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The Bear’s Den, January 26, 2019

Bears sign a kicker after tryouts, bond with Urlacher at the Pro Bowl and scout Senior Bowl

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NFL: Pro Bowl-NFC Practice
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3), Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) pose during NFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
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5@5: Will Bears Defense Be Better Under Chuck Pagano? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Bears Sign Kicker Redford Jones - 670 The Score - Kicker Cody Parkey now has competition to stay with the Bears.

Dickerson: Chuck Pagano believes Bears have pieces to be historic defense - ESPN - The Bears’ new defensive coordinator expects to round out his staff by next week, and he says many players have texted and are eager to get started.

Mayer: Trubisky having time of his life at Pro Bowl - - Judging by the smile that’s been plastered on Mitchell Trubisky’s face since he arrived in Florida earlier this week, the Bears quarterback is enjoying every minute of his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Medina: Anthony Miller’s College Teammate, Tony Pollard, Could Be a Fit for the Bears’ Running Back Needs - Bleacher Nation - Tony Pollard was a triple-threat at Memphis who could follow in the footsteps of former teammate Anthony Miller and land in Chicago.

Medina: Bears Reportedly Sign Kicker Redford Jones - Bleacher Nation - Redford Jones figures to be the first of many kickers to give Cody Parkey a run for his money.

Kane & Wiederer's Postcard from the Pro Bowl: Akiem Hicks delivers a Super-sized surprise, Tarik Cohen measures up and an unexpected arrival shakes up media access - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks surprised the Junior Bears flag football team with a pregame message — and one big gift for a player.

Wiederer's Pro Bowl storylines: Eddie Jackson’s twist ending, the Trubisky-Mahomes-Watson pact and the Bears’ new defensive path - Chicago Tribune - As Sunday's Pro Bowl nears, we examine the bitter ending to Eddie Jackson's season, the bond between quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes and the vision of new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.

Campbell: Bears sign kicker Redford Jones after tryouts Friday at Halas Hall; Cody Parkey's status unchanged for now - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have agreed to sign kicker Redford Jones after trying out kickers Friday at Halas Hall. Jones' agency announced the signing.

Biggs: Trey Burton, the 1st player Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy targeted, delivered as the Bears' leading tight end - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs breaks down the Bears 2018 season with an 11-part review. In Part 5, he examines the tight ends. Surprisingly, production for the position was nearly identical to what the team got in 2017, but the offense had a reliable target in Trey Burton.

Mikula: Jim McMahon offers congrats — and an extra pair of sunglasses — to fellow Bears Pro Bowl QB Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - Bears Pro Bowl quarterback Mitch Trubisky already dressed as Mike Ditka. Is Jim McMahon next? The Punky QB offered Trubisky his sunglasses.

Campbell's Q&A with George McCaskey: The Bears Chairman talks about his mother, Matt Nagy’s 1st season with Mitch Trubisky, the Bear-raid siren and more - Chicago Tribune - Bears chairman George McCaskey spoke to the Tribune on Thursday about a variety of topics, including general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy, quarterback Mitch Trubisky, star linebacker Khalil Mack and much more.

Wiederer: '(He's) the energy for the entire defense' After 7 years, Akiem Hicks is getting his Pro Bowl due - Chicago Tribune - After seven seasons in the NFL and three with the Bears, Akiem Hicks finally got his invitation to the Pro Bowl. The defensive end is relishing the experience and has set one last goal for his career season: get a sack Sunday in the all-star showcase game.

Biggs: Picking up where Vic Fangio left off, Chuck Pagano sets a goal for the Bears to have the best defense 'in the history of the game' - Chicago Tribune - New Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has a high bar to clear following in the footsteps of Vic Fangio, but he wrapped both arms around that challenge Thursday when he said the goal is to have the best defense "in the history of the game."

Santaromita: The Bears signed a new kicker already - NBC Sports Chicago - The Super Bowl is still over a week away, but the Bears haven't wasted any time trying to find a new kicker.

Mayer: Bears Pro Bowlers enjoying time with Urlacher - - Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and the rest of the Bears Pro Bowlers are relishing the opportunity to get to know Hall of Fame middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Bears sign K Redford Jones to compete with Parkey - - The Chicago Bears signed kicker Redford Jonesk on Friday to provide some competition for the embattled Cody Parkey.

Finley: Bears to sign kicker Redford Jones - Sun Times - The Bears are signing kicker Redford Jones on Friday, his agency, EnterSports Management, wrote on Twitter.

Jahns: Chicago Bears in the Pro Bowl: Akiem Hicks focused on all his dreams - Sun Times - Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks achieved his dream of playing in the Pro Bowl but he wants more.

Jahns: Chicago Bears in the Pro Bowl - Players say to be excited about Matt Nagy, Chuck Pagano - Sun Times - Chiefs players enjoyed playing for Matt Nagy -- and Andrew Luck loves Chuck Pagano

Finley: Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano filling staff with 'selfless people' - Sun Times - In his first two weeks on the job, Chuck Pagano is overseeing a defensive staff makeover that belies his new unit’s ranking as the best on the planet.

Kane: Tarik Cohen is ready to inject his brand of fun into the Pro Bowl, but 'when this week is over, you snap back into reality' - Chicago Tribune - Tarik Cohen was selected for the Pro Bowl as the NFC's return specialist, but Bears fans who have watched him emerge over the last two years know there's much more to him than that.


Nickell Robey-Coleman draws fine for non-call hit - - Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman did not draw a penalty for his hit of Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis, but on Friday it was reported he drew a fine of $26,739.

Pro Bowl will test out new game-day innovations - - The NFL will use Sunday’s Pro Bowl to test-drive several game-day innovations, as the league uses the game as an incubator to determine whether innovations should be considered for further expansion into regular usage during games.


Lions fans laugh at Saints fans new to bad calls - Pride Of Detroit - The 10th episode of our newest Detroit Lions YouTube series.

Watch: Adam Thielen Pro Bowl Skills Challenge highlights - Daily Norseman - Check out how #19 performed in Orlando

Top Prospects for Packers fans to watch at the 2019 Senior Bowl - Acme Packing Company - Here are 15 key names to know as you get ready to watch Saturday’s game from Mobile.

APC 2018 NFL Awards Picks: Mahomes deserves MVP, Aaron Donald an easy pick for DPOY - Acme Packing Company - APC writers share their ballots for the NFL’s most prestigious awards.


Householder: Chicago Bears sign former Tulsa kicker Redford Jones - Windy City Gridiron - The first competition for Cody Parkey is here

Chicago Bears WCG Roundtable: Is Mitchell Trubisky A Franchise Quarterback? - Windy City Gridiron - This offseason at WCG, a bunch of our writers are going to go back and forth on a few hot Chicago Bears topics. Next up, Mitchell Trubisky and the Franchise Quarterback Question

Wiltfong: Bears scheduled to try out 2 vet kickers, a soccer pro, and arena leaguers - Windy City Gridiron - According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears are scheduled to work out kicker Nick Folk, who last kicked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017. The Bucs put him on injured reserve that...

Schmitz: Mitchell Trubisky, Akiem Hicks guide the NFC to Pro Bowl Skills Showdown Glory - Windy City Gridiron - A late dodgeball-fueled rally provided the NFC All-Stars just enough points to win the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.


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