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The Bear’s Den: February 22, 2020

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Bears release Amukamara, Gabriel to clear cap space as players consider collective bargaining agreement.

Chicago Bears fire John Fox, begin coaching search
Chicago Bears cornerbacks Prince Amukamara, left, and Kyle Fuller talk as they pack their lockers as the season ends Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at Halas Hall. Both were back for 2019, fortunately without Fuller’s Uggs.
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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”

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

BEARRRSSSS

How the Bears’ offseason plan will be defined by NFL’s CBA negotiations - NBC Sports Chicago - The collective bargaining negotiations between the NFL owners and players may not sound as interesting as Tom Brady’s free agency tour stopping at Halas Hall, but it’s far more important to what the 2020 Bears will look like.

NFL free agency: Making sense of Derek Carr’s Instagram of Khalil Mack - NBC Sports Chicago - Derek Carr’s Instagram post of a photo of him and his best friend caused quite a stir on Thursday.

How Proposed CBA Could Fatten Mitchell Trubisky’s Wallet - SI.com - The Bears will have to make a commitment to Mitchell Trubisky soon. If the proposed collective bargaining agreement passes, it will make that commitment more ironclad.

Bears Cut Prince Amukamara, Taylor Gabriel for Cap Purposes - SI.com - The Bears have made a few salary cap moves Friday and they were both huge but expected.

Chalk Talk: Will losing teams make playoffs? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether more losing teams will reach the playoffs if the format in the proposed CBA is adopted, the last time the NFL increased the number of games in a season and why certain free agents are able to sign before the sta

Roster moves: Bears release Prince Amukamara, Taylor Gabriel - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday released cornerback Prince Amukamara and receiver Taylor Gabriel.

Bears Release Prince Amukamara, Taylor Gabriel - 670 The Score - The Bears opened up an additional $13.5 million in salary cap space with the releases of cornerback Prince Amukamara and receiver Taylor Gabriel.

Teddy Bridgewater’s best fit includes Chicago? Jordan Love: The next Mahomes? - NFL.com - In this edition of the Scout’s Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the best free agency fits for Teddy Bridgewater. Also, is Jordan Love the next Patrick Mahomes? And don’t sleep on these WR prospects.

Roundup: Bears cut Taylor Gabriel, Prince Amukamara - NFL.com - The Bears entered Friday with little cap space for 2020. They added a fair amount by releasing wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and cornerback Prince Amukamara.

Needing cap space, Bears cut CB Prince Amukamara, WR Taylor Gabriel - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears moved Friday to create more salary cap space, and in doing so added more items to their free-agent shopping list.

Chicago Bears release Prince Amukamara, Taylor Gabriel - Chicago Tribune - The Bears released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara, who started 42 games for them over the last three seasons, and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel.

State of #BearsSpecialTeams, NFL Combine Preview, Derek Carr Anyone? (And a New TE) - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as the guys discuss the state of the Bears’ special teams unit, preview their upcoming week at the NFL Combine, new TE Demetrius Harris and more.

Chicago Bears 2020 Combine Preview: EDGE - Chicago Audible Blog - The Chicago Bears need more pass rush in 2020. The team should be looking into these EDGE prospects at the NFL Combine.

Were Bears right to cut Prince Amukamara ahead of NFL free agency? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will release cornerback Prince Amukamara, freeing up $9 million in cap space in the process. But while the move seems obvious, was it the right one for the Bears to make?

Looking for cap space, the Bears release Prince Amukamara and Taylor Gabriel - NBC Sports Chicago - The two vets will reportedly be the first of the Bears’ early cap casualties.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Tua Tagovailoa's surgeon doesn't think he's injury prone - ProFootballTalk - When Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa gets to Indianapolis next week for the Scouting Combine, his surgically repaired right hip will get plenty of attention.

St. Louis expects 28,000 for BattleHawks home opener - ProFootballTalk - Pro football is back in St. Louis. And St. Louis is supporting it, zealously.

NFLPA scraps planned vote on CBA by player reps - ProFootballTalk - The expectation was that a Friday NFL Players Association conference call featuring player representatives from all 32 teams would include a vote about whether they would recommend the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement to the full membership of the union, but that did not happen.

NFLPA will submit CBA proposal to full membership without recommendation of board of player representatives - ProFootballTalk - The NFL Players Association’s rank and file will be voting on the proposed labor deal, which has resulted from months of negotiation between the league and union, even if the NFLPA’s board of player representatives fails to recommend it.

Current proposal doesn’t specify when 17-game season would begin - ProFootballTalk - The current CBA proposal that the NFL Players Association will consider later today addresses plenty of topics. Here’s one topic it doesn’t address: When the regular season schedule would expand from 16 to 17 games.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

2020 NFL Combine preview: Linebackers the Detroit Lions should watch - Pride Of Detroit - With one of the worst units in the NFL, the Lions are surely going to be paying close attention to this position group.

Detroit Lions roster review: Kenny Golladay is ready to get paid - Pride Of Detroit - Rebuild or not, the receiver should be a key piece going forward.

Packers will wait on making decision about Jimmy Graham’s future - Acme Packing Company - If the Packers do release Graham, they will not do so for another few weeks.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears release Prince Amukamara and Taylor Gabriel - Windy City Gridiron - The move comes as an attempt to create cap space.

Schmitz: Which QB do you want to see the Chicago Bears acquire this offseason? - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest video, Robert S. debuts a new video setup while discussing the Bears’ offseason QB situation.

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

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

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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