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CSNChicago.com to live stream Bears' NFL Draft coverage

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CSNChicago.com to live stream Bears' NFL Draft coverage

All Chicago fans are awaiting the big moment tonight when the Bears make their pick at No. 7 at the 2015 NFL Draft, and CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBears.com will be streaming all the action.

Cameras will be documenting the night from two floors below the Halas Hall War Room where general manager Ryan Pace, director of player personnel Josh Lucas and head coach John Fox will be deciding who to select in the early going. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (or earlier should the Bears trade up), join Dan Jiggetts, ChicagoBears.com senior writer Larry Mayer and me from the Chicago Bears Network Studios at Halas hall as we break down the picks leading up to the Bears' choice.

We will also assess the draft options available in how the remaining candidates would fit into their roster needs and depth chart.

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Once the Bears announce their selection, we'll provide instant reaction and analysis and are scheduled to be joined on the phone by that pick shortly after his press conference at the Auditorium Theater downtown (if the draftee is in town). We'll also be joined in studio by the area scout responsible for the Bears' selection and take you live upstairs to the Halas Hall Media Room for Pace's press conference.

Leading up to the pick, we'll also have "Bears-centric" discussions of the shaping of the coaching staff and revamped roster, and go live to ChicagoBears.com host/reporter Lyndsey Petruny, who'll be live at the team's official draft party at Park Grill in Milennium Park.

Programming Note: Comcast SportsNet will have full coverage of the Bears and the NFL draft on "SportsNet Central" at 10 p.m., and we'll have a 30-minute wrap-up of the Bears entire draft with Jim Miller, Dave Wannstedt and Chris at 11 p.m. Sunday.

Be sure to follow Chris Boden on Twitter (@CSNBoden), as well as Bears Insider John 'Moon' Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin), Jen Lada (@JenLada), Lyndsey Petruny (@LPetruny), @ChicagoBears and @CSNBears.

 

Top 30 free agents of the 2020 NFL offseason

Top 30 free agents of the 2020 NFL offseason

The first phase of the 2020 NFL offseason will kick off on March 18 when the signing period for free agency officially begins. Teams can negotiate with free agents beginning on March 16, and the Bears are expected to be among the cluster of clubs searching for upgrades at several key positions.

GM Ryan Pace is likely to focus his free-agent budget on a veteran quarterback, help along the offensive line, and the secondary where players like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Prince Amukamara face uncertain futures. There's also the tight end problem, which Pace can use free agency to land a quick fix.

This year's free-agent class his headlined by high-upside yet risky players. Many of the top names are coming off of breakout seasons but have resumes of underwhelming production.

Here's a look at the top 30 free agents scheduled to hit the open market.

Top 30 free agents of the 2020 NFL offseason

Kyle Long looking forward to 'seeing what another set of eyes from a coaching perspective can give Mitch'

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Kyle Long looking forward to 'seeing what another set of eyes from a coaching perspective can give Mitch'

Former Bears offensive linemen Kyle Long appeared on The Rap Sheet and Friends podcast hosted by NFL insider Ian Rapoport and he didn't shy away from questions about Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Long, while stating that he understood the questioning and criticism that Trubisky faces, still believes in him.

"The Bears have won with Mitchell Trubisky."

Indeed Mitch was the starter for 14 games of the Bears 12-4 season before this year's 8-8 disappointment. The issue was Trubisky's play was of course, as he didn't show any noticeable improvement in 2019 after tossing 24 touchdowns in 2018. "We all regressed this year, but unfortunately heavy lies the head that wears the crown, and Mitch is the captain," Long said. 

"Mitch is the quarterback. He’s also suited to take the stuff that he’s gotta deal with, and that’s what I love about Mitch. He can deal with the noise, and he’s young. He’s so young."

Long seems excited by the idea of Chicago's hires, saying that new faces could have quite the positive effect on Trubisky’s game "I’m looking forward to seeing what another set of eyes from a coaching perspective can give Mitch. It’ll be cool to see.”

This offseason the Bears have brought in a new offensive coordinator (Bill Lazor), quarterbacks coach (John DeFilippo), and promoted former quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone to passing game coordinator. Bears head coach Matt Nagy, similar to Long, has faith in Trubisky developing, especially in regard to Ragone. In December Nagy said, “I think I know Mitch better than anybody in this building, except maybe Dave Ragone.”

Long certainly seems to miss his teammates though he clearly has no regrets about his decision. He and Trubisky definitely share a bond that will last long beyond their playing days. “I love the kid, he’s a great friend obviously, a teammate, but I’m looking forward to seeing him develop.”

Similar to the message delivered by the Bears’ front office, Long was in full support of Trubisky throughout the entire interview.

"Mitch is the quarterback. He’s also suited to take the stuff that he’s gotta deal with, and that’s what I love about Mitch. He can deal with the noise...”

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