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Finley: A classy move for Bears to bring Zach Miller back - Chicago Sun-Times - Whether Zach Miller ever plays again, or not, he'll be a member of the Bears in 2018.
Kenney: Bears coach Matt Nagy attends Chicago Fire Department diver’s funeral - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears coach Matt Nagy attended Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio's funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School on the South Side.
Finley: Why Bears QB Mitch Trubisky drew Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan comparisons this spring - Chicago Sun-Times - "He’s really grown in this offense," Bears coach Matt Nagy said of his starting quarterback
Kane: Bears keep recovering tight end Zach Miller as official part of team with 1-year contract - Chicago Tribune - Zach Miller still is recovering from a leg injury that threatened his life and put into question his ability to play football again. But the tight end will have a place with the Bears this season.
Zeglinski: Bears’ WR talent upgraded, but dangerously thin on depth – The Rock River Times - The beauty of the NFL is that you can dramatically transform position groups in lone off-seasons. That’s part of the reason that lower level parity resonates so well in this league. Eight of 12 teams that didn’t make the playoffs in 2016, were newcomers this past January. That’s because outfits such as the Rams and Vikings retooled on the fly, and maximized the resources handed to them. Resources being free agency and the draft.
Stankevitz: Taking 'unguardable' concepts from college offenses, Bears join the NFL's offensive evolution - NBC Sports Chicago - A decade ago, the thought of NFL offenses resembling college spread attacks was unfathomable. Now, those spread concepts are part of some of the league's most innovative offenses, including the Bears'.
Stankevitz: Bears seeing 'coachable' Mitch Trubisky handle the unknown well - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky understands how long a process it will be for him to learn Matt Nagy's offense, and is handling the unknowns of the scheme well.
Mullin: Bears lofty LB history entering new phase with different, bigger edge rushers - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have been going in an interesting direction at the linebacker position, a direction with some implications for their short- and longer-term futures.
Stankevitz: Given Alshon Jeffery's number, Anthony Miller wants to create his own path with the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - Anthony Miller doesn't want to be the next Alshon Jeffery, he wants to be the first Anthony Miller.
AP: Bears TE Zach Miller Gets 1-Year Deal After Leg Injury - CBS Chicago - The Chicago Bears have re-signed veteran tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract, clearing the way for him to return from a gruesome injury last October that nearly cost him his left leg.
LeGere: Chicago Bears do the right thing for injured TE Miller - Pro Football Weekly - Lengthy rehab ahead for Bears tight end after multiple surgeries
Cox: Matt Nagy thinks Bears offense will be 70-80 percent similar to Chiefs’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy thinks his offense will be a lot like what he ran in Kansas City, but not too much.
Cox: Bears re-sign Zach Miller to one-year deal to pay him while injured - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears gave tight end Zach Miller a one-year contract that will pay him whether he plays or not this year.
Cox: Bears feel Taylor Gabriel hasn’t reached his full potential yet - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears wide receivers coach Mike Furrey feels that Taylor Gabriel hasn't hit his full ceiling yet. He's expecting growth in 2018.
Video: Miller shares his emotional and inspirational story - ChicagoBears.com - Tight end Zach Miller sits down with Jeff Joniak for the first time since the devastating knee injury he suffered in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints.
Mayer: Bears re-sign Miller to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday re-signed tight end Zach Miller, who continues to rehab his knee after suffering a devastating injury last Oct. 29 against the Saints in New Orleans.
Mayer: Offseason program ends with minicamp - ChicagoBears.com - This week's minicamp will give quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a final chance to hone his skills and digest the new offense before the Bears take a six-week hiatus in advance of training camp.
Dickerson: Chicago Bears sign tight end Zach Miller to one-year contract - ESPN - The Bears re-signed tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract, but it's still not clear whether he will play.
Eurich: Bears continue to praise nose tackle Eddie Goldman - 247Sports - Eddie Goldman continues to earn praise from the Chicago Bears.
Eurich: Multiple former Bears up for College Football Hall of Fame - 247Sports - Many former Chicago Bears are up for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Broome: NFC North bold predictions for 2018 season - 247Sports - 247Sports' stable of NFC North writers gathered to give their bold takes on what they think the Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings are capable of that others may not believe.
Bernstein: Nice Move By Bears To Bring Back Zach Miller - 670 The Score - As Miller's career may be over, the Bears chose to be the good guys.
Florio: Bears bring back Zach Miller, despite serious knee injury – ProFootballTalk - The football career of Bears tight end Zach Miller likely ended last season, when he suffered a serious knee injury against the Saints. Even thought it's doubtful that Miller will ever play again, the Bears have brought him back for 2018.
Patra: Chicago Bears re-signing Zach Miller to one-year deal - NFL.com - Bears tight end Zach Miller continues to battle a gruesome knee injury suffered last season. Despite the injury, the tight end will continue his career in Chicago.
Chuck Pagano: Andrew Luck got me more years than I deserved – ProFootballTalk - Chuck Pagano was fired after his sixth and final season as head coach of the Colts, a season in which he went 4-12 with quarterback Andrew Luck injured all year. Pagano sees a strong correlation between the presence of Luck and his own coaching success.
San Francisco 49ers great Dwight Clark dies at age 61 - NFL.com - San Francisco 49ers great Dwight Clark passed away Monday at the age of 61, the team confirmed. Clark will be best remembered for his role in "The Catch."
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LB Clay Matthews provides update on his condition - Packers.com - Packers linebacker was hit by a line drive at Saturday's charity softball game - Ken's Note: This is NOT an open thread.
Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson applauds new catch rule - Detroit Free Press - Johnson famously had a would-be game-winning touchdown ruled incomplete because he didn't complete the process of the catch
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Infante: Predicting how each Bears draft pick will do in their rookie season - Windy City Gridiron - What should you expect from each of Chicago’s draft picks this season?
Wiltfong: Chicago Bears re-sign Zach Miller - Windy City Gridiron - In a classy move by the Chicago Bears, they are reported to have brought injured tight end Zach Miller back on a 1-year deal.
Zeglinski: From Halas to Boykin - the most painful “J.R. Smith” moments in Bears’ history - Windy City Gridiron - From unnecessarily running out of bounds, to frugality and inexplicable kicking decisions, there have been many confounding errors in Bears’ history.
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