Dan Durkin

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Dan Durkin has been a football writer for CBSChicago.com since 2011, when he joined the company after finishing runner-up in the Pepsi Max Score Search. He was CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in 2014 and now serves as an NFL columnist. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.

Amari Cooper. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: WR Amari Cooper

Cooper will likely be a top-five selection.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2015

Bud Dupree. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: OLB/DE Bud Dupree

Dupree is a raw prospect, but his athletic upside is undeniable.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2015

Randy Gregory. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: OLB Randy Gregory

Gregory’s physical tools are intriguing, but he has durability concerns and his motor runs hot and cold on film.

CBS Chicago–03/19/2015

Vic Beasley. (Tyler Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: OLB Vic Beasley

Beasley is the top outside linebacker prospect in the 2015 draft class.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2015

Dante Fowler. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images).

Durkin’s Prospect Watch: DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr.

Fowler has an NFL-ready physique, is highly productive on tape and has the athletic grade to match.

CBS Chicago–03/17/2015

Stefan Wisniewski, center. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Top Remaining NFL Free Agents

The free agent rush is over, but there are still some value players available.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2015

Bears offensive lineman Michael Ola (70). (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Michael Ola Tops Bears’ Performance-Based Pay List

Ola’s versatility in the 2014 season literally paid off.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2015

Antrel Rolle. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Antrel Rolle: ‘This Was The Place Where I Needed To Be’

Rolle is excited to be a part of a defensive turnaround in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2015

Jay Cutler, center. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durkin: Jay Cutler Contract Update

With Cutler on the roster, $10 million of his 2016 base salary has been fully guaranteed.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2015

Free Agent Breakdown: Antrel Rolle

The Bears had big needs at safety and addressed them by signing Antrel Rolle.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2015

Eddie Royal. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Free Agent Breakdown: Eddie Royal

The Bears needed to add speed from the slot, which Royal provides.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2015

Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee. (670 The Score)

Bears Nab ‘Ascending Player’ In Pernell McPhee

The Bears expect big production from McPhee in an expanded role in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2015

Bears general manager Ryan Pace. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Building-Buying Dynamic Of Free Agency

The Bears must be careful to not “buy” in free agency when they’re in rebuilding mode.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2015

Pernell McPhee, right. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Free Agent Spotlight: OLB Pernell McPhee

It’s an All-22 look at the Bears’ newest pass rusher, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2015

Bears general manager Ryan Pace. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Brandon Marshall Trade The First Power Move From Ryan Pace

The Marshall trade illustrates Pace isn’t shy about making moves to build a program to match his image.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2015

Bears 2015 Cap infographic Updated

Durkin: Bears’ Salary Cap Outlook

Here’s a full breakdown of the Bears’ salary cap situation as they head into free agency.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2015

Bears coach John Fox, left, and general manager Ryan Pace. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears’ 2015 Free Agency Primer

With the new league year coming up, here’s what you need to know.

CBS Chicago–03/05/2015

David Harris. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Bears Free Agent Preview — Inside Linebackers

The Bears need to up the talent and competition at both inside linebacker spots this offseason.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2015

Devin McCourty. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Bears Free Agent Preview — Safety

The Bears have big needs at safety, but the draft is thin on prospects. Here’s a look at the top options on the open market.

CBS Chicago–03/03/2015

Davon House. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images Sport)

Durkin’s Bears Free Agent Preview — Cornerbacks

The Bears may be in the market for another cornerback. Here’s a profile of some available options.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2015

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