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The Bear’s Den, July 7, 2021

Does the fact that there were no opt-outs this year league-wide mean Eddie Goldman will show up for training camp?

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Chicago Bears Charles Snowden (49) in action during minicamp at Halas Hall.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

11 Bears to watch before 2021 NFL training camp kicks off - RSN - From Eddie Goldman to Eddie Jackson, these are the guys the Under Center Podcast crew have their eyes on.

Bears GM Ryan Pace promotes six members of front office - RSN - These scouts had a role in drafting Eddie Jackson, Roquan Smith, Tarik Cohen and David Montgomery among others.

Chicago Bears 2021 quarterbacks preview - Andy Dalton, Justin Fields, Nick Foles - The Bears will kick off training camp later this month with a revamped quarterback position that features veteran free-agent acquisition Andy Dalton and rookie first-round draft pick Justin Fields.

Chicago Bears announce staff promotions in scouting, player development - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace has promoted six members of the football operations staff, including one on the player development side and five in the scouting department.

Fields Pick Changes Math On Allen Robinson Extension - Da Bears Blog - By drafting Justin Fields the Bears not only changed the direction of the franchise — possibly saving the jobs of everyone from the team president to the coaching staff — the selection also reshaped the direction the team should go with star wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Bears promote 6 in football operations department - 670 The Score - The Bears on Tuesday officially announced the promotions for six members of their football operations department, including five from the scouting department.

Allen Robinson, Bears face uncertainty beyond franchise tag - 670 The Score - Star wide receiver Allen Robinson and the Bears are unlikely to reach a contract extension ahead of their July 15 deadline, meaning there will be more looming uncertainty beyond the 2021 season about his contract future.

Under-the-Radar Bears: OL Germain Ifedi - Bear Report - Former first-round pick Germain Ifedi projects to slide into the starting right tackle spot this year for the Chicago Bears.

Bears’ preseason plan for playing time, O-line battles, 2021 expectations: Mailbag – The Athletic - From rookie Teven Jenkins’ development to Akiem Hicks’ build to Eddie Jackson’s emergence, a lot of ground is covered in our latest mailbag.

POLISH SAUSAGE

No opt outs for 2021 - ProFootballTalk - The window closed on Friday. The official news as to whether anyone opted to go through it came today.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t gathered with his receivers, yet - ProFootballTalk - Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Rodgers has not gathered his key receivers and other pass catchers together for efforts to prepare for 2021 training camp. It’s unknown whether one or more sessions will happen before the Packers report for training camp in three weeks.

Aaron Rodgers says he has focused on his mental health this offseason - Chicago Sun-Times - “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work on my mental health,’’ the Packers quarterback said.

Aaron Rodgers: Packers QB has been ‘working on myself’ - Chicago Tribune - Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers says he has spent this offseason focusing on improving himself in every respect, and that goes beyond making sure he’s in top physical shape.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: No opt outs for the 2021 season - Windy City Gridiron - The deadline for players to opt out of the 2021 season due to COVID related concerns was Friday, July 2, but with the holiday weekend that pushed the news of the NFL transaction wire to today, and...

Wiltfong: Bears announce promotions in their Football Operations department - Windy City Gridiron - On Tuesday the Chicago Bears announced that general manager Ryan Pace has promoted six members of their football operations staff, with five of those promotions coming within their scouting...

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