The NFC North champion Bears on Monday released a list of important offseason dates, highlighted by two minicamps, 10 OTA practices and the Bears100 Weekend Celebration.
The NFL Scouting Combine will be held Feb. 26-March 4 in Indianapolis. General manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy are scheduled to speak to the media Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The Ed Block Courage Award will be presented during a luncheon April 9 at Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines. The prestigious awards are presented to one player on all 32 NFL teams who best exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage and serves as an inspiration in the locker room.
The Bears will announce the rookie and veteran winners of the Brian Piccolo Awards April 23. The honor has been given to a Bears rookie since 1970 and was expanded in 1992 to include a veteran. Bears players vote for teammates who best exemplify the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of Brian Piccolo, a Bears running back who died from embryonal cell carcinoma on June 16, 1970 at the age of 26.
The NFL Draft will be conducted April 25-27 in Nashville.
The Bears Care Gala will be held Saturday, May 18 in the United Club at Soldier Field.
The Bears will conduct their rookie minicamp May 3-5 and hold 10 OTA practices May 21-23, May 29-31 and June 4-7. The team’s mandatory full-squad minicamp is scheduled for June 11-13.
The Bears100 Weekend Celebration will take place June 7-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The event will feature the ultimate gathering of fans, players and alumni. The entire 2019 team and coaching staff, along with Bears Hall of Famers and alumni are scheduled to attend. The weekend will include autograph sessions, photo opportunities, panels, memorabilia and merchandise sales, interactive games, kids activities and a walk-though Bears history zone.