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The Bear’s Den, February 25, 2021

Another day, no news on Allen Robinson, the quarterback satiation or... well... much of anything else...

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago sports leaders have a shortage of charisma - Chicago Sun-Times - But new White Sox manager Tony La Russa figures to be a show — for better or worse.

Unbelievable! - Where Does the Vikings Offense Stand? - Daily Norseman - BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Vikings offense ahead of free agency and the NFL Draft.

NFL releases schedule of college pro days in lieu of combine - Chicago Tribune - The NFL released a schedule of college pro days, which will become a bigger part of the pre-draft process without the canceled scouting combine. Northwestern will be among the first teams to host its session March 9, Illinois will hold its pro day March 17 and Notre Dame’s is scheduled for March 31.

Chicago Bears Q&A: Is Mitch Trubisky still an option at QB? - Chicago Tribune - With the window open for the Chicago Bears to place the franchise tag on Allen Robinson, questions about the team’s top wide receiver filled Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag.

NFL QB trade market ‘pretty stuck right now’ per Ian Rapoport - RSN - Don’t hold your breathe for the Bears to make a move.

Darlington: If Bears franchise tag Allen Robinson, there might be ‘drama’ - RSN - Could a tag-and-trade be on the table?

Chicago Bears Free Agency: Tough Decision on Offense - Sports Illustrated - Projecting who appears likely to go and who likely stays when the Chicago Bears make final decisions on free agency with the signing period rapidly approaching.

What to Expect from Chicago Bears Coaching Staff Hires - Sports Illustrated - The firing and hiring experience Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy went through after the 2019 season could say something about where his coaching staff could be headed in 2021, following a complete revamping on the defensive side after 2020.

POLISH SAUSAGE

202 NFL free agency: Leonard Floyd one of seven intriguing player-team fits - With free agency fast approaching, Gil Brandt names seven intriguing player-team fits. Where should Leonard Floyd and Anthony Harris play next?

Marcus Mariota trade market has dried up significantly - NFL.com - Raiders backup QB Marcus Mariota appeared headed towards being the latest QB to get traded this offseason. Ian Rapoport reports that the trade market has

With all signs pointing to Drew Brees retiring, will he actually retire? - ProFootballTalk - Three weeks ago today, Saints coach Sean Payton said on PFT Live that the team expected an announcement from quarterback Drew Brees regarding his future within a week or a week and a half.

John Lynch has no doubt Jimmy Garoppolo will start for the 49ers in 2021 - ProFootballTalk - Lynch joined Clark Judge and Ira Kaufman on The Eye Test for Two podcast and said he has no doubt Jimmy Garoppolo will return as the team’s starter.

2021 NFL free agency: Nine players who CANNOT hit the open market - NFL.com - As we enter prime roster-reconstruction season across the NFL, Adam Schein identifies nine pending free agents who simply CANNOT be allowed to walk out the door.

2021 NFL franchise/transition tag primer: Who are the no-brainers? Debatable candidates? - NFL.com - Which NFL players are in line to receive the franchise tag before the March 9 deadline? Gregg Rosenthal spotlights the no-brainers, as well as the more debatable candidates, across the league.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

2021 NFL free agency preview: 5 offensive linemen with ties to the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit likes depth on the OL, but admitted they could use a body or two.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: 2021 NFL Draft Big Board 4.0 - Updated top 100 prospects - Windy City Gridiron - In place of our usual Combine coverage this time of year, Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante shares his updated top 100 big board in an unusual draft process.

Infante: 2021 NFL Draft - Complete Pro Day Schedule - Windy City Gridiron - With the usual NFL Combine cancelled, the pro days will be extra important as teams prepare for the NFL Draft.

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