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The Bear’s Den, March 31, 2020

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What does March 31 mean? It means don’t trust headlines you read tomorrow morning (except in the Den, where we don’t do any April Fools nonsense)

NFL: AUG 31 Preseason - Browns at Bears Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Metal Guitar Gods week continues with a two-for... Zakk & Dimebag...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Ex-Bears quarterback Chase Daniel ‘doesn’t think we’ll have an offseason program’ - NBC Sports Chicago - It’s a grim forecast from someone who’s more in-the-know than the average NFL player.

Taking Best Available Athlete Could Net Bears CB Noah Igbinoghene - SI.com - If the classic best available athlete approach meets with real need for the Chicago Bears in Round 2 of the NFL draft, the pick could be Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene .

Chalk Talk: How are Bears staying in shape? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how Bears players are staying in shape during the coronavirus pandemic, the last time a former Packers player became a major contributor with the Bears and second-round picks made by GM Ryan Pace.

Fans can use a Bears background on Zoom, Join.Me, Webex, and other video conferencing apps - ChicagoBears.com - Fans can show their allegiance to the Bears on Zoom, and other video conferencing apps, by downloading one of six custom backgrounds.

Safety Prospect Jeremy Chinn Would Love a Chance to Play with Khalil Mack and the Bears - Bleacher Nation - Jeremy Chinn seems like the type of prospect Bears GM Ryan Pace would gravitate to based on his draft history.

Emma’s Bears Mailbag: Will Trubisky Sink Or Swim? - 670 The Score - In a sports world on pause, NFL free agency was a welcome distraction amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Bears added a quarterback competitor in Nick Foles, brought in a complementary rushing threat to Khalil Mack in Robert Quinn and added depth elsewhere on their roster.

Talking sports during a coronavirus pandemic - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy’s visor, the novel about Stormy Daniels I didn’t know I was writing and, of course, the Bobby Hull trade.

Chicago Bears: What Nick Foles’ book reveals about the QB - Chicago Tribune - New Bears quarterback Nick Foles’ story in "Believe It" details how he came to grips with the highs and lows of his life and career with the guidance of his faith and family.

Brad Biggs’ NFL mock draft - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs predicts the first 50 picks of the NFL draft — and it’s no surprise to see Joe Burrow go No. 1.

How the NFL’s uncertain offseason will impact the Bears in 2020 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need to plan to not have any OTA practices or minicamps in the spring, and might need to plan on having a shortened training camp in the summer.

Under Center Podcast: Quarantined in Rome - An interview with Brock Olivo - NBC Sports Chicago - Former Bears special teams assistant coach Brock Olivo, who is currently quarantined in Rome, joins JJ Stankevitz to talk about what life is like in Italy during the COVID-19 lockdown.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL Schedule Release Could Be Delayed to Create Flexibility - Bleacher Nation - A frustrating, but small price to pay for public health and safety.

How NFL draft 2020 might look - Peter King, NBC Sports - Peter King’s Football Morning In America column begins with a look at NFL life at a social distance, and also covers 2020 NFL Draft possibilities and more.

Could an isolated coronavirus-free facility be only way for NFL to play in 2020? - ProFootballTalk - As the reality of life amid the coronavirus pandemic continues to sink in, the NFL needs to be sinking its teeth into the reality that a normal football season won’t happen this year.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Xavier Rhodes: Getting cut was a "reality check" - ProFootballTalk - Vikings opted to create cap space rather than hope for a rebound.

Blake Martinez: Packers don't value inside linebackers as much as other teams - ProFootballTalk - Linebacker Blake Martinez accepted a three-year, $30 million contract offer from the Giants during the negotiating window ahead of the start of the new league year earlier this month and he spoke to reporters about that decision on a Monday conference call.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: A roundup of recent Bears mock drafts - Windy City Gridiron - We spotlight several recent mock drafts to see how the "experts" have the Bears picking.

Berckes & Snyder: Bears Over Beers: The Need for Speed (WR) - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and EJ dive into the WR draft class looking for speed... and finding it in spades

Wiltfong: Who is your favorite Bears player that never made a Pro Bowl? - Windy City Gridiron - With more players that donned the Navy and Orange in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than any other franchise, the Chicago Bears have a rich history.

THE RULES

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