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The Bear’s Den, March 9, 2020

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The Bears have two days left to place the franchise tag or a transition tag on any player... but don’t hold your breath, it’s not happening this season...

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David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears shoots the puck in between periods of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on March 5, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This week we are doing something a bit different. Denmaster Ken is going to be sharing some of his favorite rather obscure (in America) songs, tunes there’s a great chance you have never even heard of. Give them a listen, who knows, you may hear something you like!

First, let’s give you all a “Floorgasm” as the unworldly Floor Jansen puts on one of the most unbelievable displays of power, technique & showmanship Live at Wachen Open Air Theater. Two things of note: 1) Floor had just joined the band a few months before this and was just settling into the role of singer and 2) this song was near the end of their concert, over an hour’s worth of singing had preceded it. Be sure to watch to the end (don’t leave during the silent movement in the middle, it’s short and very sweet... then comes the goddess of thunder), it’s long but beyond amazing...

PS: Nightwish is one of the biggest bands in Europe.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Bears Need Edge Rusher Even if Leonard Floyd Is Retained - SI.com - Only Mitchell Trubisky seems to generate more irritation among Chicago Bears followers than Leonard Floyd. Ken’s Note: Let’s not forget Charles Leno, Jr. either...

Why It Wouldn’t Hurt Bears to Look at Marcus Johnson - SI.com - As a team in need of a speed receiver, the Bears’ interest should be piqued by the decision of the Indianapolis Colts not to tender an offer to free agent wide receiver Marcus Johnson.

James Jones believes Bears are ‘Super Bowl contenders’ with Derek Carr - Bears Wire - Are the Bears a quarterback away from being Super Bowl contenders? There’s one NFL insider that believes so.

Ohio State OL Jonah Jackson dubbed perfect fit for Bears in NFL Draft - Bears Wire - The Bears have no shortage of needs heading into the NFL Draft. But which prospect would be the best fit for Chicago?

Can scheme change salvage Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky? - ESPN - Chicago has hinted at a scheme that helps run the ball and give Trubisky help, but it remains to be seen if that will salvage the young QB.

NFL Free Agency 2020: Chicago Bears Defensive Line Preview - Bear Report - We take a look at some free-agent options for the Chicago Bears on the defensive line in 2020. Will they try to add some veteran depth?

What’s the fit? Breaking down Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears - Bear Report - Will the Chicago Bears make a run at Nick Foles? We break down the fit for the quarterback to come to Chicago.

NFL Free Agency 2020: Chicago Bears wide receivers preview - Bear Report - We take a look at some wide receivers in free agency that the Chicago Bears could target.

Ranking Potential Landing Spots for Teddy Bridgewater in 2020 NFL Free Agency - Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights - Teddy Bridgewater has been a franchise quarterback waiting to happen for as long as he’s been a professional athlete. Now five years into his career, Bridgewater is still waiting for the right opportunity to become the face of a franchise...

Bears approach ultimate crossroads in 2020 season - Chicago Sun-Times - Are the Bears on the brink of a breakthrough? Or will it be an implosion? This season will determine the future of their blueprint.

Bears given 2nd-best odds of trading for Jaguars QB Nick Foles - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are one of the NFL’s favorites to land Jaguars QB Nick Foles in a trade

Ryan Pace’s Greatest Free Agency Hits and Misses - SI.com - There’s a reason general manager Ryan Pace and any personnel man will say teams must be built through the draft and not free agency.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cowboys reportedly offer Dak Prescott richest contract in league history - ProFootballTalk - The report doesn’t put it the way the above headline does, but when considering the value of contracts at the time the contracts are signed, that’s the clear implication.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Should the Detroit Lions consider drafting an offensive tackle in the first round? - Pride Of Detroit - It’s not as crazy as you might think.

David Morgan’s contract tolls, will remain on Vikings’ roster - Daily Norseman - Unless the team chooses to release him, of course

Breaking Down the NFL CBA: Proposed changes to the Proven Performance Escalator - Acme Packing Company - The Packers had two players qualify for the PPE for 2020. Here’s how that program could change for 2021 and beyond.

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Wiltfong: What is the Bears biggest draft need? - Windy City Gridiron
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