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The Bear’s Den, April 17, 2021

The Bears have a new wide receiver, the NFL Draft is coming and sure to elicit an array of emotions from fans, and this weekend is beautiful grilling weather in northern Illinois. Let us know what you’re cooking!

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Mayer: Chicago Bears sign WR Marquise Goodwin to one-year contract - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday bolstered their offense by signing speedy free agent receiver Marquise Goodwin to a one-year contract. Goodwin, an Olympic long-jumper, has spent seven NFL seasons with the Bills and 49ers.

Veteran receiver Marquise Goodwin signs one-year deal with Bears - CBSSports.com - Chicago is adding some speed to its receiver unit.

Simulating Multiple Chicago Bears Draft Scenarios - Chicago Audible Podcast - Take a listen as the guys take a more informal approach and work through various draft scenarios and strategies for the Chicago Bears with a couple of different draft simulators.

Why Bears’ 1st-round pick could hint at Pace’s job security - 670 The Score - Bears general manager Ryan Pace’s job security has been a hotly-debated topic this offseason, and the decision he makes in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft may hint at the truth.

Chicago Bears reveal jersey numbers for new players - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears have announced the jersey numbers the players they’ve acquired this offseason will wear. Check out the digits here.

McShay: Top NFL draft needs for all 32 teams - ESPN - Is Andy Dalton really QB1? As of now, yes. And like Washington, the Bears would find it tough to land a top-five guy without moving way up the board. The offensive line could use upgrades at just about every position, especially at tackle. And I think the secondary needs depth.

Leiser: Bears need long-term answer to pair with S Eddie Jackson - Chicago Sun-Times - The - Bears are locked into Jackson at one safety spot, but the other is up for grabs. Their answer could be in the draft.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Expanded booth-to-ref communication expected to pass - NFL.com - The competition committee’s proposal for expanded booth-to-official communication during replays has strong support among coaches and is likely to pass next week, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.

Lawyer for Aaron Donald says video evidence refutes assault claim against Rams star - ESPN - Casey White, an attorney hired by Donald to represent him following allegations levied against him Wednesday, told ESPN that Spriggs swung a bottle at Donald.

Trevor Lawrence’s lack of a chip on his shoulder shouldn’t be a problem, right? - FOX Sports - “I don’t have this huge chip on my shoulder, that everyone’s out to get me and I’m trying to prove everybody wrong”

Browns release DT Sheldon Richardson, save $11 million in cap space - NFL.com - The Cleveland Browns released veteran DT Sheldon Richardson on Friday afternoon, two days after the team added defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Still too quiet...

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON FANPOSTS

physik: Chicago Bears a GM analysis - Windy City Gridiron FanPosts - First a review of the Bears roster will provide a baseline for what assets the team has. Next, consideration will be given to roster moves that should help the team in the long term. A look at the 2022 free agency class and discussion of future salary cap changes will provide insight into what improvements may happen in free agency. Finally, consideration will be given to the Bears draft capital and how the team can maximize it.

PCvs.WildlyInappropriate: Mock Draft Including Two Trade Downs - Windy City Gridiron FanPosts - PCvs.WildlyInappropriate mocks trades, picks, and potential for a fascinating position battle at quarterback in 2021

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Roundtable: What decision regarding the 20th pick would irritate you? - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s part 2 of our NFL Draft related roundtable form the Windy City Gridiron staffers.

WCG Reader Mock Draft: You make all the picks for the Chicago Bears! - Windy City Gridiron - We’re going to get your Mock Draft started at 11:00 a.m. CT on Saturday where you guys get to vote on every single pick!

Infante: Day 3 WR options for Bears - Windy City Gridiron - If the Bears don’t take a wide receiver early, they could look to one of these prospects as potential targets.

Duerrwaechter: Bears Sign Marquise Goodwin - Windy City Gridiron - The former 49er and Olympian flies to the Windy City in a bid to fulfill the Bears’ need for speed at receiver.

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

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