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Zach Miller hangs them up, Bears work out at Halas Hall and it’s 2019 schedule release day for the NFL

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Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) greets fans after an overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Soldier Field. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Mullin: Monster Bears draft (including HOF’ers) still possible despite shortage of picks - NBC Sports Chicago - Modest expectations for this year’s draft? Maybe not.

Bears’ Zach Miller Announces Retirement in Heartfelt Message to Fans, Team - NBC Chicago - After suffering a catastrophic knee injury during the 2017 season, Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller announced that he will “move on from playing the game of football.”

Hoge and Jahns: Eddie Jackson, Schedule Release, and Robbie Gould - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Adam Hoge is joined by The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain, who is filling in for Adam Jahns. WGN Radio’s Harry Teinowitz is reporting the Bears will play the Oakland Raiders in London on October 6. Adam and Kevin react the to the London date and breakdown how some of the rest of the schedule may play out when the full schedule is released Wednesday night.

Dickerson: Bears TE Miller retires 1½ years after leg injury - ESPN - Bears tight end Zach Miller, who suffered a devastating leg injury close to 19 months ago, announced his retirement from the NFL on social media.

Dannehy: Placement of Cowboys, Saints Games Could Be Crucial - Da Bears Blog - Drew Brees’ struggles in cold weather have been well-chronicled and there’s no real reason to think that won’t continue as he ages. Shoulder issues early in his career impacted his arm strength and sometimes he struggles in just a brisk wind.

Emma: Bears’ Zach Miller Announces Retirement From NFL - 670 The Score - Bears tight end Zach Miller, who suffered a gruesome left leg injury in October 2017, has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Recent drafts show not much middle ground for first-round quarterbacks – ProFootballTalk - Recent drafts have shown a trend about when teams pick quarterbacks: Often early in the first round and late in the first round, but not much in the middle of the first round or the second round.

Finley: Still in pain after grisly 2017 knee injury, Bears TE Zach Miller retires - Sun Times - Tuesday, he made it official, retiring from the sport 537 days since dislocating his left knee catching a pass against the Saints.

Potash: With Bobby Massie on board, continuity is king for Bears' O-line - Sun Times - It gives the Bears the continuity every team likes. This will be the fourth consecutive season that Leno, Long, Whitehair and Massie will be together.

Bears schedule 2019: Team to face Raiders in London on Oct. 6 - Sun Times - The Bears already know the details behind their season opener, which be held on "Thursday Night Football" at Soldier Field to kick off the season.

Wiederer & Campbell: Bears' London date will reportedly be Oct. 6 as the NFL schedule begins to leak a day early - Chicago Tribune - The NFL will reveal its full 2019 schedule Wednesday. In addition to their home-and-away NFC North games, the Bears will host the Giants, Cowboys, Chiefs, Chargers and Saints and play road games against the Eagles, Redskins, Broncos and Rams. They will also face the Raiders in London.

Kane: Bears tight end Zach Miller announces his retirement - 'I physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve' - Chicago Tribune - Bears tight end Zach Miller, who suffered a gruesome leg injury during the 2017 season, on Tuesday announced his retirement from football.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Quarterback market has exploded in less than two years – ProFootballTalk - From 2013 through 2016, the quarterback market stagnated. From 2017 through now, the quarterback market has exploded. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers enjoyed an extended stretch as the highest-paid player in the NFL...

NFL’s biggest contracts for 2019 - NFL.com - Take a look at the highest paid NFL players for the 2019 season, as ranked by their average yearly salary according to Over the Cap. Russell Wilson is at top with a multiyear extension making him the highest-paid player in the NFL, surpassing Aaron Rodgers deal with the Green Bay Packers. See who else gets the bread.

2019 NFL Draft: How many quarterbacks will be taken in the first round? - NFL.com - Five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of last year’s NFL draft. How many will come off the board on Day 1 this time around? Our analysts provide their predictions.

KNOW THY ENEMY

2019 NFL mock draft: Detroit Lions go offensive line in Daniel Jeremiah’s latest - Pride Of Detroit - Could you stomach this pick?

NFL Draft podcast: Breaking down the top 7 candidates for the Detroit Lions’ 1st-round pick - Pride Of Detroit - Would you approve or disapprove of these 7 draft picks for the Lions?

How The Vikings Built One of the Best Rosters in the NFL - Part I - Daily Norseman - A look into the Vikings roster and their roster-building process

Packers eyeing offensive tackle talent in 2019 NFL Draft to prep for Bryan Bulaga’s departure - Acme Packing Company - The Packers have shown more overt interest in offensive tackles than any other position in the draft by a mile. If they’re poised to take someone early, they’re likely looking for a long-term answer at right tackle.

Should the Packers consider a quarterback early in the 2019 NFL Draft? - Acme Packing Company - Two APC writers take on the question that has arisen after recent reported pre-draft visits.

Which prospects could take a Derwin James-like tumble toward the Packers in the 2019 NFL Draft? - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay initially looked to be well out of the Florida State safety’s range at pick 14 last year, but ultimately passed on him after a draft-day slide.

Howie Roseman stresses depth in the draft – ProFootballTalk - Last month Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie identified the Eagles' approach to the draft as trying to add volume, rather than targeting one elite player at a position of need. Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman is of the same mind.

Who has the better contract, Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins? – ProFootballTalk - Russell Wilson signed the richest contract in NFL history. But is it the best contract in NFL History? Maybe not. An argument could be made that the contract signed last year by Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is better than Wilson’s new deal. (Let me know when you stop laughing.

Daniel Jeremiah 2019 NFL mock draft 3.0: Drew Lock to Packers - NFL.com - With the 2019 NFL Draft right around the corner, Daniel Jeremiah sees four teams taking quarterbacks in the first round. Who might the Green Bay Packers select to be Aaron Rodgers’ successor?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder: Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller officially retires - Windy City Gridiron - Miller, who hasn’t played since a devastating knee injury in 2017, is finished with football

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears 2019 Schedule Rumor Tracker - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll update this tracker as the Bears schedule leaks...

Householder's 2019 Schedule prediction: Chicago Bears prime-time games - Windy City Gridiron - The schedule will be out tomorrow, so until then, let’s speculate

Snyder: What Mock Drafts Taught Me About the 2019 NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron
I finally did it: I cracked the seal. I held out for as long as I could, but it was time.

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