In this Super Bowl Media Day edition of Bears Bites, we take a look both at the player that Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett is trying to lure to Chicago, several players that the Bears could take a look at drafting that excelled at the Senior Bowl over the weekend, and the player that one columnist says helped the Denver Broncos to reach the Super Bowl.
-We start out with Dan Durkin, who spent last week in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl. In a very detailed piece, Durkin runs down the players that shined brightest, as well as those who didn’t do much to help their stock in May’s NFL Draft. [CBS Chicago]
-Seattle Seahawks linebacker Michael Bennett is turning a lot of heads during the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl, but despite the potential salary cap implications, Martellus Bennett is pushing hard to get his brother to come play for the Bears. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Former Chicago Bears FB Roland Harper used to open holes for Walter Payton out of the Bears’ backfield, but now he’s helping out in other ways: he’s working with children and young adults with developmental disabilities. This piece by Burt Constable is really worth a read. [Daily Herald]
-ESPN’s NFL Nation has been releasing data from polls they conducted with NFL players, and all 10 Bears players who participated in the survey had the same surprising conclusion: despite the league’s emphasis on diagnosing and preventing head injuries, all 10 players would play in the Super Bowl even if they had a head injury. [ESPN Chicago]
-Without the trade that sent Jay Cutler to the Bears, the Denver Broncos may never have reached the Super Bowl. That’s the argument that David Haugh makes in his latest column, and it’s certainly an interesting one. [Chicago Tribune]
-Why on Earth did the NFL decide to play a Super Bowl in New Jersey? That’s the question a lot of pundits are asking themselves as bitter cold temperatures are set to settle over the area in the next few days. [CSN Chicago]
-Finally, there is another question that is on the minds of media members covering the Big Game: will Marshawn Lynch actually talk during media day festivities on Tuesday? If he doesn’t, there could be a steep price to pay for his silence. [Shutdown Corner]