LAKE FOREST, IL - JUNE 12: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears talks with Josh McCowen #12 during a minicamp practice at Halas Hall on June 12, 2012 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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- The Bears said goodbye to 14 players on Sunday, including wide receiver Devin Aromashodu and safety Tom Zbikowski. According to Michael C. Wright, the moves were made partially as a courtesy to veterans who will look for other gigs in the league. [ESPN Chicago]
- If there was a common thread among the players the Bears let go Sunday, it was that most of them were veterans. Hub Arkush discusses this trend, and what it means about the vision of head coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery. [Chicago Sun Times]
- The Bears may not be playing some of their starters in Thursday's preseason finale, but it seems as though Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski is leaning towards bringing his stars to Soldier Field. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
- Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker seems to have kept Lovie Smith's emphasis on the defense creating turnovers, as evidenced by their aggressive ball-hawking style in Friday's win over the Oakland Raiders. [Chicago Tribune]
- While some have been quick to quell excitement about the Bears' performance on Friday (including quarterback Jay Cutler), Adam Hoge says that there is at least some reason to let optimism bloom. [670 the Score]
- Finally, the good ole Farmer's Almanac has a prediction for the weather in New Jersey when Super Bowl XLVIII rolls around at MetLife Stadium. Unfortunately, the forecast includes words like "bitter", "piercing", and "biting" when describing the winter that's going to grip the Big Apple. [Yahoo! Sports]