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Free agency’s "legal negotiation period" draws closer as Ryan Pace finalizes his strategy."Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansThe Bear’s Den David Montgomery Jersey , March 7, 2019New,21commentsFree agency’s “legal negotiation period” draws closer as Ryan Pace finalizes his strategy.CSTShareTweetShareShareThe Bear’s Den, March 7, 2019NFC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears (10) stands next to AFC quarterback Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans (4) in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsBEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSSWood: As Free Agency and the Draft Approach, a Full Breakdown of the Current Roster - Da Bears Blog - Let’s start by looking at players they already have under contract. A rough depth chart for that is shown below; players who have not played meaningfully in the NFL are not included.Emma: Bears Sign Kicker Chris Blewitt - 670 The Score - The Bears have added more competition with Cody Parkey on his way out.Zeglinski: The Bears’ 2019 defense may regress, but they can close better – The Rock River Times - A perfect storm is an event brought about by a series of seemingly random occurrences, happen stance, and sometimes an all-important final mix of hard work and talent. First officially coined in 1718, a perfect storm is an analogy used in not only literature, but popular culture. A perfect storm doesn’t have to be negative, it only has to possess a rare mix of what look like unpredictable circumstances in hindsight.Bocker: Five Combine Studs Who Fit the Bears Offense - Chicago Audible Blog - Here are some offensive players that showed out at the combine and should be realistic options for the Bears in the draft.Cox: Bears add a new name to kicker competition - and it's an interesting one - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears added another (very interesting) name to the kicking competition — Pitt product Chris Blewitt. (Yes, that's his real name.)Stankevitz: How will the Bears approach a loaded safety free agent market? - NBC Sports Chicago - Could stars like Landon Collins and Earl Thomas drive down the price of Adrian Amos, or another member of a deep class of free agent safeties, to fit the Bears' budget?Cox: Kyle Long’s contract restructure leaves Bears with big decision next offseason - NBC Sports Chicago - The details of Kyle Long's contract restructuring emerged, and it doesn’t bode well for his long-term future in Chicago.Cox: Matt Nagy ranked 12th among NFL head coaches for 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL's coach of the year didn't fare as well in Rotoworld's rankings.Bears Reportedly Sign Chris Blewitt to Contract - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears continued their search for their new kicker on Wednesday, and they’ve reportedly landed on a contender with an interesting name.Mayer: Bears ink former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday signed kicker Chris Blewitt Dion Sims Jersey , who spent four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh from 2013-16.Mayer: Bears hoping to unearth more draft gems - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears traded away their picks in the first two rounds of this year’s draft, but 2017 fourth-round choices Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen are proof that they can land impact players in the middle rounds.Bears Care Gala tickets now available - ChicagoBears.com - Tickets are now available for the 24th annual Bears Care Gala to be held on Saturday, May 18 at Soldier Field.Chalk Talk: Which top kickers were drafted? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how many of the NFL’s top kickers were selected in the draft, which NFC North rival will pose the greatest challenge to the Bears in 2019 and where Mitchell Trubisky ranked in passer rating.Eyeing Potential Bears Free Agent Targets: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski - Bleacher Nation - The best kicker on the market is a first-team All-Pro with a ton of postseason success under his belt, but signing him could be costly.Medina: Da Bears Blewitt, And Other Obvious Headlines About the Kicker They’re About to Sign - Bleacher Nation - Chris Blewitt once nailed a game-winning 48-yard field goal to knock off No. 2 Clemson.Medina: Potential Bears Free Agent Target Eric Weddle Joins a Class Loaded With Safety Talent - Bleacher Nation - If your team is looking for safety help, then look no further than free agency.Biggs: Bears sign kicker Chris Blewitt after he emerges from a group tryout at Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - The Bears conducted the second known tryout of the offseason in search of their next kicker and signed Chris Blewitt to a contract. Blewitt, who played in college at Pitt, gives the team two options as it seeks to replace Cody Parkey.Biggs’ Bears Q&A: Could Ryan Pace target Justin Houston or Landon Collins? What are the options if Bryce Callahan leaves? Might they draft a receiver? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Could Justin Houston or Landon Collins be targets for Ryan Pace? Who would the Bears pursue if Bryce Callahan departs in free agency? Is there a chance the Bears draft a wide receiver? Plus much more.Finley: Bears sign kicker Chris Blewitt - Chicago Sun-Times - He’ll become the second kicker, beside another unproven choice, Redford Jones, to fight for Cody Parkey’s old job.POLISH SAUSAGEDenver Broncos release safety Darian Stewart - NFL.com - Darian Stewart is joining a crowded veteran safety market. The Denver Broncos released Stewart on Wednesday.Jets, Raiders among teams with most at stake in free agency - NFL.com - Gil Brandt examines the seven teams with the most at stake in free agency, including Adam Gase’s New York Jets and Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.Raiders deal to stay in Oakland could apparently fall apart over one ‘significant’ issue - CBSSports.com - The Raiders might need to find another city to play in for the 2019 seasonKNOW THY ENEMY2019 Detroit Lions free agency preview: Quarterbacks - Pride Of Detroit - We kick off our positional free agency breakdown with quarterbacks... or backup quarterbacks.Report: Roc Thomas charged with felony drug possession - Daily Norseman - He’s due in court on 16 MarchJohn Kuhn will retire as a member of the Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company - One of the team’s fan favorites from the past decade is coming home to call it a career.Why the Packers should consider Vikings LB Anthony Barr in NFL free agency - Acme Packing Company - His linebacker skills alone would be worth a high price tag, but add in his athletic traits as a pass rusher and former UCLA standout Anthony Barr could be a star in Mike Pettine’s defense.How can a stat-head properly contextualize NFL Scouting Combine results? - Acme Packing Company - The combine just happened. What do we know, what don’t we understand, and what’s with those graphs?IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONSunderbruch: Here’s to a boring free agency - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are unlikely to make waves in free agency this year. That’s a good thing.Householder: Chicago Bears sign Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt - Windy City Gridiron - He Blewitt. I mean, that’s the guy’s name.Wiltfong: 2019 Chicago Bears 7 Round Mock Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my first Bears’ mock draft of the offseason right here...Schmitz' Breaking Down the Chicago Bears: Don’t Trade Danny Trevathan - Windy City Gridiron - After hearing some suggest that Danny Trevathan ought to be traded, Robert S. dives into his film to prove he should stayWCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s Streaming – Twitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong Tarik Cohen Color Rush Jersey , Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert ZeglinskiTHE RULESWindy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc.The Bear’s Den Specific Guidelines – The Bear’s Den is a place for Chicago Bears fans to discuss Chicago Bears football, related NFL stories, and general football talk. It is NOT a place to discuss religion or politics or post political pictures or memes. Unless otherwise stated, the Den is not an open thread, and profanity (including profanity only stated in pictures) is prohibited.Click on our names to follow us on Twitter:WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter;Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Schmitz; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook Patti and Jeff return to discuss the Bears’ new signings and the most appropriate Bear celebration snacks." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteWindy City GridironWindy City Gridiron - Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansFiled under:From The Desk Of...Chicago Bears Free Agency 2019Bears Blither-Blather: Free Agency, Snacks, and 100 years of BearsNew,8commentsPatti and Jeff return to discuss the Bears’ new signings and the most appropriate Bear celebration snacks.CDTShareTweetShareShareBears Blither-Blather: Free Agency, Snacks, and 100 years of BearsMike Davis has a nice roundness to his frame.Patti Curl: Let’s just jump in to the most pressing topic concerning the Bears free agent signings. Is it immature for me to be endlessly amused by the fact that our new safeties name is effectively Ha Ha...Dix? Or, perhaps, is it so immature that it’s actually very mature?Jeff Berckes: Is this one of those “is he so overrated that he’s actually underrated” arguments? I’ve given out a few nicknames in my day that have stuck with the person, for better or worse, through childhood and into adult life. His full name is Ha’Sean Treshon Clinton-Dix and I’ll admit https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Jim-Mcmahon-Jersey , when the Packers drafted him in 2014, I immediately sent my friend a text saying “well, that’s a laughable pick.” It’s kind of a funny name and it’s ripe for a meme of Nelson from the Simpsons to point and laugh every time he does something wrong. As for the second half of the name, well, that’s always funny. I think I lean into the Bears - Packers rivalry harder than most because it can be good clean fun. The fighting on Twitter and in the comments sections between fans of the two franchises about what the other is getting has been entertaining. Adrian Amos signed a really nice deal with the Packers and will improve their secondary (because it was a tire fire before he signed...), but he probably won’t have a great time of it if they expect him to be a play maker back in center field. He’s a good football player - he just happened to be about the 10th most important starter on the Bears defense. The Bears signing HHCD on a reasonable one year deal to reunite with college teammate Eddie Jackson was easily Ryan Pace’s best move this free agency and I’m not the least bit worried about him being effective in that support structure. He’s got a first round pedigree and has played at a high level in the NFL. The real losers in that swap were Washington, who forked over a 4th round pick for a half season rental and failed to resign him. That, more than anything, deserves the Nelson Muntz treatment.Other than HHCD, who are you most excited about donning navy and orange? Have you developed any draft crushes yet?PC: To stay on the subject of great first names, I have to say I’m quite fond of “Buster.” My feeling is any time your name would make a great nickname for a dog, you’re doing something right. The similarities between Buster Skrine and Ha Ha “Clinton”-Dix don’t stop there, though. They’re both replacements that have more big play potential with a little less down-to-down consistency. Combine that with Pagano’s aggressive approach, and I’m already imagining the takeaways rolling in all season. With year 2 of Nagy’s system and Trubisky’s continued development, the defense will probably only need to get one stop a game to win anyway.I’ll also say after watching Mike Davis highlights, the man will look good in a Bear uniform. He has a roundness to his frame that is very aesthetically appealing as he stomps down the field and I won’t mind at all if we end up with a heavy dose of Davis next season. I’ve been woefully out of the loop when it comes to the draft, partially because the Bears really don’t need to add anyone, and aside from potentially a day two running back, the drafties will be developmental and depth pieces. Although I can’t stop fawning over the fact that a 260 pound person ran the 40 at Tarik Cohen speed Walter Payton Color Rush Jersey , I haven’t really developed any draft crushes within the Bears reach. Hopefully, you’re following closer. Are there any talented running backs with great tape that might fall to the 3rd round due to injury or poor athletic testing? That seems like the profile for a potential Bear superstar.JB: The good news for the Bears is that this draft aligns well with their needs - specifically mid-round backs. Bears Over Beers, the new podcast EJ Snyder and I host (listen, subscribe, tell your friends!), will be diving into running backs next. EJ said he’s been watching so much college running back tape that he thinks it might be two episodes! For my part, I just watch Tarik Cohen highlights so I can accurately describe his awesomeness. I’m still trying to find the right words. Stunning? Breathtaking? Incredibilisimo? One guy that keeps getting bandied about is David Montgomery, the excellent runner out of Iowa State. He’s a fine player but I’m kind of rooting against the Bears taking him for the selfish reason that I’m an Iowa Hawkeyes fan surrounded by a majority of Iowa State grads. If the Bears take Montgomery, I will be forced to have a lot of conversations with Iowa State fans at work and I simply don’t want to do that. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll cheer for the guy - I just don’t want to give any credit to the ISU faithful. One of my favorite things to watch every year from the combine is the Rich Eisen simulcam, as he always shows great humility, raises money for a good cause, and it’s fascinating to see what a typical human looks like up against these elite athletes. As someone who was electronically timed running the 40 many years ago and weighing in at a little less than that 260 pounds, I can tell you that my time was comfortably over 5 seconds. Yes, it’s fair to say that I’ve always been, what’s a nice way to say it, slower than molasses on a cold morning, but it should provide most of the armchair watchers with a little context. Montez Sweat’s run at 260 pounds in running back territory is just plain silly. This is one of the reasons why watching the NFL is so much fun - the athleticism has never been higher. We just found out that the Bears will officially host the Packers to start the year off 1-0 in celebration of the 100th season of the Chicago Bears and the NFL. It will be the 199th meeting between these two teams and a series sweep this season by the Bears will even the mark at 97-97-6. What will you do to celebrate the 100th season? PC: I’m going to need a second to process how many years of Bears football I missed out on.Ok. I took that second watching Tarik Cohen highlights, and I had almost forgotten the time James Daniels carried Cohen the final 3 yards of a game-winning first down. What a terrific pair of Bears right there.Now Gale Sayers Jersey , to celebrate the 100th. First, I think I’ll have to do it at the beginning of the season, since I don’t want it to interfere with playoff and super bowl celebrations. Maybe I’ll finally learn to sew and fashion a dress out of a combination Akiem Hicks and Gayle Sayers jersey to make a #46 Sacks jersey, which of course would be more of a shout-out to Buddy Ryan’s 4-6 defense than a call for the Bears to only get 46 sacks next season. I could also finally make the kitty-sized “Big Cat” Williams jersey Genghis has been begging me for. Now I’m realizing I need to make more NYC Bears fan friends. Or I can just invite all the Patriots and Packers fans that infest my life and make them put on bear ears at the door.What do you think is the most appropriate Bear party food?JB: I think serving food that would make an actual bear happy makes a lot of sense. A tray with smoked salmon, mixed berries, and honey roasted nuts is an excellent starter. For the main course, serve up some bison burgers (sorry Bills fans), cooked up medium rare. The most appropriate pastry for dessert is the bear claw, obviously, and in my experience they are tasty at all hours of the day... and night. For a beverage, look no further than a nice refreshing mead, made by fermenting honey. Just let me know what I can bring!PC: I think you’re spot on with those suggestions. The only part of a Bear’s perfect diet your missing is insects. I had some fried dragonflies in Indonesia once and they were surprisingly tasty. I can see them working well as a chip replacement in some bearibly-delicious nachos. On second thought, let’s save those for the super bowl celebration meal. It should be easier to find dragonflies in Florida.
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