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The Bear’s Den, March 27, 2020

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Jimmy Graham tells the world that he’s ready to kick butt and take names... is he right?

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Guitar Gods week continues with the first rock & roll godess...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Watch Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX for free - ChicagoBears.com - The NFL is making select classic games available for fans to watch on their favorite team’s website, app and YouTube channel for free. First up for the Bears: Super Bowl XX.

Ben Braunecker shares his thoughts on coronavirus - ChicagoBears.com - Bears tight end Ben Braunecker, who majored in molecular and cell biology and studied infectious diseases at Harvard, has discussed the COVID-19 pandemic during two radio appearances this week.

Bears Need a Pissed Off Offensive Lineman - Da Bears Blog - There are very few positions on the Bears 2020 roster where there is not, today, a surefire starter. Might there be a battle at quarterback? I doubt it. Will there be a lot of jostling at tight end? Sure, but the Bears are still internally holding out hope for Trey Burton. The one position where there isn’t a starter on the roster? Right guard.

TE Jimmy Graham responds to critics of Bears’ move — ‘I’m still fast’ - ESPN - Veteran tight end Jimmy Graham insists he can still perform at an elite level after agreeing to a deal with the Bears — a two-year contract that included $9 million guaranteed and a no-trade clause, a move by Chicago that was universally panned.

State of the Bears QB Room: Nick Foles’ Role, Mitch Trubisky’s Future, Draft Plans, What’s Next? More - Bleacher Nation - What are the Bears getting in Nick Foles? What does re-signing Tyler Bray mean? Is there any faith left in Mitch Trubisky?

Wannstedt Envisions Trubisky Getting First Crack At QB - 670 The Score - There will be no bigger question for the Bears in 2020 than who starts at quarterback.

Jimmy Graham Highly Motivated After Joining Bears - 670 The Score - Ten years into a standout NFL career, new Bears tight end Jimmy Graham is still highly motivated. After being cut by Green Bay, he wants to be a key part of Chicago’s offense and win a Super Bowl.

Jimmy Graham thinks the Bears have the right plan for him - ProFootballTalk - The Bears gave free agent tight end Jimmy Graham a bigger contract than many were expecting him to land, with Graham guaranteed to make $9 million this year. But Graham says the financial commitment was only one aspect of his decision to sign with the Bears.

Bears tight end Jimmy Graham vows he’s not washed up, believes he can ‘dominate’ - Chicago Sun-Times - At 33, Graham has shown signs of decline. But the Bears signed him to a two-year, $16 million contract and he aims to prove he’s worth it.

Chicago Bears season-ticket holder: ‘I felt like I was being robbed’ at deadline to re-up - Chicago Sun-Times - Fifty percent of NFL teams have pushed back payment deadlines as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It was the right thing to do. Life is stressful enough these days without pressure from teams like the Bears that stuck to their original deadlines.

NFL draft: How the coronavirus is impacting scouts - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have two picks in the second round and remain confident they can find a player, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed the road to draft night.

Chicago Bears: 4 big questions for free agency - Chicago Tribune - The first few days of NFL free agency saw the Bears add Nick Foles, Jimmy Graham and Robert Quinn and release Leonard Floyd, among other transactions. Our Bears writers weigh in on four topics.

Bears Have Several Position Battles to Sort Out as the 2020 Season Begins - Chicago Audible Blog - Since Chicago has acquired new players in free agency, the Bears will need to compete against each other to determine their place on the depth chart.

How much does Bears TE Jimmy Graham have left? 'I’m going to get back to being me' - NBC Sports Chicago - Jimmy Graham is confident he still can be the touchdown-scoring, explosive play-making threat he's been over his 10-year career, even as he comes to the Bears at the age of 33.

Mahomes to Browns, Garrett to Bears? Re-picking the 2017 NFL Draft - NBC Sports Chicago - What would the 2017 NFL Draft look like knowing what we know three years later? For starters, the Bears wouldn't have the quarterback of their dreams.

After 2017 redraft, the Bears land George Kittle in these 3 easy steps - NBC Sports Chicago - The third, and most outlandish, ripple effect from our 2017 NFL redraft.

Bears make seven free-agent signings official - ChicagoBears.com - Seven free agents who had agreed to terms with the Bears have now officially signed contracts with the team, a group that includes tight end Jimmy Graham, cornerback Artie Burns and safety Jordan Lucas.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Drew Brees donates $5 million to Louisiana coronavirus relief - ProFootballTalk - Saints quarterback Drew Brees embedded himself in his adopted hometown after Hurricane Katrina.

Ravens president: "I just don't think OTAs are going to happen at all" - ProFootballTalk - The NFL remains cautiously (and perhaps cockeyedly) optimistic about the prospect of offseason programs happening in 2020. The more realistic view is that they won’t.

2012 NFL Draft do-over: Colts take Luck; Foles saves Browns? - NFL.com - Gil Brandt jumps back eight years and re-picks the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Who goes No. 1 overall? Do teams pounce on Ryan Tannehill, or do the Miami Dolphins get another chance?

Cam Newton: "They gave up on me" - ProFootballTalk - Free-agent quarterback Cam Newton is now waiting for his next NFL opportunity. In the meantime, he’s working out — and sharing his workouts on social media.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zimmerman: Is Nick Foles the unquestioned starter or is it Mitchell Trubisky? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears Banter Podcast discusses that, as well as the Bears other free agency moves.

Wiltfong: Five Questions with Field Gulls about new Bears offensive lineman Germain Ifedi - Windy City Gridiron - Get to know new Bears offensive lineman Germain Ifedi with this exclusive Q&A with our sister site, Field Gulls.

Zeglinski: Bears make right call at linebacker - Windy City Gridiron - In a choice between a veteran and his understudy, the Bears had a no-brainer. It’s Trevathan for the long haul.

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