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Former Bears center & guard Matt Slauson is calling it a career. Good luck in your future, Matt!
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Williams: Bears waive Andrew Trumbetti – ProFootballTalk - The Bears waived defensive end Andrew Trumbetti on Wednesday. Trumbetti, 22, signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame in May. The Bears waived him with an injury designation Aug. 21. Trumbetti cleared waivers and reverted to the team’s injured reserve list.

Zeglinski: Lessons from Super Bowl LIII - Versatility, adaptability must come first for Bears – The Rock River Times - There’s an old adage that it’s better to be great at one thing, than average or good at many things. Specialization in it’s many forms has often take precedence over possessing talents in a variety of areas.

Moreano: History States That Bears’ Defense Could Regress in 2019 - Chicago Audible Blog - With all the changes on the defensive side of the ball, could those changes make the Bears’ defense take steps back in 2019? History says it might.

Aspan: Chuck Pagano’s “Deep Hatred” for Patriots - NBC Sports Chicago - Chuck Pagano has some feelings about the Super Bowl champs.

Perez: 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears add explosive RB - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears add an explosive running back in this new 2019 NFL Mock Draft

Mayer: Ex-Bear Slauson retires after 10 NFL seasons - ChicagoBears.com - Offensive lineman Matt Slauson, who started all 37 games he appeared in during three seasons with the Bears from 2013-15, announced his retirement Wednesday following 10 NFL seasons.

Chalk Talk: Which Bears players will improve most? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears players he thinks could improve most in 2019, the Bears’ defensive performance in Super Bowl XX and the last Bears player to make the Pro Bowl after being acquired via trade.

Mayer: Bears 2018 position review: Receiver - ChicagoBears.com - It’s hard to imagine a position group in the NFL that improved more from one season to the next than the Bears receivers, a unit that was led in 2018 by productive veteran Allen Robinson.

Mayer: NFL analyst likes Bears’ Super Bowl chances - ChicagoBears.com - In a list of teams with the biggest window to win a Super Bowl, NFL.com columnist Adam Schein ranks the Bears No. 1 in the NFC and No. 3 overall in the league.

ChicagoBears.com 2018 Outtakes - ChicagoBears.com Video - Check out the hilarious 2018 behind-the-scenes outtakes featuring Chicago Bears Network’s Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, and Lauren Screeden.

Emma’s Bears Offseason Outlook: Defensive Line - 670 The Score - The Bears defensive line established itself as one of the league’s best in 2018.

Guard Matt Slauson retires after 10 seasons in NFL - NFL.com - Matt Slauson is calling it a career. The longtime interior lineman announced his retirement via Instagram on Wednesday after spending 10 seasons with the Jets, Bears, Chargers and Colts.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: Will Ryan Pace be aggressive entering free agency? What are the chances Adrian Amos is re-signed? One position that could be a surprise for upgrades? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. With the roster totally revamped now, will Ryan Pace be aggressive when free agency opens? What are the chances safety Adrian Amos is re-signed? To answer that, we look at a crowded field of veteran safeties. Plus much more.

Thompson: Devin Hester calls out Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman for his PED use - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears kick return specialist Devin Hester took a jab at the Patriots receiver for his recent violation of the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Mansfield: Bears near top as all 32 NFL Twitter Accounts, Ranked for 2019 - Complex - We’ve evaluated all 32 accounts based on entertainment value, above all, while also factoring in creativity and humor. Where does your squad rank?

Hoge and Jahns, Episode 216: Super Bowl 53 Thoughts And The Potential Return Of Robbie Gould - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns get together to recap the final two games of the 2018 NFL Season: the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl 53. They discuss a few of the interviews that Hoge did for Sports Central while out on Radio Row in Atlanta. The guys play some audio from Robbie Gould’s appearance on the show, as well as some thoughts from former ESPN NFL Insider, John Clayton.

Hoge: 2019 Bears Mock Draft 1.0 - WGN Radio - For the first time in nine years of writing these Bears mock drafts, we’re going to have to start the process late in the third round.

NFL Top Free Agents: Cornerbacks include Bears’ Callahan - PFF - YouTube - Senior analysts Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo discuss PFF’s Top 10 cornerback free agents. Sam and Steve share their opinions on where they could see each player suiting up next season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Falcons part ways with veteran kicker Matt Bryant - NFL.com - On Wednesday via Twitter, kicker Matt Bryant wrote that he has been released by the Falcons, though the 43-year-old veteran intends to keep on playing.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions 2018 Pride of Detroit Awards: Coach of the Year - Pride Of Detroit - Which Lions coach deserves Coach of the Year honors?

Should the Detroit Lions make a run at CB Robert Alford? - Pride Of Detroit - He had a horrible 2018 season, but he fits a need and has a pretty solid reputation. Ken's Note: He's old, he played terribly... so yes, he's a no-doubt future Lion!

Detroit Lions offseason: Why wide receiver should be a high priority - Pride Of Detroit - The Detroit Lions really need a wide reciever

Falcons cut all time great kicker who could immediately come here and miss a lot of kicks - Daily Norseman - The Vikings need a guy to miss field goals in 2019 as their most recent guy who missed a lot of kicks isn’t under contract

Four Packers appear between 26 and 50 on Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 list - Acme Packing Company - Led once again by their star left tackle, Green Bay had a good showing but will be shut out of the top 25 again this year. Ken's Note: And yet you still, lead by Aaron Rodgers, missed the playoffs. Funny that.

Matt LaFleur brings a modern approach to offense, but don’t expect a wide-open attack - Acme Packing Company - Digging back through LaFleur’s past as a coach reveals his teams have had the most success with old-school personnel used in new-age ways.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Time for a change on special teams - 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.

Sunderbruch: Grading Ryan Pace - The 2017 Trades - Windy City Gridiron - Ryan Pace has taken a lot of aggressive actions in his time as a GM, and most of that aggression has come in the form of trading players for picks and picks for players. He likes to move around. In 2017, most of his moves were good ones.

Which Bears player will make the leap? - Windy City Gridiron - The latest Windy City Gridiron Roundtable is all about the young talent on the Chicago Bears.

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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