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The Bear’s Den, March 15, 2021

Beware the Ides of March...

Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense do just enough to beat the Giants 19-14 to improve to 5-6 Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears’ QB wish list: Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson at top, but other options in play - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at the top eight choices to start at quarterback for the Bears in 2021, including the possibility of turning back to Mitch Trubisky.

Pompei: Why a Bears trade for Russell Wilson would be a bad move – The Athletic - It sounds good to add one of the NFL's best quarterbacks, but there are too many drawbacks financially, historically and with draft capital.

NFL free agency signing predictions: Jets, Bears, Giants, Ravens, Patriots all find help – The Athletic - Now that franchise tags have been assigned, who is still available and which fits make the most sense? We play matchmaker.

Chicago Bears Need Calculated Free Agency Approach - Sports Illustrated - First signing lower-priced veterans they want to retain is the best approach for the Chicago Bears in free agency, because even after their moves to get under the salary cap they are short on funds.

Allen Robinson in No Rush to Sign Franchise Tag Tender - Sports Illustrated - Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson got tagged but told ESPN he is not signing the franchise tender "any time soon," although it matters little at this point.

Chicago Bears Retain Mario Edwards Jr. - Sports Illustrated - After Mario Edwards Jr. signed on with the Bears last season, he came up with a career high in sacks and proved a valuable situational defensive line player.

Why We'll Know Soon About Trade for Russell Wilson - Sports Illustrated - According to a Tacoma New Tribune report, a clause in Russell Wilson's contract lets the Seattle Seahawks restructure his contract without permission and if they exercise this right for cap space to sign players, there would be no trade coming with the Chicago Bears.

Report: Mario Edwards Jr. finalizing deal to return to Bears - Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. is set to return to the Bears. Edwards and the Bears were finalizing a three-year deal Sunday morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported.

Bears to get under salary cap by reworking deals for Khalil Mack, others: report - Chicago Sun-Times - The moves will clear about $23 million of 2021 salary-cap space, but they’ll need to clear more to improve their roster in free agency.

DL Mario Edwards Jr. returning to Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - The 27-year-old Edwards, a one-time second-round pick of the Raiders, posted a career-high four sacks in 15 games for the Bears last season.

Bears free agency primer: What to expect this week - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are chasing a standout quarterback (and have been for 71 years) as well as a starting right tackle and safety. Their salary cap crunch, though, makes that a tough, and maybe impossible, ask.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Eagles looking for third- or fourth-round pick for Zach Ertz - ProFootballTalk - The Eagles are set to trade quarterback Carson Wentz when the new league year gets underway this week, but there’s no deal in place for tight end Zach Ertz at this point.

"Crickets" on the Russell Wilson trade front - ProFootballTalk - Currently, as one source with knowledge of the dynamics tells PFT, it’s “crickets” regarding a trade.

Drew Brees retires from football - ProFootballTalk - As expected (but in recent days and weeks somewhat uncertain), future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees has retired from football.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Packers re-sign running back Aaron Jones to four-year, $48 million contract - Acme Packing Company ​- The top free agent running back on the market will not be a free agent after all, as the Packers locked up their top runner to a long-term deal on Sunday

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears re-sign Mario Edwards Jr. to a 3-year contract - Windy City Gridiron - As first reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Chicago Bears are re-signing defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr., and ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that it’ll be a three-year...

Infante: Bears restructure Mack, Jackson, Whitehair contracts to save $23 million - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have made some moves to create additional cap space for the 2021 offseason.

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