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Bears sign linebacker & special team depth as thoughts start to turn towards OTA’s coming up in two weeks

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Mayer: Robinson opens reading room for students - ChicagoBears.com - Emphasizing the importance of literacy and education, Bears receiver Allen Robinson unveiled his Within Reach Foundation’s inaugural “Reach for a Book” reading room in Chicago.

Medina: Bears Sign Linebacker and Possible Special Teams Ace Kevin Pierre-Louis - Bleacher Nation - Kevin Pierre-Louis could carve out a niche as a special teams contributor for the Bears in 2019.

Hughes: Thinking Through the Whole Kicker Situation - Da Bears Blog - The Bears don’t currently have an NFL kicker. Not really.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: How will the crowded wide receiver competition shake out? Will there be a reality show for kickers? Will every draft pick make the 53-man roster? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. How will the crowded competition at wide receiver shake out? Will there be a reality show for the kickers? Will all five draft picks make the 53-man roster? Plus much more, including additional kicker questions.

Wiederer & Campbell: Kickers kickers kickers! The latest on the Bears' search for a new kicker. - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer waste no time in breaking down the Bears' draft haul, focusing the spotlight on running back David Montgomery and receiver Riley Ridley in particular. Also, winter in April stinks.

Kane: Bears add linebacker depth by signing veteran Kevin Pierre-Louis - Chicago Tribune - The Bears signed free-agent linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to a one-year contract Wednesday.

Letizia: NFC North 2019 Draft Breakdown - The Chicago Audible - We've learned plenty about the Bears' draft, but how did the other teams in the division fare?

Bocker: Can David Montgomery be as Productive as Kareem Hunt was as a Rookie? - The Chicago Audible - Is it reasonable to expect David Montgomery to perform like Kareem Hunt during his rookie year? A deep look inside the numbers supplies the answer.

Moon: Bears aren’t better without Cody Parkey - NBC Sports Chicago - Somebody will “win” the Bears’ offseason-long kicking competition. Somebody always does, or has to, if only out of default. Ken's Note: Dear Moon; You are outta your mind. Sincerely, Everybody.

Hoge and Jahns: Rookie Mini Camp, Kicking Competition, and Undrafted Free Agents - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns were both at Halas Hall over the weekend as the Bears held their rookie mini camp. They share their thoughts on the biggest story: the kicking competition. They talk about who did well enough to make the cut and whether acquiring Eddy Pineiro from the Raiders will be worth the conditional draft pick they gave up to get him. The guys also talk about which undrafted free agents caught their eye, and play some tape from tight end, Dax Raymond, and linebacker Mathieu Betts.

Roster moves: Bears ink linebacker Pierre-Louis - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday signed linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to a one-year contract. Pierre-Louis has appeared in 57 NFL games over five seasons with the Seahawks, Chiefs and Jets.

Finley: Bears sign LB Kevin Pierre-Louis - Sun Times - The Bears added special teams depth Wednesday, signing inside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to a one-year deal.

Finley: Four undrafted free agents with a chance to impact Bears - Sun Times - The first six months of Dax Raymond’s Mormon mission were spent learning Russian. Mercifully, Matt Nagy’s plays aren’t in Cyrillic.

Bernstein: Bears’ Kicking Stuff Just Too Much - 670 The Score - The volume approach was fun initially, but the Bears just need to find an answer to their kicking problem.

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Greenfield: NFL Rivalries - Our Turf Football - Rivalries help make the NFL fun. OTFB’s Sonja Greenfield kicks off our rivalry series and gives her two cents on some of the more major rivalries in the NFL.

11 best remaining 2019 NFL free agents - Touchdown Wire - The NFL Draft is over, and it’s time to focus on free agents who haven’t been signed yet. Yes, many of these players aren’t at the top of their games anymore, but they can surely provide value for teams looking to add that final piece to their roster.

Barbieri: One thing to like about every Bears 2019 NFL draft pick - Bears Wire - A look at every Chicago Bears draft pick and the one reason to be excited about their future.

Sean McVay says he over-prepared for Super Bowl - NFL.com - Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay attributes overanalyzing to his team’s loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

NFL players to root for in ‘19: Odell Beckham, Kyler Murray excite - NFL.com - Adam Rank lists one person to root for on each NFL team. Why is he drawn to Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson? What about Cowboys veteran tight end Jason Witten?

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lions CB Rashaan Melvin ‘excited’ to be in better scheme fit in Detroit - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions cornerback is eager to rebound in a better scheme fit with Detroit.

2019 NFL cap space: How much can the Lions still spend on remaining free agents? - Pride Of Detroit - Quite a bit, actually.

Detroit Lions fan confidence remains high, dips slightly after NFL Draft - Pride Of Detroit - Lions fans are shaken, not stirred after Detroit’s draft.

Vikings projected to have three 2020 Compensatory Draft Picks - Daily Norseman - Things have changed a bit since the last time we checked

Packers fans’ confidence rebounded after Matt LaFleur hire and free agent additions - Acme Packing Company - The confidence has stayed steady through the conclusion of the NFL Draft.

News of Ted Thompson’s health brings more questions, but the answers can’t be assumed - Acme Packing Company - It is fair to wonder about how a nerve disorder affected Ted Thompson’s ability to serve as Packers GM, when he and the team knew something was wrong, and if something should have been done sooner. But we can’t assume anything.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears sign Kevin Pierre-Louis to one-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - The depth linebacker and special teamer is on his way to Chicago.

Zeglinski: A blazer and a singer - The Bears’ Kerrith Whyte Jr. was ready-made for his NFL moment - Windy City Gridiron - Talented in more ways than one, Whyte Jr. is a born-ready football player. His resiliency as an amateur is all you need to know he can tear up the NFL.

Sunderbruch: Best and Worst Deals From the 2019 Draft - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears had what was, for them, a quiet draft. They were certainly not the only team that moved around, and some of the prices paid were interesting, to say the least.

Wiltfong: Bears’ fans confidence level is at 100% to kick off the Bears100 season - 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.

Leming's Bears Mailbag: Post rookie mini-camp, kicking competition heating up and any free agency moves up Ryan Pace’s sleeve? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are heading into the meat and potatoes of their offseason program. Who wins the kicking competition? Who impressed at rookie mini-camp? Could Pace make a surprise free agent move? All of this and more.

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