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The Bear’s Den: February 21, 2020

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The owners send the CBA to the players, what will they do? While we wait, why not caption today’s Den photo?

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Last week, we went with videos that were world-class awful from the 1980’s. This week we are going to give you a daily two-for-the-price-of-none. Song one is an 80’s video classic, song two is just a great song and video recorded in the 1980’s (some may have been released right at the edge of the 90’s but they were recorded in the 80’s) but you will probably only remember it if you are a fan of the band/artist involved. Be aware some of these songs have political messages, feel free to discuss the songs (but not the politics... besides, these are politics of 35-40 years ago). Enjoy!

The Classic

The “Known To Fans Of The Band/Artist

The following link will help people understand this song, if you aren’t familar with the story of Edie...

Edie Sedgwick - Wikipedia - Edith Minturn Sedgwick (April 20, 1943 – November 16, 1971) was an American socialite, actress and fashion model. She is best known for being one of Andy Warhol's superstars.[1] Sedgwick became known as "The Girl of the Year" in 1965 after starring in several of Warhol's short films in the 1960s.

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

BEARRRSSSS & CBA TALK!

Cornerbacks for Bears to Watch at Scouting Combine - SI.com - The only cornerback drafted by Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace before the sixth round was Deiondre Hall in 2016, and they quickly put him into their safety competition.

Report: Bears would be interested if Raiders were to trade Derek Carr - Bears Wire - Not only are the Bears looking for a veteran QB to bring in to challenge Mitchell Trubisky, they’re reportedly looking at Derek Carr.

Bears officially ink veteran tight end Demetrius Harris - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Thursday signed veteran tight end Demetrius Harris to a one-year contract. The 6-7, 230-pounder has appeared in 86 NFL games in five seasons with the Chiefs (2014-18) and Browns (2019).

Getting to know new TE coach Clancy Barone - ChicagoBears.com - New Bears tight ends coach Clancy Barone sat down with senior writer Larry Mayer and discussed recruiting Ryan Pace to Eastern Illinois and other interesting tidbits.

What NFL rule would you like to change? - ChicagoBears.com - With the NBA All-Star game and the XFL showing off rule tweaks, we want to hear from the fans about which rule they’d like to see changed in the NFL.

2020 Bears Offseason Outlook: You Can Never Have Too Much Cornerback Help - Bleacher Nation - Kyle Fuller reached the Pro Bowl again, but there are questions elsewhere in the secondary.

NFL Owners Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement - 670 The Score - The NFL’s owners have accepted terms of a new collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Thursday afternoon. The vote will now move to the NFL players association.

NFL owners accept "terms on the principal elements" of current CBA proposal - ProFootballTalk - NFL owners flew into New York for a meeting about the current Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal on the table and they wound up voting on whether or not to accept it.

NFL proposal would add four more players per roster - ProFootballTalk - The NFL wants an extra game. Among other things, they’re willing to offer a few extra jobs in exchange

New CBA proposal eliminates suspensions for positive marijuana tests - ProFootballTalk - Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em, NFL players. Except in July.

NFL owners approve new colletive bargaining agreement, send it to players union - Chicago Sun-Times - The owners, in a statement, said that they want a deal done by next week — and threatened to move forward under the final year of the previous CBA if it isn’t.

Which cuts should the Bears make to free up cap space for free agency? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears currently have 10 players on their roster who, by cutting them, would save at least $1 million in cap space for 2020's free agent period.

Chicago Bears 2020 Combine Preview: Offensive Line - Chicago Audible Blog - With a large hole at right guard, it would be no surprise if the Chicago Bears draft an offensive lineman. Here are the players to watch at the NFL Combine.

How Current Chicago Bears Performed at NFL Combine - SI.com - The Bears were looking at a player whose position seemed a mystery to some teams until he got to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

POLISH SAUSAGE

2020 NFL free agency matchmaking: One fit for each NFC team - NFL.com - Could Jadeveon Clowney end up with the Giants? How about Amari Cooper taking his talents across the division to the Redskins? Nick Shook matches one free agent with each NFC team.

Casey Urlacher, brother of Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher, charged in offshore sports gambling ring - Chicago Tribune - The brother of Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher was among 10 people charged in a federal indictment Thursday alleging they ran an offshore sports gambling ring that raked in millions of dollars from hundreds of Chicago area gamblers.

Brian Urlacher’s brother, Casey Urlacher, charged in federal gambling indictment - Chicago Sun-Times - Authorities allege Casey Urlacher, who also is the mayor of suburban Mettawa, helped run an illegal operation that included as many as 1,000 sports gamblers.

Act of sportsmanship during high school basketball game restores faith: ‘It’s not such a bad world’ - kmov.com - Some players were hurt and others fouled out leaving a Missouri high school basketball team with only three players on the court, but it’s what the other team did that. Ken’s Note: Louisiana (MO) High School is one of the teams that I regularly cover for my job at KHQA TV 7. Presented here just because it’s nice to see good things happening in the sports world sometimes.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Report: Detroit Lions to release NT Damon Harrison - Pride Of Detroit - The defensive tackle’s stint in Detroit appears to be coming to an end

NFL Combine preview: Interior DL the Lions should watch - Pride Of Detroit - One of the biggest perceived strengths coming into 2019 was ultimately one of the biggest weaknesses for the Detroit Lions; it’s time to fix that.

Detroit Lions roster review: Is Marvin Jones a part of the team’s long-term plans? - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions could save cap by releasing their long-term receiver this offseason.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Linval Joseph - Daily Norseman - Looking at upcoming roster positions on key personnel

NFL owners approve framework of new CBA, sending issue to players for vote - Acme Packing Company - The league side is apparently together on their ideas. But there’s still plenty of uncertainty on whether the players will sign off.

Report: NFL owners, players on the verge of a new labor agreement - Daily Norseman - It’s still not completely ratified, though.

CBA would hand most discipline decisions to neutral decision maker - ProFootballTalk - NFL players who think Commissioner Roger Goodell has too much disciplinary power may be pleased by one portion of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that owners have approved and players will soon vote on.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Chicago Bears Salary Cap Roundtable: Player they should cut - Windy City Gridiron - We’re tacking the Chicago Bears Salary Cap In this 4-part roundtable discussion, and we’ve enlisted the help of Over The Cap’s Brad Spielberger.

Derek Carr with an interesting Instagram post - Windy City Gridiron - View the FanShot on SB Nation.

Chicago Bears 2020 Roster Turnover: What to do at safety? - 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

Windy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc.

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, Bears Banter hosted by Bill Zimmerman, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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