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The Bear’s Den, July 5, 2021

It may or may not be a holiday where you are today, but the calendar shows it’s one less day until training camp later this month

NFL: Chicago Bears Minicamp
Chicago Bears Allen Robinson II warms up during minicamp at Halas Hall
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

5 veterans who need to turn things around for the Bears to make the playoffs in 2021 - Chicago Sun-Times - With most of the offseason dedicated to scraping the roster enough to get the Bears under the salary cap, their playoff aspirations depend on improvement from players they already had.

Bears RB David Montgomery ranks among top running backs - Bears Wire - Don’t worry Bears fans, David Montgomery isn’t ranked 25th on this running backs list.

Kindle Vildor putting in work as he aims to win starting CB job - Bears Wire - Bears CB Kindle Vildor has made his presence known this offseason, and he’s looking to win the starting outside CB job in training camp.

Report: Fine to break Soldier Field lease won’t hinder Bears - 670 The Score - The Chicago Bears would have to pay an $84-million financial penalty to break their Soldier Field lease beginning in 2026, with that figure decreasing each year if they were to wait longer, the Chicago Tribune reported.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Once a fierce Chicago Bears rival, what ever happened to the NFL’s Rock Island Independents? – The Athletic - One of the league’s charter franchises in 1920, the Independents played six NFL seasons and produced multiple Pro Football Hall of Famers. Ken’s Note: If you can, read this one, it’s good!

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Dream of Aaron Rodgers playing for the Denver Broncos ‘not dead’ - Mile High Report - Cecil Lammey laid out how he thinks the Rodgers situation will play out, and he thinks the QB will end up in Denver.

Jake Plummer: Aaron Rodgers would turn Broncos into instant contender - ProFootballTalk - Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, speaking to Jon Heath of USA Today to promote Plummer’s upcoming film debut, made the case for Rodgers immediately transforming the Broncos into a contender, if the move were to happen.

Mark Murphy’s latest column says nothing about Aaron Rodgers - ProFootballTalk - Last month, Packers CEO Mark Murphy’s online Q&A created a firestorm when he replied to a question that didn’t even mention quarterback Aaron Rodgers by saying that the situation with Rodgers “has divided our fan base.” This month, Murphy’s column makes no mention of the biggest issue still engulfing the franchise. Nothing whatever.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: What move should the Bears make before training camp starts? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears made several tweaks to their roster in the last few months, with the biggest position group affected being the quarterbacks, but a recent article from ESPN Insider Field Yates...

Wiltfong: Matt Nagy Approval Rating - Windy City Gridiron - Matt Nagy has helped guide the Chicago Bears to two playoff appearances during his three years on the job and a 28-20* regular season record. Among Chicago head coaches that have coached at least...

THE RULES

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