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Zeglinski: Fighting complacency - The Bears’ 2019 draft has to fight self-satisfaction – The Rock River Times - The main reason Matt Nagy is the NFL’s reigning Coach of the Year isn’t because of offensive wizardry. It has nothing to do with mastery of any Bears personnel. It’s in the beauty of how he utilizes his words as a motivator, and how his actions paint the picture of a leader who knows how to galvanize a locker room.
2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Bears Set With Wait For 3rd Round - 670 The Score - The Bears are slated with five picks, starting in the third round.
Bernstein: There’s Nothing Like An NFL Draft - 670 The Score - The NFL Draft is different from others in so many ways.
Gabriel: How The Bears Could Approach This NFL Draft - 670 The Score - The Bears don’t pick til the third round, so how will they handle it?
Emma: Ryan Pace - Bears Trade To 1st Round Would Be ‘Tough’ - 670 The Score - ”It would be hard, just because we don’t have a lot of ammunition,” Pace said.
Dannehy: Don’t Let The Bears Surprise You - Da Bears Blog - If there’s one thing Ryan Pace has done consistently during his time with the Bears it’s draft with the big picture in mind, often surprising fans with his selections. It’s also been clear that Pace doesn’t always see the team’s needs the same way as fans and media members do.
Stankevitz: Should the Bears trade for Robbie Gould? The answer is not a cut-and-dry 'yes' - NBC Sports Chicago - If Robbie Gould indeed is available, should the Bears seriously explore bringing him back to Chicago? The answer isn't as cut and dry as you may think.
Stankevitz: As NFL Draft looms, anything is possible for Ryan Pace and the Bears - Sun Times - The Bears will enter this week's NFL Draft with plenty of flexibility, just not plenty of picks.
Ellis: Robbie Gould prefers to be traded, won't sign long-term deal with Niners - NBC Sports Chicago - Robbie Gould isn't interested in signing with the San Francisco 49ers long-term and has demanded a trade, sources confirmed to NBC Sports Chicago.
Hoge and Jahns: 2019 Mock Draft Roundtable - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Robbie Gould is in the news again, and before the guys get to the 5th Annual Hoge and Jahns Mock Draft Roundtable, they react to the news that Gould has requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers. Adam Hoge, Adam Jahns (who has some news of his own to share), and The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain discuss whether the Bears should be interested in acquiring Gould, and what they would be willing to part with in order to get a deal done. After that, Hoge, Jahns, Kevin and producer Joe Romano run through each of the 32 picks
Hoge: 2019 Bears Mock Draft 3.0 - WGN Radio - 720 AM - The 2019 NFL Draft will be here on Thursday and while there is undoubtedly less buzz for the Bears this year, the event is just as important as ever, even if general manager Ryan Pace doesn’t hold a pick until late in the third round.
Mayer: 3 things we learned from GM Ryan Pace - ChicagoBears.com - During his annual pre-draft press conference, general manager Ryan Pace explained why the Bears are in “a great spot” entering the draft, the likelihood of the Bears trading up into the first round Thursday night and more.
Mayer: Hicks, Smith honored with Piccolo Awards - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday honored defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and linebacker Roquan Smith as the 2018 winners of the prestigious Brian Piccolo Award during a ceremony at Halas Hall.
Mayer: Top sixth-round picks in Bears history - ChicagoBears.com - Long-snapper Patrick Mannelly and safety Chris Harris, both of whom were part of the Bears’ last Super Bowl team, are among the top sixth-round draft picks in franchise history.
Ryan Pace Speaks: Draft Needs, Pressure, Howard, Pick-Swapping Potential, First-Round Plans, More - Bleacher Nation - Bears GM Ryan Pace touched on a variety of topics, including what he'll do in the first round since his team doesn't have a pick.
Medina: Finding Potential Bears Targets and Fits Among the NFL Draft's Best Receivers - Bleacher Nation - For the first time in a long time, the Bears don't have a desperate need to draft a wide receiver.
Ryan Pace: Bears need to nail this draft to keep our momentum – ProFootballTalk - Last year, the Bears had a good season thanks in large part to trading future draft picks to acquire pass rusher Khalil Mack and wide receiver Anthony Miller. This year, that bill comes due.
Finley: Five things we learned from Bears GM Ryan Pace’s pre-draft press conference - Sun Times - For Bears general manager Ryan Pace, gamesmanship starts days before the NFL draft — even when he doesn’t have a pick until the third round.
Potash: Piccolo Award winners Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith bullish on DC Chuck Pagano - Sun Times - The Bears’ defensive players are just getting to know Pagano, but early impressions are positive, as expected.
Finley: Reunion coming? Ex-Bears K Robbie Gould requests trade from 49ers - Sun Times - Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould has requested a trade from the 49ers, a source confirmed, as the two struggle to come to terms on an extension
NFL Draft 2019: All of the Sun-Times’ Bears draft preview coverage in one place - Chicago Sun-Times - Get ready for the 2019 NFL Draft with all of the Sun-Times’ Bears preview coverage in one place.
Frank Clark gets five-year, $105.5 million deal with Chiefs – ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs and Seahawks agreed to a trade on Tuesday that would send defensive end Frank Clark to Kansas City pending Clark's agreement with the Chiefs on a new contract. It did not take long for that deal to come together. According to multiple reports, Clark has agreed to a five-year, $105.
Chiefs, Seahawks agree to Frank Clark trade – ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs surfaced as a suitor for franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark this week and those reports were on the money. According to multiple reports, the Chiefs and Seahawks have agreed to a trade that will send Clark to Kansas City.
2019 NFL Draft: League execs, scouts, coaches assess QB class - NFL.com - How does the NFL view the top quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft? Tom Pelissero surveyed officials from over a dozen teams on this QB class. Here are their thoughts and composite draft projections.
Kicker Robbie Gould wants Niners to trade him - NFL.com - Veteran kicker Robbie Gould has informed the Niners that he will not negotiate or sign a long-term deal in San Francisco and expressed a desire to be traded.
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Detroit Lions free agent signings already making big impression - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have only been working out together for a couple weeks, but two free agent additions are already making a big impression.
It’s Rickspeak! 2019 Pre-Draft Edition - Daily Norseman - When Rick Spielman talks, we listen. REALLY listen.
Vikings announce Scott Studwell is retiring - Daily Norseman - He has been with the team for over 40 years
Drafting a first-round tight end would be a rarity for the Packers - Acme Packing Company - Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson are among the top talents at a position the Packers have targeted in the first round only a handful of times.
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Wiltfong: Robbie Gould asks the 49ers to trade him - Windy City Gridiron - This story will not go away for fans hoping for a reunion with the greatest scorer in Chicago Bears’ history...
Householder: Chicago Bears Roquan Smith, Akiem Hicks receive Brian Piccolo Award - Windy City Gridiron - The award is given to a rookie and a veteran that most embody the late running back’s legacy
Chicago Bears 2019 Season Predictions: 2nd quarter - Windy City Gridiron - We’re going to predict the Chicago Bears 2019 record in each quarter of the season in this week’s WCG roundtable discussion! Here are our 2nd quarter guesses...
Wiltfong: Is kicker the Chicago Bears’ top draft need? - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
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