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The Bear’s Den, March 20, 2021

The Bears are bringing in a starting-caliber cornerback to compete for Kyle Fuller’s old spot, the birds are chirping about what the front office offered to free-agent Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay, and the loudest voices are furious about the perceived lack of direction with this team. My NCAA bracket is busted to high hell. Yours?

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears, CB Desmond Trufant agree to one-year deal - ESPN - Cornerback Desmond Trufant is signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

McKie excited to begin high school season - ChicagoBears.com - With the Illinois high school football season kicking off this weekend, former Bears fullback Jason McKie is gearing up for his first year as head coach at Carmel Catholic in Mundelein.

Mayer: LS Patrick Scales agrees to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - Long-snapper Patrick Scales will return to the Bears for a sixth season after agreeing on Friday to a one-year contract.

Dickerson: Andy Dalton fills the quarterback void, but is he any better? - ESPN - The Bears had only one quarterback (Foles) prior to agreeing to terms with Dalton. As much as Chicago fans had been clamoring for the team to trade for Watson or Wilson, the Bears had to also explore more practical options.

Bears haven’t abandoned hope of landing Russell Wilson - NBC Sports Chicago - Ready for more Bears-Russell Wilson rumors? Because Adam Schefter continues to report the door hasn’t shut on a Bears-Russell Wilson trade.

Eddie Jackson, Cordarelle Patterson voice frustration over Bears releasing Kyle Fuller - Bears Wire - Given everything that’s happened in free agency, it’s not a surprise to see Bears fans irate. But it’s bad when the players are frustrated.

Lance Zierlein 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: How does the first wave of free agency impact Round 1? - NFL.com - Pick 20 Chicago Bears: EDGE Gregory Rousseau.

In surprise move, Bears set to cut cornerback Kyle Fuller - Daily Herald - Kyle Fuller’s time is reportedly on his way out. The Bears cornerback will be released by the team, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, in a move to save salary cap space.

Bears signing former Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant - Chicago Sun-Times - He replaces Kyle Fuller, who is being released for salary-cap reasons.

Morrissey: Fear not, Andy Dalton, Bears fans can be forgiving. Ask Mitch, Jay. - Chicago Sun-Times - Despite struggles in Chicago, both former Bears quarterbacks still have support here. Jack’s note: Cutler was traded to the Bears for 2 first-round picks. Trubisky was drafted #2 overall. Both came with the promise that they were the solution at the position. Dalton doesn’t fit the mold for comparison here.

Biggs: Chicago Bears make aggressive bid for Golladay - Chicago Tribune - GM Ryan Pace’s plan at cornerback might not be put into motion until after the Chicago Bears’ pursuit of free-agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay either results in a reunion or leaves the franchise moving to Plan B at the position.

POLISH SAUSAGE

JuJu Smith-Schuster agrees to one-year deal to return to Steelers - NFL.com - JuJu Smith-Schuster is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a one-year deal, NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti reported Friday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport adds the deal is worth $8 million.

Duke Riley leaves Eagles, signs with Dolphins | What it means for linebacker depth chart - nj.com - Linebacker Duke Riley became a free agent for the first time this offseason

Denver Broncos, safety Justin Simmons reach four-year, $61 million deal, sources say - ESPN - Simmons’ wife, Taryn, took to Twitter on Friday morning to announce “We’re here to stay Denver! We have some big dreams for this city that we now call home.”

Rapoport: Houston Texans trade for quarterback Ryan Finley - NFL.com - NFL Network Insider Rapoport reports Houston Texans trade for quarterback Ryan Finley.

Could Seahawks hit reset and draft Russell Wilson’s replacement? - ESPN - Adam Schefter breaks down the different options the Seahawks have if they want to move on from Russell Wilson.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions giving Michael Brockers a new three-year, $24 million deal - Pride Of Detroit - According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Brockers worked out a completely new contract with the Lions, that will likely see his cap hit for 2021 plummet.

Lions sign former 1st-round pick DE Charles Harris - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are adding a pass rusher, hoping to find some untapped potential.

Vikings to forfeit seventh-round pick for salary cap violation - Daily Norseman - Numerous sources, including Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, are reporting that the Vikings are being made to forfeit their seventh-round pick in this year’s draft due to “a salary cap violation involving a practice squad player.”

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON FANPOSTS

JDBrownWrites: Initial Offseason Reactions - Windy City Gridiron FanPosts - Bears fans are outraged. I’m not going to say that their anger isn’t justified, but I will say that once the dust settles, all of these moves make sense, regardless of how you feel.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

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Wiltfong Jr: Bears offered Kenny Golladay a 1-year contract - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs is reporting that the Chicago Bears have made an offer to former Detroit Lions wide out Kenny Golladay, for 1-year, worth between $11 and $12 million.

Infante: Potential Kyle Fuller replacements for Bears - Windy City Gridiron - With the two-time Pro Bowler now off the roster, the Bears could be in the market for a cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Infante: Bears sign CB Desmond Trufant to one-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - The 2015 Pro Bowler joins a Bears secondary that recently let go of Kyle Fuller.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ 2021 NFL Draft order released - Windy City Gridiron - After trading Adam Shaheen to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional seventh-round draft selection last off-season, that pick was officially upgraded to a sixth-round pick.

Duerrwaechter: Kyle Fuller Not Officially Released, Trade Still Possible - Windy City Gridiron - Despite the initial reports on Thursday night, the Chicago Bears have not officially parted ways with their standout corner of seven years.

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