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The Bear’s Den, March 9, 2021

Bobby Massie is out and Tag Day has arrived... or has it?

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Offensive tackle Bobby Massie #70 of the Chicago Bears looks on during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

How the Chicago Bears Could Easily Destroy a Good Thing - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears will need to pay a heavy price to obtain Deshaun Watson or even Russell Wilson and they have to ask whether it’s worth trading Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith along with draft picks and other players or will they gut their defense too much?

Report: Chicago Bears Part Ways with Bobby Massie - Sports Illustrated - After reportedly deciding not to pick up Bobby Massie’s contract option, the Chicago Bears have gained back som needed cap space but they have plenty of more moves to make before their cash crisis ends.

Peter King Says Chicago Bears “Are Screwed: in QB Hunt - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears seem to be in a place where nothing can be done to help them find a veteran franchise quarterback via trade, and they may not even be able to get one who could help in the future on draft day.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. talks Chicago Bears options, predictions for 2021 NFL Draft - ChicagoBears.com - During a 90-minute call with the national media Monday, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. discussed two possible options the Bears may consider with the 20th pick in the first round.

Chicago Bears owner Virginia McCaskey ‘a daily source of inspiration’ - International Women’s Day - ChicagoBears.com - With International Women’s Day on Monday, there’s no better time to celebrate the matriarch of the Chicago Bears and the First Lady of the NFL, Mrs. Virginia McCaskey.

Greg Olsen ‘was pissed off as hell’ when traded to Panthers - 670 The Score - Former NFL tight end Greg Olsen started his career with the Bears and loved his time in Chicago, so he was understandably “pissed off as hell” when he was suddenly traded to the Panthers in 2011, he said while recently reflecting back.

Report: Bears plan to part ways with OT Bobby Massie - 670 The Score - The Bears don’t plan to exercise the contract option for veteran offensive tackle Bobby Massie in 2021, NFL Media reported Monday. The move will create $5 million more in salary cap space.

Why Bears miss out on Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, per Peter King - RSN - Say it ain’t so.

If Russell Wilson comes to Bears, Darnell Mooney may be key to offense - RSN - Could be a smooth transition for Wilson to come to the Bears.

Olin Kreutz reminisces about all the Bears QBs he snapped to – The Athletic - In the Bears’ long history of quarterbacks, Olin Kreutz was the center for a good many of them, from Moses Moreno to Jay Cutler.

Column: If not Russell Wilson, 7 other QBs for Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - Add up the clues and you have to figure the Chicago Bears would be in on Russell Wilson until they get him or they are told no. But before Bears fans get too dreamy, it’s hard to come up with motivating factors for the Seattle Seahawks to trade Wilson.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper: Bears have no shot at elite QB prospect with 20th pick in NFL Draft - Chicago Sun-Times - With the top five quarterback prospects expected to go in the top 10-12 picks, the Bears won’t find their franchise player at No. 20.

NFL franchise tag deadline: Will delay make any difference for Bears, Allen Robinson? - Chicago Sun-Times - The 11th hour has been prolonged, but the Bears and Robinson have already had more than a year to make a deal.

2021 NFL free agency: Trubisky one of eleven players who could be overpriced - NFL.com - How much is eight-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson worth? What about once-elite receiver Antonio Brown? Gregg Rosenthal lists 11 players who could be overpriced in free agency.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Daniel Snyder denies using bots or fake accounts for favorable news stories - ProFootballTalk - On Friday, potential evidence emerged of someone arranging for Twitter bots and a Facebook ad for a column on an obscure website touting Washington owner Daniel Snyder. Snyder, through his lawyers, has denied such methods to boost the manner in which he is regarded or perceived

FMIA: In This 2021 NFL Draft Primer, Uncertainty Is No. 1 Overall Prospect - Peter King, NBC Sports - Peter King's Football Morning In America column begins with a 2021 NFL Draft primer featuring top quarterback prospects, rankings and more.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Kenny Golladay turned down massive deal in 2020, could avoid franchise tag in 2021 - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions star WR turned down huge money in 2020, but he may avoid getting the franchise tag this year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Is a trade for Sam Darnold still in play for the Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - At this point most Chicago Bears fans are in full on Russell Wilson Watch mode, but swinging a deal for a for a quarterback in his prime is difficult to say the least, so the Bears may be forced to...

Schmitz: Bears not likely to exercise Bobby Massie’s 2021 contract option - Windy City Gridiron - After missing 14 games in his last two seasons, it seems as if Bobby Massie will not be returning to the Bears in 2021.

Wiltfong: The latest on the 2021 franchise tag deadline - Windy City Gridiron - The franchise tag deadline was set to be tomorrow, March 9, but with the 2021 salary cap still not finalized there’s talk that the deadline could be moved back according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. The...

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