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It’s a Bonus Sunday Den! The Bears do the Pro Bowl thing today, did the Senior Bowl thing and re-upped Bobbie Massie

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Chicago Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (96) reacts during NFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears sign RT Massie to 4-year extension through 2022 - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears have signed right tackle Bobby Massie to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season

Ellis: Bears re-sign OL Bobby Massie to four-year deal - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears wasted no time addressing one of their biggest free agency concerns.

Roster Moves: Bears ink Massie to four-year extension - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears locked up a key member of their offensive line Saturday when they signed right tackle Bobby Massie to a four-year extension through 2022.

Medina: Four More Years! Bears Sign Right Tackle Bobby Massie to Extension Before He Hits Free Agency, He’s Being Handsomely Compensated - Bleacher Nation - The Bears’ starting right tackle is back for four more years.

Chicago Bears sign lineman Bobby Massie to 4-year extension - ESPN - Right tackle Bobby Massie, who anchored a Bears offensive line that gave up just 33 sacks this season, has signed a four-year extension with the team.

Bears Sign Bobby Massie To 4-Year Extension - 670 The Score - Massie has started 46 games across the past three seasons.

Wiederer: Despite late hit in November, Mitch Trubisky and Harrison Smith are enjoying each other’s company at the Pro Bowl - ‘No hard feelings, man’ - Chicago Tribune - In November, Vikings safety Harrison Smith delivered a hit on Mitch Trubisky that injured the Bears quarterback’s right shoulder and knocked him out for two games. This week in Orlando, the two rivals are teammates at the Pro Bowl and becoming fast friends.

Lambert: The Greatest Draft Steal of All Time From Every NFL Team - NFL Mocks - People always talk about the NFL draft in regards to the top 10. You need a top 10 pick in order to be almost guaranteed a great player. Ken’s Note: Warning, it is a slideshow, but I’ve paused it at Chicago’s pick. Not much of a shocker who it is... but Erik is right, this was an INSANE steal in the draft.

Finley: Bears sign right tackle Bobby Massie to four-year contract extension - Sun Times - Right tackle Bobby Massie is now signed through the 2022 season.

Jahns: Chicago Bears in the Pro Bowl: 2017 draft class was a great one - Sun Times - The Bears sent three members of their 2017 draft class to the Pro Bowl: Mitch Trubisky, Tarik Cohen and Eddie Jackson.

Kane: 5 Bears things to watch in Sunday's Pro Bowl, including Mitch Trubisky comparisons and Akiem Hicks' long-awaited moment - Chicago Tribune - Seven Bears players will take the field for the NFC team Sunday in the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Here are five storylines to watch.

Campbell: Bears sign right tackle Bobby Massie to 4-year contract extension - Chicago Tribune - The Bears signed right tackle Bobby Massie to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Chris Long “could go either way” on retirement – ProFootballTalk
Eagles defensive end Chris Long isn’t sure whether he has played his last game. Long said on WIP that he still loves playing but is planning to take some time and see how the offseason goes before he knows for sure what 2019 holds for him. “I’d like to play football in 2019.

Steelers have only themselves to blame for the broken relationship with Antonio Brown – ProFootballTalk
As the Steelers and receiver Antonio Brown careen toward a divorce, it’s becoming more clear how the relationship reached an apparent point of no return. A new article from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Report: Trevor Bates arrested, hospitalized after punching police officer - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions linebacker got into some serious trouble on Friday night/Saturday morning.

Todd Downing hired by Tennessee Titans - Daily Norseman - He had been serving as the Vikings’ tight ends coach

Packers hire former Chiefs outside linebackers coach Mike Smith to same position for 2019 - Acme Packing Company - The former NFL linebacker played for his new boss Mike Pettine in Baltimore.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Curl & Berckes' Bears Blither-Blather: Bowls upon Bowls upon Bowles - Windy City Gridiron - Patti and Jeff return to discuss the Pro Bowl, the Super Bowl, and the Bears sky-high 2019 outlook

Infante: Bears sign RT Bobby Massie to four-year contract extension - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have locked up a member of their offensive line for the long haul.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Is QB the strongest position on the team? - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13 part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2019 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.

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