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The Bear’s Den, April 7, 2021

Sometimes you’ve just got to say “#$^* it! I’m going deep!”

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Oakland Raiders defensive end Warren Sapp, left, pressures Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. The Bears won, 17-6. (D. Ross Cameron/The Oak
Oakland Raiders defensive end Warren Sapp, left, pressures Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. The Bears won, 17-6.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Germain Ifedi leads Bears in performance-based pay - Chicago Sun-Times - He’ll make an extra $570,571 on top of the $1.047 million salary he received last year.

Clyde Emrich: Famed Chicago Bears strength coach turns 90 - Chicago Tribune - Former Chicago Bears strength coach Clyde Emrich, who remains a part of the team’s administration, turns 90 on Tuesday. With good health and the prospect that Halas Hall will reopen at some point this year, Emrich should be back in the mix as a valuable resource.

NFL offseason head-scratchers, great moves, and leaps: Things we’ve learned for all 32 NFL - It’s still early in the NFL offseason, but every team has made a statement of some kind through free agency and in advance of the draft.

Chicago Bears Potential Targets for Trade-Ups - Sports Illustrated - So much attention gets paid to quarterbacks and trading up for the Chicago Bears, but they have more pressing needs and there are special players at those positions in this draft who could warrant a bold move up to take.

How Sam Darnold Trade Hurt the Chicago Bears - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears have become a longer shot to come up with the real quarterback they desire this year as a result of the trade the New York Jets made to send Sam Darnold to Carolina.

Chalk Talk: Deepest positions in 2021 NFL Draft, changes to preseason with 17-game schedule - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the deepest positions in the draft, how the NFL will schedule the preseason and Bears players who appeared in every game last season.

If Not QB, Then Who: Part One - Da Bears Blog - If the Chicago Bears are unable to secure a trade up for one of the five best quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, they still should be able to get a quality player.

Emma: Top 5 NFL Draft positional needs for the Bears - 670 The Score - After failing to fortify their roster in free agency, the Bears have added pressure to hit in the NFL Draft, which starts April 29. Here are Chicago’s top five positional needs and how they can be addressed.

Bears’ limited draft options mean hopes rest with ... Matt Nagy? - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace’s best bet is to build an offense that can maximize Andy Dalton and give Nagy one last chance to get his feet on the ground. In effect, they have develop a coach who can develop a quarterback.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Stefon Diggs assures fans who bought his jersey that he won't change his number - ProFootballTalk - With the NFL considering a rule change that would allow wide receivers to wear single-digit numbers, Bills receiver Stefon Diggs mused about the possibility on Twitter.

Report: Panthers allow Teddy Bridgewater to talk to teams about trade - ProFootballTalk - After the Panthers announced Monday’s trade for quarterback Sam Darnold, their General Manager Scott Fitterer said that they would find the right place for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater whether it was with the Panthers or another team.

Hughes: The Jets failed Sam Darnold as much as Darnold failed the Jets – The Athletic - We'll never know if better supporting talent and coaches might have meant a different story for Darnold's legacy as Jets QB.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Jason Cabinda re-signs with Lions - ProFootballTalk - The Lions have linebacker/fullback Jason Cabinda under contract for the 2021 season.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Chicago Bears expectations roundtable: The defense, the calling card - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are still a team defined by their defense until further notice. Now almost three years removed from one of the best overall defensive seasons in recent memory, are they are on their last legs, or are they merely recalibrating? Part 2 of a WCG staff debate.

Lester’s Chicago Bears 7-round Fix the QB Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Lester’s latest “Theme Mock Draft” had one goal, and that was to fix the quarterback spot for the Chicago Bears.

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