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The Bear’s Den: February 8, 2020

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Should the Bears bring Eagles running back Jordan Howard back to Chicago? - NBC Sports Chicago - Former Bears running back Jordan Howard will be a free agent this offseason and could help improve the Bears rushing attack behind David Montgomery.

Andy Dalton Vs. Marcus Mariota: Factors to Consider - SI.com - The two most logical routes for the Chicago Bears for a backup quarterback to challenge Mitchell Trubisky are Andy Dalton in a trade or Marcus Mariota in free agency.

Tarik Cohen Still a Bears Bargain After Big Raise - SI.com - With a salary cap squeeze on and the Bears looking for ways to come up with cash, good bargains on a roster are appreciated.

Interest in Center Shows Bears’ Concern Over Line Situation - SI.com - One player who the Bears have shown interest in has seen an uptick in his predraft stock of late. The Bears spoke at the Senior Bowl with Temple center Matt Hennessy, who had been projected by many analysts as a Day 3 pick.

Bill Lazor eager to begin working with Mitchell Trubisky - ChicagoBears.com - New Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is excited about the opportunity to coach Mitchell Trubisky, a player that Lazor scouted when the Bears quarterback was a high school standout in Ohio.

Bears Offseason Outlook: Offensive Line - 670 The Score - The Bears need a new right guard and much more from their offensive line as they look ahead to the 2020 season.

Will the Bears finish above .500 in 2020? - NBC Sports Chicago - The oddsmakers have spoken, and they think 2020 will be a repeat of 2019 for the Bears.

Chicago Bears: Contract details for Tre Roberson - Chicago Tribune - Tre Roberson, the all-star cornerback from the CFL the Chicago Bears signed last week, received $215,000 guaranteed in his two-year contract.

Chicago youth surprised with NFL memorabilia - Chicago Tribune - A sixth-grader from Chicago has turned a rejection from the NFL into a couple of extraordinary pieces of football memorabilia.

Matt Forte, Dave Wannstedt make cameos on tonight’s episode of ‘Chicago Fire’ - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears running back Matt Forte plays an “upstanding citizen,” and former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt is himself on Wednesday’s episode of “Chicago Fire.”

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

What Went Wrong: Things start to fall apart against the Raiders in London - NBC Sports Chicago - Suddenly, the Bears’ 3-1 start didn’t feel so safe.

Dwayne Haskins is “cool” with quarterback competition – ProFootballTalk - While everyone expects Dwayne Haskins to remain Washington’s starting quarterback in 2020 — they did draft him 15th overall after all — coach Ron Rivera has made it clear Haskins will have to earn the job.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Storm clouds gather for Todd Gurley, Rams – ProFootballTalk - It's been clear for months that the Rams have a huge decision to make regarding running back Todd Gurley's contract. In the coming days and weeks, it all will be coming to a head. With another $10.

Chiefs' pivotal SB play 'Wasp' added to 'Madden 20' - NFL.com - Tyreek Hill's game-changing 44-yard catch on third-and-15 helped propel the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl LIV. And now the play, known as "Wasp", will be immortalized in Madden 20.

Patrick Mahomes’ new deal likely to come after draft - NFL.com - After winning the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs’ top priority will be locking down star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Tom Pelissero reports that his massive deal will probably come after April’s draft.In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the quarterbacking revolution sweeping the NFL, the renaissance of a position from yesteryear and an overlooked prospect who could fly up draft boards.

Fangio wants Broncos offense to be more 'aggressive' - NFL.com - The Denver Broncos swapped offensive coordinators this offseason, bringing in Giants discarded coach Pat Shurmur. Head coach Vic Fangio has given Shurmur at least one demand: Create explosive plays.

Report: Dak Prescott rejected $33 million per year in new money in September – ProFootballTalk - Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott bet on himself in September, and he’s about to cash in. One way or the other. Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys and Prescott “came close to deal in September on a contract that would have paid him roughly $33 million an...

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions finish last in NFL.com’s power rankings - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are bad, but last??? Ken's Note: As much as I enjoy roasting the Lions at all opportunities, I roast PFF 10,000 times more because they are idiots who know squat about football. The Lions are not the worst team in the NFL, nor are they even close to it. PFF is, however, legit the worst NFL opinions factory on the planet.

Poll shows strong fan opposition to 17-game season – ProFootballTalk - With the NFL determined to expand the regular season to 17 games — and with the NFL Players Association negotiating with the league based on a 17-game season — it’s fair to conclude that it’s coming.

Ask POD: Detroit Lions offseason mailbag - Pride Of Detroit - It’s offseason time. Send us questions. We’re desperate.

Packers 2020 Free Agents: Bryan Bulaga remains one of the team’s biggest questions - Acme Packing Company - What will the Packers do at right tackle? A draft success, a draft failure, and a surprise at that position make up the team’s free agent offensive line group in 2020.

Three possible roster cuts with Packers ties who could help Green Bay in 2020 - Acme Packing Company - Dozens of players currently on teams will join the 2020 free agent class because they’re too old, too expensive, or some combination of the two. These three players could fit the bill, have Packers connections, and play positions of need.

Packers 2019 Acquisitions: Jenkins & Turner stabilized guard positions - Acme Packing Company - These may have been the best additions by Brian Gutekunst this season.

Packers 2019 Roster Grades: Packers’ offensive line bounces back - Acme Packing Company - A solid showing leads the offense in 2019.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Perfectly Average - How Charles Leno Jr. became one of the Chicago Bears’ most misunderstood players - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest video breakdown, Robert S. dives deep into Bears’ left tackle Charles Leno’s tape to determine whether or not he was the problem fans made him out to be on the 2019 offensive line.

Zimmerman: Second Round Senior Bowl Prospects - Windy City Gridiron - WCG Draft Expert EJ Snyder joins Bears Banter and breaks down some Senior Bowl prospects that the Bears could draft.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Roster Turnover: Is running back 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.

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