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The kicker competition intensifies, Lynch returns on team-friendly contract and George McCaskey approves

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Chairman George McCaskey of the Chicago Bears gives a ‘thumbs up’ to fans during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field on September 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Buccaneers 48-10.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Segrue: Aaron Lynch contract details with the Chicago Bears revealed - Bears Wire - Aaron Lynch will return to the Chicago Bears on a bargain deal

Sugrue: Earl Bennett knew the 2012 Bears were ‘doomed’ - Bears Wire - Former Chicago Bears WR Earl Bennett shed some light on the dysfunctional 2012 team after the story of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers drama

Medina Soldier Field Could Be Getting Some New Tennants - Bleacher Nation - The home of the Bears could soon be the home of the Fire.

Medina: Bears to Bring Back Offensive Lineman Rashaad Coward - Medina - The Chicago Bears announced they have signed Exclusive Rights Free Agent Rashaad Coward to a deal.

Zimmerman’s Podcast: Adam Rank from NFL Network - Da Bears Blog - Adam Rank of NFL Network joins Bill

Ostrowski: 7 Reasons To Bet Bears’ Under Of 9.5 Wins - 670 The Score - Vic Fangio’s exit and a tough schedule mean 2019 will be tougher for the Bears, whose over/under wins total has been set at 9.5.

Chalk Talk: What is plan at running back? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears’ plans at running back, the transition at defensive coordinator from Vic Fangio to Chuck Pagano and the best players to wear No. 21 in Bears history.

Mayer: Expectations are high for Bears receivers - ChicagoBears.com - After transforming their receiver position from a weakness into a strength last year, the Bears are excited to see what Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller do for an encore in their second seasons with the team.

Biggs: Bears will have a tryout for former AAF kickers Wednesday at Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will host two AAF kickers in a tryout Wednesday at Halas Hall. Younghoe Koo and Nick Rose both have limited NFL experience, and the team is committed to searching high and low for options. Currently the Bears have two kickers under contract: Chris Blewitt and Redford Jones.

Brad Biggs’ NFL mock draft 1.0: Where is Kyler Murray going? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs presents his NFL mock draft 1.0. It features Kyler Murray going to the Raiders and Dwayne Haskins to the Giants.

Cox: Bears bringing in two former AAF and Chargers kickers for tryout - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have two kickers under contract right now. Ryan Pace is looking at potentially adding another.

Under Center Podcast: Robbie Gould Pod Special - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are joined by former Bears kicker Robbie Gould

Making The Case: Running Backs The Bears Should Draft (Devin Singletary) - Club Dub Bears Blog - Nicknamed “Motor”, Devin Singletary was a ridiculously productive back at Florida Atlantic in his three seasons there. Let’s look at the stats.

Making The Case: Running Backs The Bears Should Draft (Trayveon Williams) - Club Dub Bears Blog - In Jimbo Fisher’s first year as head coach of Texas A&M, Trayveon Williams bulked up to an even 200 lbs to be able to handle the workload of a full season. He bulked up and didn’t lose a second in the speed department. Williams ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine last month. He has excellent speed, which is conveyed on his game film.

Making The Case: Running Backs The Bears Should Draft (Miles Sanders) - Club Dub Bears Blog - Here’s the thing. If Miles Sanders is still on the board when the Bears are picking in the third round, it’s an absolute slam dunk. The Bears would be foolish to let Sanders get past them. He had just 56 carries to his name his first two seasons playing behind some guy named Saquon Barkley. Last season he carried the load to the tune of 1,274 rushing yards on 220 carries with 9 TD’s.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFC Roster Reset: Rams, Saints, Eagles sit atop conference - NFL.com - Sean McVay’s Rams and Sean Payton’s Saints continue to bolster their rosters in an effort to maintain NFC supremacy. Can anyone catch ‘em? Gregg Rosenthal examines the updated conference pecking order.

KNOW THY ENEMY

McCarthy and Rodgers remain civil in their separation - Acme Packing Company - Despite their apparent differences of opinion, neither party took public shots at the other in post-firing interviews.

McCarthy denies 'utterly absurd' massage accusations - NFL.com - Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy denied claims from a Bleacher Report article to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero on Thursday that he would miss meetings to have massages.

How big a concern is the Rodgers-McCarthy rift? Matt LaFleur will provide the answer - Acme Packing Company - The disdain and dysfunctional between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy was no state secret. We won’t know if these issues uncovered intractable problems until we see Rodgers with a new coach.

Lions GM Bob Quinn explains benefits of signing ex-Patriots - Pride Of Detroit - Adding former Patriots has its benefits... and drawbacks.

Detroit Lions officially sign RB C.J. Anderson - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions made it official on Friday.

Report: Vikings to work out AAF quarterback John Wolford - Daily Norseman
- Another potential signee from the newly-defunct league

Vikings CB Holton Hill Suspended The First 4 Games Of The 2019 Season - Daily Norseman - The second year corner violated the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy.

Vikings sign two players from the Alliance of American Football - Daily Norseman - Some former players from the failed-AAF are starting to find new homes

Let’s talk about the offensive line - Daily Norseman - The Vikings have added some players, but is it enough?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears to try out 2 AAF kickers on Wednesday - Windy City Gridiron - The search to replace placekicker Cody Parkey continues for the Chicago Bears as they will reportedly work out two kickers from the defunct Alliance of American Football. The Chicago Tribune’s Brad...

Wiltfong: Green Bay, Tumultuous-town, USA - Windy City Gridiron - Bears’ fans, this is an open thread!

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