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The Bear’s Den: February 15, 2020

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Taylor Gabriel is one of the Bears who may be a cap casualty. Effective when healthy, has Gabriel played his last game for Chicago?

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THE DAILY SPONGIE TJGOBIG SPECIAL

You are getting a bonus Saturday Den today because I simply could not pass up a chance to inflict one more bad 80’s music video on you... so... here you go! “Enjoy”.

By special request by Hoosier Glen and the rest of the gang, we’ve got to go there...

Next week? Surprisingly good 80’s videos you may not remember! Warning ahead of time, some of them have a bit of an “edge” to them.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Gauging potential Chicago Bears Interest in Jaguars' A.J. Bouye - The salary cap-strapped Jacksonville Jaguars are about to release some players due to financial concerns and one plays what could be a position of need for the Chicago Bears. Nick Foles does not appear to be among them.

Missed opportunity? Bears passed on Bill Belichick 21 years ago - Bears Wire - The Bears had a vacancy at head coach and passed on an opportunity to interview Bill Belichick.

6 things to love about the Chicago Bears in 2020 - Bears Wire - In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we're focusing on some of the things to love about the Bears heading into the 2020 season. Ken's Note: It's one of their lame-ass slide shows that I usually skip, but there's no news whatever today and we can't have a Den that's nothing but crappy 80's music videos, no matter how much TJGOBIG may want it!

Adam Shaheen could use fresh start away from Bears - Bears Wire - Bears tight ends were woefully ineffective in 2019. But Adam Shaheen has been the most frustrating disappointment. Ken's Note: Ya think, Bears Wire? Most of us here at the Den would rather watch 80's Swedish Hair Spray models try to sing a horrible song for charity in a video hosted by two creepy old guys than watch Adam Shaheen in a Bears uniform. Sadly, it's not even a close call! #ThanksEJSnyderForPuttingThatVidInOurHeads

Bears support innovative approach to decreasing violence - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears' partnership with antiviolence program READI Chicago sees encouraging early results.

Approaching the Quarterback Position for 2020 Volume III: DBB’s Endorsement - Da Bears Blog - Sign Phil Rivers. There, I said it. Here’s why.

Bears Offseason Outlook: Special Teams - 670 The Score - As the Bears assess their special teams units, they move forward with confidence in kicker Eddy Pineiro.

Chicago Bears State of the Franchise 2020: Offense - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys analyze the current state of the Chicago Bears’ Offense and determine what positions need the most attention this offseason.

Mitch Trubisky fans may want to look away - NBC Sports Chicago - The narrative around Bears QB Mitch Trubisky has gone from bad to worse. Ken’s Note: It’s a FAN poll... kind of clickbait stuff but hey, it’s Saturday and we are only doing a Den at all today as a vehicle for presenting more bad 80’s music videos. #BlameTJGOBIG

Chicago Bears Free-Agent Focus: Vonn Bell - NBC Sports Chicago - New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell could be the perfect fit to fill the potential void left by Bears safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Perez: Bears should be all-in on trade for Bengals QB Andy Dalton | NBC Sports Chicago - The Bengals are expected to trade Andy Dalton this offseason, and the Bears should be all-in on the veteran quarterback. Ken’s Note: Yeah, never mind the fact that we don’t have ammo to trade with and we don’t happen to have a spare $16M worth of cap room sitting around. Other than that, there’s no probs!

What’s Not to Love About Chicago Bears in 2020? - SI.com - There’s plenty to love about the Chicago Bears on Valentine’s Day.

POLISH SAUSAGE

As it grows, XFL should play in small stadiums – ProFootballTalk - All four of the Week One XFL games drew between 17,000 and 18,000 fans. But only one of the four games created the impression that the stadium was nearly full.

Texans release Vernon Hargreaves – ProFootballTalk - When the Texans claimed cornerback Vernon Hargreaves off of waivers in November, they also acquired the right to cut him before his $9.594 million salary for the 2020 season kicked in. The Texans have taken advantage of that option.

NFLPA, NFL meeting Thursday for latest CBA talks - NFL.com - The NFLPA's executive committee and player representatives are headed to Washington, D.C. for a Thursday meeting with the NFL with a final list of their asks for owners, per Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.

2020 NFL Scouting Combine: One player for each team to watch - NFL.com - Charley Casserly lists one prospect for each team to watch at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. Who should pay close attention to receiver Jerry Jeudy? Which team should eye Justin Herbert?

We have our first trade of the XFL season – ProFootballTalk - There’s been a trade in the XFL. The DC Defenders are trading cornerback Bradley Sylve to the L.A. Wildcats for linebacker Anthony Johnson, Jake Russell of the Washington Post reports.

Analyzing the Last Decade of NFL Drafts to Create a 2-Round Mock Draft Kit – On Tap Sports Net - A guide to creating a realistic two-round 2020 NFL mock draft based on data from the past ten years.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

4 free agent cornerbacks the Detroit Lions should avoid in free agency - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions should pass on these free agent cornerbacks.

2020 NFL Combine preview: Wide Receivers the Detroit Lions should watch - Pride Of Detroit - With potential long term concerns at wide receiver from 2021 on, the Lions may be proactive securing the position in this draft.

2020 Detroit Lions free agent profiles: Is there enough upside to bring back Logan Thomas? - Pride Of Detroit - Converted to tight end from quarterback, Logan Thomas has always been a project. That paid off some in 2019, but will he return?

Should I Stay or Should I Go? - Daily Norseman - Looking at upcoming roster decisions on some key personnel

Packers 2020 Free Agent CBs: Can Chandon Sullivan take over for Tramon Williams? - Acme Packing Company - The Packers don’t have many difficult free agent decisions to make, but the future of beloved veteran Tramon Williams presents one of the bigger questions facing the team this offseason. Complicating matters: his possible successor is also a free agent.

APC Podcast, 2/14: Packers report card – position group grades - Acme Packing Company - We take one final look back at 2019 with our position groups report card.

Packers 2019 Acquisitions: Chandon Sullivan steps up, Ka’Dar Hollman waits - Acme Packing Company - After an aggressive set of offseasons bolstering the cornerback position, Brian Gutkeunst added on the margins leading into the 2019 season and it paid off.

Detroit TV station doubles down on its Matthew Stafford trade talk report – ProFootballTalk - On Thursday, Local 4 dropped a deuce on the Detroit Lions' offseason by reporting that the team is engaged in trade talks regarding quarterback Matthew Stafford. On Friday, Local 4 doubled down.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Which young Chicago Bear do you think will take a step forward in 2020? - Windy City Gridiron - Plenty of young Chicago Bears either took a step sideways or backwards in 2019, but which do you think will take a step forward in the new year?

Wiltfong: The Bears could have hired Bill Belichick in 1999 - Windy City Gridiron - View the FanShot on SB Nation.

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2020 Roster Turnover: Are the 3 specialists set? - Windy City Gridiron - In this 13 part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2020 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

THE RULES

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WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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