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The Bear’s Den, March 24, 2021

The Bears add depth at running back with the multi-talented Damien Williams

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NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (26) rushes against Chicago Bears inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) during the first half at Soldier Field.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Grading Chicago Bears on Week 1 of Free Agency - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears made plenty of noise in free agency and applied some sound strategies but their problems with the salary cap and Ryan Pace’s inability to land a veteran quarterback who represented a big improvement have led to a mediocre Week 1 grade for free agency.

Free Agent Safeties Leave Chicago Bears lesser Options - Sports Illustrated - Tashaun Gipson remains unsigned and the Chicago Bears have not brought in another veteran safety to team with Eddie Jackson, beyond signing their own free agent Deon Bush, but there are a few other veterans available.

Chicago Bears Sign Chiefs Super Bowl Hero Damien Williams - Sports Illustrated - After opting out in 2020, Damien Williams comes to the Chicago Bears in free agency as a backup to David Montgomery.

Loyola University basketball star Cameron Krutwig a diehard Chicago Bears fan - ChicagoBears.com - Loyola University basketball star Cameron Krutwig is a Chicago area native who helped the Ramblers reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last weekend. But that’s not the only reason to root for him.

Biggs: WR-CB combo makes good sense for Bears in NFL Draft - 670 The Score - After the Bears failed to make a franchise-altering move at the quarterback position in free agency or on the trade market in recent weeks, the attention turns to what they’ll do with the No. 20 overall pick in the NFL Draft, which begins April 29.

Report: Bears add RB Damien Williams on 1-year deal - 670 The Scor - Running back Damien Williams has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Wednesday. Williams is expected to be the primary backup for starter David Montgomery.

Bears signing multifaceted RB Damien Williams, hero of Super Bowl LIV - Chicago Sun-Times - Williams could replace Cordarrelle Patterson as Matt Nagy’s gadget player of choice.

Chicago Bears Q&A: Could they still draft a QB in 1st round? - Chicago Tribune - We’re a full week into NFL free agency, and many Chicago Bears fans have a hard time squaring the moves the team has made with the “win now” edict that Chairman George McCaskey has given general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

Why NFL draft should include Bears’ next bold decision at QB: Mock draft reaction – The Athletic - The Bears need a young QB, and it should be possible for them to trade up to get one even if they take another position with the 20th pick.

Best NFL free agent fits left: Ryan Kerrigan to Giants. Geno Atkins to Patriots. Alex Smith to Jaguars – The Athletic - The first wave of NFL free agency is over, and the second wave has begun. There are good fits out there for all 32 teams.

Report: Bears sign Damien Williams, former Chiefs Super Bowl star - RSN - The Bears have signed another free agent. This time, it’s Super Bowl LIV star running back Damien Williams.

Russell Wilson trade: Deal with Bears could still happen, per Darlington - RSN - The rumors of the “Russell Wilson trade” continue. Jeff Darlington doesn’t believe a potential trade opportunity for Wilson is dead yet.

NFL Draft 2021: Brad Biggs predicts Bears will draft wide receiver in 2021 NFL Draft - RSN - With the 2021 NFL Draft about a month away, the Bears may end up drafting a wide receiver in the first round.

Chicago Bears Sign Super Bowl Hero Damien Williams - On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears have signed Damien Williams to a one-year contract. The former Kansas City Chiefs running back is headed to the Windy City.

POLISH SAUSAGE

2021 NFL Free Agency: One positive takeaway for all 32 NFL teams so far - PFF - After one week of NFL free agency, PFF's Ben Linsey looks at how each team can feel good about what they have or haven't accomplished thus far.

Patriots' Justin Herron hailed as a hero after rescuing woman attacked in park - ProFootballTalk - Patriots offensive lineman Justin Herron is being described as a hero by police in Tempe, Arizona, who say he came to the aid of a woman who was being attacked in a public park.

Report: Marcus Mariota got no-trade clause in new Raiders contract - ProFootballTalk - Mariota’s new contract has the no-trade clause that his old contract did not, according to Greg A. Bedard.

Mel Kiper’s mock draft 3.0: Did the Detroit Lions get the right Alabama WR? - Pride Of Detroit - Jaylen Waddle or DeVonta Smith, who you got?

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Vikings bring back RB Ameer Abdullah - Daily Norseman - RB depth and a key special teamer

Packers re-sign tight end Marcedes Lewis to 2-year deal, per report - Acme Packing Company - The soon-to-be 37-year old tight end will be back in Green Bay for another season.

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!

Zimmerman: Are Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace still pushing for Russell Wilson? - Windy City Gridiron - The door is still open for Russell Wilson to be in Chicago this year.

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: The Athletic has the Bears picking twice in the first-round - Windy City Gridiron - Mock drafts around this time of year are usually done one of two ways in regards to the Chicago Bears. One, they are either from a national pundit that is trying way to hard to go outside the box...

Wiltfong: Bears sign Damien Williams to a 1-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Chicago Bears have signed running back Damien Williams to a one-year contract. He didn’t play in 2020 after opting out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he also...

Sunderbruch: Scrambling for a Quarterback - Observations on Later Picks - Windy City Gridiron - Supposedly, the Bears are in trouble because all of the "good" quarterbacks are going to be gone by the time the Bears have a chance to pick a player. Does actual history match this prediction?

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