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The Bear’s Den, March 24, 2021

Christian Jones returns to a much different defense than the one he left four years ago... and a much better one than he played in last year...

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Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by Christian Jones #59 of the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on December 21, 2014 in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears Sign Broncos Free Agent Tackle Elijah Wilkinson - Sports Illustrated - It almost seems the Bears and Broncos are holding a signing war as Kyle Fuller signed in Denver after being cut for cap purposes and Chicago followed by signing Denver tackle Elijah Wilkinson and linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu.

Cairo Santos Hopes to Just Keep Making Kicks - Sports Illustrated - Bears kicker has the streak going, a new contract and complete confidence after battling through groin injuries for several years.

Roster Move: LB Christian Jones returns to Chicago Bears on one-year deal - ChicagoBears.com - Inside linebacker Christian Jones is returning for a second stint with the Bears after signing a one-year contract Tuesday. Jones played in Chicago from 2014-17.

Roster Move: Chicago Bears sign OL Elijah Wilkinson to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday signed veteran offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson to a one-year contract. Wilkinson spent the past four seasons with the Broncos.

Unpopular Opinion: Bears Can Win With Dalton - Da Bears Blog - Putting all your hopes into Andy Dalton isn’t the best spot. But it certainly isn’t the worst.

Cairo Santos: Chicago Bears kicker wants to build on record-breaking season - Chicago Tribune - 2020 was a significant breakthrough for both kicker Cairo Santos and the Chicago Bears.

Kyle Fuller: ‘I understood’ why Bears moved on - Chicago Sun-Times - Most Bears fans don’t understand the team’s decision to cut cornerback Kyle Fuller. The man himself does — or at least could read the market as though it was a receiver on a slant route.

Bears kicker Cairo Santos happy to stay ‘where my heart is’ - Chicago Sun-Times - A free agent after a record-setting season with the Bears, Santos prioritized his comfort zone with coach Chris Tabor, holder Pat O’Donnell and long-snapper Patrick Scales. “The band is back together.”

Bears sign tackle Elijah Wilkinson - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears added competition for their starting right tackle job, signing Elijah Wilkinson, who started seven games for the Broncos last year, to a one-year deal.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Should the Cowboys have let Dak Prescott hit the open market? - ProFootballTalk - Jerry Jones didn’t have unique information about the money that was coming from the TV networks. The real question is whether he had any idea that the broader free-agency market would be as soft as it has become.

Report: Marcus Mariota will take pay cut, stay with Raiders - ProFootballTalk - Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota has accepted that he’s not going to find a team willing to pay him starter money this season.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Grading & analytics say Packers’ re-signing of Kevin King is a poor investment - Acme Packing Company - The upside/downside spectrum for King makes his return nonsensical.

Report: Lions are signing WR/KR Kalif Raymond - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit is adding a potential Jamal Agnew replacement.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Free Agency news and rumor tracker - Windy City Gridiron - It’s happening right now!

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Wiltfong: Chicago brings back former Bear Christian Jones - Windy City Gridiron - On Tuesday the Chicago Bears announced that they have signed linebacker Christian Jones, who played the last three years with the Detroit Lions, to a one-year deal. Jones was originally an...

Wiltfong: Bears send their maximum allotment of personnel to Alabama’s pro day - Windy City Gridiron - It’s no surprise that the Chicago Bears would send three representatives to Alabama’s pro day, which is the maximum number teams can send this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Householder: Bears to sign former Broncos OL Elijah Wilkinson - Windy City Gridiron - The former Bronco has started at guard and tackle, according to a report a deal with Chicago is "imminent"

Wiltfong: Barkevious Mingo signs with the Atlanta Falcons - Windy City Gridiron - Barkevious Mingo, who played the 2020 season with the Chicago Bears, is signing a 1-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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