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The Bear’s Den: March 3, 2020

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Q: Could Dick Butkus play in the NFL Today? A: Don’t be silly, the man is 77 years old

Dick Butkus Giving Defensive Signal
Dick Butkus Giving Defensive Signal

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This week we are doing two videos a day from the 2010’s, one a monster hit the other not so much but still a great video...

The Classic...

The second song is pretty well known too but I love the tune...

What? A three-for? You bet, it’s the dead of the offseason, why not? How about a great video from an obscure band from Finland? I think so!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Eyeing Potential Bears Free Agent Targets: Quarterback Marcus Mariota - Bleacher Nation - Marcus Mariota checks several boxes. But is he really a fit?

Hmmm: Panthers Are Reportedly Shopping Five-Time Pro Bowl Right Guard Trai Turner - Bleacher Nation - A talented guard is rumored to be on the trade block.

Given the Potential Cap Savings, How Safe is Leonard Floyd’s Gig? - Bleacher Nation - Leonard Floyd has been a steady player on the Bears defense, but the team could ask for more from an edge defender set to make $13.2 million in 2020.

Reed inspired by Smith’s success with Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Georgia safety J.R. Reed has been excited to see Roquan Smith excel with the Bears and is eager to follow his former college teammate and roommate into the NFL.

This week in Bears history: March 2-8 - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, take a look back at what transpired this week in Bears history, including the signing of free-agent defensive end Julius Peppers in 2010.

Thomas took unusual path from kicker to judge - ChicagoBears.com - As he retires from the Illinois Supreme Court, former Bears kicker Bob Thomas reflects on his trek from NFL player to prominent judge.

Should Bears set up Andy Dalton vs. Mitch Trubisky showdown? - Chicago Sun-Times - Dalton is on the trading block, but there’s no evidence he’d automatically be an upgrade. Still, anything would be smarter than going with Trubisky as the unquestioned starter.

Chicago Bears punter Pat O’Donnell marries Shelby Etter - Chicago Tribune - Bears punter Pat O’Donnell married Shelby Etter this weekend in Miami, an event attended by current and former teammates — including Cody Parkey.

Who’s the better quarterback for the Bears: Mitch Trubisky or Andy Dalton? - NBC Sports Chicago - Andy Dalton’s numbers since Mitch Trubisky entered the league are not what you’d expect from someone who’d come in to start over the 2017 No. 2 overall pick.

Bears are reportedly ‘planning to prioritize’ Nick Kwiatkoski as a free agent target - NBC Sports Chicago - A new report sheds some light on what the Bears’ plans are.

This Hidden QB Gem Requires Close Look from Bears - SI.com - In the last 15 year, only seven teams have drafted fewer quarterbacks than the Chicago Bears.

Cost Can Keep Andy Dalton, Derek Carr Away from Bears - SI.com - With the names of Andy Dalton and Derek Carr being bandied about for the Bears in these final two weeks before free agency begins, it’s important to remember what acquiring either of these two means.

Notre Dame Cornerback Has Bears’ Attention - SI.com - Notre Dame cornerback Troy Pride definitely comes off like he has a chip on his shoulder.

Bears have met with several edge rushers at NFL Combine - Bears Wire - The Bears are doing their due diligence when it comes to edge rushers heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Bengals want to trade Cordy Glenn but will release him otherwise - ProFootballTalk - Word came last week at the Combine from the team website that the Bengals could move on from offensive lineman Cordy Glenn. Now, comes a more definitive report.

Mahomes in 'injury prevention' mode this offseason - NFL.com - After missing games due to injury last season, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is spending the first part of this offseason doing what he can to maintain his body.

The QB Market Will Go Whenever Tom Brady Goes (Or Stays) - Bleacher Nation - Tom Brady will be a big first domino to fall when it comes to offseason quarterback changes.

Proposed CBA limits annual international games to 10 through 2025 - ProFootballTalk - If/when (when) the NFL adds a 17th game, the league will immediately acquire an inventory of 16 games that could be played at neutral sites. But only 10 of those games will be played in neutral sites in other countries.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Matthew Stafford’s back is ‘completely healed’ according to wife - Pride Of Detroit - Matthew Stafford insisted from the minute his back injury became an issue that there was no long-term concern with his health. Both he and general manager Bob Quinn repeatedly told the media that...

10 defensive backs who dominated the 4th day of the NFL Combine - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions need some help in their defensive backfield so the final day of the Combine was a huge one for them.

E48: Pocket Protectors [To Extend or Not To Extend?] - Daily Norseman - Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown to discuss the pros and cons of extending Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook.

Trevon Diggs thinks he can shut down his brother, Stefon - Daily Norseman - Will we get to see it happen?

How does the Packers’ wish list line up with how the 2020 NFL Draft is likely to play out? - Acme Packing Company - With the Packers picking at the end of the first round, it’s important to build a picture of who is likely to be off the board ahead of them at 30 in order to identify likely targets.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: “Word is” the Bears might stick with Trey Burton as their top tight end - Windy City Gridiron - In Albert Breer’s latest column for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, he touches on a plethora of NFL related topics. And way, way, way down in his article there’s one paragraph that...

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears interested in FIU QB James Morgan - Windy City Gridiron - According to Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports, the Chicago Bears are one of several teams that are interested in Florida International University quarterback James Morgan.

Wiltfong: Which free agent do you want the Bears to sign? - Windy City Gridiron - We’ve already heard plenty of rumors surrounding the Chicago Bears when it comes to free agency, but once the early negotiating period starts on Monday, March 16, those rumors will start to come...

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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