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Quarterback Steve Fuller #4 of the Chicago Bears calls a play at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Detroit Lions in 1985 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 23-3.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

Denmaster Ken’s First Bear’s Den: March 11, 2016 - Windy City Gridiron - Denmaster Ken enters his fourth year in the post, here’s a peek at his first “official” Den, March 11, 2016. My how things have changed in Bears land.

BEARRRSSSS

Seifert: How will RB Mike Davis fit? - ESPN - Former Seahawks RB Mike Davis creates even more questions about the Bears’ backfield, which already includes Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.

Bears re-sign TE Braunecker to 2-year contract - ESPN - The Bears have re-signed tight end Ben Braunecker, who made three starts and posted three catches for 42 yards last season, to a two-year contract.

Bears to add RB Mike Davis, sources say - ESPN - The Bears intend to sign free-agent running back Mike Davis, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini, confirming an earlier report.

Emma: Bears To Sign CB Buster Skrine - 670 The Score - Skrine will join the Bears on a three-year contract worth up to $16.5 million.

Emma: Bears To Sign RB Mike Davis - 670 The Score - The 26-year-old Davis brings the Bears veteran depth at running back.

Santaromita: Josh Bellamy reportedly close to signing with Jets - NBC Sports Chicago - After five years with the Bears, Josh Bellamy appears to be on the move.

Ellis: Bears to sign free agent running back Mike Davis - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears address a big offseason need.

Chicago Bears Free Agency Primer 2019 - Chicago Audible Podcast - Instant Analysis: Bears Sign RB Mike Davis & CB Buster Skrine (And a Full Free Agency Primer)

Ingalls: Grading Ryan Pace’s 2016 Free Agent Class - Chicago Audible Blog - Let's take a look back at Ryan Pace's second free agency class in Chicago. Just how well did the Bears General Manager fare?

Matt Nagy had high opinion of new Bears CB Buster Skrine in 2018 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy had a high opinion of CB Buster Skrine in 2018

Chicago Bears expected to sign CB Buster Skrine to 3-year deal - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will sign CB Buster Skrine to a three-year deal

Mayer: Bears re-sign Braunecker to two-year deal - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday re-signed tight end Ben Braunecker to a two-year contract. Braunecker, who originally joined the Bears in 2016 as an undrafted free agent, was due to become a restricted free agent.

Chalk Talk: What is deepest position in free agency? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the deepest position in free agency, veteran kickers who are available and running backs selected in the middle of the draft who’ve been voted to the Pro Bowl.

Cerami: The Bears Are Reportedly Signing CB Buster Skrine - Bleacher Nation - Bye-bye, Bryce.

Medina: The Bears Are Reportedly Signing Running Back Mike Davis - Bleacher Nation - Some depth upgrades are always welcome!

Mullin: Bears expected to re-sign tight end Ben Braunecker for two years, plus tales of Jordan Howard, Antonio Brown and Mike Glennon - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are expected to re-sign tight end Ben Braunecker to a two-year contract, plus how the Antonio Brown trade to the Raiders affects any potential Bears trade of running back Jordan Howard.

Finley: Bears to sign RB Mike Davis - Sun Times - The Bears added depth to their running back corps Monday.

Biggs: In advance of free agency, Bears keep tight end Ben Braunecker with a 2-year deal - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are keeping one of their own in place as they have reached agreement with TE Ben Braunecker on a 2-year contract. Braunecker was a restricted free agent but the Bears were not expected to tender him on offer.

Bear Download: A look at the Bears’ needs heading into free agency - Chicago Tribune - With the NFL’s new league year upon us, Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer preview free agency with a detailed examination of the Bears’ needs and options.

Bears free agency tracker: Running back Mike Davis, cornerback Buster Skrine joining Bears; Josh Bellamy headed to Jets - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears sign players and others join new teams, the Tribune coverage team will track the moves and provide insight into what they mean.

Stankevitz: As Bears reportedly intend to sign Buster Skrine, Bryce Callahan appears on his way out - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears intend to sign slot corner Buster Skrine to a three-year deal, per multiple reports, meaning Bryce Callahan’s days with the team are all but over.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Michael Bennett doubts Martellus will come out of retirement – ProFootballTalk - Shortly after news broke that Michael Bennett would be traded to the Patriots, more news broke: That his brother Martellus Bennett could come out of retirement to join him in New England. But Michael says that news is fake.

2019 NFL free agency: Updated top 101 NFL free agents - NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling have combined their personal rankings to formulate NFL.com’s Top 101 Free Agents of 2019. Who’s the No. 1 player on the board? Which QBs made the list?

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions free agency grade: Danny Amendola is an underwhelming, but logical, signing - Pride Of Detroit - We break down our thoughts of the Danny Amendola signing.

Vikings free agency: Minnesota to sign Shamar Stephen to three-year deal - Daily Norseman - Guess who’s back? Back again?

Packers Free Agency Rumors: DL Malik Jackson was a target, but signs with Eagles - Acme Packing Company - The former Bronco and Jaguar was recently released and could have been a good fit in Green Bay.

The best low-budget options available in free agency - Pro Football Focus - PFF Senior Analyst Mike Renner takes a look at the best bargains that can be had in free agency.

Detroit Lions release LB Trevor Bates - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have decided to move on from their special teams linebacker after an altercation with the police in January.

Lions free agency: Jesse James agrees to deal with Detroit - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions made sure they weren’t going to repeat 2018’s free agent mistake.

NFL free agency news: Detroit Lions signing DE Trey Flowers - Pride Of Detroit - IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED

NFL free agency: Lions signing CB Justin Coleman to record-breaking 4-year deal - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit’s first big splash into free agency is in the secondary.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder: Josh Bellamy to sign with Jets - Windy City Gridiron - Long time special teamer and occasional contributor is headed east

Wiltfong & Zeglinski's Chicago Bears 2019 free agency tracker: News, signings, cuts, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Buster Skrine is a Bear, and Bryce Callahan is likely on his way out. More in our in-depth tracker.

Infante: Bears to sign cornerback Buster Skrine to three-year, $16.5 million deal - Windy City Gridiron - The signing presumably signals the end of Bryce Callahan’s tenure in Chicago.

Infante: Bears to sign running back Mike Davis - Windy City Gridiron - Davis marks the Bears’ first signing of the 2019 free agency period.

Wiltfong: Bears create cap space by converting Goldman’s bonus, re-sign Braunecker - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are making moves in advance of NFL free agency...

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