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The Bear’s Den, February 18, 2019

We enter the week when clubs can designate franchise and transition tag players... will Robbie Gould be franchised by SF?

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Oakland Raiders v Chicago Bears
Kicker Robbie Gould #9 of the Chicago Bears kicks a 49 yard field goal to win the game against the Oakland Raiders at Soldier Field on October 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 22-20
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears grades and needs: The clock is ticking on Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have two more years left of Mitch Trubisky at a bargain, making it imperative they maximize their window to win in the next two seasons.

Chicago Bears State of the Franchise 2019: Defense - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys analyze the current state of the Bears’ defense and determine what positions need the most attention this offseason.

Perez: Re-grading the Chicago Bears’ 2018 free-agent signings - Bears Wire - A look back at the Chicago Bears’ big free-agent signings in 2018 and grading how they performed in their first season with the team.

Video: Bears’ 10 best plays from 2018 - Bears Wire - The NFL shared the Chicago Bears’ 10 best plays from 2018 on Twitter

Perez: Jordan Howard passed Bo Jackson on Alabama HS rushing list in 2018 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard leapfrogged Bo Jackson on the all-time NFL rushing list of players from Alabama high schools.

Video: Tarik Cohen on winning Black College Football Pro Player of the Year - ChicagoBears.com - Tarik Cohen joins

Video: Three Bears rank among PFF’s best of 2018 - ChicagoBears.com - Three Bears players were ranked in Pro Football Focus’ top 20 list of the 2018 season.

Pearson: 2019 Chicago Bears NFL Draft prospect meeting tracker - 247Sports - A list of predraft visits for NFL Draft prospects for the Chicago Bears as we get ready for April.

Petrusevski: Why the Bears Need to Bring Back Josh Bellamy - The Loop Sports - No one thought Josh Bellamy would ever contribute to a winning Bears’ team. He proved himself to be a valuable player for the Bears, who should resign the special teams standout.

Chamberlain: A changing of the guards could be in Bears’ best interest - Bearmaven - The Bears are keeping their decisions on blockers well guarded.

Florio: Bears choice not surprising in team-by-team look at potential 2019 tag candidates – ProFootballTalk - It’s a tradition that truly is unlike any other. Whether it’s a good tradition or a bad tradition is in the eye of the tradition beholder. Every year, we take a look at the players who may end up being tagged in advance of free agency.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Tim Tebow: AAF called a lot, I’m all-in on baseball – ProFootballTalk - During a recent appearance on PFT Live, Steve Spurrier said he reached out to Tim Tebow about returning to the football field as part of the Alliance of American Football’s Orlando Apollos.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions 2018 roster review: Will ole reliable Matt Prater be back in 2019? - Pride Of Detroit - Matt Prater has been nothing short of a stud in his time in Detroit, but how much longer will that time last?

Sunday open thread: Do you want the Detroit Lions to be featured on Hard Knocks? - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit is one of five candidates to be chosen this season.

Why hot air balloons and football games are a bad idea - Daily Norseman - A flashback to the Metropolitan Stadium days

Bill Barnwell makes suggestions for the Vikings’ offseason - Daily Norseman - A few different ideas for Rick Spielman and company

Packers projected to land free agent safety Earl Thomas by PFF - Acme Packing Company - Will the Packers be able to land the top safety on this year’s market?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Mitchell: AAF Opening Weekend Open Thread For Chicago Bears Fans - Windy City Gridiron - Mike Singletary and his Memphis Express are back at it this weekend, hoping to get a better result in their home opener

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