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The Bear’s Den, February 13, 2019

You know it’s the offseason when folks dream of trying to squeezes Le’Veon Bell into the Bears salary cap...

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Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions
Tarik Cohen #29 of the Chicago Bears runs back a kick against a diving Zach Zenner #34 of the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field on November 22, 2018 in Detroit
Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Emma: Bears Offseason Outlook: Safety - 670 The Score - All-Pro Eddie Jackson returns at safety, but what about Adrian Amos?

5@5: Did Bears Miss Chance With Kareem Hunt? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Chicago Bears WR Taylor Gabriel: Playing Lions is “easy W” - Pride Of Detroit - The Bears have lost nine of their last twelve won three of the last six meetings including the last two meetings with the Lions. Ken’s Note: Dear Lions fans, y’all own jack. Y’all couldn’t beat our backup QB, on a short week, in your house. Don’t even pretend you are all that.

Medina: Are the Bears a “Team to Watch” in the Le’Veon Bell Sweepstakes? - Bleacher Nation - Le’Veon Bell would certainly provide an upgrade to the Bears’ running backs position.

Chalk Talk: Are autographs free at Bears100? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether there’s an extra charge for autographs at the Bears100 Celebration in June, defensive coaches who remain with the Bears from last season and the best performance by a Bears player in a 2018 game.

Bears 2018 position review: Linebacker - ChicagoBears.com - Linebackers Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd, Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan all played major roles in the Bears’ resurgence in 2018, fueling a defense that led the team to a 12-4 record and the NFC North title.

Mayer: Chris Jackson joins Bears as defensive assistant - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy on Tuesday announced the hiring of Chris Jackson as a defensive assistant.

Wood & Link: What Went Wrong with Trubisky’s Deep Ball - Da Bears Blog - Filed under the “trying something new” category comes a collaboration of personalities, strengths, styles, and even blogs. I am very excited to bring a unique cross-over between Da Bears Blog and Windy City Gridiron.

Kane: Bears tab former receiver Chris Jackson to be a defensive assistant - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy announced the hiring of defensive assistant Chris Jackson on Tuesday.

Cox: Bears fans split between relieved and disappointed team didn’t sign Kareem Hunt - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears fans and analysts were split on Hunt's signing in Cleveland.

Mullin: Bears signing/not signing Kareem Hunt is ultimately your call - NBC Sports Chicago - Now that the Cleveland Browns’ signing of Kareem Hunt has had time to percolate and simmer for a day, some impressions are possible.

Perez: Should the Bears trade for Browns RB Duke Johnson? - Bears Wire - Now that Kareem Hunt is a Cleveland Brown, should the Chicago Bears consider trading for RB Duke Johnson?

Medina: Jordan Howard Maintains a Selfless Attitude, Which Could Be Key to Another Successful Bears Season - Bleacher Nation - Jordan Howard to make sacrifices in 2018. And if he is back with the team in 2019, more could be on the horizon.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Raiders having “meaningful, productive” talks with Oakland – ProFootballTalk - For at least the past couple of weeks, all signs have pointed to a Raiders’ return to Oakland for one last season. With the sides having “meaningful and productive” talks since resuming negotiations late last week, a deal appears closer than ever.

ABC set to air two hours of the Scouting Combine – ProFootballTalk - The Underwear Olympics are coming to network television. Bryan Curtis of The Ringer reports that ESPN will announce a deal with the league this week to put two hours of Scouting Combine coverage on ABC.

Dak Prescott should bet on himself, play out his rookie contract - NFL.com - Dak Prescott is entering the final year of his rookie contract, a time when successful quarterbacks typically get re-upped. But Adam Schein has some advice for the 25-year-old Cowboy: Bet on yourself in 2019.

The NFL deserves cynicism. But Kareem Hunt deserves another chance. - Chicago Tribune - Giving up on Kareem Hunt as a lost cause isn’t the answer, regardless of the NFL’s questionable sensibilities.

KNOW THY ENEMY

David Bakhtiari headlines the Packers’ list of recent fourth-round gems - Acme Packing Company - The Packers’ franchise left tackle proved to be a severely undervalued commodity in the 2013 NFL Draft.

No, the Lions aren’t going to draft a quarterback with the 8th pick - Pride Of Detroit - Bob Quinn is throwing smoke bombs.

Detroit Lions not closing door on selecting quarterback 8th overall - Pride Of Detroit - Was Bob Quinn being honest or is this a smokescreen?

Terrell Davis: It’s time for Adrian Peterson ‘to come home’ - Daily Norseman - The Hall of Fame running back thinks the future Hall of Fame RB should return to Minnesota.

The Detroit Lions really, really don’t want to be on ‘Hard Knocks’ - Pride Of Detroit - Matt Patricia joked, but Bob Quinn is seriously hoping HBO doesn’t make their way to Allen Park this year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Give these Ten Thoughts a gander, and make sure to leave a few thoughts of your own in the comment section

Wiltfong: Which position should the Bears draft in the third round? - Windy City Gridiron - All things being equal (i.e. assume there is equal talent across the board), which position would you draft in the third-round for the Chicago Bears?

Link & Wood: Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky’s sophomore season was impressive, but there is plenty of room for improvement. - Windy City Gridiron - This is the first of a series of collaborations between film guru Andrew Link of Windy City Gridiron and stats guy Johnathan Wood of Da Bears Blog. We’re excited to be working together to bring fans of both sites great content by combining our approaches.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert Zeglinski

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