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Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith looks on as new quarterback Jay Cutler talks to the media during a press conference on April 3, 2009 at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / FREE AGENCY / DRAFT

Zeglinski: Reasonable contract parameters for Cody Whitehair - The Rock River Times - Cody Whitehair is entering the last year of his rookie contract. The Bears, for the foreseeable future, figure to be an NFC power player and high roller. Whitehair is a major piece of their plan, and it would behoove them to find a way to keep the quiet center slash guard happy.

Moreano’s 2019 Chicago Bears Mock Draft: 1.0 - Chicago Audible Blog - Ryan Pace doesn’t have a first- or second-round pick, but that doesn’t mean he can’t find quality players. In this mock, Pace fills the holes on the roster.

Film Study: Mike Davis Versus Jordan Howard - Club Dub Bears Blog - Now that Jordan Howard has officially been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, I wanted to take a closer look at new Bears running Mike Davis. My goal with this post is not to bash Jordan Howard to fit a certain narrative. I think Jordan Howard was a terrific back and will do well for the Eagles.

Sikes: Making The Case: Running Backs The Bears Should Draft (James Williams) - Club Dub Bears Blog - James Williams is a really intriguing running back prospect, especially in how he was utilized in the Cougars offense. As a three-year starter at Washington State, Williams had his best season in 2017 when he rushed for 560 yards on 122 carries with 12 TD’s. He also had 83 receptions out of the backfield for 613 yards with 4 TD’s there as well.

Chalk Talk: Have new Bears received numbers? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears have assigned uniform numbers to the free agents they’ve signed, if Cody Whitehair and James Daniels could switch positions on the offensive line and why the Bears inked Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a one-year

Medina: Jordan Howard Doesn’t Know Why He Was Traded, But We Have Some Ideas - Bleacher Nation - The Bears are no longer a one-man offense.

Medina: Never Enough Defense - The Bears Hosted Toledo Cornerback Ka’dar Hollman- Bleacher Nation - One of the MAC’s top cornerbacks apparently has the Bears’ attention.

Hughes: Don’t Sleep on the Aaron Lynch Signing - Da Bears Blog - Lynch isn’t a great player but very few teams have three guys on the edge who are great players. What Lynch provides is depth at one of the three most important positions in the sport. And with pass rush being the club’s signature strength in 2018, a drop-off should not be expected in 2019.

Medina: Butkus, Singletary, and Urlacher Joining Forces for Hall of Fame Panel at #Bears100 Celebration Weekend - Bleacher Nation - Three Hall of Fame linebackers on a legendary panel during the celebration of the 100th season of Bears football.

Dannehy: Nagy’s “Vision” Could Look to Supersize What Was Mizzell’s Role - Da Bears Blog - While maddening in 2018, Matt Nagy’s insistence on using Taquan Mizzell was a sign of what he envisions the Bears offense becoming.

Price's NFL mock draft 2019: Bears turn to Big Ten in latest 3rd-round projections - Sun Times - Here's what the latest NFL mock drafts project the Bears to do in the third round.

Wiederer & Campbell: A deeper look at the headline-grabbing trade of Jordan Howard - what does it mean for Matt Nagy's offense going forward? - Chicago Tribune - After last week's headline-grabbing trade — with the Bears sending running back Jordan Howard to the Eagles in exchange for a late-round pick in 2020 — we take a deeper look at the reasons for the trade and what it means for Matt Nagy's offense going forward.

Biggs Bears Q&A: What's the over/under for Mike Davis' yards from scrimmage? Will the Bears trade up to draft a running back? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Lots of inquiries about the trade of running back Jordan Howard to the Eagles.

Bear Download podcast: Trading Jordan Howard and evaluating Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's upside - - Rich and Dan are at Tribune headquarters to analyze the Bears offseason as the calendar flips to April. They break down the Jordan Howard trade from all angles, including...

Under Center Podcast Ep. 196: Digesting the Jordan Howard trade and an update on Chicago Football Madness - NBC Sports Chicago - Some final thoughts on Jordan Howard's Bears tenure and another deep dive into the Chicago Football Madness Final 4.

Mayer: Bears re-sign Scales to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday re-signed long-snapper Patrick Scales to a one-year contract. Scales has appeared in 37 games with the team over the last four seasons.

Mayer: Bears owners relish their role in NFL history - ChicagoBears.com - At the owners meetings last week, Virginia McCaskey posed with a Hupmobile—the same car model that was displayed in a Canton, Ohio, dealership where her father, George Halas, helped found the NFL in 1920.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cunningham signs with Jacksonville Jaguars - Jaguars.com - Jaguars sign unrestricted free agent running back Benny Cunningham; seventh-year veteran played four seasons with St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and two with Chicago Bears

NFL Poll: Best, worst cities according to player agents - SI.com - We asked 15 respected agents from across the NFL where their clients most often want to go, and where they most often want to avoid.

KNOW THY ENEMY

NFL Draft: Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn hints at trading down... again - Pride Of Detroit - Does he mean it this time?

2019 NFL mock draft: Who had the better Lions mock: Mel Kiper or Todd McShay? - Pride Of Detroit - Which ESPN analyst had the better mock for the Lions?

NFC North 2019 favorites: Only 7% of fans expect Detroit Lions to win - Pride Of Detroit - A few free agency signings wasn’t enough to convince NFC North fans that the Lions are contenders.

Packers Mock Draft 2019: Kiper & McShay both project D.K. Metcalf to Green Bay at 12 - Acme Packing Company - But why?

Free agent DT Rodney Gunter visiting Packers, per report - Acme Packing Company - The Packers are meeting with another young free agent defender, this time one who plays in the trenches.

Mike McCarthy “bothered” by accusations of complacency – ProFootballTalk - After the Packers hired Matt LaFleur as their new head coach in January, team CEO Mark Murphy said that a group of players on the team complained that "a complacency had set in" while Mike McCarthy was still coaching the team.

McCarthy: Firing couldn't have been handled worse - NFL.com - Mike McCarthy holds no punches about his Green Bay dismissal, stating that when he was let go by the Packers, "There was no emotion to it. That was hard."

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berkes & Snyder: NFL Draft - Breaking down the Bears running back prospects (part 1) - Windy City Gridiron - This is the big one - Jeff and EJ break down the Jordan Howard trade and start their deep dive into a deep and talented class of runners.

Eurich: Top former AAF players who could interest the Bears - 247Sports - Talent acquisition at the NFL level comes in many forms. Free agency and the draft are two of the biggest ways to improve a roster, but for teams all around the NFL, including the Chicago Bears, the recent folding of the Alliance of American Football will give them a chance to snag some players who have been recently playing the game at the professional level.

Leming's Bears mailbag: Draft talk, Jordan Howard’s replacement, potential AAF targets and more - Windy City Gridiron - Free agency has all but come to a close for the time being, but the draft talk is just starting to ramp up. We’ll dive deep into this week’s edition of our weekly mailbag to answer your questions.

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