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The Bear’s Den, April 3, 2021

In their first press conference since free agency began, Bears GM Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy gave some predictable answers regarding incoming and outgoing players. The big news is who’s calling plays next year.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Well I lost my sense of humor when my lips turned blue

Now I know the right move is just whatever gets you through

BEARRRSSSS

Bears coach Matt Nagy returns to play-calling - Chicago Sun-Times - The progress the Bears made wasn’t enough to stop Nagy from snatching the keys to the car back.

Chicago Bears Post Free Agency Mock Draft - Chicago Audible - Now that the free agency “buzz” has settled down, it’s time to shift our attention to the 2021 NFL Draft.

Russell Wilson trade to Bears ‘not totally off the board’ - NBC Sports Chicago - “I’ve been told... Russell Wilson being traded from Seattle is not dead yet,” Mortensen said on ESPN SportsCenter.

Pace discusses key Bears topics with media - ChicagoBears.com - Speaking to reporters via Zoom Friday, Bears general manager Ryan Pace shared his thoughts on signing quarterback Andy Dalton, receiver Allen Robinson II’s status and more.

Arkush: Bears GM Pace has made his mistakes, but cap management is not one of them - Daily Herald - Cap management has been a strong suit for Bears GM Ryan Pace.

Potash: Where’s the upgrade? ‘Andy really fits our style of offense’ - Chicago Sun-Times - General manager Ryan Pace said quarterback Andy Dalton’s experience, leadership, decision-making and durability were key factors in signing him to replace Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles as the Bears’ starter.

Morrissey: Bears’ Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy ruin a peaceful day - Chicago Sun-Times - The GM won’t take ownership of the Mitch Trubisky debacle and, unfortunately, the coach will take ownership of the play-calling in 2021.

Kane: Assessing position groups 4 weeks from draft - Chicago Tribune - The NFL draft is four weeks away, and the Chicago Bears have several roster needs they still must address after two waves of free agency. Here’s a position-by-position look at their roster moves so far and what areas they might focus on in the draft.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Roundup: Jaguars sign former Chiefs LB Damien Wilson - NFL - Jacksonville’s rebuild under new head coach Urban Meyer is adding some Super Bowl experience.

Ex-Seattle Seahawks DT Jarran Reed’s refusal to restructure contract led to release - ESPN - Jarran Reed’s refusal to restructure his contract for salary-cap purposes led to his release last week by the Seahawks, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Tom Brady progressing ‘very well’ from knee surgery - ESPN - Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Thursday that quarterback Tom Brady is progressing “very well” in his recovery from offseason knee surgery, described as a “minor surgical procedure.”

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Hale Hentges announces retirement from NFL - Daily Norseman - We hardly knew ye

Will Redmond implies that he has re-signed with Packers - Acme Packing Company - Redmond appears set to return after being on the field for a third of the Packers’ defensive snaps in 2020.

Aaron Rodgers Reiterates Packers Future Isn’t in His Control Amid Contract Rumors - Bleacher Report - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went on the Pat McAfee Show and reiterated that his future with the team is not under his control. Jack’s note: My girlfriend throws the word “diva” around about him. I won’t go that far, but I’ll say that he’s easy to read and it’s clear he’s choosing his words deliberately.

FANPOSTS

Roman F: The Baker Mayfield Conundrum - Windy City Gridiron - It’s the solid starter that kills you.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

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

Wiltfong, Jr: Matt Nagy is taking back play calling for the Chicago Bears this season - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears met the media today and we recap it right here:

Bears Over Beers: Kyle Fuller and Free Agency Roundup - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and EJ discuss the legacy of Kyle Fuller, recap a dull Free Agency period, and talk about a lot of QBs.

Infante: Finalized top 10 prospects at each offensive position - Windy City Gridiron - With the 2021 NFL Draft less than a month away, now is a great time to rank the top offensive prospects in this year’s class.

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