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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Metal Guitar Gods week continues...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Nick Foles Is Officially a Bear – Let’s Check Out Some Highlights - Bleacher Nation - It’s officially official: Nick Foles is a member of the Chicago Bears.

The Bears Have Reportedly Met (FaceTime) with Top Safety Prospect Antoine Winfield Jr. - Bleacher Nation - Antoine Winfield Jr. has NFL bloodlines, but what he did at the Minnesota was enough to make a name for himself as a top safety prospect.

Does Foles Trade Put Nagy on the Hot Seat? - Da Bears Blog - When the Chicago Bears traded for Nick Foles, they finally acquired a quarterback who can run their offense. Now, we should get answers about the man coaching it.

Bears’ Trade For Nick Foles Is Official - 670 The Score - After reaching an agreement on March 18, the Bears officially acquired quarterback Nick Foles in a trade with the Jaguars on Tuesday. The deal was pending completion of a physical for Foles, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bears Re-Sign DeAndre Houston-Carson To 1-Year Deal - 670 The Score - The Bears have re-signed safety and key special teams contributor DeAndre Houston-Carson on a one-year deal, they announced Tuesday.

NFL expands playoffs by 2 teams - Chicago Tribune - Only the teams with the best record in the AFC and NFC will get a bye under the NFL's new playoff format; the top two teams skipped wild-card weekend in the past.

Nick Foles' past with Chicago Bears coaches may give him a leg up - Chicago Tribune - Circle this word, Bears fans: trust. That is what has the folks at Halas Hall so optimistic about what new quarterback Nick Foles can bring to the table.

Ranking the Bears' 2020 NFL Draft needs, post free agency - NBC Sports Chicago - So let’s follow the money and see if we can find a roadmap for the direction Pace will take, specifically with the Bears’ two second-round picks (Nos. 43 and 50) in April’s NFL Draft.

One report speculates that the NFL could be playing games as late as March - NBC Sports Chicago - Longtime NFL writer Gary Myers believes there could be football well into next spring.

Chase Claypool Proves Draft Speed Comes in All Sizes - SI.com - Sometimes speed can be found in the NFL draft in the strangest places.

Mock Drafts Run into Trouble with Second Bears Selection - SI.com - Perhaps it's a burden taking a second player for the team in the same round of a mock draft or the computers broke down.

Roster move: Bears announce trade for Nick Foles - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday officially announced that they have acquired quarterback Nick Foles in a trade with the Jaguars in exchange for the compensatory fourth-round draft pick they were awarded by the NFL.

NFL owners vote to expand playoffs to 14 teams - ChicagoBears.com - League owners on Tuesday voted to expand the NFL playoffs from 12 to 14 teams, beginning with the 2020 season. There will now be six games played on wild card weekend instead of four.

Reports: Bears agree to terms with OL Ifedi - ChicagoBears.com - According to media reports, the Bears have agreed to terms with veteran free-agent offensive lineman Germain Ifedi, who started all 60 games he played the last four seasons with the Seahawks.

Roster Move: Bears sign Houston-Carson - ChicagoBears.com - Safety DeAndre Houston-Carson, who reportedly agreed to terms with the Bears last week, has officially signed a one-year contract to return for a fifth season with the team.

NFL 2020 schedule release on hold until May 9 due to coronavirus uncertainty - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears know their upcoming opponents, but dates and times are yet to be set.

Bears’ trade for Nick Foles is finally official - Chicago Sun-Times - Earlier this month, the Bears agreed to deal a fourth-round pick, No. 140 overall, to the Jaguars for the quarterback. Tuesday, it was officially posted on the NFL’s transaction log.

Coronavirus news: Bears star Allen Robinson raises thousands to feed Chicago kids - Chicago Sun-Times - Robinson’s charitable foundation pivoted from education to meals because of the coronavirus outbreak, and he has been raising substantial money for the cause. Plus, a check-in on his offseason and a potential contract extension.

Between 2 QBs: Nick Foles’ chat with Chase Daniel yields little Bears clarity - Chicago Sun-Times - Under regular circumstances, ignoring the connection — one outgoing Bears quarterback, one incoming — would have been bizarre. But these aren’t ordinary times.

Chicago Bears offer extension for season ticket payments case by case - Chicago Tribune - The Bears continue to field calls from season ticket holders concerned about making payments in a time of economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL is planning for a full season with full stadiums - ProFootballTalk - At a time when the entire American sports industry is shut down (with very limited exceptions) due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL intends to not lose 2020 regular-season games to the crisis.

NFL expands playoffs to 14 teams - ProFootballTalk - It’s official: The 2020 season will conclude with a 14-team playoff.

2020 NFL Draft: Eight trades that teams should make on Day 1 - NFL.com - Will the Broncos go get the top wide receiver on their board? Which teams ought to move up for a quarterback? Chad Reuter identifies eight trades teams should make on Day 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft. Ken's Note: And Ryan Pace should not have anything to do with the first round of the 2020 draft. If he wants to trade back and grab a 2021 first from a bad franchise plus a 2020 third for our second #2? That's OK.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Robinson, Nagy donate to charity in midst of COVID-19 pandemic - Windy City Gridiron - The star receiver and Bears’ head coach have stepped up to the plate for those in need during crisis.

Infante's Bears 7-round mock draft: Predicting picks post-free agency - Windy City Gridiron - With free agency settling down, let’s take a 7-round look at what the Bears might do in the draft (featuring two trades!).

Wiltfong: NFL approves playoff expansion plus a Nickelodeon game - Windy City Gridiron - The 2020 NFL season will have more teams invited to the playoff party!

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: Bears go defense/offense in the latest McShay Mock - Windy City Gridiron - The latest two-round mock draft from ESPN’s Todd McShay is solid from a Chicago Bears perspective, as he has them going defense/offense at two need positions. While I like his second Bears pick in...

Zeglinski: No fooling - Nick Foles’ addition a sign of Bears’ comfort and desperation - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will assert their new quarterback paves the way to glory. And he might, eventually. But that doesn’t make the situation any less discouraging.

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