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The Bear’s Den, May 1, 2020

The Bears add veterans on both sides of the ball as the roster continues to take form

Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints
Ted Ginn #19 of the New Orleans Saints catches a pass as he is defended by Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans
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Three Compensatory 2021 Picks Projected for Bears - - The Bears were able to acquire Nick Foles in a trade with a fourth-round draft pick they didn’t know they’d have for certain until a few weeks before agreeing to the deal.

Chalk Talk: Will Bears get compensatory picks in ‘21? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears will receive any compensatory picks in the 2021 draft, when the 2020 NFL schedule will be released and which offensive line positions seventh-round picks Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons will

The Bears’ Roster Is at Max Capacity (So That Means Cuts Are Coming, Right?) - Bleacher Nation - Brace yourselves. Cuts could be coming as the Bears’ roster reaches max capacity.

Ranking the Potential 2020 Impact of This Draft Class - Da Bears Blog - This column does not seek to project the impact these players will have long-term. This column seems to project the impact these players will have this coming season, assuming the summer’s off-season program will be truncated or non-existent.

Roster Rundown: Where Bears Stand After NFL Draft - 670 The Score - With free agency and the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Bears’ 90-man roster has nearly taken full shape.

Bears Reportedly Sign Ted Ginn Jr. – On Tap Sports Net - The Bears have reportedly added another veteran receiver to their roster.

Bears to sign safety Tashaun Gipson - Chicago Sun-Times - Gipson, who signed a three-year, $22.5 million deal with the Texans just last year, was cut last week.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option is not a loyalty test - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ decision in March to trade a fourth-round pick for the privilege of paying veteran quarterback Nick Foles at least $21 million over three years spoke volumes

Chicago Bears to sign veteran WR, returner Ted Ginn Jr.: source - Chicago Sun-Times - The 13-year pro had a productive season for the Saints last year and there’s good reason to believe he’s got something left.

ESPN’s Mike Tannenbaum clarifies criticism of Bears’ TE Cole Kmet - Chicago Sun-Times - Tannenbaum ignited a media flare-up between himself and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly by calling the pick "shockingly poor" and saying Kmet "can’t run." He explained those comments in an interview with the Sun-Times on Wednesday.

Chicago Bears: Better or worse at each position - Chicago Tribune - As the old NFL saying goes, you're either getting better or you're getting worse. Unless you're staying the same. After free agency and the draft, we assess the improvement to the Chicago Bears roster — or lack thereof — at every position.

Lori Lightfoot calls out Chicago Bears for offensive struggles - Chicago Tribune - Mayor Lori Lightfoot is unimpressed with Bears coach Matt Nagy's offense: “You can’t get down to the red zone and settle for field goals."

Learning More About Every Chicago Bears Draft Pick - Chicago Audible Blog - Listen as we gathered input from across the country on all of the Chicago Bears' 2020 draft picks.

Moreano: Q&A with Cole Kmet's Former Offensive Coordinator at Notre Dame Chip Long - Chicago Audible Blog - Chip Long, who was Cole Kmet's offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, recently spoke exclusively with The Chicago Audible about his former player.

Ted Ginn Jr. Signing Puts Receivers, Return Men on Alert - - The Bears' signing of Ted Ginn Jr. on Thursday is starting to make things uncomfortable for a few members of this team.

Jaylon Johnson: "I Want to Be Rookie Defensive Player of the Year" - - In 1996 the Chicago Bears drafted cornerback Walt Harris in the first round out of Mississippi State and a bold statement followed.


Bengals cutting Andy Dalton - ProFootballTalk - The Joe Burrow era in Cincinnati is beginning, and the Andy Dalton era is ending.

Von Miller cleared from COVID-19 - ProFootballTalk - Broncos edge rusher Von Miller announced two weeks ago he had tested positive for COVID-19, days after coming down with symptoms.


Andy Dalton landing spots: Jaguars, Patriots among possible fits - - With the Cincinnati Bengals releasing Andy Dalton, Judy Battista breaks down five potential teams where the veteran passer could land. Could the Denver Broncos add another former Bengal to their QB room?

Brett Favre: Aaron Rodgers feels like the odd man out - ProFootballTalk - Before the draft, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had been making periodic appearances on Twitter. Since Wednesday, April 22, Rodgers has disappeared.

Matthew Stafford among favorites to win 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year - Pride Of Detroit - Could Stafford win the award again this year?

Breaking Down Justin Jefferson - Daily Norseman - "We’re gonna go get a Super Bowl" - Justin Jefferson

The Bargaining Stage: a conversation with myself about Jordan Love - Acme Packing Company - Rcon14 talks to...himself to make some sense of the Packers’ first-round pick and what he could become in the NFL.


Berckes: What’s your Favorite Bears Jersey? - Windy City Gridiron - As we continue Jersey Week we want to know your favorite Bears jersey story.

Infante: Bears sign safety Tashaun Gipson to one-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - Gipson joins a talented Bears secondary and figures to compete for a starting role in 2020.

Infante: Bears sign wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to one-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - The 14-year veteran brings some experience and speed to Chicago’s young group of wide receivers.

WIltfong: What is the 2020 Bears rookie class GPA? - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Wiltfong: Cole Kmet predicted to be a breakout rookie in 2020 - Windy City Gridiron - With the 2020 NFL Draft in the rear-view mirror the time to over-analyze all the prospect’s fits on their new teams is upon us. We’ve already shared our grades, your grades, plus a few other...


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