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The Bear’s Den, March 11, 2020

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Bears have fourth round compensatory pick in the bank, eight total picks for the upcoming NFL draft

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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

Bears awarded fourth-round comp draft pick - ChicagoBears.com - As expected, the Bears have received one compensatory pick in the April 23-25 NFL Draft. The selection is the 34th in the fourth round and 140th overall.

Quick Hits: Covert picks his HOF presenter - ChicagoBears.com - Jimbo Covert explains why he chose longtime Bears teammate Matt Suhey as his presenter for the Hall of Fame. Dan Hampton feels the honor for Covert is well deserved and long overdue. That and more in today’s notebook.

Chalk Talk: Last player Bears drafted at 43 - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the last players the Bears selected with the No. 43 and 50 picks in the draft, why players can’t work with coaches until mid-April and the likelihood of the Bears drafting a tight end or receiver in the second round.

The Bears Rumor Mill Is Starting To Fill With Potential Targets - Bleacher Nation - Some names are reaching the rumor mill.

The Bears May Continue to Express “Commitment” to Mitch Trubisky, But They’re Willing to Change - Bleacher Nation - Actions will speak louder than words soon enough.

It’s Happening: The Bears Are Receiving a Compensatory Draft Pick! - Bleacher Nation - The Chicago Bears now have eight (8!!!) picks in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.

Eyeing Potential Bears Free Agent Targets: Guard Graham Glasgow - Bleacher Nation - Graham Glasgow is an under-the-radar ideal fit for what the Bears need.

Bears Officially Set With 4th-Round Compensatory Pick - 670 The Score - The Bears have been awarded a compensatory pick in upcoming NFL Draft, as they’ll select in the fourth round at No. 140 overall, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Grading All Major Free Agent Signings for the Bears in the Pace Era – On Tap Sports Net - This article will grade every major UFA signing Ryan Pace has made in his first five seasons.

2020 NFL Draft compensatory picks: Bears get 4th-rounder to give them 8 selections - Chicago Sun-Times - They still don’t have much for the draft, but the compensatory pick helps significantly.

NFL compensatory draft picks: Chicago Bears get No. 140 - Chicago Tribune - The Bears’ long drought without a compensatory pick has ended. The club was awarded a fourth-round compensatory pick, ending a 10-year span in which the Bears were shut out.

Column: Jake Fromm is Exactly What the Bears Should be Looking for in a Quarterback - Chicago Audible Blog - The Bears need to draft a quarterback regardless of who they acquire in free agency, and if Georgia's Jake Fromm is available, Ryan Pace can't pass him up.

3 questions the Bears need answered to plan for NFL free agency - NBC Sports Chicago - Tom Brady's decision on where to play in 2020 will have a significant impact on the Bears' offseason plans, as will the ratification or rejection of a new collective bargaining agreement.

Bears Receive Compensatory Pick for Losing Adrian Amos - SI.com - The NFL has officially awarded the Bears a fourth-round compensatory draft pick, No. 140 overall.

Why Bears Need to Consider Trading Away Tarik Cohen - SI.com - A team with only two draft picks higher than the late fourth round and none in the first round can definitely use more draft picks.

Why Bringing Back Jordan Howard Makes No Sense for Bears - SI.com - When Bears coach Matt Nagy decided he needed a back who could both run inside within a zone blocking scheme while also catching passes, it became apparent Jordan Howard's time in Chicago would end.

Bears Face a Tough Call with Defensive Line Free Agents - SI.com - Free agency starts at home and the Bears have a week to get their home in order.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL free agency fabrication: Beware of ‘winning the offseason’ - NFL.com - Every year, one NFL franchise goes nuts in free agency. In turn, lathered-up football heads from east to west pronounce said team is WINNING THE OFFSEASON. Marc Sessler says it’s time to abandon this annual exercise in premature adulation.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Film breakdown: Why D.J. Reader is a perfect fit for the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - The defensive tackle would look mighty fine in Honolulu Blue.

How the Detroit Lions can make the 1-year turnaround - Pride Of Detroit - What choices will the Lions have to make to become an immediate contender?

Former Packers center JC Tretter voted NFLPA president - Acme Packing Company - Amid the discussions around a possible new CBA, Tretter gets the honor of succeeding fellow offensive lineman Eric Winston as the head of the players’ union.

NFL Free Agency 2020: Tracking franchise tags as the new league year approaches - Acme Packing Company - Several of the top free agents in this year’s class will not make it to free agency at all. Here’s a look at the players who have received the franchise tag so far in 2020.

Attendees of NFLPA meetings wonder, "Where are the stars?" - ProFootballTalk - The annual meetings of the NFL Players Association can be attended by any players. And players who are there are wondering why their higher-profile colleagues aren’t.

Aaron Rodgers sits out NFLPA meetings - ProFootballTalk - Unlike most franchise quarterbacks, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is involved in the NFL Players Association, as his team’s representative. But Rodgers, who has been vocal regarding his opposition to the proposed CBA, did not show up for the ongoing NFLPA meetings in Florida.

Ravens, Chargers propose a pair of changes to officiating crews - ProFootballTalk - Both proposals were made by the Ravens and Chargers and the first calls for a “booth umpire” to be an eighth member of the officiating crew. The other calls for the addition of a senior technology advisor to the referee to assist the crew.

NFL teams propose seven rules changes for upcoming league meeting - ProFootballTalk - The Eagles proposed four rules changes, the Dolphins one, and the Ravens and Chargers jointly proposed two.

'Good Morning Football': New England Patriots' contingency plan options if Tom Brady leaves in free agency - NFL Videos - The "Good Morning Football" crew discusses backup options if Tom Brady leaves the Patriots in free agency.

Cowboys, Steelers to play in 2020 Hall of Fame Game - NFL.com - The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off the 2020 NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. ET in Canton, Ohio.

Graham Glasgow doesn’t expect to re-sign with Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - Glasgow hasn’t heard much from Detroit, and is preparing for next week’s free agency.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The Chicago Bears receive a 4th-round comp pick - Windy City Gridiron - It’s official, the Bears have been awarded their first comp pick since 2009!

Wiltfong: Who is the one free agent you want the Bears to stay away from? - Windy City Gridiron - Our latest WCG round table is all about the 2020 Free Agent class...

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