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Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears jokes with teammates on the bench including Anthony Adams #95, Adewale Ogunleye #93 Mark Anderson #97 and Tommie Harris #91 during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field on November 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Browns 30-6.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / FREE AGENCY / DRAFT

Talarico: Dear Jordan Howard, Thank You - Chicago Audible Blog - Thank you, Jordan Howard. The impression you made over your short stay in Chicago won’t be forgotten.

Stankeviz: Recent history shows how Jordan Howard trade could benefit Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears let a seemingly-important part of their offense go a year ago and were better off for it.

Sikes: Bears Among Teams Most Interested In Utah’s K Matt Gay - Club Dub Bears Blog - The Bears were present at Utah’s pro day on Thursday and are one of the most interested teams in kicker Matt Gay. Three kickers have a good shot at getting drafted this year in LSU’s Cole Tracy, Oklahoma’ Austin Seibert and Utah’s Matt Gay. Bears GM Ryan Pace has stated that he would a kicker with a big legs which is exactly what made Chris Blewitt stand out at tryouts and eventually lead to him getting a contract.

Sikes: Bears Have Met With Speedy UNLV RB Lexington Thomas - Club Dub Bears Blog - The Bears are going to be meeting with several running backs right up until the draft now that Jordan Howard has moved on from the team. I would expect that RB will be one of the first picks if not THE first pick used by Bears GM Ryan Pace. The team had Ohio State RB Mike Weber in town last week for a workout.

Sikes: Projecting The Bears 53 Man Roster Post Howard Trade - Club Dub Bears Blog - Now that the free agency frenzy has calmed down a bit and Jordan Howard has been traded, let’s take a look at what the projected 53 man roster might look like:

Easterling: Best small-school prospects in the 2019 NFL draft - Draft Wire - Check out some of the top small-school prospects in the 2019 NFL draft

Price: NFL odds 2019 - Bears tied for 6th-highest win total projection - Sun Times - Only the Patriots, Chiefs, Rams, Saints and Chargers have higher win total projections from sportsbook CG Technology.

Jahns: Bears eyed nickel back Buster Skrine four years ago; now they've got him - Sun Times - The Bears signed Skrine this month to replace Bryce Callahan at nickel back.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Four offseason programs get underway this week – ProFootballTalk - Free agency and the league meetings have been the focus for the last couple of weeks, but we’ll move into another stage of the offseason this week. Teams that hired a new head coach this year are permitted to start their offseason programs on April 1 and half of the teams that made coaching chang...

Four-round 2019 NFL mock draft: Raiders, Fins trade up for QBs - NFL.com - Chad Reuter goes four rounds deep in his mock draft 4.0. He projects the Cardinals, Raiders, Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Patriots and Broncos to pick QBs, with a couple of those teams trading up for signal-callers in Round 1.

KNOW THY ENEMY

What position have the Detroit Lions improved the most this offseason? - Pride Of Detroit - Earlier in the week, we revealed our FanPulse poll results regarding the Detroit Lions free agency period. According to 100 percent of Lions fans, the team has already gotten better through free...

Which remaining FA running back should the Detroit Lions sign? - Pride Of Detroit - The free agent RB market is still pretty good.

How much would you pay to sit in the Vikings “War Room” on draft day? - Daily Norseman - Because, apparently, it isn’t cheap

NFC North in Free Agency: Bears swapped defensive backs, added top kick returner - Acme Packing Company - Let’s take a look at the signings the Chicago Bears made in free agency this offseason.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder: Vegas sets Chicago Bears 2019 season win total over/under - Windy City Gridiron - CG Technology released their early win totals for NFL teams and the Bears number is curious.

Infante's 2019 NFL Draft: Evaluating kicker prospects the Bears could target - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are expected to take the younger route for their kicker position, so let’s take a look at what some of the top kickers in the draft have to offer.

Wiltfong: Do you understand why the Bears traded Jordan Howard? - Windy City Gridiron - Now that we’ve had a chance to take a breath after the big trade, what are your thoughts on the move?

Duerrwaechter: Paving lanes and toting pigskin; making sense of the trade and the Bears’ new plan at runningback - Windy City Gridiron - Jordan Howard was a good player and an even greater person with the Chicago Bears. Matt Nagy is looking for something better in his vision.

Whiskey Ranger’s WCG Quick Dive - Missing Person: Jordan Howard - Chicago Bears Film Study - YouTube - In this video, I dive into the seeming disappearance of Chicago Bears Running Back Jordan Howard, and try to figure out where he’s gone, and who or what’s to blame for his disappearance. The Video Quick Dive series is part NFL film study, and part video essay covering topics related to the Chicago Bears and the NFL in general. Ken’s Note: This is just a great video, and it worth revisiting.

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