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The Bear’s Den, March 26, 2021

DHC is back in the fold for another season, as the second wave of free agency trundles on

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Chicago Bears defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson (36) celebrates with teammates after intercepting the ball in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. 
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears re-sign DeAndre Houston-Carson - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are bringing back special teams ace DeAndre Houston-Carson on a one-year deal, the team said Thursday.

Lombardi’s NFL free agency review: Favorite, least favorite moves of first wave – The Athletic - If you told me Dalton was the backup, I’d say OK, not perfect, but he fits the backup description — smart, can play on limited reps, can allow the offense to function. When you cross that threshold from backup to starter, things get complicated and cloudy.

Bears free agency update: RB Damien Williams, LB Christian Jones bring needed depth – The Athletic - The Bears quietly made important depth signings in the past week plus upgrades at a few key positions, including RB and edge rusher.

Why Desmond Trufant Signed with Chicago Bears - Sports Illustrated - Cornerback Desmont Trufant confirmed one Chicago Bears recruiting angle had a particular appeal to him and it wasn’t deep dish pizza.

More Reconfiguration Ahead for Chicago Bears Offensive Line - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears offensive line went through a reconfiguration last year and it worked to a large extent, but now they face yet another reformation in training camp because of personnel additions as well as another one still to come.

Roster Move: Chicago Bears re-sign DB DeAndre Houston-Carson to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - Safety DeAndre Houston-Carson, a special teams standout who preserved back-to-back wins in 2020 with late impact plays on defense, will return to the Bears for a sixth season after signing a one-year contract Thursday.

Bears re-sign safety DeAndre Houston-Carson to 1-year deal - 670 The Score - The Bears have re-signed safety DeAndre Houston-Carson to a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday. Houston-Carson, 27, has been a key special teams player for Chicago.

‘Healthy now,’ CB Desmond Trufant ready to replace Kyle Fuller - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears fans may forever see new cornerback Desmond Trufant as the man who replaced Kyle Fuller after his surprising release last week. Trufant, though, isn’t intimidated by the situation.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL won't require COVID-19 vaccines but will incentivize them - ProFootballTalk - The NFL will not require COVID-19 vaccinations for players, coaches or staff members. But the league is encouraging vaccines, and incentives offered by the NFL will encourage (pressure?) everyone to get a shot.

Leonard Floyd: I wanted to keep playing with Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey - ProFootballTalk - The Rams surprised some when they re-signed edge rusher Leonard Floyd to a four-year, $64 million deal at the start of free agency.

Illinois State football’s strange season takes another turn - Chicago Tribune - Halfway through an eight-game schedule, Illinois State called off its football season because of depth issues, most notably on the defensive line. For offensive lineman Drew Himmelman, who decided to play in the delayed season in lieu of traditional NFL draft preparation, absorbing such an announcement was emotional.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Vikings trade for Mason Cole - ProFootballTalk - The Cardinals are trading offensive lineman Mason Cole to the Vikings, Mark Sanchez of ESPN reports. Arizona will get a sixth-round draft choice in return, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Vikings Trade for C/OG Mason Cole - Daily Norseman - In Exchange for a 6th Round Pick

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!

Infante's Pro Day roundup: Penn State LB Micah Parsons talks pre-draft process - Windy City Gridiron - Penn State features plenty of talented prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, and Jacob Infante had the chance to speak to many of them at their Pro Day on Thursday.

Wiltfong: Bears re-sign DeAndre Houston-Carson - Windy City Gridiron - After coming of his best season as a pro, the Chicago Bears have announced they have re-signed special teams ace and reserve safety DeAndre Houston-Carson to a one-year contract.

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