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The Bear’s Den, March 11, 2021

The numbers are all fixed now, the cap... the cost of Roquan’s 5th year option... and the number and position of Chicago’s two comp picks

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears get two compensatory draft picks in Round 6 - Chicago Sun-Times - That brings the Bears’ draft pick total up to eight.

COVID and sports: One year later - Chicago Tribune - On March 11, 2020, the NBA suspended its season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19. Within hours, virtually every other professional sports league shut down. A year later, we look back on what transpired — and what has happened since then.

NFL salary cap at $182.5 million for 2021 - Chicago Tribune - The NFL’s salary cap will be $182.5 million per team in the upcoming season, a drop of 8% from 2020.

Chicago Bears Q&A: Can Allen Robinson reach long-term deal? - Chicago Tribune - We’re one week from a new league year and the start of NFL free agency. The Tribune’s Brad Biggs takes his best shot at forecasting what the Chicago Bears might do in his weekly mailbag.

NFL 2021 salary cap gives Bears, Ryan Pace clarity to build roster - RSN - The Bears are over the salary cap by $22.5 million, giving the team chances to restructure the roster.

Former Bear and Seahawk Sees Russell Wilson as Obsessed - Sports Illustrated - Winning more titles to cement a legacy is what one former Bears and Seahawks player sees with Russell Wilson, and it’s more likely to occur with one of these teams than the other.

Chicago Bears Have Tools for Trade After Compensatory Picks - Sports Illustrated - The addition of compensatory draft picks in Round 6 has set the Bears up for possible trade scenarios later in the NFL draft.

Next Decisions for Chicago Bears Post Allen Robinson’s Tag - Sports Illustrated - To get their house in order before next week’s start of free agency, the Chicago Bears need to look at several potential cap-saving measures varying from restructured deals to extensions to cutting players.

Chicago Bears awarded two compensatory draft picks in 2021 NFL Draft - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears have received two compensatory picks in the April 29-May 1 NFL Draft, the league announced Wednesday. The selections are both in the sixth round, Nos. 220 and 227 overall.

Sam Mustipher Answers Big Question for Bears - Da Bears Blog - The Chicago Bears seem to have answers on the interior of their offensive line, thanks to a former undrafted rookie. Both Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy went out of their way last week to compliment Sam Mustipher as being a calming presence on their offensive line and essential to the improvement they showed down the stretch.

Bears awarded pair of compensatory picks in 6th round - 670 The Score - The Bears have been awarded a pair of compensatory picks in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, with the 221st and 228th overall selections added to their collection of draft picks.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Matt Rhule: Teddy Bridgewater is Carolina's quarterback - ProFootballTalk - Via Darin Gantt of Panthers.com, Carolina coach Matt Rhule told reporters on Wednesday that incumbent starter Teddy Bridgewater is a “tremendous professional” and a “tremendous person.”

Cowboys receive league-high four compensatory draft picks in 2021 - ProFootballTalk - The NFL announced its 2021 compensatory draft picks, which now include special compensatory picks rewarding teams for developing minority coaches and executives.

$15.7 million drop is only part of the salary-cap story - ProFootballTalk - The difference from expected to actual 2021 cap isn’t $15.7 million. It’s at least $25.7 million. Teams negotiate contracts in reliance on the anticipated cap growth. Before the pandemic, there was no reason to think the cap wouldn’t continue to climb, by at least $10 million.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

2021 NFL Draft compensatory picks: Detroit Lions awarded zero extra selections - Pride Of Detroit - As expected, the Lions didn’t get any extra picks this year. But next year, it could be coming.

Vikings Release Riley Reiff - Daily Norseman - The Vikings have announced that they have released LT Riley Reiff.

NFL announces Compensatory Picks; Vikings get two extra selections - Daily Norseman - Pretty much what we expected

Packers receive three compensatory picks in 2021 NFL Draft - Acme Packing Company - The Packers landed extra picks in rounds four, five, and six, as expected.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears now know the fifth-year option salary for Roquan Smith - Windy City Gridiron - With the NFL setting the salary cap for the 2021 season at $182.5 million, that also means that the fifth-year option numbers are finalized for players that were drafted in the first-round of the...

Infante: Bears to receive two 6th-round compensatory picks - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have been awarded two compensatory picks for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Zeglinski: NFL salary cap set for Chicago Bears, 2021 season - Windy City Gridiron - The hard finances for the new league year have been made official. It’s finagling time in Lake Forest.

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