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The Bear’s Den, May 27, 2021

Soldier Field replacement talk or just paying the bills?

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View Of The North Stand, Municipal Grant Park Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, 1925
Soldier Field when new: View of the north stand showing the Field Museum on the left, Municipal Grant Park Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, 1925. Municipal Grant Park Stadium was renamed Soldier Field on 11 November 1925 in honor of US soldiers killed in the First World War. It, and the spaceship that landed on top of it, have been the home of the Chicago Bears since 1971.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

How are Bears affected by 2022 salary cap ceiling numbers? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears currently have $157.6 million in obligations for the 2022 season, per Spotrac.

Owners address Soldier Field construction — but it’s old business - Chicago Sun-Times - The approval was related to financing of the 2015 scoreboard installation and the 2019 videoboard installation at Gate 0 near the Walter Payton and George Halas statues, a source said Wednesday.

Jim O'Donnell: Next owner of the Bears -- Pat Ryan, Jeff Bezos or Neil Bluhm? - Daily Herald - If the Bears were to sell, there is a list of the top 3 favorites.

One Source Says McCaskeys Are Debating Selling the Chicago Bears - Bleacher Nation - I don’t think the Bears are being sold anytime soon. But it’s now officially on our radar.

Edge Defender Rankings: The 32 best players entering the 2021 NFL season - PFF - Chicago Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack comes in at No. 1 in PFF's 2021 NFL edge defender rankings, while Denver's Von Miller falls out of the top 10.

Bears: Jay Cutler weighs in on the decision to start/sit Justin Fields - Bears Wire - There are arguments to be made on both sides regarding if Justin Fields should start Week 1 for the Bears. Here are Jay Cutler's thoughts.

Low rating of Bears’ Justin Fields isn’t popular, but is it wrong? - Chicago Sun-Times - By ranking him 39th out of 40 quarterbacks, NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms is saying is that he just doesn’t know about the team’s top pick yet.

Chicago Bears: A full training camp — with fans? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears — after a surreal 2020 season — now have the greenlight for a more normal 2021.

Jay Cutler: Chicago Bears should sit QB Justin Fields - Chicago Tribune - Former Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has cast his vote on whether the team should be intent on starting rookie Justin Fields to begin the regular season.

Chicago Bears Q&A: Can they trade QB Nick Foles? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears begin voluntary organized team activities in one week. Before veteran players get back on the field at Halas Hall, Brad Biggs answers another batch of reader questions in his weekly Bears mailbag.

Part 2: Chicago Bears’ Top-25 Offseason Moves of 2021 (1-10) - Chicago Audible - In this episode, the guys finish breaking down the top moves the Chicago Bears made in the 2021 offseason.

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai’s success fueled by perseverance, hard work - ChicagoBears.com - The NFL’s first Indian-American coordinator, Sean Desai is an inspiration to those who share his background. But his ascension from volunteer high school assistant coach to Bears defensive coordinator can be appreciated by those of all colors and creeds.

Was Devin Hester last Chicago Bears player to player two positions? - Chalk Talk - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Devin Hester was the last Bears player to line up at two different positions, the last Bears defensive players to wear single digit numbers and when the “C” on Bears helmets switched from white to orange.

Wood: Bears Roster Will Look Very Different in 2022 - Da Bears Blog - The team will look a bit different on the field in 2021, but many of the 2018-20 core remains. Next offseason, however, will see greater roster flexibility (and thus likely greater roster turnover) than Chicago has had in a while.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Salary cap ceiling for 2022 set at $208.2 million - ProFootballTalk - The NFL salary cap dropped to $182.5 million for the 2021 season as a result of revenue shortfalls related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 season, but it is expected to go back up during the 2022 season.

Trevor Lawrence on Tim Tebow: “That’s just a guy you want to be around” - ProFootballTalk - Tim Tebow is a polarizing figure. On one issue, there’s no disagreement. He comes off as a very nice guy. Friendly, positive. People who have dealt with him directly rarely say anything other than good things about him.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay, Detroit and Minnesota? Nobody cares.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: WCG’s 2021 NFC North top 50 - Nos. 30-21 - Windy City Gridiron - In the third article of a six-part roundtable series, the staff of Windy City Gridiron come together to rank the top 50 players in the NFC North heading into 2021, this time ranking players 30-21.

Zeglinski: Larry Borom embodies a fresh mauling attitude for the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - In today’s post-draft profile, we center on the massive tackle from Missouri. When push comes to shove, Larry Borom will be anything but nice.

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