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The Bear’s Den, July 25, 2020

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As the NFL and NFLPA near a deal on how to share losses of income from COVID, Bears players & staff face extensive virus testing this week

Dave Ragone (left), then quarterback coach and now passing coordinator for the Chicago Bears works with Mitchell Trubisky on ball handling at the 2019 Bears Training Camp at Bourbonnais, Illinois. Photo by Denmaster Ken.
Ken Mitchell

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Bombastic Songs week finishes off with one last “over the top” epic

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

BEARRRSSSS

NFL, union closer to agreement on coronavirus changes - Chicago Sun-Times - Veterans are set to report to training camp Tuesday.

Bears cancel 2020 season-ticket packages - Chicago Sun-Times - If the Bears are able to host fans in a socially distanced setting, season-ticket holders will be allowed to buy single-game tickets.

Bears training camp, set to be held in Lake Forest for first time in decades, will not be open to spectators - Chicago Tribune - Lake Forest leaders react to the Chicago Bears’ announcement that training camp will not be open to fans.

Chicago Bears: No season tickets in 2020 - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears will not have season-ticket packages for the 2020 season, the team announced in a letter.

With 2021 NFL salary cap crunch looming, six moves Bears may need to make - NBC Sports Chicago - The 2021 salary cap may drop by over $20 million, meaning the Bears may have to make some difficult decisions to just get under next year’s cap, let alone also improve their roster.

Mark Your Calendar: Bears First Padded Practice is Scheduled for August 17 - Bleacher Nation - August 17 marks the first date for padded for NFL teams, tweets Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jamal Adams: Adam Gase isn't right leader for Jets - ProFootballTalk - Safety Jamal Adams wants a trade away from the Jets and he’s airing some of his grievances with the club ahead of training camp.

Optimism builds for NFL-NFLPA deal in the coming days - ProFootballTalk - Despite some huffing and puffing by owners about delaying the opening of training camp until a deal is reached on the financial aspects of pro football in a pandemic, optimism is building for a deal to be reached in the next few days.

Urban Meyer: If college football moves to spring, top prospects should sit out - ProFootballTalk - If the COVID-19 pandemic pushes the college football season into the spring of 2021, Urban Meyer would advise players who are expecting to get drafted to skip it.

NFLPA Executive Committee unanimously recommends CBA proposal - ProFootballTalk - The NFL and NFL Players’ Association appear to be on the verge of an agreement that would allow the 2020 season to go ahead as scheduled and make future adjustments to the salary cap based on the loss of ticket revenues this season.

Current proposal would set $175 million as cap minimum in 2021 - ProFootballTalk - A conference call of NFL team owners on Friday included a resolution to start training camps as scheduled next week provided that the players approve the current economic proposal on the table.

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's 10 Most Important Bears of 2020: #2 Matt Nagy has something to prove - Windy City Gridiron - For the 12th straight year, I’m bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. Head coach Matt Nagy checks in at number two.

Infante: Bears announce cancellation of 2020 season-ticket packages - Windy City Gridiron - The team also announced that they will be holding individual game ticket opportunities exclusive to Season Ticket Holders.

Wiltfong: Bears add Henry Burris and John Timu to their coaching staff - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are adding two new assistant coaches to Matt Nagy’s staff — as first - reported by The Athletic’s Adam Jahns — and both have a history with the franchise. Henry Burris, who played...

Schmitz & Wiltfong: [Video] Answering burning questions about the Chicago Bears’ offensive line (with Lester Wiltfong!) - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest video breakdown, Robert S. brings Lester Wiltfong into the RPO studio to dissect the struggles of the 2019 offensive line, break down each starting 2020 lineman, and highlight the impact Juan Castillo may have on Chicago’s 2020 running game.

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