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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Ellis: 6 Bears defensive starters have made Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 so far - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears defense is well represented on the site’s list of the NFL’s top 101 players.

Cox: Former Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez refuses to give up on football - Bears Wire - Once compared to Aaron Hernandez, former Chicago Bears TE Evan Rodriguez is still fighting to get back into the NFL, now playing in the AAF.

Perez: Packers add “a” Butkus to coaching staff - Bears Wire - The Green Bay Packers added one of Dick Butkus’ family members to their offensive coaching staff.

Bears 2018 position review: Tight end - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears targeted tight end Trey Burton in free agency last year and he did not disappoint in his first season with the team, setting career highs in all receiving categories.

Medina: Mitch Trubisky Has Three Top-100 Fantasy Players Alongside Him on Offense - Bleacher Nation - The Bears were fantasy relevant for the first time in a long time in 2018 and will be again next year.

2019 Chicago Bears Off-Season Agenda: Part Two, Complementary Pieces - Da Bears Blog - The Bears are in the position most NFL franchises want to be in February. They don’t need to spend the next three months searching for starters. They’re looking for complementary pieces to fortify a championship run. And there are several places they should look.

Emma’s Bears Offseason Outlook: Outside Linebacker - 670 The Score - Khalil Mack’s presence fortified the Bears’ edge rush.

Thompson: Tarik Cohen plans to ride into camp on his own Slingshot - Chicago Tribune - Bears running back Tarik Cohen showed off his new three-wheel motorcycle at the Chicago Auto Show, but he has other plans for it.

NFL Events: Combine Participants - NFL.com - The official source for NFL news, schedules, stats, scores and more.

QB stock watch: Patrick Mahomes up, Aaron Rodgers down - NFL.com - Gil Brandt checks in on three QBs whose stock is up after strong showings in the 2018 season -- and three whose stock is down. Is Andrew Luck all the way back? How can Aaron Rodgers right the ship in Green Bay?

Stankevitz: The five most irreplaceable Bears in 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears struggled to overcome the loss of Trey Burton in the playoffs. But is he among the players the Bears can least afford to lose again in 2019?

Medina: Can the Bears Find a Kicker at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine? - Bleacher Nation - Three kickers and three punters will get a chance to boost their stock in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine.

POLISH SAUSAGE

The Alliance of American Football starts Saturday, and it has some interesting rule changes - Daily Norseman - The new professional football league is doing things a bit differently, and I like some of their changes.

Packers 2019 Free Agents: No urgency to keep any safeties - Acme Packing Company - We might see one or two return but none will be guaranteed a roster spot.

Chiefs G.M.: No more basketball for Patrick Mahomes – ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs are a year away from even being able to break the bank for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. But they're getting a head start on protecting their investment.

Can an NFL team tell a player not to play basketball? – ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs have lowered the boom on Patrick Mahomes' basketball jones. Do they, or any team, have the right to do it? "Haha yeah that’s gonna work," 49ers cornerback and NFLPA executive committee member Richard Sherman said on Twitter.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers hire Illinois offensive line coach Luke Butkus, nephew of Bears Hall of Famer - Chicago Tribune - The Packers have hired former Illinois offensive line coach Luke Butkus as their assistant offensive line coach, ESPN reported.

Detroit Lions 2018 roster review: Matt Cassel proved team needs to upgrade backup QB position - Pride Of Detroit - Matt Cassel served as the Lions’ backup quarterback in 2018, and fortunately didn’t see much action. If Cassel is back in 2018, it doesn’t bode well for the Lions.

Todd McShay’s 2019 NFL mock draft: Detroit Lions go cornerback early - Pride Of Detroit - We’re already running out of "Greedy" puns.

Poll: We’re adopting an AAF team for the inaugural season, but which one? - Daily Norseman - Well, how about you tell us?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Two more Bears make the PFF Top 101 Players; Jackson at 14 and Hicks at 11 - Windy City Gridiron - After years of not getting many players on these "end of season best of lists," the Chicago Bears are all over this one from PFF.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Don’t expect safety Adrian Amos to return - 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.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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