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The Bear’s Den, February 20, 2019

Bryce Callahan’s future is the subject of much debate, but the fact that he’s vastly superior to any Detroit Lion is not.

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Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears
Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions is sacked by Bryce Callahan #37 of the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at Soldier Field on November 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Letizia: 6 Reasons Why the Chicago Bears Should Sign Terrell Suggs - The Chicago Audible Blog - The Bears don’t have much flexibility this offseason, but a smart move would be to add impactful depth at OLB by signing Terrell Suggs.

Bears grades and needs: Do Robinson, top WRs have another gear in 2019? - NBC Sports Chicago - Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller all showed promise in their first year with the Bears last season. Can they do more in 2019?

Stankevitz: Bears will have plenty of mid-round running back options to evaluate at NFL Combine - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will be able to cast a wide net at the NFL Combine next week in attempting to identify a mid-round running back who could help fix the team’s inconsistent ground game.

Cox: Dick Butkus gave nephew his blessing to coach for Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - Butkus had no qualms with his nephew joining the rivals.

Mayer: Pace knew Nagy had traits to be great coach - ChicagoBears.com - Ryan Pace was thrilled to see the man he hired win the 2018 NFL Coach of the Year Award. But the Bears general manager wasn’t surprised by Matt Nagy’s success in his first season in Chicago.

2019 NFL Draft: Bears add SEC RB in 4-round mock draft - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears add Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher, Benny Snell, in the Draft Wire’s latest 2019 NFL mock draft.

Cox: Washington State RB James Williams could be Bears ideal sleeper pick - Bears Wire - Washington State running back James “Boobie” Williams is an under-the-radar NFL Draft prospect who could fit well with the Chicago Bears.

Perez: Should the Chicago Bears place franchise tag on Bryce Callahan? - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears may be facing the reality of choosing between placing the franchise tag on Bryce Callahan or losing him in free agency. Ken’s Note: Wait, what? $16 million for a slot safety who can’t stay healthy, we don’t get to keep him long term, and we lose a chance at a compensatory pick? I mean yeah, I like Callahan and I really want him back next year but this is too dumb an idea to even consider. In fact, though I’ve heard of dumber ideas, they have generally only from people who work for the front office of the Detroit Lions. Or Cleveland. Or the Bulls.

Dannehy: Bears Need More at the Tight End Position - Da Bears Blog - Rookie tight end Dallas Goedert easily beat PFF-favorite Adrian Amos for one of the only touchdowns in the game, a home playoff loss for the upstart Bears to the reigning champions. The play proved to be significant in the low-scoring game, but even more significantly it illuminated what the Bears are trying to do as compared to what the Eagles have already accomplished.

Eurich: Chicago Bears best options at strong safety in 2019 - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears will have a decision to make soon in regards to the strong safety position. Starter Adrian Amos is slated to become a free agent later this offseason after spending the majority of the last four seasons as the team’s starter at the position. It might seem like a no-brainer to lock him down with a new contract, but the safety market might present itself with some cheaper options at the position this offseason.

Eurich: Projecting the Bears 2019 starting lineup before free agency - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears enter the 2019 offseason without a lot of major holes to fill on either side of the ball. The two biggest names set to become free agents are nickelback Bryce Callahan and strong safety Adrian Amos.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Ebersol: AAF cash infusion from Dundon was about opportunity not urgency – ProFootballTalk - At a time when many are wondering why the Alliance of American Football needed $250 million last week, the correct answer to the question could be that it didn’t.

Ten running backs worth pursuing in free agency/2019 NFL Draft - NFL.com - Who are the top 10 running backs worth pursuing in free agency and the draft. Gennaro Filice breaks down the cream of the backfield crop, ranking the top RBs available this offseason.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Fans, writers say the Lions should consider going for Antonio Brown - Pride Of Detroit - Is the star receiver worth the risk?

Adam Thielen’s agent cautiously optimistic Vikings will give Thielen a raise - Daily Norseman - Will it happen, though?

The Ted Thompson-era Packers lost several key draft picks far too early to injury - Acme Packing Company - A few potential playmakers’ careers were cut painfully short by injury after being selected in the top four rounds of the NFL Draft.

Several Packers free agent targets could be lost to franchise tags in 2019 - Acme Packing Company - With free agency fast approaching, some of the top names on the market may come off the board before it begins.

Packers QB coach: Aaron Rodgers wants to be coached - NFL.com - New Packers QB coach Luke Getsy left no doubt he believes veteran QB Aaron Rodgers wants to be pushed. Getsy says he thinks Rodgers wants to be coached "as much as anybody."

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: A third outside linebacker is needed - 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.

Leming's Bears mailbag: A potential Robbie Gould reunion, limited cap space, tight end depth and more - Windy City Gridiron - After a few weeks off, we are back at it with this week’s mailbag, which is jam-packed with everything you’ll need to know leading up into the 2019 offseason.

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