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Dan Durkin became CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in August 2014 after being an NFL columnist for the site for three years. Durkin originally joined the company after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. 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.

Jay Cutler. (Getty Images)

Bears Restructure Cutler’s Deal To Save $4 Million in 2014 Cap Space

The Bears turned $5 million worth of Jay Cutler’s base salary into a signing bonus.

CBS Chicago–03/24/2014

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Durkin: NFC North Free Agency Update — Focus Is On Defense

The Packers have filled some needs but still need a safety.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2014

Defensive end Lamarr Houston. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Free Agent Spotlight: DE Lamarr Houston Film Breakdown

Houston has the versatility and read-and-react skills the Bears coveted.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2014

Phil Emery. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears’ 2014 Free Agency Primer

The Bears currently have about $6.9 million in cap space, but more can be created.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2014

Marc Trestman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Marc Trestman Effect

Jay Cutler has shown as much improvement in Year 1 as any QB whom Marc Trestman has ever coached.

670 The Score–02/27/2014

Bears defense. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Football 101 On ‘Multiple’ Looks Of Defenses

Our expert breaks down what the buzzwords the Bears are using actually mean.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2014

Phil Emery. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Some Advice Phil Emery Didn’t Ask For, Part III

A step-by-step, player-by-player look at the offseason script for the Bears to follow.

CBS Chicago–02/13/2014

Peyton Manning. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Super Bowl XLVIII Pick

The details behind how each team will attack the other in the Super Bowl.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2014

Dee Ford. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Senior Bowl Stock Report

Dan Durkin- (CBS) A week-long interview for NFL hopefuls culminated in a 20-10 win for the South team coached by Gus Bradley and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Senior Bowl. Auburn defensive end Dee Ford [...]

CBS Chicago–01/27/2014

Zack Martin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Senior Bowl Notes: Martin Looks Like A First-Rounder

The Notre Dame offensive tackle projects as a right tackle or guard.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2014

The Seattle Seahawks run on to the field during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. ( credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Championship Week Picks

Dan Durkin makes his picks for the AFC and NFC Championship Games.

670 The Score–01/17/2014

Bears general manager Phil Emery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Breaking Down The Bears’ Salary Cap Situation

Dan Durkin breaks down the Bears’ current salary cap situation and explains how much money they have left.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2014

Tom Brady. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Divisional Round Picks

If last week’s Wild Card round – where three of the four games were decided by three points or less – was any indication of how the playoffs will be, this weekend’s games should be a treat.

670 The Score–01/10/2014

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.  (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Wild Card Picks

Here’s Durkin’s take on how the Wild Card Weekend will play out.

670 The Score–01/03/2014

Cam Newton. (Credit: Chris Graythen, Getty)

Durkin: Week 16 NFL Picks

Fifteen weeks in the books, yet only four playoff tickets – Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, and Indianapolis – have been punched. With two weeks remaining, 19 teams are left in contention for a Super Bowl run.

670 The Score–12/21/2013

Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: The Eagles’ Wheel Routes

Once the Eagles shift into high gear and run their up-tempo, no huddle offense, they put a defense on its heels, both from a fatigue and assignment standpoint.

670 The Score–12/19/2013

Running back Edwin Baker of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball as he is hit by linebackers James Anderson  and Jonathan Bostic. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Cutler Delivers Down The Stretch

Jay Cutler’s performance against the Cleveland Browns personified the trite sports cliche of it’s not how you start, but how you finish.

670 The Score–12/15/2013

Matthew Stafford. (credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 15 NFL Picks

With only three playoff tickets punched, 25 teams remain in contention for a playoff spot.

670 The Score–12/14/2013

Chris Owens sacks Joe Flacco.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Browns’ Blitz Packages

Let’s go to the film room to look at a few of the Browns pressure packages.

670 The Score–12/12/2013

Browns receiver Josh Gordon. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Cleveland Browns

Stability isn’t a word that’s often associated with the Cleveland Browns.

670 The Score–12/11/2013

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