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The Bear’s Den, April 20, 2021

Alex Smith retires from Washington, is it just me or does anybody else think he’d be a great offensive coach in Chicago?

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Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs is brought down by Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on August 27, 2016 in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Assessing Bears’ No. 20 pick: What positions are safe, risky according to recent history? – The Athletic - If the Bears are stuck at No. 20 in the NFL Draft, history shows that certain positions prove to be safer picks at that spot than others.

Bears Re-Sign Veteran Safety Tashaun Gipson - On Tap Sports Net - The Bears are bringing back safety Tashaun Gipson on a one-year deal. Gipson had a solid 2020 season with Chicago.

Why Chicago Bears Look Trapped in Draft - Sports Illustrated - Several factors add up to the Chicago Bears simply standing their ground and making picks this year in the NFL Draft, which would be a departure from recent drafts conducted by general manager Ryan Pace.

Chicago Bears Bring Back Tashaun Gipson - Sports Illustrated - Free agent Tashaun Gipson has decided to remain with the Chicago Bears and signed a one-year deal according to an ESPN report.

Could Chicago Bears Take Davis Mills at No. 20? - Sports Illustrated - Using the 20th pick for Stanford quarterback Davis Mills seemed like a real reach a few months ago, but the Chicago Bears might need to be ready to do it if they’re convinced he’s their guy for the future at this position.

Roquan Smith’s Fifth-Year Option Looks Like Easy Decision - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears have declined the fifth-year option or cut players outright since deciding to keep Kyle Long but Roquan Smith appears a good bet to end all of that.

Memorable draft day quotes about current and former Chicago Bears, including Walter Payton, Devin Hester, Roquan Smith - ChicagoBears.com - Take a time machine back to the past to read what was being said about Bears stars such as Walter Payton, Devin Hester, Roquan Smith and others the day they were drafted.

Chicago sports teams and the COVID-19 vaccine - Chicago Tribune - What are Chicago’s pro teams saying about the COVID-19 vaccine? How many players have received it? And what does it all mean for potentially increasing fan attendance at games?

Position preview: Will Bears dare draft another green QB? - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky made 13 starts at North Carolina, the fewest of any quarterback taken in the first round since 2006. If the Bears take a quarterback this month, he’s likely to be just as inexperienced.

Bears bringing back safety Tashaun Gipson - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears brought Gipson in as a bargain buy last season, giving him the veterans’ minimum while the Texans continued to pay him as a result of cutting him following one year. The 30-year-old was solid in playing alongside safety Eddie Jackson; he intercepted two passes and started all 16 games.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Alex Smith announces retirement after 16-year NFL career - NFL.com - Alex Smith’s improbable comeback ended up being his final act in football.

2021 NFL Draft: Ja’Marr Chase, Kyle Pitts headline Next Gen Stats’ can’t-miss prospects - NFL.com - Who are the can’t-miss players in the 2021 NFL Draft class? Mike Band dusts off the Next Gen Stats Draft Model, crunches the numbers and spotlights seven prospects.

Dolphins may look to trade down from No. 6 - ProFootballTalk - The Dolphins have already acquired the third overall pick in the draft in a trade with the Texans, then moved down from 3 to 12 in a trade with the 49ers, then moved up from 12 to 6 in a trade with the Eagles. And Miami may not be done.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

The Packers.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON4

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: Would you like to see the Bears take a safety at 20? - Windy City Gridiron - We spotlight another mock draft for the Chicago Bears from the wide world of the wild interwebs.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears re-sign Tashaun Gipson to one-year deal - Windy City Gridiron - The veteran safety makes his return to Chicago.

Berckes & Snyder's Bears Over Beers: QB and OL Draft Preview - Windy City Gridiron - Part 1 of the Bears Over Beers two part draft preview, this episode focuses on QBs and the OL

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