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The Bear’s Den, March 12, 2020

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Free agency creeps closer, as the early negotiation period is now just one week away...

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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

5 QBs Bears could target in free agency - Bears Wire - The Bears are looking to add to their quarterback room this offseason, and there are no shortage of options in a stacked free agent class.

Chicago Bears 2020 NFL draft picks set for each round - Bears Wire - The Bears will have 8 draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Now we know exactly where those picks will fall in each round.

Eyeing Potential Bears Free Agent Targets: Tight End Eric Ebron - Bleacher Nation - Ebron has been one of the better receiving TEs in football in recent years, though future production is no sure thing.

Ranking the Bears’ best free-agent signings - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the top free agents the Bears have signed since Ryan Pace became general manager in 2015, including Akiem Hicks and Allen Robinson.

Emma: Whom Will Bears Covet At Quarterback? - 670 The Score - The Bears can add quarterback competition through free agency or trade.

2020 NFL Draft order: Full list of Chicago Bears picks for this year - Chicago Sun-Times - One day after issuing its compensatory draft picks, the NFL announced the precise order for all 32 teams in next month’s draft.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - With NFL free agency opening in one week, Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions about the quarterback situation, replacing Prince Amukamara and what Ryan Pace might do with his two second-round draft picks.

Chicago Bears podcast: What to do with Leonard Floyd? - Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs look ahead to free agency and what the Bears and general manager Ryan Pace have in store on the latest "Bear Download" podcast.

Chicago Bears own 2 picks in first 139 NFL draft choices - Chicago Tribune - For only the third time in the Super Bowl era, the Bears only have two picks in the first 139 selections of the NFL draft.

Zeglinski: Lost in the Bears’ Flo – The Rock River Times - The Bears once believed Leonard Floyd would be a star. The 2016 first-round pick out of Georgia had a worthy profile as a lanky lightning rod of versatility. He could cover running backs out of the backfield in the blink of an eye. Tight ends would lose their shadow with him in pursuit.

Compensatory Pick Gives Bears Another Opportunity to Acquire Key Contributor - Chicago Audible Blog - The Bears finally have a compensatory pick, and luckily for Chicago it's in the fourth round, where GM Ryan Pace has a history of finding talent.

Five defensive players the Bears should target in NFL free agency - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears still have needs on defense, despite all the attention being paid to quarterback and tight end this month. They'd do well to start addressing those needs by keeping Danny Trevathan around.

Free Agent Cornerback Costs Point Bears toward Draft - SI.com - The marketplace is talking to the Bears, and it's telling them to find a replacement for salary cap cut victim Prince Amukamara in the draft or by trade if possible.

Bears attended Northern Colorado QB Jacob Knipp’s pro day - Bears Wire - The Bears were one of 16 teams that attended Northern Colorado's pro day to watch quarterback Jacob Knipp,

Possible Trade Partners Exist if Bears Want to Do Business - SI.com - Excess breeds trades.

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

Bernstein: Close Off Sports For A While - 670 The Score - If it hasn’t hit home directly for you yet, give it a few minutes. The coronavirus pandemic — just declared as such by the World Health Organization — is here for us whether we want to accept it or not. As far as the sports world goes, it’s this simple: Stop bringing people together until it’s safer.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Damon Harrison provides some clarity on his release from the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - "The extension wasn’t what y’all think it was."

Kyle Van Noy open to a return to the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - Despite being traded from the team four years ago, Kyle Van Noy is open to returning to the Lions.

Fixing the Detroit Lions uniforms - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ biggest weakness in 2020? Their look. Let’s fix that.

2020 NFL Draft: Which picks do the Vikings have now? - Daily Norseman - Updated with compensatory selections

2020 NFL Draft: Compensatory Picks announced, Vikings receive three extra selections - Daily Norseman - Including a third-rounder!

Packers should target former Browns LB Christian Kirksey in free agency - Acme Packing Company - The playmaking Kirksey missed most of the last two years with injuries, but he would be a potential high-reward signing who could fit nicely in Green Bay.

Packers receive no compensatory picks in 2020 NFL Draft, as expected - Acme Packing Company - The Packers made big additions in free agency in 2019, taking away any chance of adding extra draft picks this year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The best and worst free agent signings of the Ryan Pace era - Windy City Gridiron - With NFL free agency looming, ESPN recently ran down the best and worst free agent signings of every team from the last five years. That five-year window just happens to be the current tenure of C...

Wiltfong: NFL announces the 2020 Draft order, Bears have 8 total picks - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears currently have 2 of the top 50 picks in the NFL Draft and 6 on day three.

Wiltfong: Which Bears free agent do you want them to re-sign? - Windy City Gridiron - Our free agency round table has circled back to the Bears players who are coming out of contract...

Leming's Chicago Bears Mailbag: Quarterback decision, the Leonard Floyd decision and more - Windy City Gridiron - The Windy City Gridiron mailbag is back in action, just over a week away from the start of the new league year. You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers!

THE RULES

Windy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc.

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