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The Bear’s Den, April 2, 2020

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That look I get on my face when I think about Chicago’s 2020 front seven...

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Metal Guitar Gods week continues with Ritchie Blackmore doing metal and then... whatever the hell it is he does with Candice Night.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Wood: Where Does the Bears Roster Stand Today? - Da Bears Blog - The free agency dust has mostly settled, so let’s take a minute before attention shifts to the draft to evaluate where the Bears’ roster currently stands. Taking stock of who they have will help identify the largest remaining needs for the draft (and small free agent moves that can still be made).

Bernstein: Higher-Risk NFL Draft Means More Drama - 670 The Score - The annual leap of faith that is the NFL Draft has now become a longer jump, or perhaps it’s now just being performed without any kind of net and is instead over a pit of sharpened spikes.

Robert Quinn, Bears Finalize 5-Year Contract - 670 The Score - Pass rusher Robert Quinn completed his five-year contract with the Bears on Wednesday, officially making him a member of the team. Ken’s Note: $30M guaranteed.

Explaining Nick Foles’ Restructured Deal With Bears - 670 The Score - After officially acquiring quarterback Nick Foles from the Jaguars on Tuesday, the Bears went to work on restructuring his contract.

Brock Olivo: Italy’s Coronavirus Struggle ‘Surreal’ - 670 The Score - Former NFL player and assistant coach Brock Olivo landed in Italy earlier this year to join his daughter, son and girlfriend and begin a new coaching opportunity.

5@5: What Must Bears Achieve For Pace To Return? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

NFL expects to play full schedule in 2020 - Chicago Tribune - Will the NFL be able to proceed as normal for the 2020 season? A full schedule? In front of full stadiums? No major disruptions? Said NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash: “Am I certain? I’m not certain I’ll be here tomorrow. But I’m planning on it.”

It's April Fools Day, so let's rank the top five trick plays from Matt Nagy - NBC Sports Chicago - Celebrating the weird plays with weird names.

Plan for Handling Coronavirus Practice Delays Could Be Huge for Bears - SI.com - The NFL seems intent on moving ahead with offseason and even regular-season plans despite COVID-19.

How Bears Can Make Better Use of David Montgomery - SI.com - Poor production with the Chicago Bears running game in 2019 left David Montgomery's rookie season looking essentially like Jordan Howard's final season with the Bears.

Why the Bears Can't Ignore QBs Late in This NFL Draft - 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.

Roster Move: Bears make Quinn signing official - ChicagoBears.com - Linebacker Robert Quinn, who reportedly agreed to terms with the Bears March 18, has officially signed a five-year contract with the team. Quinn has recorded 80.5 sacks in nine NFL seasons.

Roquan Smith, Pat O’Donnell sending messages to fans - ChicagoBears.com - Bears linebacker Roquan Smith and punter Pat O’Donnell are raising money for “I Grow Chicago” during the coronavirus pandemic by creating personal video messages for fans.

Roster Move: Bears sign Germain Ifedi to 1-year deal - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday announced that they have signed free-agent offensive lineman Germain Ifedi to a one-year contract. Ifedi started all 60 games he played in the past four seasons with the Seahawks.

NFL plans to play full season, start on time - ChicagoBears.com - The release of the 2020 NFL schedule will be pushed back until May. But a league executive said Tuesday that the NFL still plans to play a full season and start on time, despite the coronavirus.

Allen Robinson Wants Chicago, and Chicago Wants Him Back – So What's It Going to Cost To Keep Him Around? - Bleacher Nation - Talking about what Allen Robinson's next contract might look like as the WR1 market booms.

Chicago athletes spend quarantine like us: Posting on social media - Chicago Sun-Times - Here are some of the best posts from stars of the Bulls, White Sox and more.

Chicago Bears podcast: QB Nick Foles trade is in the fold - Chicago Sun-Times - The Nick Foles-Mitch Trubisky quarterback battle is officially set.

Brian Urlacher isn’t a fan of the Bears signing Robert Quinn - BearsWIre - The addition of EDGE Robert Quinn has been hailed by many as a great signing. But not everyone is happy with Quinn’s signing.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - This week’s Bears mailbag is full of questions about the team’s plan at quarterback, perceived shortcomings on the offensive line and what Ryan Pace plans to do with his two second-round draft picks.

2017 NFL Draft do-over: Mahomes to Browns; Bears skip QB - NFL.com - Adam Rank revisits the 2017 NFL Draft. Just how high does Christian McCaffrey rise? Where do Deshaun Watson and his fellow quarterbacks end up?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florida governor claims coronavirus was circulating in Miami during Super Bowl - ProFootballTalk - Florida governor Ron DeSantis finally has locked down much of his state. In so doing, he has made a rather bold claim.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares even a little except for Packers fans, so... nobody that matters cares.

Detroit: Nobody cares, not even people in Detroit

Minnesota: Nobody cares because when people in Minnesota talk horny, it’s this bigass fake hunk of plastic hanging from the ceiling... and that’s pretty lame...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Over The Cap’s Brad Spielberger explains the Nick Foles contract - Windy City Gridiron - To help us understand the Nick Foles contract, we got an assist from one of the best salary capologists around in Over The Cap’s Brad Spielberger.

Schmitz: Robert Quinn and Richard Dent’s Rule of Three - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest video breakdown, Robert S. takes a hard look at the Bears’ new edge rusher, Robert Quinn. To say the least, he likes what he sees.

Infante's 2020 NFL draft: Top sleepers at each offensive position - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have found some gems on Day 3 of the draft, and some of these offensive prospects could become exactly that.

Wiltfong: The Bears 2020 draft hats have dropped! - Windy City Gridiron - Another NFL Draft means new versions of the official NFL Draft hat is dropping for all thirty-two teams! This brand-new 2020 Chicago Bears version from 59FIFTY sports the classic bear logo — with a...

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