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The Bear’s Den, March 27, 2021

Artie Burns is back, Damien Williams is officially a Bear, and the latest blockbuster trade (Bears not involved) is void of any players: draft picks only! Read Robert Schmitz’ excellent Andy Dalton analysis!

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

RB Damien Williams signs one-year contract with Chicago Bears - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday bolstered their offense by signing veteran running back Damien Williams to a one-year contract. Williams has played six NFL seasons with the Dolphins and Chiefs.

Chicago Bears re-sign DB Artie Burns to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday re-signed cornerback Artie Burns to a one-year contract. Burns originally joined the Bears last year but tore his ACL in training camp and spent the season on injured reserve.

Bears re-sign CB Artie Burns after missing 2020 with torn ACL - Chicago Sun-Times - Burns will compete for a spot in the secondary, where spots seem up for grabs after Kyle Fuller’s departure.

Chicago Bears 2021 Free Agency Recap & Analysis - Chicago Audible - It’s no secret that the Chicago Bears were facing a tough offseason in 2021. Now one week into free agency, just how well (or poor) of a job has Ryan Pace done to re-calibrate the roster?

2021 NFL Draft: Ranking Bears’ biggest needs after free agency - NBC Sports Chicago - Due to their salary cap situation, the Bears were held to smaller moves during free agency, while also opening up a big hole at cornerback by releasing Kyle Fuller. Here an updated look at their NFL Draft needs following the first wave of free agency.

Chalk Talk: Why are so many NFL free agents signing 1-year contracts? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer explains why so many NFL free agents are signing one-year contracts this offseason, Bears players who’ve worn at least three different jersey numbers and the ’85 Bears player who remained with the team the longest.

Biggs: Chicago Bears’ draft options at cornerback, receiver - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears’ two biggest needs as the NFL draft approaches are at cornerback and wide receiver. Sorting through Ryan Pace’s options with the Nos. 20 and 52 picks.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Marshon Lattimore charged, case bound over to Grand Jury - Cleveland 19 News - Marshon Lattimore was charged with receiving stolen property in Cleveland Muni Courtroom Friday afternoon

San Francisco 49ers acquire No. 3 pick in 2021 NFL draft from Miami Dolphins, who then trade No. 12 to Philadelphia Eagles - ESPN - As part of two blockbuster NFL draft trades, the Dolphins have dealt the No. 3 pick to the 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 pick, which Miami then shipped to the Eagles for the No. 6 pick.

Ravens signing WR Sammy Watkins to one-year, $6 million deal - NFL.com - The Baltimore Ravens are signing free-agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins to a one-year deal worth $6 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions send both Dan Campbell, Brad Holmes to BYU - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions have sent their main players to watch Zach Wilson’s highly-anticipated pro day.

Vikings sign CB Mackensie Alexander - Daily Norseman - On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings brought back yet another familiar face in an effort to help bolster the secondary

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON FANPOSTS

The Russ Sweepstakes Ain’t Over Yet - Windy City Gridiron FanPosts - The Bears offer will look more and more appealing as the days progress, especially as the front office can do their homework on the available quarterbacks

2021 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears Prospect Meetings - Windy City Gridiron - IOftenPanic lists the prospects the Bears have repotedly met with as the NFL Draft approaches.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Dalton Does, Dalton Doesn’t - Windy City Gridiron - So Andy Dalton is officially the Bears’ “QB1”... what does that mean for their 2020 offense?

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

Infante: Predicting all Bears selections post-free agency - Windy City Gridiron - With the first wave of free agency in the rear-view mirror, let’s take a shot at what the Bears might do in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Wiltfong, Jr.: Bears re-sign Artie Burns - Windy City Gridiron - On Friday the Chicago Bears announced that they have re-signed cornerback Artie Burns to a one-year contract

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