4:27 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014

Analyzing Kiper Mock 4.0: Bears

Diligence by the Chicago Bears’ front office in free agency helped to carve out flexibility for the NFL draft, but defense still remains the major focus. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s fourth 2014 NFL mock draft is out on ESPN Insider today, and his choices through the first two rounds definitely reflect the team’s intentions to orchestrate a renaissance on defense. With the 14th pick, the Bears could address a number of positions such as cornerback, safety, linebacker or the defensive line.

More Bears Rumors & News

Chicago Sun-Times Apr 15, 2014

Safety Calvin Pryor says he’s the right type for Bears

Calvin Pryor and the Bears have the same reputation. ‘‘I bring a certain type of physicalness to the defense,’’ the Louisville safety told the Sun-Times on Tuesday. ‘‘The Bears are already known to be physical. ‘‘That playmaker ability, that’s what I can bring to the team. . . . If I get added to the team.’’ Projected to go in the top half of the first round in next month’s NFL draft, Pryor met with the Bears about two weeks ago. He came...

Bears waive DE Ozougwu

The Chicago Bears announced on Tuesday they waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu. A third-year veteran, Ozougwu played in nine games for the Bears from 2012-13, producing four tackles, including a sack and one stop for lost yardage, and one forced fumble. Ozougwu also contributed five tackles on special teams. Ozougwu was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in 2011 out of Rice, but it appears a logjam at the defensive end position might have led to his release.

Steelers sign former Bears punter Podlesh

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh to a one-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday. The Bears released Podlesh in March prior to the start of free agency after the seven-year NFL veteran averaged 40.6 yards per punt, with a 37.9-yard net average in 2013. Podlesh, who signed a five-year, $10 million contract with $3.5 million guaranteed with the Bears on July 30, 2011, was scheduled to count $1.825 million against Chicago’s salary cap in 2014 before team decided to cut ties with the punter.

Packers to re-sign QB Flynn

Matt Flynn agreed to contract terms and will re-sign with the Green Bay Packers as the primary backup to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Chicago Tribune Apr 15, 2014

Packers to re-sign QB Flynn

Matt Flynn agreed to contract terms and will re-sign with the Green Bay Packers as the primary backup to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Bears waive defensive end Ozougwu

The Chicago Bears made a minor roster move Tuesday, waiving defensive end Cheta Ozougwu.
Chicago Tribune Apr 15, 2014

Bears waive defensive end Ozougwu

The Chicago Bears made a minor roster move Tuesday, waiving defensive end Cheta Ozougwu.
Chicago Tribune Apr 15, 2014

Shawn Merriman sues Nike over its 'Lights Out' clothing line

Shawne Merriman once knocked four opposing players unconscious during a single high school football game.
Chicago Tribune Apr 15, 2014

49ers sign former Illini WR Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd was lured out of retirement by the San Francisco 49ers, who signed the former Pro Bowl wide receiver to a one-year contract.
Chicago Tribune Apr 15, 2014

Packers pitched Favre reunion in 2013

Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers are getting back together, but team president Mark Murphy still is not sure when the reunion will take place.

Packers pitched Favre reunion in 2013

Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers are getting back together, but team president Mark Murphy still is not sure when the reunion will take place.
Chicago Tribune Apr 15, 2014

Nix could fortify Bears' revamped defensive line

A busy offseason overhauling the defense isn’t yet complete, with the Chicago Bears needing to find additional pieces via the NFL draft. The question is where those pieces will fit in the puzzle.

Nix could fortify Bears' revamped defensive line

A busy offseason overhauling the defense isn’t yet complete, with the Chicago Bears needing to find additional pieces via the NFL draft. The question is where those pieces will fit in the puzzle.

Could addressing safety lead to playoffs?

Neil Hornsby over at Pro Football Focus put together a piece Wednesday identifying five teams that could push themselves into the playoffs by identifying and addressing one specific positional need in the upcoming NFL draft. He pointed to Carolina in 2013 as an example. Headed into last year’s draft, the Panthers needed to fix issues at defensive tackle. They did so by drafting interior linemen Star Lotulelei and Kawaan Short with their first two selections, turning what had been identified as a glaring weakness into a major strength.

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