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The Bear’s Den, February 25, 2019

The offseason enters a new phase, as this week marks the start of the NFL’s “Underwear Olympics”

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NFL: Combine
Future Chicago Bears & then Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith runs the 40 yard dash during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears grades and needs: Critical decisions loom on free agents Adrian Amos, Bryce Callahan - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears may be stuck deciding between retaining slot corner Bryce Callahan or safety Adrian Amos, but not both.

NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears grab Ohio State WR in 3rd round - Bears Wire - A new NFL.com 2019 NFL Mock Draft has the Chicago Bears grabbing an Ohio State wide receiver in the third round.

What are the odds? The 2019 NFL Combine Prop Bets - Touchdown Wire - The underwear Olympics are just three days away in Indianapolis. Most likely you did not get invited to the NFL combine; but don’t worry, you can still wager on it. The oddsmakers at BetOnline.AG sports have released the first round of combine prop bets.

Ranking the Chicago Bears’ draft needs heading into NFL Combine - Bears Wire - Ranking the top four 2019 NFL draft needs for the Chicago Bears entering the NFL scouting combine.

Perez: Complete 7-round order for the 2019 NFL Draft - Draft Wire - Complete order of all seven rounds of picks for the 2019 NFL draft

Medina: Mitch Trubisky’s Development is in Good Hands With Bears Receivers and Other Bullets - Bleacher Nation - Bears receivers were exceptional at catching passes last season.

Medina: Steelers GM Says Three Teams Have Already Expressed Interest in Trading for Antonio Brown - Bleacher Nation - Should the Bears be one of these teams in the hunt? Or should they be passing on this opportunity? Ken’s Note: There’s as much of a chance as the Bears will re-sign Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett as there is they pursue either Brown or Bell. OK, to be fair, there’s MORE of a chance they go after Marshall / Bennett than Brown / Bell.

Kyle Long takes subtle jab at those questioning his health - 247Sports - Kyle Long’s name has come up a lot this offseason when speculating which members of the Chicago Bears could get released. It is not that Long has been a disappointment for the Bears, but rather he has struggled to stay on the field the last three seasons. Injuries have gotten the best of him after he went to three straight Pro Bowls to begin his NFL career as a first-round pick of the organization.

Soble: Why Tyrann Mathieu is an Ideal Free Agent Target for Bears - The Loop Sports - The Bears have a vacancy at safety, with Adrian Amos set to hit free agency. Ditto slot corner, where Bryce Callahan will test the market as well.

Smith: Robbie Gould sounds interested in returning to Chicago – ProFootballTalk - Just before the start of the 2016 season, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace cut kicker Robbie Gould. Since then, Gould leads the NFL in field goal percentage, while the Bears have had a series of kicking problems.

Bears grades and needs: Will an open competition lead to a kicking fix? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will bring in more kickers than Redford Jones to compete to find the desperately necessary fix to their placekicking woes.

POLISH SAUSAGE

AAF “onside conversion” makes an appearance, results in big play – ProFootballTalk - The Alliance of American Football does not have kickoffs, but it does have a replacement for onside kicks, a new play that made an appearance in today’s game in Atlanta -- and added some fun to the end of a blowout.

Trent Richardson continues to make plays in the AAF – ProFootballTalk - Christian Hackenberg has been a disaster in the Alliance of American Football, but another former NFL draft bust is making the most of the chance the AAF is giving him. Trent Richardson, the former No.

Trent Richardson, Iron run roughshod over Legends - NFL.com - Trent Richardson, a former Cleveland Browns first-round pick, found pay dirt three times to lead the Birmingham Iron to a 28-12 thumping of the Atlanta Legends in the AAF.

Jon Gruden sees ‘a lot of potential’ in trading picks - NFL.com - Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is open to trading any of his three first-round picks in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft as there is “a lot of potential for trades.”

KNOW THY ENEMY

2019 NFL Draft Profile: Corbin Kaufusi can provide late round value for Matt Patricia’s defense - Pride Of Detroit - Trying to find a fit in Matt Patricia’s defense can be difficult, but some guys stand out specifically for how well they fit the scheme, like BYU’s Corbin Kaufusi

Vikings Off Season Plan - Pre Combine Edition - Daily Norseman - Mark is at it again, everybody

2019 NFL Scouting Combine: Full schedule of events, workouts, & interviews - Acme Packing Company - Tune in all week for full coverage of the event.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante's 2019 Bears offseason outlook: Ranking each position based off of need before free agency - Windy City Gridiron - Which positions will the Bears focus on the most this offseason? Here’s an in-depth look at how they stand at each position, as well as some free agent targets and draft prospects.

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