Chicago Bears Full Offseason Recap Part 3: NFL Draft

Draft

Drafting a player with high potential is a lot like owning a pet tiger. Let me explain.

Part 1: Coaching Staff

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What is the Chicago Bears Biggest Need?

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It seems like such a simple question, but no one can provide a definitive answer.

In free agency, the Bears did quite a bit in terms of addressing some of their most glaring needs. The offensive tackle, tight end, and linebacker positions were all upgraded.

But with the NFL Draft less than a week away, predictions are still all over the board for who the Bears may take with the 20th selection.

In my opinion, this is a two-horse race: offensive lineman, or linebacker. Apparently, most draft experts don’t agree with me.

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Chicago Bears Free Agency Analysis and Predictions

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants

Well, that escalated quickly.

GM Phil Emery followed up his amazing opening act last season with an equally impressive performance in the first few hours of this year’s free agency period.

About 60 minutes after the opening bell, former Giants tight end Martellus Bennett was watching the ink dry on his new four-year deal with the Bears. The terms of Bennett’s contract have not yet been disclosed.

A few hours later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that former Saints Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod would be joining Bennett in the Windy City on a five-year, $36 million deal, making him the highest paid offensive lineman in team history. [Read more…]

Chicago Bears 2013 potential offseason moves

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It’s never too soon to think about how the Bears can improve for next season. I have some suggestions for GM Phil Emery.

I think with 2 key moves in the offseason, the Bears can find themselves on the right side of lopsided final scores like we saw in Jacksonville, only against much better opponents than the Jaguars.

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Chicago Bears 53-Man Roster

Dane Sanzenbacher

Did Dane Sanzenbacher survive the final roster cuts?

8 pm CT has come and gone on August 31st.

The Chicago Bears roster received some serious cosmetic surgery in the hours approaching the NFL mandated roster deadline. After signing one veteran, former Bear DT Amobi Okoye, the Bears carved away from 76 players down to 53.

The final roster is set… for now. The Bears can still sign and release players, but they must also make corresponding moves to keep the roster at or below 53 players.

So which players survived the carnage and who got their walking papers?

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Chicago Bears Training Camp Position Battles: Offensive Line

J'Marcus Webb

 

Much like the wide receiving corps, the Bear’s offensive line has been a enigma for years. But unlike the receiving corps, no major moves were made in the offseason to improve the unit.

 

I was in the school of thought that the best move the Bears could make, outside of signing a Pro-Bowl caliber o-lineman, would be to stand pat and let the current players grow together.

 

But a 31-3 loss in the preseason opener with most of the blame falling on the offensive line seems to rebut that thought with a resounding “think again”.

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Wisconsin Badgers Ricky Wagner has his eyes set on the Outland Trophy

In today’s age of college football, a big beastly offensive line is pretty much synonymous with the Wisconsin Badgers. With each year here and gone, the Badgers maintain one of the best units in the country, never showing any sign of slowing down.

This season’s big man on campus and leader of the offensive line is senior left guard Ricky Wagner (literally the big man on campus at 6-6 and 317 pounds) who has some legendary shoes to fill at the position.

I had a chance to catch up with Wagner at Badgers Media Day to talk about where he thinks his career is heading and what the offensive line has in store for an exciting 2012 season.

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Five Lessons We Learned From the Saints’ Beatdown of the Bears

After a rousing Week 1 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field, the Chicago Bears headed down to the Superdome in New Orleans to battle the Saints in another NFC South matchup. All of the confidence they brought with them south of the Mason-Dixon line didn’t mean diddly squat, however, as the Saints picked apart the Bears’ weakened secondary and sacked Jay Cutler six times en route to a 30-13 victory.

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2011 NFL Signings, NFL Trade Rumors and News: Ricky Williams, Kyle Orton, DeSean Jackson, Chicago Bears

 

The NFL preseason is in full swing. Ricky Williams will be watching the Blind Side. Kyle Orton is learning hard work pays off and the Chicago Bears look to add more teeth to their defense. What are the latest NFL signings? NFL Trade rumors? NFL Injury news?

The Sportsbank in not on the PUP list, covering it all for you.

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2011 NFL Signings and Trade Rumors: Ochocinco, Greg Olsen, Vince Young and More!

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Another day of NFL preseason is wrapping up and since our last report the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have made more moves. Nnamdi Asomugha also is down to two teams. What are the latest NFL Trade rumors?

What 2011 NFL Signings took place today? The Sportsbank has you covered.

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NFC North Fantasy Stock Report (2011 NFL Draft Edition)


We had a gratifying taste of NFL Football during the 2011 Draft, but the fact remains that the NFL remains in a lockout. Even though the thought of regular season football seems so far away, it’s never too early to start talking fantasy football.

Whether it’s the Chicago Bears who improved their offensive line or the Minnesota Vikings who invested in a QB for the future, each team in the NFC North drafted players who could have an immediate impact on the game of fantasy football.

Keep reading to see whose fantasy stock is on the rise and whose is falling.

By: Nick Grays
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What Gabe Carimi Brings to the Chicago Bears


On Thursday, the Chicago Bears addressed their greatest need when drafting Wisconsin’s offensive lineman Gabe Carimi with their first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Bears gave up a disgusting 56 sacks (tops in the league) and ended up with a bruised and battered Jay Cutler when it was all said and done last season.

Let me tell you why and how Carimi can upgrade one of the worst offensive lines in all of football.

By: Nick Grays
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