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The Bear’s Den: February 7, 2020

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This week’s Bears Den’s wrap up today with some of the latest thoughts on who’s staying and who’s leaving Chicago’s roster.

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Eric Kendricks #54 of the Minnesota Vikings and Kyle Fuller of the Chicago Bears wrap tackle Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans in the first half of the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Why the Bears should avoid placing Tom Brady in a Chicago jersey - NBC Sports Chicago - As the Bears look into upgrading their team to playoff contender, some fans believe the team should sign Tom Brady.

Is Backup to David Montgomery on Bears’ Shopping List? - SI.com - The running back hunt the Chicago Bears conducted last year to get David Montgomery didn’t go far enough.

Under Center Podcast: Kyle Long: “You’ll NEVER see me wear another jersey. EVER!” - NBC Sports Chicago - Kyle Long sits with host Laurence Holmes as they do a deep dive into his career as a Bear.

Three Bears ranked among top fantasy players - ChicagoBears.com - Bears receiver Allen Robinson and running backs David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen are included on ESPN’s list of the NFL’s top 100 fantasy players for the 2020 season.

Follow up: Fans rank HOF-worthy Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Fans ranked former Bears players who are most deserving of enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a list that not surprisingly is topped by record-breaking return specialist Devin Hester.

Chalk Talk: Who will be top tight ends available? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the top tight ends who could be available in free agency and the draft, the Bears’ 2019 MVP and the largest deficit the Bears have ever overcome to win a game.

Two New Mocks Agree: Bears Will Use Their Second Round Picks on a Tight End and Pass-Rusher - Bleacher Nation - Prospects who play tight end and rush the passer are on our radar.

Consensus Growing: The Bears Will Bring In Competition to Push (or Supplant) QB Mitch Trubisky - Bleacher Nation - This is where the fun begins.

Bears Offseason Outlook: Tight End - 670 The Score - Tight end was a glaring weakness for the Bears in 2019, and they know they must find solutions this offseason.

Tarik Cohen’s Perplexing Pay Day Looms Larger - SI.com - It appears some parameters are being set for the Bears when it comes to a potential Tarik Cohen contract extension, and the negotiators will need them. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted news Wednesday of a contract extension for Oakland Raiders third-down back Jalen Richard at two years and $7 million, with $4.6 million guaranteed.

What’s next for Kyle Long? Inside his decision to retire and what he plans to do now - NBC Sports Chicago - He says the decision to retire was an easy one. Figuring out what comes next? Less so.

Where Bears Defense Must Step Up Its Game Most - SI.com - When the 2019 season ended, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy quickly and decisively made three coaching changes on offense after identifying those who weren’t with the program. And on the defensive side? Crickets.

POLISH SAUSAGE

ESPN abandons report of March 18 “rough deadline” for CBA deal – ProFootballTalk - There’s a rough deadline of March 18 for the NFL Players Association to accept the pending offer from the NFL on a 10-year CBA based on a 17-game season. Unless there isn’t. Earlier today, Dan Graziano of ESPN.

It sounds like Jimmy Garoppolo has secured his job, for at least one more year – ProFootballTalk - The 49ers had a chance to win the Super Bowl, or at least to take a 27-24 lead with roughly 90 seconds left. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo missed an open Emmanuel Sanders for a touchdown, part of a fourth quarter during which Garoppolo completed three of 11 passes with one interception and a paltry pa...

Kyle Shanahan feels same about Jimmy Garoppolo as before Super Bowl – ProFootballTalk - The fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV did not go the 49ers’ way last Sunday, but head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Thursday that their offensive struggles down the stretch haven’t changed the way he feels about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

XFL debuts this weekend. Will unusual rules help it survive? - Chicago Tribune - A more sober league, dedicated to football, not gimmicks, starts up this weekend, 19 years after the old league shut down after just one season.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Vikings Off Season Plan v3.0 - Daily Norseman - Run it back one more time

Packers 2020 Free Agents: Marcedes Lewis hopes to return, Robert Tonyan hits ERFA - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay should bring back both of the tight ends who are set to hit free agency in March.

Detroit Lions shut out of PFF’s top 101 players of 2019 list - Pride Of Detroit - No Lions players managed to crack PFF’s top 101, although a couple came close. Ken’s Note: On the one hand, it’s PFF so who cares? On the other hand, LOLions :)

Detroit Lions coaching profile: Get to know OL coach Hank Fraley - Pride Of Detroit - An in-depth look at the Lions’ new offensive line coach.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears place 2 on the PFF Top 101 NFL players list - Windy City Gridiron - Pro Football Focus is getting the offseason listapalooza started with their Top 101 players from the 2019 NFL season. These players are ranked based on their play in 2019 only, and with their “all...

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2020 Roster Turnover: Changes in the quarterback room are coming - 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.

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