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The Bear’s Den: March 7, 2020

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Ditka Charity Fundraiser leads the way in our first Den mostly authored by Jack Salo!

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Da Coach

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Happy Saturday. With the constant reports about how every quarterback confirmed (and some presumed) to be hitting the open market would solve the Bears problems, one has to wonder how many of them would “hollaback” if the Bears called their agent.

The Classic

The “Known To Fans Of The Band/Artist” song.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Viator alum Kmet should be first tight end taken in draft. Could he end up on Bears - Daily Herald? - Cole Kmet established himself at last week’s combine as the top tight end in the 2020 draft class

Selective targeting in free agency can put the Bears back in the playoffs - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears do not have the assets to reinvent themselves in this one offseason

Mike Ditka will co-manage independent Chicago Dogs for home opener - Chicago Sun-Times - The former Bears coach will co-manage the team’s home opener as part of a charity fundraiser.

Patrick Mahomes’ admission on ‘The Shop’ doesn’t make Mitch Trubisky look better - NBC Sports Chicago - Patrick Mahomes admitted he didn’t know how to read defenses until halfway through the 2019 season. But that doesn’t absolve Mitch Trubisky of anything.

Why Bears GM Ryan Pace Must Sync Up with His Coach - SI.com - To put it simply, Ryan Pace needs to be on the same page as Matt Nagy in this NFL free agency period and draft. This should seem simple considering Pace hired Nagy and the two say they work well together. Apparently it hasn’t been the case, though, because so many of Nagy’s players seem ideally suited to play in some offensive system other than his.

Ideal Bears Tight End Acquisition Isn’t a Free Agent - SI.com - About the only positions Bears general manager acknowledged needing at the combine were quarterback and tight end, and the quarterback options are all well known. This leaves tight end.

Four Bears among top 101 NFL free agents - ChicagoBears.com - Inside linebackers Nick Kwiatkoski and Danny Trevathan are among four Bears players included on NFL.com’s list of the top 101 NFL free agents of 2020.

Latest news on Bears’ NFC North opponents - ChicagoBears.com - With NFL free agency beginning March 18 when the new league year begins, we take a look at the latest developments involving the Bears’ three NFC North rivals.

Eyeing Potential Bears Free Agent Targets: Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski - Bleacher Nation - Nick Kwiatkoski has done it all with the Bears. But has he done enough to merit a hefty, long-term contract?

Raiders Reportedly Interested in Potential Bears Back-Up QB Target Marcus Mariota - Bleacher Nation - Marcus Mariota and the Raiders? That’s an odd possible fit.

Bears Draft Thoughts: Post-Combine Mocks, Love For Kmet, QB Movement, More - Bleacher Nation - Cole Kmet seems like such a fit for the Bears. But the same can be same about prospects like Jalen Hurts, Kyle Dugger, Robert Hunt, etc.

If Mahomes “Didn’t Understand How to Read NFL Defenses” Until Halfway Through 2019, Is There Still Hope for Trubisky? - Bleacher Nation - Patrick Mahomes brings a unique perspective on the learning curve that comes with being a great quarterback.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: ESPN ready to offer Peyton Manning up to $20 million per year - ProFootballTalk - Per a tweet by Michael McCarthy, there may already be a new sheriff in town. And it’s The Sheriff.

Ralph Vacchiano: Free agent Jadeveon Clowney has Giants as one of the teams on his wish list - SNY - If Dave Gettleman is right, Jadeveon Clowney might be the only elite pass rusher available on the free agent market. And Clowney is interested in playing for the Giants. But how much do the Giants want him?

Report: Browns will explore Trent Williams, Jason Peters in search for a LT - ProFootballTalk - Joe Thomas retired after the 2017 season. Three offseasons later, the Browns still are trying to replace him.

NFL has no plans to alter tag deadline - ProFootballTalk - The NFL adjusted the 2020 tag window by two days to accommodate the CBA discussions and deliberations. The window now closes before the vote on the new CBA concludes. And the NFL’s current position is that there will be no further adjustment of the tag deadline

Reports: Trent Williams has permission to seek trade - ProFootballTalk - Word late last month was that left tackle Trent Williams wanted Washington to pay him or trade him and the team has apparently made up its mind about which path to follow

Drew Brees on his future: ‘I am Who Dat Nation for life’ - NFL.com - The New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees have been intertwined since the future Hall of Famer’s arrival in 2006. Prior to the start of his 20th season, Brees has reiterated his desire to stay in N.O.

49ers exercise options on FB Juszczyk, CB Williams - NFL.com - The San Francisco 49ers announced on Thursday that they have tendered five exclusive-rights free agents and exercised options on starting fullback Kyle Juszczyk and cornerback K’Waun Williams.

Ryan Leaf proudly co-hosts ‘NFL Live’ on ESPN - Yahoo Sports - Ryan Leaf made his debut on “NFL Live” this week. Ken’s Note: Glad to see he’s turned his life around!

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions mailbag: Why I’m staunchly against drafting Tua Tagovailoa - Pride Of Detroit - It probably won’t happen, but here’s why it shouldn’t.

2019 Detroit Lions roster review: Estimating Taylor Decker’s potential contract extension - Pride Of Detroit - If so, how much will he cost?

Detroit Lions roster review: What are realistic expectations for Bo Scarbrough in 2020? - Pride Of Detroit - After a promising 2019, what can be expected of Scarbrough this year?

ESPN has a “perfect” free agent signing for the Vikings - Daily Norseman - And it seems like it would be feasible

Which Packers should you trade or retain in Dynasty fantasy football leagues? - Acme Packing Company - It’s that time of year to adjust rosters and take stock of you draft capital. Should these players be a part of your squads future?

Saints planning first-round RFA tender for Taysom Hill - ProFootballTalk - Saints head coach Sean Payton said last month that he expects another team to make quarterback Taysom Hill an offer as a restricted free agent this offseason.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The perfect and most logical free agent fit for the Bears is... - Windy City Gridiron - We check on what a few "experts" think about the Bears QB situation.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, Bears Banter hosted by Bill Zimmerman, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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