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Former Bears fan favorite & all around good guy Sam Acho nominated for presidency of the NFLPA as the players push back vote on the CBA for two more days

NFL: MAY 23 Bears OTA
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho has been nominated as a candidate for president of the NFLPA.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This week we are doing something a bit different. Denmaster Ken is going to be sharing some of his favorite rather obscure (in America) songs, tunes there’s a great chance you have never even heard of. Give them a listen, who knows, you may hear something you like!

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

BEARRRSSSS

ESPN believes Bears must absolutely sign Marcus Mariota in free agency - Bears Wire - The Bears are in the market for a veteran QB, and ESPN believes that Marcus Mariota would be a perfect match for the Bears this free agency.

Obsessive QB Watch: Nick Foles and Andy Dalton Connected to Bears Again in Latest Rumor - Bleacher Nation - Andy Dalton and Nick Foles continue to be names floated on the quarterback-movement rumor mill and connected to the Chicago Bears.

Eyeing Potential Bears Free Agent Targets: Linebacker Danny Trevathan - Bleacher Nation - The Chicago Bears are at a crossroads. After delivering a dud in 2019, they must make changes at important positions to get back on the winning track. One way

The Bears Might Be More (Realistically) Active on the Trade Market than Free Agency - Bleacher Nation - Targeting some buy-low options on the trade market could be the Bears’ preferred alternative to paying big money in free agency.

Andy Dalton? Marcus Mariota? What free-agent QB will Bears go after? - ESPN - The Bears will go after a veteran QB who could become their starter. But money and Mitchell Trubisky are factors in the hunt.

Who analysts think Bears will pick in draft - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL Combine in the books, we take a look at who draft analysts think the Bears will select with their two picks in the second round.

This week in Bears history: March 9-15 - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, take a look at what transpired this week in Bears history, including the birth of two Hall of Famers.

Bears Free Agency Primer: Quarterback Is Top Priority - 670 The Score - As NFL free agency is set to open next week, the Bears’ quarterback need will take center stage for the organization. Beyond that, the Bears also need to add at tight end, guard, linebacker and safety.

Now that Bears finally should have a compensatory draft pick, a smart way to start stacking them - Shaw Media Illinois - Targeting recently released vets like Tony Jefferson can help Bears on multiple levels.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Raiders release LB Tahir Whitehead, save $6.25M - NFL.com - The Las Vegas Raiders released linebacker Tahir Whitehead, the team announced Monday. The 29-year-old Whitehead recorded 234 tackles in 32 games over two seasons with the organization.

Oakland Raiders release former Lions LB Tahir Whitehead - Pride Of Detroit - The former Lions linebacker is back on the market.

Column: Chicago Bears need backup plans for Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - Practice your shoulder shrugs while you can. As the Bears gear up to find a backup quarterback to challenge Mitch Trubisky, very few realistic and practical options will inspire much giddiness.

Tavon Austin a Low-Risk Speed Option to Help Bears - SI.com - If the Bears wanted to go low risk in the need they have for speed at wide receiver, there is a player available who actually fits the description of the wide receiver he'd be replacing.

Mock Drafts See Bears Addressing Vacant Safety Spot - SI.com - The only certainty on the most recent Bears mock drafts seems to be they'll look to fill the vacancy left by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's departure.

How Andy Dalton-Mitchell Trubisky Battle Would Look - SI.com - The Andy Dalton rumors keep on popping up and the latest one says the Bears have been given permission to talk with his reps about a trade with the possibility of a contract extension/restructuring.

J.C. Tretter, Michael Thomas, Sam Acho Nominated For NFLPA President - J.C. Tretter, Giants safety Michael Thomas and Buccaneers linebacker Sam Acho have received nominations for union president, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets.

Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50: 2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings 3.0 - NFL.com - After re-examining players coming out of the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Daniel Jeremiah updates his ranking of the draft's top 50 prospects. There's major movement, including among QBs.

Sam Acho: Proposed CBA "eliminates superstar economics" - ProFootballTalk - Finally, someone has pointed out that which has been obvious to anyone paying attention to the ongoing CBA squabble within the NFL Players Association: The league is made up of haves and have-nots (or perhaps more accurately haves and have-mores), and they are naturally going to differ on whether the proposed labor deal is good for their individual interests.

NFLPA extends voting deadline by two days - ProFootballTalk - Players who want to vote on the proposed CBA will have two more days to do it.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

March Madness Greatest Viking Tournament : Sweet 16 round - Daily Norseman - Quick blurb from me: Thanks to DN’er Not Sure for putting this together during the weekend, make sure and take the opportunity to vote for your favorite player! -Rob

Packers 2020 Free Agency Primer: Roster needs, impending free agents, dates, & more - Acme Packing Company - help you get ready for the start of free agency next week, let’s break down all of the critical information facing the NFL, its players, and in particular the Green Bay Packers.

With a Super Bowl in sight, does trading up for a top draft pick make sense for the Packers? - Acme Packing Company - With a tidy free agent period, the Packers could go into April’s draft feeling like they’re the proverbial “one player away.” But the cost of moving up to snag a top prospect ultimately appears to be too much. Ken’s Note: Super Bowl in sight? What, they finally have TV up there in Green Bay so you guys can watch it? About time, next thing you know you people will get indoor plumbing! PS: No, those bowls with the big swirly hole isn’t a potato washer, it’s where you... well... if in doubt, ask a Lions fan, they are experts on that swirly bowl thing that sits on the floor. After all, you guys want a “tidy” free agent period. Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: Bears trade back in this 3 rounder - Windy City Gridiron - We continue our peek at the mock drafters to see how they think the Chicago Bears would draft...

Wiltfong & The Gang: Who is the one free agent you want the Bears to sign? - Windy City Gridiron - Our latest WCG round table is all about 2020 NFL free agency...

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