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It’s a Saturday Den in for all you shut-ins out there practicing your social distancing...

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Guitar Gods week continues...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Dismantling of Bears Secondary Threatens Defensive Stability - SI.com - One of the great accomplishments of the Ryan Pace era will go unacknowledged, partly due to his own salary cap cuts in 2020 free agency.

Who NFL analysts think Bears will draft - ChicagoBears.com - After the first wave of free agency, several NFL writers have updated their mock drafts. Take a look at who some of them think the Bears will select with their first two picks, both of which are in the second round.

Allen Robinson spearheading hungry relief campaign - ChicagoBears.com - With schools closed due to the coronavirus, Bears receiver Allen Robinson is matching donations to the Chicago Food Depository to help CPS students who are missing out on meals they normally receive during the day at school.

Ryan Pace’s Latest Deals Have Been Complicated, But Creative - Bleacher Nation - Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to Ryan Pace and his staff for how they write up some of these contracts.

Restructured Contracts On Horizon For Bears - 670 The Score - With the Bears tight against the salary cap, it appears some restructured contracts are on the horizon. The Bears currently have $1,421,591 in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.

5@5: Is Pace’s Future Tied To Trubisky’s & Nagy’s? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Chicago Bears fans miss Jay Cutler? Quarantine may be getting to us - Chicago Sun-Times - A compilation video circulating on Twitter of Cutler’s greatest moves has some Bears fans missing their former, previously reviled quarterback.

Column: Jimmy Graham eager to prove worth to Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - Jimmy Graham has every reason to believe he can be a major factor in awakening the Bears offense. With a huge contract and renewed motivation, the tight end is eager for his next big opportunity.

Top Draft Needs for the Bears and Rest of NFC North - SI.com - While the Bears were addressing three needs in free agency, they failed to adequately fill every hole.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Owners to vote next week on 14-team playoff - ProFootballTalk - The NFL is likely to make playoff expansion next week.

Commissioner tells teams the draft will proceed as scheduled - ProFootballTalk - On Thursday morning, the NFL told PFT that the draft will proceed as scheduled. On Thursday night, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent an even more clear message to the 32 franchises that, four weeks from tonight, the draft will commence.

Will Rams choose between Michael Brockers, Leonard Floyd? - ProFootballTalk - The COVID-19 procedures have created a wild west dynamic in the NFL, and things could still get even wilder for one of the teams of the NFC West.

NFL team executive: In-person offseason activities unlikely - NFL.com - Like the rest of the world, the NFL remains in flux due to the coronavirus pandemic. One high-ranking team executive tells Judy Battista that he doesn’t expect in-person offseason programs to take place.

Five team fits for Cam Newton; Kyle Allen to win Redskins job? - NFL.com - Bucky Brooks includes the Patriots on his list of five teams that should be pursuing Cam Newton. Plus, why Kyle Allen shouldn’t be underestimated in the Redskins’ QB competition.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Five Day 3 sleepers who could intrigue the Packers in the 2020 NFL Draft - Acme Packing Company - Brian Gutekunst and the Packers love to throw darts with high-upside athletes on the third day of the draft. Who are the players who could fit that profile this year?

NFL odds 2020: NFC North divisional odds after ten days of free agency - DraftKings Nation - Can Green Bay repeat as division champs in the NFC North for the first time since 2014? We break down the odds for the teams in the division.

NFL free agency: Detroit Lions signing 2 linebackers: Reggie Ragland, Elijah Lee - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are making some interesting additions to their linebacking corps.

NFL free agency grades: Evaluating every Detroit Lions move - Pride Of Detroit - Our thoughts on each move the Lions have made in free agency thus far.

Vikings Interested in LT Trent Williams - Daily Norseman - But can a deal get done?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinsky: Bears remain burdened with questions at tight end - Windy City Gridiron - On paper, the Bears look to be loaded with Jimmy Graham and Trey Burton. If only it was 2017.

Wiltfong: NFL.com predicts a record breaking year for Nick Foles - Windy City Gridiron - If Foles has this kind of year, the Bears will be back in the playoffs.

Duerrwaechter: Five Questions with Blogging The Boys about the Bears’ New Pass Rusher Robert Quinn - Windy City Gridiron - ECD is joined by Tom Ryle of Blogging The Boys to share their insight of the newest Monster of the Midway.

Wiltfong's Bears Free Agency Tracker: You grade their moves so far - Windy City Gridiron - Since the Bears free agency news and rumors have slowed a bit, we’re pulling double duty on this tracker by also asking you guys to give us your grade for their moves so far.

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