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The Bear’s Den, February 27, 2019

Kyle Long cuts a deal, the Niners pan for Gould and the Bears staff heads to Indy for the combine

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2013 NFL Combine
Kyle Long of Oregon participates during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Gabriel: Assessing Bears’ Positional Needs Ahead Of NFL Combine - 670 The Score - The Bears likely will need help in the secondary and at running back.

Bears, Kyle Long Agree To Restructured Contract - 670 The Score - The reconfiguration is expected to open up cap space for the Bears in 2019.

Emma: 49ers Place Franchise Tag On Robbie Gould - 670 The Score - The Bears almost certainly won’t be bringing Gould back.

Medina: Don’t Bet on the Draft to Solve to the Bears’ Kicking Problems - Bleacher Nation - Exploring kickers who have been drafted in the later rounds because middle-round kickers are awfully risky.

Medina: The Bears Keep Getting Connected to RB Prospects Ahead of the 2019 Draft - Bleacher Nation - There isn’t a desperate need for running back help, but it sounds like the Bears would like another element to join their thunder-and-lightning tandem of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.

Dannehy: As the Combine Begins, Some Players & Positions to Watch - Da Bears Blog - David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State - The popular comparison for Montgomery has been Kareem Hunt, but there’s one major issue when I watch Montgomery: speed.

Biggs: Kyle Long restructures contract, creating salary-cap space for the Bears - Chicago Tribune - Veteran Bears right guard Kyle Long has agreed to a restructured contract, which will create salary-cap room for the team and ensures he remains in place for 2019.

Campbell: 49ers place franchise tag on Robbie Gould, making Bears return unlikely - Chicago Tribune - The dream of Robbie Gould’s return to the Bears has been rudely interrupted: The 49ers on Tuesday announced they placed the franchise tag on the veteran kicker.

Kane: 5 Bears storylines at this week’s NFL scouting combine, including the hunt for a running back and kicker - Chicago Tribune - The NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week will have a different feel for Bears general manager Ryan Pace than in years past. The Bears traded their top two draft picks and won't pick until No. 87 in the third round.

Stankevitz: Expect Ryan Pace, Bears to remain aggressive with limited resources - NBC Sports Chicago - Ryan Pace has a reputation of being aggressive in roster building, but with only five draft picks and limited cap space this year, can he still be?

Stankevitz: As expected, 49ers reportedly place franchise tag on Robbie Gould - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will all but certainly not be able to re-unite with former kicker Robbie Gould after the San Francisco 49ers, as expected, placed the franchise tag on him Tuesday.

Ellis: Kyle Long and Bears agree to restructure contract - NBC Sports Chicago - It's a logical move for everyone involved.

Mayer: Bears won’t change approach to Combine - - Although the Bears don’t have a high pick in the draft like previous seasons, general manager Ryan Pace won’t treat this week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis any differently than he has in past years.

Mayer: Kyle Long agrees to restructured contract - - Right guard Kyle Long has agreed to restructure his contract with the Bears, a move that will benefit both the three-time Pro Bowler and the team that selected him in the first round of the 2013 draft.

2019 Offseason Outlook: Wide Receiver is Finally a Strength … Now What? - Bleacher Nation - One year after needing to dive into the deep end in order to make this group a strength, the Bears could stand pat with the receivers they have because they're that good.

Niners place franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould - - The San Francisco 49ers placed the franchise tag on Gould on Tuesday. He’ll make around $5 million on the tag in 2019 after averaging $2 million over his first two years in San Francisco.

49ers use franchise tag on Robbie Gould – ProFootballTalk - No team used the franchise tag during the first week of the two-week window to do so, but that changed on Tuesday. The 49ers confirmed reports that they have placed their franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould.

Jahns: Kyle Long reworks Bears contract, will return in 2019 - Sun Times - After reworking his contract to free up salary this offseason, guard Kyle Long will return to the Bears next season.

Finley: 49ers give kicker Robbie Gould the franchise tag - Sun Times - The 49ers are giving their placekicker the franchise tag, taking him off the market.

Jahns: NFL Draft 2019 - Chicago Bears’ needs at the combine - Sun Times - Ryan Pace doesn’t have a first- or second-round pick to use or bargain with as the draft plays out.


Thompson: From Greedy Williams to Lil’Jordan Humphrey, the 10 best names at the NFL scouting combine - Chicago Tribune - Each year the NFL scouting combine introduces fans to a new crop of players vying to become household names. But some of those will grab attention before they’re ever drafted.


Latavius Murray declares he’s looking for a starting role - Daily Norseman - Which means he likely won’t be back in MInnesota

Early strength of schedule shows potentially rough road for Vikings - Daily Norseman - Though this, as always, is subject to change

Free Agency Rumor: Minnesota Vikings interested in Billy Turner - Daily Norseman - That’s what a report out of Denver is saying

Packers could turn quantity into quality with cache of ‘19 draft picks - Acme Packing Company - Ted Thompson hoarded draft picks for years as the best accumulator of draft capital in the league. Brian Gutekunst could use this draft to cash in his arsenal for top-level talent.

Mark Murphy: Aaron Rodgers has to embrace change – ProFootballTalk - The Packers have a new head coach and Matt LaFleur is bringing new offensive concepts with him to Green Bay, which has led to a lot of wondering about how quarterback Aaron Rodgers will adjust to the changes on the sideline.

Detroit Lions appear to have hired new RB coach - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions may have their new running backs coach.

Detroit Lions 2018 Pride of Detroit awards: The Winners - Pride Of Detroit - Rookie of the Year? MVP? Play of the Year? We reveal the winners here.


Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our thoughts on the NFL this week...

Wiltfong: 2019 NFL Combine - Schedule, arrivals, positions, workouts, coverage, and more - Windy City Gridiron - This is everything you need to know about the NFL Combine!

Zeglinski: Robbie Gould receives franchise tag from 49ers, will likely not return to Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The dream reunion for many will not be happening.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears restructure Kyle Long’s contract - Windy City Gridiron - All 11 starters on the Bears offense will return in 2019.


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