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The Bear’s Den, March 30, 2020

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We’ve got everything from talk of free agency plus a picture of a big-ass statue of Bronko Nagurski...

Bronko Nagurski statue, International Falls, Minnesota
Today’s Den photo is of a giant statue of former Bears great NFL Hall Of Famer Bronko Nagurski. It’s located outside of the Bronko Nagurski museum in International Falls, Minnesota, Bronko’s home town. Photo by Denmaster Ken.
Ken Mitchell

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This week we are on to Metal Guitar Gods... and where else do we start but EVH?

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

BEARRRSSSS

For Jimmy Graham and the Bears, ‘business as usual’ was anything but - NBC Sports Chicago - It’s just another example of teams struggling to operate during the ongoing pandemic.

Matt Nagy becomes latest to film a COVID-19 PSA for Bears fans - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are certainly doing their part to get the stay-at-home message out.

Former Packer T.J. Lang takes jab at Jimmy Graham’s blocking skills - NBC Sports Chicago - The questioning of the Jimmy Graham signing certainly seems to be a hot topic among Bears fans and one former Green Bay Packer. Ken’s Note: The next day that I care one damned bit about what a Packer’s opinion is will be the first day I ever have.

Finding a Safety Later in Draft Has Been a Bears Specialty - SI.com - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears.

Kyler Murray’s Cousin Has Top-End Speed Bears Need - SI.com - The abundance of wide receiver talent in this year’s draft makes it possible for the Bears to be picking in Round 2 and still come away with the speed receiver they feel they need to complete their corps.

Picks For Pace Podcast: 2020 Offensive Line - We break down the offensive line prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft in the latest Pick’s for Pace podcast.

Bear Report podcast: Free Agent roundtable - We break down free agency for the Chicago Bears with a special roundtable episode of the Bear Report podcast.

Kyle Long: No Teammate More Supportive Than Jay Cutler - 670 The Score - While Jay Cutler was often criticized in Chicago during his tenure as Bears quarterback, teammates inside Halas Hall looked to him as a leader. One of those players who grew close with Cutler was offensive lineman Kyle Long, who joined the Bears as a rookie in 2013.

Trubisky or Foles for Bears? Renteria for White Sox? - Chicago Sun-Times - We posed those questions and others on Twitter for a new weekly feature in our Sports Saturday edition. Here are your answers.

Bears 2020 draft: Don’t get your hopes up - Chicago Sun-Times - Without a first-round pick and with only two picks before No. 163, the Bears aren’t in a great position to find immediate-impact rookies where they need them most.

Column: It's impossible to summon sports outrage during coronavirus - Chicago Tribune - If you’re having difficulties summoning the sufficient outrage to be a sports fan during the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone.

Chicago Bears Free Agency Recap (with The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain) - Chicago Audible Podcast - The Chicago Bears made a number of moves in free agency, some big and some small, but is the team better?

Letizia's 2020 Chicago Bears Mock Draft 2.0 (Post Free Agency Edition) - Chicago Audible Blog - Here's a complete 2020 Chicago Bears mock draft after free agency that includes a couple of trades back.

Bears tight end Jimmy Graham needs a good QB more than a ‘hungry’ team - Chicago Sun-Times - The best thing Graham could hope to get from his new team is a competent quarterback.

Bears fans, don’t get your hopes up for draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Without a first-round pick and with only two picks before No. 163, the Bears aren’t in a great position to find immediate-impact rookies where they need them most.

Bears mailbag: How can the offensive line be fixed? How will Foles vs. Trubisky look? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz answers your questions about the Bears, from what the offensive line will look like in 2020 to if Ryan Pace is done adding to the quarterback room.

Are the Bears really the 2020 offseason’s biggest loser? Bleacher Report thinks so - NBC Sports Chicago - They say it could be “a disastrous free-agent period.” Ken’s Note: Every party needs a pooper, B/R, so that’s why we invited you!

How Bears Look Different With Nick Foles at QB - SI.com - Adding another potential starting quarterback alters everything about the Chicago Bears.

Former All-Pro Kelechi Osemele could be upgrade Bears need on O-line - Bears Wire - The Bears desperately need offensive line help at the guard position, so could Kelechi Osemele be the upgrade they’re looking for?

Tank for Trevor Lawrence in 2020? Bears fans and experts debate - Bears Wire - The Bears are in win-now mode. But would they be better off trying to tank for next year’s NFL Draft prize in Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence?

ESPN: Mitchell Trubisky has ‘inside track’ in Bears’ QB competition - Bears Wire - The Bears will hold an open QB competition with Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, and Trubisky appears to have the advantage...for now.

RIP

Former Broncos receiver Orlando McDaniel dies from COVID-19 - ProFootballTalk - Orlando McDaniel, who played three games for the Broncos in 1982, has become the first known NFL-related death from COVID-19. McDaniel was 59.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cam Newton posts video of throwing session, with a new message - ProFootballTalk - Four days after the Panthers dumped quarterback Cam Newton, he continues to prepare for his second act. But he wants one thing to be clear: He’s no long shot.

Thanks to pandemic, playing ability will reign supreme at NFL draft - Chicago Sun-Times
- No wining and dining means less a chance to fall in love with a player’s “character,’’ as the Bears did with Mitch Trubisky’s.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Robert Quinn is the feather in the Bears’ cap - Windy City Gridiron - Quinn’s looming arrival completes a three-headed monster of a pass rush.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Weekend Free Agency Tracker - Windy City Gridiron - Don’t look now, but the Cordarrelle Patterson recruitment of Kelechi Osemele is heating up.

Wiltfong: Are the Bears headed in the right direction? - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Wiltfong: Early over/under win totals for the NFC North has Bears in third - Windy City Gridiron - We check in on the early odds for the NFC North, plus take a look at some of the high and low teams.

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