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The Bear’s Den, July 4, 2020

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Happy Independence Day! Let’s dive into the news, and then let us know in the comments how your spending your weekend.

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Ken’s Note: What the serious hell got into people yesterday? Did we somehow figure the No Politics In The Den rule does not apply? I most definitely assure you IT DOES and if that happens again I’ll clean house with the banhammer. Starting today. I can’t be here everyday, some days I am off doing other stuff so I couldn’t put a stop to that crap early. I expect y’all to follow the rules. In fact, I insist on it. Y’all know better. Sheesh.

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

“Refuse to kneel to their throne. Refuse to fade into the unknown”

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

BEARRRSSSS

Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski among NFL stars to play against Chicago Bears in 2020 - ChicagoBears.com - Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady is among a slew of veteran NFL stars who are scheduled to play against the Bears in 2020 after changing teams during the offseason.

NFL’s 10 Biggest What-Ifs of the Last 10 Years - Sports Illustrated - From draft picks to coaching hires, and injuries to blown calls, here are the biggest what-ifs that could have changed the last decade of NFL football. ADM Jack’s note: I’ll spoil this one for you. If you’re sick of hearing about Trubisky over Mahomes/Watson, just keep scrolling...

Arkush: Bears ‘D’ could be special if its ‘quarterbacks’ are on the field - Daily Herald - The Bears’ defense has all the makings of a stellar unit.

Can Akiem Hicks Rebound in 2020? - On Tap Sports Net - The former Pro Bowl defensive end has challenges in the way, but can he return to his 2018 form?

Why Rashaad Coward Could Be the Real Mystery Bear - SI.com - It wouldn’t be entirely inaccurate to say Rashaad Coward is the one Bears starter who could surprise not only fans this season but his own team.

Report: Bears will carry fewer than 90 players at training camp - Bears Wire - Now that we’ve hit the month of July, the countdown is on for training camp later this month.

Sobleski: The Best-Value Contract on Every NFL Roster Entering 2020 Season - Bleacher Report - The name of today’s NFL game is building the roster through the draft in hopes of finding a superstar on a rookie deal.

2020 NFL training camp nuggets - Stats, facts and what you need to know for all 32 teams - ESPN+ - The Bears’ offense needs a jump-start in 2020.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Nike has shared concerns with NFL about Washington’s team name - ProFootballTalk - At some point before Thursday night, Nike pulled all merchandise bearing the name or logo of the Washington franchise from its website.

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku asks for trade, agent says - ESPN - David Njoku has asked the Browns to be traded before training camp, the tight end’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.

NFLPA votes to play no preseason games ahead of 2020 season - NFL.com - The NFLPA membership voted on a conference call this week to not play any preseason games ahead of the 2020 regular season, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.

Brooks: Patriots’ offense with Cam Newton; ranking the top five ‘starting fives’ - NFL.com - Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook.

Cam Newton: ‘It’s not about money for me; it’s about respect’ - NFL.com - Cam Newton’s contract is the ultimate bargain for the Patriots. The quarterback knows this, but he doesn’t care, because his joining New England is about more than income.

RIP

Gay Culverhouse,Who Helped Injured Football Players, Dies at 73 - The New York Times - She navigated the league’s male-dominated world as a team president, then devoted her energy to fighting on behalf of players with brain disorders.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Packers update season ticket holders on 2020 season - Packers.com - Face coverings...will be required, and other necessary precautions will be in place. Jack’s Note: I’m actually up in Kenosha, WI this weekend, I wonder if a mask will help me from smelling all these cheeseheads.

From an all-time record perspective, the Packers face a brutal non-divisional road schedule in 2020 - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay will head to several challenging historical venues this upcoming regular season.

Detroit: 2020 Detroit Lions worst salary cap hits: Danny Amendola - Pride Of Detroit - For the past two weeks, we’ve counted down the top 10 salary cap bargains for the Detroit Lions’ 2020 season.

Minnesota: Nobody cares.

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

Do you want to do more officially sanctioned WCG Madden stuff? Or just enjoy the game?WCG now has an official Madden Discord server! Feel free to offer suggestions, updates, or anything to help the internet’s best Bears community have the best Madden community as well! Invite link is here.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Bears’ fans, which non-NFC North team do you despise the most? - Windy City Gridiron - It’s Rivalry Week here at SB Nation, and when it comes to most of us Chicago Bears’ fans, there’s only one team that receives our ire and disgust on a regular basis, the Green Bay Packers. The...

Infante: 2021 NFL Draft offseason top 50 big board - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears finally have a first-round pick in the 2021 draft. One of these summer top 50 collegiate prospects could end up wearing the navy blue and orange.

THE RULES

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