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.

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

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

Durkin: Bears Were Among NFL Combine Winners

Signs point to the Ryan Pace/John Fox partnership starting off on the right foot.

CBS Chicago–02/26/2015

UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Combine Notes — Defense

We take a look at some top defensive prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine.

CBS Chicago–02/24/2015

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, right. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Durkin: Instant Replay Expansion Under Consideration By NFL

Proposals to review penalties are on the docket for the NFL Competition Committee.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2015

Dante Fowler. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images).

Dante Fowler Is Anxious To Make His NFL Dream Come True

Fowler is near the top of a talented group of edge rushers.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2015

Landon Collins. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Combine Prospect Watch — Safety

The Bears have a big need at safety, but this year’s draft crop is thin on top-level talent.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2015

Marcus Mariota. (Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Learning Curve Will Be Steep For Top QB Prospects

Even small details like play-calls and huddling will be adjustments for the top QB prospects.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2015

Denzel Perryman. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Durkin: Combine Prospect Watch — Linebackers

There are a handful of second-round talents the Bears will evaluate.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2015

Bears coach John Fox. (David Banks/Getty Images)

John Fox Confirms Bears Will Use A 3-4 Defense

The Bears’ transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense has officially started.

CBS Chicago–02/18/2015

Dante Fowler. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images).

Durkin: Combine Prospect Watch — Edge Rushers

The 2015 draft class is loaded with talent at the edge rusher position.

CBS Chicago–02/18/2015

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin: Marshall Uncertain About Future In Chicago

“I definitely love Chicago, but I definitely understand it’s a business,” Marshall said.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2015

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