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The Bear’s Den, April 19, 2021

The Bears have to go offense in the 2021 draft, right? Right?

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Chicago Bears Team President Michael McCaskey poses for a photo with first round draft pick William Perry in May 1985.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Home improvement: Bears looking within for upgrades - Chicago Sun-Times - On paper, the Bears didn’t improve themselves significantly in free agency, but the development of impressive rookies like Darnell Mooney, Jaylon Johnson and Cole Kmet could provide a boost.

Bears sign WR Marquise Goodwin to 1-year deal - Chicago Sun-Times - Goodwin, who ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2013, brings a speed element the Bears have been searching for all offseason.

Bears hand out numbers to new players - Chicago Sun-Times - Andy Dalton has worn No. 14 his whole career.

2021 NFL Draft: Patriots trading up? Mac Jones at No. 3? Lions still dealing? Execs sound off – The Athletic - A pre-draft primer on the big decisions to be made, including Jones or Justin Fields, a fit for Kyle Pitts, Day 1 trades and more.

Chicago Bears’ NFL Draft headquarters: Picks, needs, predictions for a team with many holes to fill – The Athletic - The Bears have the 20th overall pick in the NFL Draft and needs at quarterback, offensive tackle, wide receiver and more.

NFL Draft busts: 15 of the worst picks ever made - RSN - During the NFL Draft, teams are hoping to find cornerstone players. But sometimes, they select guys who flame out. Here are 15 such players drafted since the NFL/AFL merger who really failed.

NFL Free agency 2021: Bears sign wide receiver Marquise Goodwin - RSN - The Bears added a speed demon to their roster on Friday.

Are the Bears Trying to Make a Splash at QB? Of Course. - Da Bears Blog - It seems unbelievable because it is, in fact, not believable. The Bears just spent more than a month negotiating with the Seattle Seahawks for Russell Wilson, only to have that deal be shanked in the prison yard by Pete Carroll. (And some high-profile NFL reporters still don’t believe the deal is dead.

NFL Draft position preview: Bears should strongly consider WR in 1st round - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears aren’t in a great place with their receivers at the moment, and their plan beyond 2021 is shaky. It’s the right time to take a playmaker, but can they trust GM Ryan Pace to find one?

POLISH SAUSAGE

DeMaurice Smith: Players are saying no to coaches pressuring them to attend voluntary workouts - ProFootballTalk - NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says that while offseason workouts at team facilities are officially voluntary, coaches are trying to pressure players to show up. And increasing numbers of players, Smith says, are telling their coaches no.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Grade the Chicago Bears free agency period of the offseason - Windy City Gridiron - We’re about a month into the 2021 free agency period for the NFL, so we wanted to gauge how you guys feel about the Chicago Bears at this time.

Infante: 2021 NFL Draft - Defensive prospects Bears could consider at No. 20 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will likely go offense in Round 1, but they would still be wise to do their homework on these few 2021 NFL Draft defensive prospects.

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