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Four Bears named to All-Decade Team, fancy new draft central at Halas Hall to go unused this year and much more!

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Bears land four on NFL’s All-Decade Team - Chicago Sun-Times - Two rush the passer and two return kicks.

Chicago Bears podcast details Nick Foles acquisition - Chicago Tribune - How will the Bears' quarterback competition play out? What will the draft look like amid coronavirus concerns? And what does tight end Jimmy Graham have left in the tank? The Bear Download podcast breaks it down.

4 Bears are named to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2010s - Chicago Tribune - Defensive end Julius Peppers, outside linebacker Khalil Mack and kick returners Devin Hester and Cordarrelle Patterson were among the 53 players and two coaches picked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 48-member selection committee.

NFL draft goes virtual in 2020 - Chicago Tribune - The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes.

Nick Foles: His 'crazy' contract with Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - The numbers Nick Foles agreed to in a “crazy” restructuring of his contract might not be ideal, but the new deal gives the quarterback upside and freedom if he leads the Bears to heights they believe are achievable.

4 Late-Round QB Options for the Chicago Bears - Chicago Audible Blog
- Here are four quarterbacks the Chicago Bears could select in the late rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.

What Bears will miss conducting 2020 NFL Draft remotely from home - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears won't get to utilize their new, high-tech, state-of-the-art draft room this year.

NFL instructs teams to keep facilities fully closed ahead of "fully virtual" draft - NBC Sports Chicago - It's quite literally every man for himself.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot launches We Are Not Playing initiative from empty Soldier Field - NBC Sports Chicago - The mayor's joining with Chicago's pro teams to announce a new stay-at-home initiative.

Four current and former Bears make Pro Football Hall of Fame's all-decade team - NBC Sports Chicago - The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its all-decade team for the 2010s and the Bears are well represented.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on if Bears’, 2020 NFL season will start on time - NBC Sports Chicago - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was asked about the possibility of the Bears’ season starting on time.

NFL Draft will be held in fully virtual format - ChicagoBears.com - With team facilities closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 clubs Monday informing them that the draft will be conducted via a virtual format.

Four Bears on NFL All-Decade Team for 2010s - ChicagoBears.com - The NFL All-Decade Team for the 2010s that was announced Monday includes four Bears: Defensive end Julius Peppers, outside linebacker Khalil Mack, and kickoff returners Devin Hester and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Bears join forces with Mayor, other pro teams - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears and Chicago’s other professional sports teams are joining Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a campaign urging residents to stay at home to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

NFL Requiring Teams To Draft Virtually, Remotely - 670 The Score - The 2020 NFL Draft will be conducted virtually for all teams. In a league-wide memo that was distributed Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed teams they will be required to draft remotely — meaning each team’s executives, coaches and scouts will be required to remain apart in a virtual

Bears Making Most Of Unique Offseason Challenges - 670 The Score - As the world works to slow the coronavirus spread, leaders continue to urge non-essential employees to stay home. That includes in the NFL and for teams like the Bears, who are making contingency plans for the NFL Draft and their offseason programs.

2020 NFL Draft: With Khalil Mack in place, Bears looking for pass-rush projects - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have put all their resources into setting up Mack, Akiem Hicks and Robert Quinn as the heart of their pass rush, so the position isn’t a high priority in the draft. But there are some long-term projects worth a look.

2020 NFL Draft: Teams must go ‘fully virtual,’ work from home - Chicago Sun-Times - Everyone involved with the Bears’ 2020 NFL Draft operations will be working from his own home.

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Tom Brady: I’m ready to embrace fully a team that is confident in what I do - ProFootballTalk - Tom Brady has taken to the written word in order to expand on his decision to join the Buccaneers as a free agent this offseason.

Tom Brady, Aaron Donald among unanimous choices for 2010s All-Decade team - ProFootballTalk - The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee voted on which players would be named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2010s and the results of that vote were announced on Monday.

Will Roger Goodell stay home for the draft? - ProFootballTalk - When questions first emerged regarding the feasibility of the NFL draft happening in Las Vegas, we pointed out that, as long as Roger Goodell still reads off the first-round picks, it won’t matter if he’s standing on a stage in front of tens of thousands or sitting in his living room with pipe, slippers, dog, and crackling logs on the fire.

Panthers still not explaining why they released Cam Newton - ProFootballTalk - Via Joe Person of TheAthletic.com, Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney wouldn’t get into any specifics when asked why they made the decision to move on from Newton, dangling him in a futile attempt for a trade and then just cutting him.

NFL: Draft will be “fully virtual” with team personnel in separate locations - ProFootballTalk - In a memo delivered to all teams and obtained by PFT, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote that teams should prepare for a “fully virtual.” Club personnel will be located “in separate locations and able to communicate with one another and Draft headquarters by phone or internet.”

ESPN closes in on a Band-Aid Monday Night Football booth - ProFootballTalk - Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that a three-man weave of Steve Levy, former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky (pictured), and former NFL defensive back/personnel executive Louis Riddick have emerged as the top candidates to get the assignment in 2020.

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How recent Packers NFL Draft approaches project to the 2020 wide receiver class - Acme Packing Company - Whether it was Ted Thompson or Brian Gutekunst, Green Bay’s front office tackles problem areas aggressively in the draft. In such a deep class at receiver, Gutey has many viable approaches to adding pass-catching talent.

Aaron Rodgers, Julius Peppers, Jahri Evans honored on NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team - Acme Packing Company - The list, which is compiled by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, honors Rodgers as one of the two best quarterbacks of the last decade.

Debate: Is the NFL making the right call by keeping the NFL Draft on schedule? - Pride Of Detroit - A necessary distraction or a money grab?

NFL 2010 All-Decade Team: Two former Detroit Lions make the list - Pride Of Detroit - After being shut out last decade, two Lions made this honorable list.

2020 NFL Draft: Best and worst fits at cornerback for the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - How do the top cornerbacks in this class fit under Matt Patricia’s scheme?

Chris Mock 2.0: For Those About To Mock - Daily Norseman - We salute youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v5.0 - Daily Norseman - The consensus is that there is no consensus

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes & WhiskeyRanger: The Championship Belt Series - Part 3 - Windy City Gridiron - Awarding the best Chicago Bears player each year throughout the 100 year history

What will the ‘fully virtual’ 2020 NFL Draft look like? - SBNation.com - The NFL was forced to change its draft plans due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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

Infante: Khalil Mack, Cordarrelle Patterson among 4 Bears players to make NFL 2010s All-Decade Team - Windy City Gridiron - The four Bears stars have been awarded one of the highest honors an NFL player can possibly receive.

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