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The Bear’s Den, May 2, 2019

Leonard Floyd gets some job security, young Bears get their numbers and much more

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Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears rushes Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.The Bears defeated the Packers 24-17.
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Zeglinski: Versatility, toughness, and polish - Why the Bears made each of their 2019 draft picks – The Rock River Times - Bears general manager Ryan Pace has always emphasized the importance of building in the draft. Even in years where the Bears have had minimal draft capital (2017), it’s clear there was a priority to make the most of limited chances on, at best, guesses of prospects. Pace, ever the aggressive executive, had to get creative in these moments.

Bears Assign Jersey Numbers to Draft Picks, Free Agents - NBC Chicago - While signing and drafting players is always a fun proposition for NFL teams and their fans, finding out the numbers that the new stars will wear is a close second.

Medina: Ex-Vikings Coach Brad Childress is Joining His Former Apprentice (Matt Nagy) as a Senior Offensive Assistant - Bleacher Nation - Welcome back a familiar face.

Medina: Even the Bears’ Undrafted Free Agent Signings Are Absolute Steals - Bleacher Nation - If one or two of these prospects hits, watch out!

Dannehy: Top Picks Made With Super Bowl In Mind - Da Bears Blog - In years past, Ryan Pace drafted relatively raw players like Jonathan Bullard, Adam Shaheen, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, James Daniels and, of course, Mitch Trubisky early. He seemed to prefer potential over immediate production.

Dickerson: Ex-Bears kicker warns Gould of Chicago return - ESPN - It might seem like it would be a perfect reunion, but former Bears kicker Kevin Butler said Robbie Gould needs to be “careful what you wish for” when it comes to his wanting to return to Chicago via trade.

Eurich: Kyle Long was shocked when Bears took him in 1st round in 2013 - 247Sports - Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long knows what it is like to get drafted much higher than many projected. The Oregon alum surprisingly went in the first round to Chicago back in 2013. Some criticized the Bears for the selection at the time because Long had limited starting experience with the Ducks.

Kane: Brad Childress rejoins Bears coach Matt Nagy's staff as senior offensive assistant - Chicago Tribune - Brad Childress, who previously served as a senior offensive consultant during the 2018 offseason and training camp as coach Matt Nagy installed his offense, is rejoining the Bears.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: What are the chances Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stays after this year? Which WRs won't make the 53-man roster? Does Robbie Gould have leverage to get traded? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Is Stephen Denmark a candidate to be moved to safety? Can David Montgomery earn the top spot in the backfield? How does the wide receiver competition stack up? Plus a new Robbie Gould inquiry and much more.

Biggs: Bears pick up the 5th-year option on Leonard Floyd's contract - Chicago Tribune - The Bears made it official Wednesday, announcing they have picked up the fifth-year option on Leonard Floyd's contract. General manager Ryan Pace said in January the team would do that.

Get to know Bears draft pick Riley Ridley: A Q&A with Georgia receivers coach Cortez Hankton - Chicago Tribune - University of Georgia wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton spoke with the Tribune to deliver a scouting report on Riley Ridley, the Bears' fourth-round draft pick.

Letizia: Why Emanuel Hall Went Undrafted and How He Can Impact the Bears - Chicago Audible Blog - A look into why WR Emanuel Hall wasn't selected in the NFL Draft and why he can still leave his mark in Chicago's offense.

Ellis: Bears pick up 5th-year option on OLB Leonard Floyd - NBC Sports Chicago - Floyd will make $13 million in 2020.

Under Center Podcast: Interviews with Iowa State OC Tom Manning and Eddie George - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz chats with Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Manning to get inside what kind of person the Bear are getting in David Montgomery.

Kevin Butler to Robbie Gould: "Be careful what you wish for" - NBC Sports Chicago - We've got Bears greats giving one another weird, passive-aggressive advice!

Stankevitz: Is it fair to compare David Montgomery to Kareem Hunt? - NBC Sports Chicago - David Montgomery's former offensive coordinator, who also coached Kareem Hunt's Toledo in college, sees plenty of similarities between the two running backs.

Finley: Bears make it official: Leonard Floyd gets 5th-year option, Brad Childress back - - Leonard Floyd has shown flashes during his Bears career, recording 15 ½ sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

Finley: Bears bring in veteran CB Kayvon Webster for a visit - Sun Times - A six-year pro, Webster has appeared in 67 games and starting 15 in stints with the Broncos, Rams and Texans.

NFL postseason odds: Bears tied for 8th-highest chance after draft - Sun Times - No team in the NFC North is given a better chance of reaching the playoffs.


Bills won’t pick up Shaq Lawson’s 2020 option – ProFootballTalk - The Bills said in March that they weren’t in any rush to make a decision about exercising their option on defensive end Shaq Lawson’s contract for the 2020 season and they took almost all the time they were allowed before making that call.


Trey Flowers already making a difference on the Detroit community - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ biggest free agency addition is making an impact on and off the field for Detroit.

Would Detroit Lions LB Jahlani Tavai have made it to the 3rd round? - Pride Of Detroit -Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has been under fire a bit after taking a surprising pick in the second round. Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai was an unheralded prospect by the media and a...

Vikings officially decline Laquon Treadwell’s fifth-year option - Daily Norseman - I know, I’m as stunned as you are

Breaking Down Dru Samia - Daily Norseman - The Vikings moved up in the fourth round to take Dru Samia (suh-MEE-ah), a guard out of Oklahoma, with the 114th pick overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Rick Spielman said he was the highest ranked...

Packers among Vegas’ betting favorites in the NFC after offseason overhaul - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay slogged through of its worst seasons in recent memory, but a coaching change, a massive free agent spending spree, and a healthy Aaron Rodgers has Las Vegas feeling the Packers in 2019.


Who is your favorite Bears rookie? - Windy City Gridiron
Our offseason WCG roundtable topics are shifting over to the 2019 NFL Draft for the next few articles...

Sunderbruch: Special Report - Ryan Pace Worried About Internet Criticism - Windy City Gridiron
In a report that is absolutely made up, Ryan Pace is supposedly deeply concerned about the opinions of those who want to second-guess him on Twitter.

Wiltfong: Bears exercise fifth-year option on Leonard Floyd - Windy City Gridiron
The Chicago Bears make it official and announce that the fifth-year option on Leonard Floyd has been picked up.

Leming's Bears Mailbag: Post draft talk, cap casualties, where the offseason roster stands, and much more! - Windy City Gridiron
The 2019 NFL draft is over, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t upcoming events to look forward to. This week we’ll attack all your post-draft questions. - WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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