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The Bear’s Den, May 22, 2020

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As we enter the traditional first weekend of summer, we have more questions than answers about if/when we will have a football season

Bears fans are EVERYWHERE. This Bear’s flag was spotted and photographed by Denmaster Ken in Blue Hill, Nebraska.
Ken Mitchell

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

The Next Move for Arlington Hambright is a Position Change - Chicago Audible Blog - Bears seventh-round draft pick Arlington Hambright has moved a lot in his career, but his transition from tackle to guard will be his most important one.

Bears TE Cole Kmet proved himself NFL-ready in 2019 Notre Dame-Georgia game - NBC Sports Chicago - How one game in 2019 proved the Bears’ new tight end was pro ready.

Bears TE Cole Kmet’s NFL transition is already winning over coaching staff - NBC Sports Chicago - Kmet’s already made an impact in his short time with the team.

Why Bears Should Weigh Move to Notre Dame for 2020 - SI.com - Cole Kmet is coming to Chicago to play for his hometown Chicago Bears but it’s possible it could be better for the team if he plays at Notre Dame Stadium again next year.

Bears’ Dirty Little Secret: They Can’t Run Up the Middle - SI.com - The Bears have a dirty little secret.

5 things to know about Chicago Bears rookie OL Lachavious Simmons - ChicagoBears.com - Bears seventh-round draft pick Lachavious Simmons, an offensive lineman from Tennessee State, discusses his background, how he’s staying in shape and the origin of his nickname “Pig.”

Chicago Bears continue COVID-19 relief donations - ChicagoBears.com - As part of the $1,920,000 commitment to local COVID-19 relief efforts, the Bears and Bears Care are providing $160,000 in total donations and matching grants to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, GENYOUth, I Grow Chicago, Meals on Wheels Chicago and

POLISH SAUSAGE

Chiefs will begin contract talks with Patrick Mahomes this summer - ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs want to sign Patrick Mahomes to a long-term contract sooner than later. They thus will begin contract talks with Mahomes’ agent sooner than later. Ken's Note: This one's going to leave a smoking hole in their cap, but it's a good problem to have.

Report: Jamal Adams, Jets at stalemate as safety seeks new deal - ProFootballTalk
- Jets safety Jamal Adams has made it clear he wants a long-term deal. He is not taking part in the team’s virtual offseason program to make it even more clear.

Aaron Donald: You need fans to play a game - ProFootballTalk - California Governor Gavin Newsom recently suggested that the state will be ready to reopen to professional sports in early June, but he’s also said that he doesn’t foresee football being played in front of full stadiums this year.

NFL owners to vote on sky judge, onside kick alternative May 28 - NFL owners are expected to vote on a number of possible rule changes -- including the addition of a sky judge and an onside kick alternative -- during a May 28 virtual league meeting.

Fourth-and-15 alternative draws attention of Patrick Mahomes - NFL.com - The effectiveness of the onside kick has gone by the wayside in recent years thanks to measures implemented to increase player safety, but NFL owners are considering a rule change proposal that could make a considerable impact on close games.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares

Detroit: Nobody cares

Minnesota: Nobody cares

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears down - Debunking theory of significant regression in 2020 - Windy City Gridiron - Many have soured on the Bears as of late, so let’s take a look at some data and realistic outcomes that could refute those doubts.

Wiltfong: With the 36th pick in the SB Nation 2017 re-draft, the Bears take Derek Barnett - Windy City Gridiron - What Ifs are a fun offseason exercise, so when SB Nation asked us to re-draft the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft I immediately agreed. And considering I’d get a hindsight do-over for the C...

Wiltfong: No surprises in Bears projected starters from NFL.com - Windy City Gridiron - NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, their Around the NFL Editor, is running through his projected starting lineups for all 32 teams, and I think he nailed most of his picks for the Chicago Bears.

THE RULES

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