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Reactions to Day One of Free Agency

| March 12th, 2014

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ON LAMARR HOUSTON…

Of the three high profile defensive ends on the open NFL market, Lamarr Houston was the best fit for the Chicago Bears. Neither he nor the two Michaels (Bennett, Johnson) are elite edge rushers who’ll draw double teams on every down. But Houston is smart, gets off blocks and displays tremendous discipline; he is one of the best run-stopping defensive ends in the game.

The Bears could fix their pass rush all they wanted. It wouldn’t matter if they continued being one of the worst run defenses in the history of recorded time.

From Brad Biggs:

…Houston plays the run very well, he’s durable (hasn’t missed a game in four seasons) and has the flexibility to shift around on the line. There is a good chance the Bears will slide him inside in the nickel package, which is probably what the plan was for Bennett. He’s athletic enough to see time at the three technique tackle position, if needed.

Versatility is great but production is better and that is what Emery is counting on. The reality is Houston, who will turn 27 in June, offers more bang for the buck than a 34-year-old Peppers and probably more than Jared Allen or DeMarcus Ware, both soon to turn 32.

Remember this, desperate Bears fans: it ain’t all getting fixed in twenty-four hours. Houston doesn’t solve their woes along the defensive line. But he solves one of them.

THREE ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

  1. If Ryan Mundy turns into an elite safety in Chicago, I’d be surprised. Mundy was a role player for the Giants, rarely cracking the starting lineup but contributing well on specials. Mundy will be given every opportunity to start in Chicago, however, and his development will serve as a nice barometer to judge Phil Emery’s evaluative prowess when it comes to young defenders.
  2. Jared Allen is only thirty-one even though it feels like he’s been tormenting the Chicago Bears for twenty years. Adam Schefter reporter the Bears were interested. Brad Biggs and Jeff Dickerson reported they’re not. My thought? They should be. Start Allen and Houston on the outside and 2013 and get young at DE in the draft.
  3. Does Alterraun Verner signing a big money deal in Tampa mean Lovie Smith won’t hotly pursue Charles Tillman? (It should certainly mean he lacks the funding to coax him away from Chicago financially.) Emery and Peanut need to get together.

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  • Viva

    Sign Peanut.
    Sign 69.
    Trade Lance to Tampa for a 3.
    Draft well.
    Make playoffs.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      lance stays whether he fucking likes it or not. now he’s playing for his legacy and to see how many 1 year deals he can string together after this season so he doesn’t go broke from child support.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Yeah lets not start a relationship with TB just yet, too soon. Plus, Briggs is a leader and we need that this year for the young players we have. The more I think about it, I am warming up to adding Allen. He’s gotta be hungry for something after the shit hes put up with in Minny and I think it will show if he plays for a contender like the Bears

        • Irish Sweetness

          He wasn’t doing ANY leading last season and can’t call the D the way Bri did IMHO. Worst Bears D ever, and the buck has to stop somewhere. Lac took the losses on his shoulders, as should Briggsy. That’s his job.

          • Johnathan Wood

            he was the leader until he got hurt. THe D was not terrible until after he went down. The LBs were playing good ball until that point

      • Irish Sweetness

        Re Child support, Cromartie has to be sweating bricks …

        • CanadaBear

          He can’t even remember all of his kids names. I’m not sure he’s smart enough to be worried about it.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m guessing Lambo will show up at camp “in the best shape of his career” because it’s a contract year. He will be on display all year trying to get another contract from somebody. Also, he’s got a lot of pride. I’m pretty sure he was embarrassed by his performance and size in the last 2 games.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      I’d like to see another vet safety in camp.

      • Johnathan Wood

        yep. Expect them to draft a rookie FS/SS and pick up a low-cost vet at the other spot. Two open competitions in camp.

    • johnnywad

      I don’t think Lambo gets you a 3rd at this point.

      • gpldan

        No way he does.

        • Viva

          Beast was well worth two thirds…I figured Lance can fetch one.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Marshall was 28, Briggs is 32-33

          • Irish Sweetness

            Lovie!!! Save us!

    • Johnathan Wood

      1) Don’t have the money to sign Peanut and Melton
      2) Briggs would be lucky to fetch a 7th, much less a 3rd. Old, injured, expiring contract

      • Irish Sweetness

        Who wants Melton?

      • Viva

        I was referring to Jared Allen

        • Johnathan Wood

          same principle.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d like a 2 for Briggsy. We could draft a DE, a DT, a FS and a CB prospect … all before the fourth round starts. I likey, Viva. Bostic – DJW – CD as starting LBs.

      Don’t go there MB.

  • Shady

    The more I think about it, the less I want Jared Allen on the team. I want young, hungry defenders with a chip on their shoulders. Let some other team overpay for that hillbilly.

    • gpldan

      Don’t forget the cheap shot Allen put on Lance Louis that ended him as an authentic NFL starter.

      • Irish Sweetness

        No way any of us want to see that old cracker in a Bears Jersey.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          I am torn. One one hand I don’t want white football players on my defense but I do find Allen to have that kind of innate dickheadedness normally only found in certain white offensive linemen that would make for a great DE on the Bears. Bookend intensity and young, hungry killers in the middle.

          • MB30SD

            you want hungry killers in the middle huh? That’s exactly what Shady and his little dog got yesterday for a couple hours while I rained down hot lead on him and blue all night.

            I’m back biatches! Yonny, upgrade, then sign on and let’s do this.

          • Shady

            GP, you listen to your Sony overlord and buy Ghosts yet?

          • MB30SD

            Yeeeeeees GP, come to the daaaark side.

            If it helps, the game is basically totally new, I haven’e played in over a year so shady and I are both starting at ground zero. Come join us. You too yonny and doc.

            Like old times. We’re getting the band bacl together!

          • Willie

            What are you guys playing these days?

            Don’t tell me you guys went and bought PS4s!?

          • MB30SD

            WILLIE!!!!

            yeah maings. I finally gave in after like an actual year. Just set it up yesterday and shady and I got into it for a couple hours. Totally new maps, guns, and fucking controls. They swapped the trigger from L/R 1 to L/R 2?!?!!?! WHy would they do that?? Swap THEE two most important controls.

            My first few times instead of shooting shady, I was throwing smoke grenades at him or putting down a radar unit while he was shooting me in my face.

            NEVER swap major features from one version to another… it’s in the software user interface bible!! (the only bible I read)

            Oh yeah, stop being a pussy and join us.

          • Willie

            What game is it?

          • MB30SD

            MW Ghost

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’d download it for PC only it’s like 3784 Gazillion terabytes.

          • MB30SD

            I would have sent you my PS3 if it hadn’t taken a total shit and then I tried to open it up and fix it using YT videos. Yeah, that didn’t work out, so I took it outside and dropped it into the recycling bin. Oh well.

          • Irish Sweetness

            LR2 is totally the trigger finger. Can’t you change assignments anyway ?

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I think you can. Just didn’t have time yesterday, wanted to get in the mix after a year off.

          • Shady

            You tossed so many smoke bombs I thought I was about to get jumped by Batman.

            You’ve got so many excuses doooood why don’t you just take it in the face like a mannnn?

            C’mon Rabbit, you know what I’m talking about here!

          • MB30SD

            whatever maing. I haven’t played in a year and everything’s changed. Give me a grace period.

            And yeah, I was meaning to shoot you. case in point.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Was he throwing protein shakes and tofu celery sticks at you?

          • Irish Sweetness

            I like to like my players. Can’t do it with cracker.

        • MB30SD

          for a cheap 1 year deal… fuck yes. Bring it on. Sign him and clemons and let’s start focusing on the draft (we’ll leave phil alone to sign the smaller non splash deals)

          I don’t give a fuck anymore. I want a god damn lombardi trophy in the case. Fuck everything else

          • Irish Sweetness

            But I don’t want that cracker lifting the trophy on his first try as a Bear. Almost thirty years waiting, then he strolls in, flicks his little rat-tail around and gets a ring his first year with us? Over my dead (yet still sexually attractive) body.

          • George Hernandez

            Who cares, a Lombardi is a Lombardi and as long as he is a Bear while hoisting it, Jared Allen can do his stupid calf-rope thing with his pedophile stache all he wants.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Me importa mucho, hermano. Él es …. un cracker.

          • MB30SD

            Muy importante.

          • MB30SD

            dude, if he contributes 11 sacks to that effort, he can take off his pads and have actual sexual intercourse with that trophy at midfield for all I care.

      • Shady

        Oh I haven’t forgotten that BS move, in fact I just posted a link to that play in the last thread in response to Tobi’s question. But that’s just peripheral noise in the larger scheme of things. The fact is Emery needs to overhaul the defense. They’re not one or two players away like they were when Lovie camped out in front of Peppers’ house. The defense needs multiple starters not just a quick fix. If they go out and sign Allen after just signing Houston, what kind of money is that going to leave to plug all the iter holes on defense?

        I look at Seattle’s defense. Where’s the big FA splash on their defense? There is none. They had a collection of low round draft picks and cheap FAs who all wanted to make a name for themselves. They were young, hungry and had nothing to lose. I’ll take a pack of hungry wolves over a couple of horses any day.

        • MB30SD

          you really love that dog don’t you.

          • Shady

            Apparently there is a DLC pack that gives replaces your dog with a wolf. A trained, fuxking wolf, bro. How badass is that?

          • MB30SD

            Oh bro… it’s SO bad ass brah. I mean bruha, it’s amazing.

            Now, let’s get down to brass tax my jewy friend… how much for the pack?

          • Willie

            What damn game are you guys talking about?

            FILL ME IN, MAINGSES!

          • MB30SD

            the new MW… if you get enough kills you get a dog that kills the other guy really well.

          • Shady

            It’s COD Ghosts not MW. And yes it’s on the PS4.

          • MB30SD

            whatevers

          • Shady

            Bro. A fucking WOLF. Does it really matter?

          • MB30SD

            Bru… that’s true. But I am still a jew, so how much.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Seattle even let Bennett walk .. they’re not over-paying anyone.

          • Shady

            They actually re-signed him, but he took a home town discount to stay in Seattle. He turned down Phil and a big bag of cash to remain with a close knit group. I don’t think you build that kind of unit cohesion through pricey FA acquisitions.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sorry, yeah, You know what I mean, they didn’t over-pay him Julius style. Let him test the water and find a new home if he wanted … or stay in Seattle and win stuff.

    • CanadaBear

      I can’t stand the guy but he has a high motor. I’d hate myself for pulling for him when he does that stupid calf-roping move. Of course, that means he got a sack so …

  • IBNO

    Are the Bears out of the running for Byrd?

    • SC Dave

      Byrd signed with the Saints for six years

      • Bender McLugh

        for almost 60mil…… nice payday

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yeah, but is he happy …?

          Does losing yourself in a roomful of young attractive hookers in a cloud of cocaine and ecstacy really fulfill you as a human being? Does a 17 year old sucking your joint like it’s hiding the anti-dote as you eat from the pit of pudenda lead you any closer to the path of righteousness ?

          Wait …..

          • MB30SD

            17’s a bit young for me… and not into the drugs, but yes. the answer to your basic question was yes.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Or a bit old if you’re Lawrence Taylor …..

          • Irish Sweetness

            Damn .. you see that ad down below ? ‘One weird trick to lose stubborn fat?’

            Yeah, lock yourself in a room with HER!

            Aye … mamasita .. .come to papi ….

          • Bender McLugh

            I like all of this…..LOL

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yeah, I think that qualifies as “Out of the running.”

        • MB30SD

          “I’m RICH BIIIITCH!!!!!!”

          ~ Jarius Byrd (yesterday)

  • gpldan

    Jeff twits:

    You guys are right. I think Bass has a place at the table in 2014. But I don’t think Bass influences decision making. Actually, I know it.

    David Bass? Come on.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      lol, we all know Cheta is the future of the position.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s young, he could be something.

      Come back Jimmy Mac!

      • gpldan

        It’s a Jimmy the Superfly Snooka Action Figure.

        • MB30SD

          Yes. it. is.

          I need one of those for my dashboard.

  • Doc Nitty

    Please, please, please. Don’t let Peanut go!

    • Trac

      At this point in time, letting Peanut go would be regretful. It’s going to take this year and all of next year to fix the D(maybe longer). Failing to keep peanut on the roster would not help our situation this year.

      • Doc Nitty

        Man, I love it when we agree, Trac.

      • MB30SD

        define fix the D please?

        If you mean return it to 2006 form, yeah, it’s going to take a lot more than time to get back there (like totally different coaches)

        But if you mean get them to top 15-20, I totally disagree. If we were to get an allen (as jeff suggests) and a clemons today, then go best available DT/S/CB/DT/LB in our 7 picks, and have at least 2 be contributors… as long as we have decent injury luck, I’d say the D can indeed be ‘fixed’ this year.

        • Trac

          Fix: as in our D-line will be able to close the running lanes and running backs will no longer have career days against us, Fix: as in teams will not be able to go 12/16 on 4th downs against us, Fix: as in we won’t give up over 6300 yards of total offense to our opponents, Fix: as in establishing a pass rush.

          Even before all our injuries last year, the Bengals moved the ball on us at will. A mediocre defense is not the end result we seek, no? Fix as in top 10.

          Our Defense will always be in flux as the Bears continue to try and improve from year to year MB but it won’t be fixed until it’s a top ten Defense.

          • MB30SD

            I agree with Data that we saw something different before the shit started to hit the fan and we lost melt, collins, DJW, briggs, peanut, etc… etc…

            The first two games they looks pretty solid. Data stats/proof to add here?

            My take trac, is that with just who we had last year and minimal injuries, we would have been top 20 D. We’ve lost a little, but not much and added a lot even now. We still have the rest of FA and the entire draft with 2 pretty good picking spots and a really deep draft.

            My take, if we just stay healthy we’re fixed. Everything after that is gravy and we can easily be a top 20 D next season.

            You have total faith in a mythical beast (no disrespect here, just a saying), but zero in phil emery and your chicago bears??

            Hmmmmm…..

          • Trac

            Pretty lame straw man there.

            Phil Emery has shuffled the deck so far, that’s it. Can we blame injuries on him? No, of course not. Has he had the time needed to implement his vision, nope. Will we get there? Ah, faith is required, yes?

          • MB30SD

            yeeeeeeeeeees.

          • SC Dave

            340 yards given up v Bengals, then 350 vs Vikings

          • Trac

            Remember the Bengals self destructed with turnovers and dropped passes. They beat themselves that game.

          • MB30SD

            Yes, but we’re simply talking about fixing the D, not returning it to the glory days of top 5.

            We just need a top 15 – 20 D and another year of injury luck on O and we should at the very least get a shot at rd 1 of the playoffs.

            Fixing and getting bad ass are two very different proposals. I think we can pretty easily fix the D at this point (just having a normal level of injuries might have gotten us there), returning to glory I agree with trac, could take 2 more years + (if ever with tucker at the helm… I am not at all sold that he’s the right guy)

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s on the plane to Tampa apparently ….

    • Irish Sweetness
  • Irish Sweetness

    Jebus Jefe. Jared Allen ? You love the old geezers at end. Wooten’s a better option with hopefully a stud coming in round 1. Let the best two start – regardless of salary. Anyone know anything about the Jag-off end we signed?

    Can’t believe we let TJ Ward (whom I was calling Jimmie Ward all week) go.

    Can’t believe the frequency with which I’m seeing folk calling for Sproles before mentioning Bush. There’s only 55lbs between them!

    James Jones is still available.

    6’2 Corner, Chris Cook (2nd rounder) can still be had, as can Asante Samuel.

    Kevin Williams at DT, anybody? 33. 6’5, 311.

    Corey Graham is a UFA!

    FS – Kendrick Lewis – “A 25-year-old that has started 56 games with competence.” [nfl.com]

    The last-mentioned may be the most interesting.

    • MB30SD

      mentoring ford (although I do enjoy mentoring bush whenever I can)

      allen for 1 year would be fine for the right price. Dude’s an asshole, but he had 11 sacks last year maing. ELEVEN. That’s gotta be a few more than our entire team right?

      • Irish Sweetness

        But … it’s ….. Jared Allen … Deliverance Boy.

        • bearsfantillend

          if he gives us a better chance to win, and is an upgrade to what we currently have, I don’t care who he is sign him. 11 sacks is hard to argue with. besides its not like he is someone who is drunk or drugged out going around shooting/raping people. So he is a dick with a gay ass sack dance. who fucking cares.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Any dance is better than Rodger’s stupid ass TD dance, so Allens is an upgrade

          • MB30SD

            I really want someone to end that guy. He’s so fucking good, but he’s such an immense dbag.

          • Irish Sweetness

            …or up a tree shooting deer with a bow and arrow …

            …fucking cracker.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Can’t be worse than Roy William’s first down tomahawk. Fuck that was lame.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m pretty sure he has 2 drunk driving charges on his record which means he’s one strike away from a long vacation. Both were back in the day in KC. Probably stopped drinking but Chicago night life is probably a little more tempting than the Twin-Cities.

        • MB30SD

          yes, as in last year he deliver…anced 11 sacks. (see how I d… ahhh, never mind)

          If the price is right on a 1 year deal, FUCK YES!! Get him. Houston, Allen, Woot. Paea, Collins, RD1 or 2 DT, etc… on the inside. DLine fixed. Period.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Don’t forget Ratliff. Yes … interesting roster …. but … it’s…… Jared ….Allen ….. cracker …..

            Also … Wooten is NOT currently a Bear ….

          • MB30SD

            right, knew I was forgetting one big piece. Yes, I don’t give a fuck… he could be mussolini for 11 sacks.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Sproles will be too expensive.
      Jones too.
      Cook is awful, as is Samuel.
      Kevin WIlliams is 35.
      I wouldn’t mind Graham at the right price.
      Same with Lewis.
      THey never had $$ for a big-name S, it was a pipe dream.
      Austen Lane was cut by JAX last year. If he’s playing big snaps this year that’s a problem. Personally, I doubt he makes the roster.
      They still need 2 DEs and 1 DT. Likely 1 of each in draft. Need 1 starting DE, will have to be a bargain guy. THe longer Wootton sits without getting interest, the more I think he’s back on a short-term deal.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Kevin Wiliams is only 33 – it just seems like he’s been around forever. We never should have let Corey go. Kendrick Lewis would be interesting to throw into the mix at the right price. We could still draft a FS and then just cut Conte. He’s not going to suddenly start running good angles ….

        • Irish Sweetness

          Forgot to mention Owen Daniels is still a FA … interesting. Martellus was conspicuous by his absence last year. Was it an injury …or is it just his tiny brain ?

          • MB30SD

            he’s not dumb. Super creative interesting guy. He seemed hurt.

            Oh and he’s a badass.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh, he’s dumb as a box o’rocks. Seen his interviews?

          • MB30SD

            yeah, he’s hilarious. I think that’s just his sense of humor.

            WHat are you doing up at this hour btw!!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Farkin kids go asleep in the evening and then keep me up til the small hours. Babymomma gets home about two in the morning, with her hot friend.

          • MB30SD

            WTF… your kids aren’t sleep trained yet maings? They’re 3 right?

            My kids been sleeping from 8P -7A since they were about 5 months old. My ex is a fucking sleep training goddess. I do indeed thank her for that.

            Also, do you get to sample the friend? Anticipating your answer…. why in thee fuck not!??! Get some of that. You deserve it.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            sleep training goddess…Nyquil can come in handy…

          • MB30SD

            yes, if you want to kill your kids… or you can just try and drive them into the ocean.

            My god what is wrong with people.

          • CanadaBear

            I think you’re confusing his sense of humor with his intelligence. He’s silly as hell but he sure isn’t stupid.

        • MB30SD

          this

        • CanadaBear

          Williams is done. He did nothing against us last year and he used to kill us.

  • George Hernandez

    Chris Clemons would fit next to Mundy because of his awesome coverage skills, 4/$14MM with $7MM GTD should do it, we can structure it this way—-$4M Signing Bonus

    2014- $1M (fully GTD base), $1M Signing Bonus Amortization-$2MM Cap Hit
    2015- $2M (fully GTD base), $1M Signing Bonus Amortization-$3MM Cap Hit
    2016- $2M Base, $1M Signing Bonus Amortization-$3MM Cap Hit

    2017- $4M Base, $1M Signing Bonus Amortization-$5MM Cap Hit

    • MB30SD

      well done. I’m in!

      • George Hernandez

        Thanks, I’m a CPA, bout time I get to put my skills to good use.

        • MB30SD

          Ahhhh… now I just need help getting the biggest refund I can.

          Jewish and totally useless at math. Kinda sad. (but as an old boss told me, you can hire a billion guys to crunch the numbers for you. So I’ll just continue going with that)

          • Shady

            Yeah, “Jewish”, that’s it.

          • gpldan

            Maybe he converted to Judiasm.

          • MB30SD

            I’m real maings. Both sides all the way back.

            Granddaddy ran from the nasties in 39… from Berlin no less. He was right in the mix.

            Fucking shady.

          • Shady

            You don’t like Seinfeld, that’s all I need to know. But we can consult NBiT to be sure.

          • MB30SD

            I think larry david is a pain in the ass too. how bout them apples!

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Compared to NB, even the Jewish Pope is a gentile.
            The Jews have a Pope, right?
            Steven Spielberg still holds that title.

          • MB30SD

            Fuck you moses! Just because I havent been to temple in…. a… whiiiile. I’m still jewish damn you!!!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Old Splice …..

          • MB30SD

            anti-semitic fucking Micks aren’t allowed to comment here (see how I did that)

          • Irish Sweetness

            I wish I was fucking ….

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… dude, make that shit happen!!

            wtf, you live in shangrila. get out there maing.

          • CanadaBear

            The scar of David!

          • MB30SD

            Ive got your scar of david right here! Hahaha

          • Irish Sweetness

            “The world is run by ‘C’ students”
            – Harry “I’m a cunt” Truman.

            And you were the shortest of them Harry …

    • Irish Sweetness

      Erm .. Chris Clemons is a DE, right ?…. and he is a 32 year-old ACL case …

      • George Hernandez

        Chris D. Clemons is a safety formerly of the Dolphins.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          You are both correct (I think).

  • George Hernandez

    As of right now, not including Ratliff or Mundy (who are under contract next year, but cap figures are unavailable) or the 2014 & 2015 draft classes (obviously) the Bears have $79,630,582 in commited cap next year (could change if people are released or restructured) and the cap is expected to be ~$140MM with Brandon being the only one who needs a new contract. We are going to be flush with cap room next year!

    • Irish Sweetness

      That will be the year we put the defense over the top and turn up with a shiny new center, a working pass rush, a settled LB roster and – hopefully – an effective secondary. Superbowl year .. .not this season .. but the one after. We won’t be superbowl-ready like Denver and Seattle next year.

      • MB30SD

        I dunno maings… besides teams like seattle who had/has all the pieces in the right places, getting to and winning a SB seems to be as much about luck as anything else.

        • SC Dave

          Especially on the injury front.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            But being a “young” D decreases the chances for injuries, theoretically.

          • MB30SD

            sure.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        Seattle’s offense was not ready but they made do. The Bears with a couple more pieces on D will be able to compete THIS year.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I hope they re-sign Wooton and Tillman. I would bank on a veteran DT that has pass rushing skills. I’m non a fan of drafting a DT in the first round. A Starks or Hatcher would be what we need. Also Seattle released Cris Clemons. I’d pick him rather than the other veteran DE… Tuck or Allen. He has more speed and is dominant in pass rushing, more then the run part so is a more natural fit woth Houston… a player I loved as a potential Bear. He will be dominant.

    • Shady

      In case you people weren’t watching, Allen sold out against the pass almost every play so he could pad his stats and get a bigger payday. He compromised the integrity of the defense for his own personal gain. Give me a Corey Wootton who unselfishly moved to DT to plug a gaping hole for a unit that desperately needed him to take one for the team. His lack of sacks resulting from the move is going to cost him this year, but he still did it anyway ’cause he’s a team player. So yeah, fuck Jared Allen. Re-sign Woot Woot.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Wooton would be an excellent option if at some point they decide to play some 3 DL. My fear is that a 3-4 team is going to snatch him and use him as a 3-4 DE. He has JJ Watt body and his quick step is proven on the inside. He could be a top dog if you use him as a gap shooter against guards. They MUST resign him if they can… he deserves to be a Bear.

  • tobijohn
    • MB30SD

      good for him. I thought he was actually our best OLineman once they moved him to guard.

    • gpldan

      4-year $13.5M deal with 5.5 guaranteed for a serviceable guard with middling to low line grades.

      There is a epic shortage of lineman in the league.

  • George Hernandez

    We have signed MD Jennings.

    • MB30SD

      who?

      • MB30SD

        The packers safety?! He any good?

      • Shady

        That’s the Packer DB who got screwed over by the replacement refs a couple seasons ago. Cheese scraps.

      • George Hernandez

        Safety from the Packers, he’ll be 26 when the season starts (if he isn’t already) he was given a grade of -6.5 by PFF on 809 snaps. 1 year deal, methinks Steltz is gone.

        • MB30SD

          I don’t do grades (there’s maths involved). And data said PFF sucks.

          See, I’m just a sheep being led.

          Basically you’re saying he’s a B- safety right?

          • George Hernandez

            That’s what they say, but he played 809 snaps so he at least has experience, he’s young and he has good ball skills. Think he’s a FS more than SS given his size 6’0″ 190, he ran a 4.48 at his pro-day. Probably competes with Conte (and beats him) and I think he’ll be exposed if he’s asked to fill in on run support (like Conte). He has upside given his age and meaurables.

          • MB30SD

            sounds interesting. says on the innerness that he’s a SS, but yeah, that’s a bit light for a SS. Damn, at 6′ he can easily put on 20lbs of muscle. He should talk to incognito about how to do that really fast… or Vernon D about how to do it the right way.

          • George Hernandez

            Think he ends up mostly on specials, this is mostly a depth signing. We better be drafting Pryor or Dix.

          • MB30SD

            http://www.nfl.com/player/m.d.jennings/2530703/profile

            Dude had 74 tackles last year, and a sack. I seriously doubt he ends up mostly on specials with chris fucking conte being the only other FS we’ve got so far.

          • George Hernandez

            Emery says different. Emery on M.D. Jennings: Good range, good coverage skills, good special teams player.

          • MB30SD

            guess we’ll find out.

            (Mumbles under his breath… fucking beancounters)

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            PFF doesn’t suck, per se. It sometimes does come to odd conclusions. For example, they graded Jordan Mills lowly, but to my eyes, he seemed solid. Also, not sure they took into account that he was actually a rookie.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Wow. our front 7 better rack up pressures and sacks cuz our Safeties are going to be mediocre, at best.

    Ward was a steal, but no doubt he gave a discount to play for a “contender”. That’s what happens when you win. Rich get richer.

    • Bender McLugh

      sounds like the analysis from here (do they analyze anywhere else on the interwebs as good as everyone here? NOPE.) about our safeties not needing to be great as long as the front 4 and LB’s are solid solid solid is proving to be true, at least before the draft…..

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I never believed the Bears would be in the market for either Byrd or Ward, which is why I was trying to douse cold ice on MBs raging boner for either.

        I wanted Hitner, but to my surprise, Hitner went for the same price as Ward (WTF?)

        After those, the remaining safeties are all ‘meh’.

        • Bender McLugh

          I really wanted Byrd…… Still think it will be a mistake not getting an excellent safety either this year or next. Problem is, from where

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Byrd got waaaay too much mula. Way too much.

          • Bender McLugh

            agreed

          • MB30SD

            And with the #14 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select…………………….. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Free Safety, university of Alabama.

            (MB falls to his knees, gaze upward to Trac’s lord, in praise and cries softly into his cupped, trembling hands)

          • Irish Sweetness

            I can’t believe we couldn’t find the money for Ward …

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Luckily, pure SS can be drafted in the 2nd-3rd, a lot like centers.

    • MB30SD

      or the 5th (Kam fucking Chancellor my man crush) if you know what you’re doing.

      Please prove to us you do Phil!

      • Irish Sweetness

        He will, MB. In Emery we trust.

  • George Hernandez

    Henry Melton is visiting the Vikings tomorrow per Rapoport.

    • Shady

      Son of a bitch.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I don’t know why the Bears won’t re-sign him. Do they know something we don’t? He’s young. He’s a team player. He’s versatile. WTH?

      • George Hernandez

        The knee? The arrest in TX?

        • CanadaBear

          I don’t think the arrest is the issue.

          • George Hernandez

            You’re probably right, just throwing stuff out there.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It is with me. It’s all on the list.

      • CanadaBear

        His agent said it’s more or less all about the money.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          ah. Then, yeah, via con Dios, Melton.

          We do need to re-sign Woot though.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “..it’s more or less all about the money.”

          Imagine an AGENT saying THAT!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bye Henry.

  • George Hernandez

    McCown to Tampa per La Canfora

    • George Hernandez

      I’m going to boo him personally if I see him around town…hahaha.

    • CanadaBear

      Hopefully Tedford runs a decent O for TB or else McCown is going to suck total moose wang.

      • gpldan

        Lovie wants him to push McGlennon? Mentor him?

        What’s his terms? What wouldn’t we pay him?

        • George Hernandez

          He got $10MM/2yrs, dont know about guaranteed $$.

          • gpldan

            Bears paid him $850k last year. So, he just got a four million dollar raise.

            Praise the Lord.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, good for him. Glad he did it.

            And lovie… couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. $5M/year for a system guy… to go to a place where they won’t have a fucking system.

            Nice move lovie. GOD I’m SOOO fucking glad that buffoon is someone else’ problem now. Praise the lord indeed!

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            A jew really was his savior – Trestman that is.

          • MB30SD

            Ha!

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I guess this means I can whack-off again.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    How Jennings fits the system: This is probably the guy who will
    compete with Chris Conte at free safety, but he’s not necessarily a sure
    thing to win the job. Jennings only has one interception in 47 career
    games and struggles in pass coverage from time to time. According to
    STATS, Jennings was the targeted defender on passes 21 times last season
    and allowed 17 completions for 280 yards and six touchdowns. He was
    only credited with one pass defended. By comparison, Chris Conte was
    targeted 38 times and allowed 19 completions for 417 yards and five
    touchdowns. He was credited with seven passes defended. That stat only
    measures passes actually thrown in a player’s direction and it may be a
    good sign that less passes were directed Jennings’ way, although Conte
    played 100 more snaps than Jennings did last season, according to Pro
    Football Focus.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/03/12/free-agent-breakdown-bears-sign-safety-m-d-jennings/

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Great, so we got a S who struggles in coverage, and another who struggles in run support. Perfect duo.

      • CanadaBear

        We have to draft a FS in the first two rds this year. If we’re too cheap to pay for a good one the only way we get one is in the draft.

        • MB30SD

          YES! Canada!

          Dix in rd 1 please… with mundy, jennings, steltz… SS is locked up. Let’s draft our 5-10 year franchise FS @ 14 and never have to speak about it again (hopefully)

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        “Jennings was a restricted free agent and the Packers decided not to
        tender him. He ranked as Pro Football Focus’ 67th-ranked safety with a
        grade of -6.5 on the season.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      If he can’t beat out Conte, then why did we sign him? Damn.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    The only two Safeties which intrigue me are Clemons and Collins (the ex-packer who had his neck fused).

    • MB30SD

      We need to get clemons if we’re going to have the flexibility @ #14 to go BPA at DL or FS.

      If we get clemons, we should go DL, if we don’t and we pick up another DL like allen in FA, we should go Dix @ 14.

      My $.02.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Hearing the Mundy interview? He SOUNDS the part. Even looks it. He says he can cover TEs and plays “physical” that that was his M.O. I guess we’ll find out.

        • MB30SD

          great, so we have our SS.

          We still have conte (or jennings) at FS maings. We need to lock that position up… and we can’t take DL for all 4 first rounds. Well, we can, but that would be silly.

          Get clemons for FS and go crazy on the DL in rds 1 & 2. If not, get an allen and get dix and then more DL in 2 and 3

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I still think we’re getting ONE more S, either FS or SS, then draft one in the first 3 rounds, and most likely bring in a UFDA to compete when the roster is like 90.

            We’re just going to throw shit at a wall and see what sticks.

          • MB30SD

            I’m fine with that. In phil I trust.

            Personally, I like the thought of getting an allen now, then Dix in rd 1 and filling out the DT spot in rds 2 and 3. then we’re open in 4, 5, and 2 X 6 to get the other BPA spots (CB/Center/LB/QB?)

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports free agent Jared Allen is threatening to retire if no team meets his contract demands.

    As Sporting News’ Ross Tucker quipped, “When your leverage
    is a ‘won’t play’ media leak, it’s fair to say your market is very
    disappointing.” Per RapSheet, Allen “wants his market value, his fair
    salary,” and “if he does not get it, Jared Allen is very much at peace.”
    It’s possible that threatening to retire will further sink
    Allen’s market. Rapoport also reported Allen has a “ton of admiration
    for Barry Sanders,” who retired at age 30. Allen turns 32 in April. – Rotoworld

    • MB30SD

      what an asshole. smh at all these guys.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yo, Calf-Roper. You are worth what someone’s willing to pay. I suggest you watch a few epsodes of Pawn Stars.

      BTW,Comparing yourself Sanders is laughable. Barry didn’t walk away because he couldn’t get a pay day. He JUST WALKED AWAY.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t want to only make five million a year. Get bent.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Houston now wearing 99 (because he’s an actual Dlineman), and Shea now wearing…wait for it…50.

    • MB30SD

      GET. THE. FUCK. OUT.

      BLASPHEMY!!!!!!

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        so, Anderson is gone?

        • MB30SD

          I think he always was.

          For some inexplicable reason, I’m the only one who seemed to want him back for vet min.

          Oh, and get your PS4 and ghost. Shady and I just ripped it up last night.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Shea – your future Mike. Book it.

  • Cormonster

    New thread.

  • Frank

    Oh shit Seahawks just released Clemons u know what that means.

  • Frank

    Bears gotta show some brains and get Allen from those fuckheads.

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