin’

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears to meet with Georgia ILB Roquan Smith today - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are set to meet with Roquan Smith today.

Zeglinski: A breakdown of Mitch Trubisky’s past, present, and future with the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The future of the Bears’ franchise is in the hands of Trubisky. The latest WCG Radio fully focuses on the development of the second year signal caller.

Zeglinski: Underappreciated or overvalued? Determining Jordan Howard’s future with the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - As the NFL values the running back less, Howard’s future with Chicago could be up in the air. Gauging how the Bears can and should move forward with the runner.

Mike Ditka's Cigar: The "Big Nickel" Defense and the 2018 NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron - As of right now, the Chicago Bears have the #8 pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. I'm going to take a look, across a couple Fan Posts, at what some of the options are for the Bears when...

Sunderbruch: Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock - Big Ten Players - Windy City Gridiron - If the Chicago Bears could only draft from the Big 10, how strong of a draft class could they put together?

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