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Free Agency Begins Today!

| March 11th, 2014

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The Bears need help on defense and help is available (Houston, Mitchell, a plethora of safeties). The Bears don’t need much help on offense but dynamic weapons are available (Darren Sproles). Julius Peppers is still on the club. Darrelle Revis may be the most desirable free agent defender in years.

For my moment-to-moment commentary on free agency as the day progresses, check my Twitter feed on the right rail or follow me on Twitter by CLICKING HERE. If the Bears make any significant moves, we’ll address the move here.

One thing to remember: no reporter has been ahead of Phil Emery yet so take everything you’ve read with a massive grain of salt.

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  • Bender McLugh

    Interesting, from John Clayton’s article at ESPN.com:

    The depressed draft class of 2009: It’s becoming more and more apparent that the draft class of 2009 wasn’t a very good one. Only 15 players from that draft have made a Pro Bowl, and the final group of 2009 first-rounders is hitting the market. The Packers had great success in that draft, getting linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive end B.J. Raji, but they are having a hard time getting Raji to agree to a long-term deal. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is expected to get cut by the New York Jets.

    Other 2009 first-rounders hitting free agency with limited markets include Nicks, Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson, Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (who was drafted by the Raiders) and running back Donald Brown, Broncos running back Knowshon Morenoand defensive end Robert Ayers, Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher and Titans receiverKenny Britt. The lack of sizzle from the 2009 draft is being felt in this year’s free agency.

    • Big Mike

      The great Bears’ draft class of Jaron Gilbert and Juaquin Iglesias… Henry Melton saved (sort of that entire draft class). But it was for the most part awful.

      • Johnathan Wood

        Angelo’s last good draft was… 2004?

        • CanadaBear

          There was an article on the Sporting News website of the worst drafts of the 2000’s. Oddly enough none of JA’s drafts made the article. I went through all of JA’s drafts and everyone had at least one decent player. That’s still terrible but it was enough not to make the list. If the article was about consistently bad drafts I’m sure he would have made it.

          http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi/draft.htm

          • Johnathan Wood

            Detroit 2006 has to be #1…

          • CanadaBear

            Here’s the article (more like pictures with extra info).

            http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi/draft.htm

          • Johnathan Wood

            he never had any one draft that you could say was a total disaster along the lines of some of those.

            But he also only ever had one draft that netted two long-term starters, which means he only ever had one really good draft. In 10 years.

        • Johnathan Wood

          ok… 2010 didn’t suck, considering he didn’t pick til round 3. WRight, Wootton, Webb. That’s 3 contributors from round 3 on. Not what I’d call a good draft, but not shit.

          2009 had Melton, Moore, Louis. Same deal… 1st pick was in round 3. But a lot more round 3-4 picks there. I’m still calling that a shitty draft.

          2003-2004 drafts were both pretty solid. 2004 had Harris, Johnson, Berrian, Vasher. 2003 had Tillman and Briggs (that alone makes it an A+ draft).

          • MB30SD

            My god angelo should be tried for highway robbery and pillaging.

            HIs last good draft was 2003. Data, you call Webb and wright a good draft!?!? Woot was the only salvageable guy out of the 3, and he’s only come on in the last year, we were all talking about him as a bust before everyone else on the entire D got hurt last year.

            Angelo literally should not be allowed to post anything on the innerness about drafting, free agency, the NFL in general. He should have gotten the latin firing squad treatment.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I never said good draft, I said not atrocious considering they got 3 guys who gave them multiple years as a starter (2 of whom gave solid years as a starter) when they didn’t pick until round 3.

          • Johnathan Wood

            if they had picked in rounds 1 and 2 and managed to land a good solid starter in one of those rounds, that’s a good draft.

          • MB30SD

            Jerry angelo almost never hit on rd 1 guys, and rarely rd 2 (just going off memory here). Dude was the worst drafter I’ve ever seen. Like throwing darts.

            Everyone can take a high risk/reward gamble now and again (phil = CD), but then he comes back with solid picks/drafts after. Angelo was an every year, every draft shitshow… and I hate him.

            When Phil knocks this draft out the park again, I will be happy.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Angelo’s list of 1st round picks is hilariously bad… apologies for the pain this is about to bring.
            2001: David Terrell (8th)
            2002: Marc Colombo (29th)
            2003: Michael Haynes (14th)
            2003: Rex Grossman (22nd)
            2004: Tommie Harris (14th)
            2005: Cedric Benson (4th)
            2007: Greg Olsen (31st)
            2008: Chris Williams (14th)
            2011: Gabe Carimi (29th)

            10 drafts, 9 1st round picks (2 top 10), 1 Pro Bowler.

            Harris was a great pick who got hosed by injuries. Olsen was a good pick who didn’t do much with the Bears due to giving him away three years later. Colombo was a good player… for Dallas. The rest sucked.

            I can’t blame him too badly for Carimi, he looked like a good pick until that knee injury in his rookie year. I’ll give him a pass on that.

          • Johnathan Wood

            2nd rounders actually not bad:
            2001: Anthony Thomas
            2003: Charles Tillman
            2004: Tank Johnson
            2005: Mark Bradley
            2006: Devin Hester
            2007: Dan Bazuin
            2008: Matt Forte
            2011: Stephen Paea

            That’s 3 home runs, 3 decent players, and 2 bombs

          • MB30SD

            my biggest thing with angelo (as many of the locals will attest) wasn’t even his horrible picking… it was that how many years did we start in the 2nd or 3rd round? Guy was the fucking anti-bilicheck.

            The patriots seem to have 2-3 picks in the first 3 rounds every year (yes, I’m embellishing for effect) and Angelo starts a lot of his drafts in rd two… especially after he picks abject garbage in rd one when he does have them.

          • NewBearInTown

            Rex Grossman is not a starting caliber QB in the NFL, but when you look at some of the other guys that have gone in the first round since 2003, he could have done worse. If we had gotten him in the third round, it would have been a hit.

            Ced Benson had character issues. But he did well for Cleveland while he was there. If we had gotten him in the third round it would have been a hit.

          • CanadaBear

            I think you mean Cincy NB. It really hurt because we picked 4th that year.

          • Johnathan Wood

            He had volume stats but was never an efficient runner.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I can’t buy Olsen as being a good first round pick. He wasn’t first round material.

          • CanadaBear

            He was the 31st pick so it about as close to a 2nd rounder as you can get. Not saying he was a great pick.

          • Johnathan Wood

            at least he wasn’t a shitty player. For a late 1st round pick he’s a ten-year above-average player. Not a great pick, but not a bad one either.

          • CanadaBear

            Woot played well in 2012. It was the first time he was injury-free. I really hope we bring him back.

          • MB30SD

            agree, just saying it took him a few years and he’s not a big impact player.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Woot has been versatile playing DT/DE for us … and he ended Brett Favre’s career. I’d definitely call him an impact payer for us. He’s IT at DE for us right now.

        • SC Dave

          I would call Forte, Earl, Steltz, and Bowman in 2008 a decent draft.

          • Johnathan Wood

            that one too, but only one long-term starter there, so decent but not good IMO

          • MB30SD

            yep agree. 1 A+, one B (as much as I love earl, he just hasn’t played enough), and two C/C+s

    • NewBearInTown

      These are the kinds of articles I think of when I argue for a “Best Player Available” philosophy in drafting.

      Look at the 2009 draft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_NFL_draft

      If you have the #1 pick overall in that draft, who do you take? Stafford? Percy Harvin? Clay Matthews? Alex Mack? Brian Cushing? B.J. Raji? Lesean McCoy? Henry Melton? or Jairus Byrd?

      Some good names for sure, but who are you happy saying you took #1 overall? I see maybe 2-3 guys:
      – Stafford (a QB that a team can win games with)
      – Clay Matthews (a great pass rusher)
      – Henry Melton (a probowl 3-tech)

      If you are the 2014 Chicago Bears, you’ve got pass rush options with the #1 pick. If you’re the 2013 Chicago Bears, looking for a left tackle, looking for OL help in general. You’re telling me the fans will be happy with selecting center Alex Mack to be the first overall pick?

      So you have to realize that there will be moments where you can’t get good value trading down so you have to take a player that isn’t in a position of need. The 2013 Bears, would have made fans very angry doing it, but would have been correct to take the 3-4 OLB (Matthews) to play in our 4-3, or else the 3-tech (hypothetical Melton) even though we already had a probowler there (the real Melton).

      And while fans would have screamed to high heavens about drafting Jason Smith, Andre Smith or Eugene Monroe. And while drafting one of those three would have netted us a decent journeyman at LT. A team that is okay with a mediocre player after spending the #1 pick in the draft will never be better than mediocre themselves.

  • CanadaBear

    Had to re-post this. It has something for everyone. A gorgeous black woman for Irish, a cute blonde for MB and a brunette with fabulous boobs for the rest of us. BTW the brunette with the fabulous boobs is also in SI’s swimsuit issue in the body painting section. Oh Emily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ****NSFW****

    http://www.vevo.com/watch/robi

    http://swimsuit.si.com/swimsuit/models/emily-ratajkowski/body-paint-photos/1

    • Irish Sweetness

      Where was the chocolate? The Vevo one is country-restricted … still trying to get over the Jessica Simpson gifs MB posted (trembles) …. come to Butthead.

      • MB30SD

        you know you want to be that vanilla cone… god knows I do.

        Sexual. Napalm.

        http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/john-mayer-jessica-simpson-was-crazy-2010102

      • CanadaBear

        Do a search for the blurred lines unrated video. The three models that dance around in the regular video are running around in thongs and shoes. Oh my.

        • Cormonster

          I read an article about that song getting banned at a couple British Universities for promoting “rape culture”. Silly college kids.

  • Johnathan Wood

    So it sounds like the Bears are pushing hard for Houston.

    I’d be ok with that. He’s only 26, is one of the best run-defending 4-3 DEs in the NFL, and is an ok pass rusher. NOthing special there, but he can rush the passer.

    Plus he can play DE or DT in a 4-3 and 3-4 DE, so that fits the whole “scheme versatile” thing to a T.

    Just don’t give him stupid $$ please. I’d be happy with $6M/yr, I can live with $7M/yr. I’ll be pissed with $8M/yr or more, but I fear he’s gonna end up in the $8-9M range.

    IMO he’s the 2nd best player on a good DL. If you can get him and draft a guy to be #1 (Donald can be that guy, I think), you have a nice foundation to build off of.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We still need to draft DE #1, tired of seeing lines without a stud DE. Pep was not studly last year.

      • Johnathan Wood

        Houston can be a DE1 if you have a really good 3-technique, IMO.
        I think signing Houston + another competent DE (Wootton or Young), drafting Donald will give you a solid DL this year and building for the future. Likely look to add a DE in round 2-4 of the draft too IMO.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Donald won’t be there, so cross him off the list. Love to see us get some size in Soliai …. rotate with Ratliff, Paea and Collins situationally. Then just draft a DE in the first and that frees us up to get some DBs. We could even afford TJ Ward with Soliai.

          • NewBearInTown

            At least one of Donald, Jernigan or Hagemon (all good 3 tech prospects) should be there. A top DE (Clowney, Mack, etc.) probably won’t.

            Look at previous years, you’ve got a better chance of a top tier DT at 14. There are some solid prospects. DE is much more of a crap shoot.

          • MB30SD

            Dix or pryor (probably pryor) will also be there. Just sayin

          • Johnathan Wood

            why won’t Donald be there? Almost every mock I’ve seen has him going at Chicago or later. I’d say there’s at least a 50/50 shot he’s there.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Also, the cutting of Rosario yesterday strikes me as an odd move. Only freed up about $500k in space for them. That suggests to me they have not 1 but 2 contracts pretty much lined up right now and a very specific amount of space they needed to make them both work. Will end up clearing more $$ at a later date by cutting Peppers, which will give them $10M, enough to sign rookies and smaller FA.

    So I predict they sign 2 guys in the first hour today, just like last year. Houston will be one, IMO… who’s the 2nd?

    Many will naturally think S, and that’s a possibility. But if Pep is gone they still need a 2nd DE. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a DE in that spot then.

    • MB30SD

      I never really got rosario. Dude was…… ok.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Rumors are Rosario is coming back.

        • MB30SD

          meh. what else you got?

      • Johnathan Wood

        I like Rosario as a 3rd TE. Can give you snaps as a blocker and play ST, and he’s dirt cheap.

        Need a better 2nd TE who can run and catch though, IMO.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Got to be Ward. Got to be.

      Maybe they’re planning on drafting some TE they have their eye on.

      • MB30SD

        I think we’ll take hittner over ward… he’s not as popular it seems, but he’ll give you everything ward does.

        Only problem is he’s also a SS, not a FS.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I will be surprised-not shocked, but surprised-if they give out a huge contract to a S.

  • CanadaBear

    Reading Jeff’s twitter feed I’m surprised (almost shocked) he didn’t see the Michael Bush cut coming. I’m not a gambler and I would have bet that was going to happen.

    • gpldan

      Yeah, Bush was a given.

      Trestman loves him some offset single back, and Sproles would be good at that.

    • Johnathan Wood

      he, Pep, and Podlesh are the 3 everybody has been calling for. Then Weems, and some Bennett.

      I really hope they don’t sign another overprice veteran backup. Look cheap and long-term in the draft.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    ok, i’m going to work. When I get home there had better be dinner on the table, a manhattan in my hand and some FA acquisitions on our team.

    • Irish Sweetness

      You show ‘er the back of your hand if they’re not !

      Q: What do you call a woman with two black eyes?

      A: Somebody who’s been told twice.

      Etc.

  • MB30SD

    Happy dude xmas everyone!

    Houston and a starting FS please phil. Thank you!

  • gpldan

    When Darrelle Revis goes to bed, his blankets don’t cover him – he covers his blankets.

    • MB30SD

      Darrelle Revis should be a reporter, beca…. ahhh, never mind.

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      Love that!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Finally … with Butch’s help ….somebody got roped in on alien agenda at the end of the last thread … then BANG! … new thread.

    Is Jefe working for The Company ?

  • Viva

    I think Lance Briggs will be traded to either Dallas or Tampa by the end of the week.

    • MB30SD

      Whoa… look at YOU. Showing up just in time to drop a bomb.

      Deeeum, then we better keep anderson… and get another #1. Dix + Donald in Rd 1. Boom!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wow. As long as they give us Ware in return I’m cool with that. We have a lot of linebackers with CD coming on board, and Briggsy can’t call a D for shit.

      • NewBearInTown

        Cutting Peppers and trading Briggs for Ware would be a really interesting remodel for our defense. It would also be the clearest signal yet that we are moving to a 3-4 front.

      • CanadaBear

        Who knows if Briggs was getting people lined up properly or the new guys were just too stupid to catch on? I don’t blame Briggs for the D failures last year. There were breakdowns on all 3 levels all season. The DL got manhandled, the rookie LB’s were constantly in the wrong gaps and let’s not forget about the wonderful safety play. Hardly all on Briggs.

        • Johnathan Wood

          the D, especially the run D, was just fine last year until they lost their entire DT rotation in the span of 3 weeks.

          Then it got even worse when they lost their 2 best LBs the 2 weeks after that.

          Let’s not overcomplicate things.

  • MB30SD

    here’s your dude xmas present: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvankC8lzBI

    It’s NSFW jokey.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      “Nobody really played like I played. This kid plays like I did more than anybody else,” Tarkenton said. “He’s the closest thing I’ve seen to myself. Russell Wilson has some of it. But Manziel has those similarities even more so than Russell. Manziel is a quarterback savant.”

      Nobody Fran? Flutie didn’t? Jeff Garcia didn’t?

      Fran – you are a cunt. Really no other way to break that to you.

      • MB30SD

        have to agree

      • NewBearInTown

        Brett Favre also said that Manziel reminds him of himself.

        What should I tell you? The media eats this stuff up, so it gets Fran a paycheck. And this is the same way we all relive our glory days. “When I played CB in high school, Revis plays with the same style as me.” “I used to play QB the way Mannings plays QB, I love that audibles style.” Let the man have his memories.

  • Shady

    So Lovie, with his new GM authoritay, convinces Bucs ownership to spend close to 9MM a year for a player who recorded 3.5 sacks last season. A player Lovie could have selected in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft if Angelo hadn’t have been enamored with a pool jumper only two picks earlier. Two picks! Makes you wonder how it all went down…

    • MB30SD

      ???

      • Shady

        m.cbssports.com/s/36896/24?arenaAbbr=all&arenaName=Home&articleId=24477938&teamId=431&leagueId=59&newsType=arena&platform=webapp

        There’s a new regime in Tampa Bay, but they’re taking a similarly aggressive approach to free agency as the prior front office. And it looks like the Buccaneers have landed one of the top free agents available this offseason in defensive end Michael Johnson.

        CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora hears Johnson’s deal with the Buccaneers, which will likely be announced after free agency begins at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, will average around $8.5 million per year with $24 million guaranteed.

        Josina Anderson of ESPN firms up those numbers, noting it’s a five-year, $43.75 million deal for Johnson in Tampa Bay.

        That’s a pretty reasonable deal for our No. 5 overall free agent, especially since the Buccaneers desperately need help with their pass rush.

        Gerald McCoy is a rock in the center of the line when healthy and Adrian Clayborne has upside at defensive end, but they need a true No. 1 pass rusher to chase quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan.

        There are concerns with Johnson’s overall game but he should work well in Lovie Smith’s defense. His season in 2013 — he had just 3.5 sacks with the Bengals in a contract year after being franchise tagged the season before — should give you pause.

        • MB30SD

          thanks, and I’ll be seeing you later. get up on those toes son.

          • Shady

            Does that mean what I think it means?!?

          • MB30SD

            settle down. It means everything and nothing.

            It’s man xmas… it means I expect you to be here more than you have been the last few months… especially when we sign Houston, then Byrd, then owen McDaniels! Bang! Bang!

          • Shady

            You’re such a tease.

          • MB30SD

            hee hee

    • Johnathan Wood

      Johnson is a better pass rusher than those 3.5 sacks indicate. had a good number of pressures and hits still.

  • George Hernandez

    Anyone who ever decides to pile on Trestman needs to consider this fact. As of right now, the highest ranked member on the Bears all-time receiving list that is still under contract is…Matt Forte (14). Marshall is #19 (4 yards behind Hester) and Alshon is #39. The Bears All-Time receiving leader (Johnny Morris) had 5,059 yards, that’s good for 249th on the all-time list. Of the top 250 players on the all-time receiving list 79 played their entire careers with one team, this includes Johnny Morris, he ranks 79th on this list. Just for fun, #1 and #2 on that list (of the 79 I mentioned) played for the same franchise and their careers overlapped (so they were on the same team at the same time). Who are they?

    • Johnathan Wood

      Bears might be the only team in the NFL whose all-time rusher has more yards than their all-time passer (though that will change this year)

    • Bender McLugh

      Jerry Rice and………T.O.?

      • Johnathan Wood

        neither played their entire careers with one team. I’m gonna guess Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne

        • Bender McLugh

          DUH. Good point!

        • George Hernandez

          You are correct sir.

        • MB30SD

          data

  • Irish Sweetness

    Whoa, Paul Soliai is a UFA ! I likey!!

    3M gets him to Chicago. 6’4 340lbs, plug him in on run downs beside Ratliff and those A gaps are gone – Wooten and Paea on the ends, Bostic and Briggsy on the outside – that’s tough to run against.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000330982/article/free-agency-primer-top-25-defensive-linemen

    • NewBearInTown

      Paea isn’t a DE, but that aside, I agree that its tough to run against that line. Its also really easy to pass against.

      What you just wrote is a great example of a line that would have done great in the NFL in 1950 or even 1980. Ever since the 80s and the “modern NFL,” you have to sacrifice some size to get to the QB faster.

      • gpldan

        Joseph is a 4.5 kinda guy at 270. Put him at end in a 3-4.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I was talking run situations only. There’s no law that says he can’t line up as an end, right?Against the run, that’s a big solid line. Pass downs or either/or situations, you take Paea out, slot your DE back in..

        • NewBearInTown

          And that’s my point. These days in the NFL, a lot of teams are passing on 3rd and 1. A lot of teams will pass 4 times with 1st and goal at the one. The pure “running situation” is a rare breed.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Irish, I actualy agree with you. We lost games last year mainly because we could not stop the run. It’s a passing and scoring league on the surface but deep down if you can’t stop the run you lose field position and time of possession and morale when another team stuffs it down your throat over and over and over and over.
      I want mountains in the middle that take up space to push runs to the edge and to free up our LB’s to blitz at will.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup, crash the middle of that line every down and it doesn’t matter if they’re passing or running. Didn’t happen last year and there wasn’t much push on the outside either. Headless chickens at LB …terrible. Crash that line. Put big meaty mofos in there and let the LBs and DBs make the tackles.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        That’s why I want Linvel. 6’3, 320. Immovable object who can also collapse the line with surprising burst. But, I doubt the Bears make that move.

        • MB30SD

          why not? huston… who’s coming at a reasonable price according to all accounts, and linval in fa, then dix and best available DT in rd 2. done and done.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Don’t get me optimistic, MB. My heart can’t be broken again (Sniff.)

          • MB30SD

            just seems to make sense right. We fix the DL and the important half of the safety problem in one offseason… everyone else stays reasonably healthy and bang bang… top 15-20 D.

            T-minus 51 minutes and counting!

  • TheBigCheesy

    The Bears Still Suck!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Butch posted an excellent video at the end of the last thread. If you haven’t got 50 minutes, then just watch from 25:20 to 35:00. Ten minutes of your time listening to your servicemen – it’s one of the most crucial sequences in the history of moving images. Then get back to us.

    The gentleman speaking from 44:00 has something very interesting to share with you also.

    Ignore the title, it’s misleading.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4Xlcn6sDPE&list=HL1394559630

    • gpldan

      These guys keep showing up throughout history. Maybe it’s them?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXCpY_3Sac8

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Here are the credentials of those who swear that UFOs are real (in order of appearance in this excellent doc). Just briefly gloss it over and tell me that these are red-necks talking about anal probes on Maury…

      Democratic presidential candidate, David Kucinich
      Sgt First Class, U.S. Army, Clifford Stone
      Apollo 11 Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin
      STS-73/93 Astronaut, Catherine Coleman
      STS-6/51-F/22/44/61/80 Astronaut, Story Musgrave
      Apollo 14 Astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell
      Original Mercury Astronaut, Gordon Cooper
      The entire city of Phoenix, including the Mayor who was ex-Air Force
      Engineers for Area 51, Phillip Schneider and Ron Rommel (both committed “suicide”).
      Retired CIA pilot, inventor of the Lear Jet, John Lear,
      Theoretical Physicist who worked in Area 51, passed lie detector test, Bob Lazar
      Air Force Captain (retired), Robert Salas
      Lockheeed Skunkwords and CIA Contractor, Don Phillips
      U.S. Navy Top Secret Clearance, Dan Willis
      U.S. Navy Commander (retired), Graham Bethune
      Senior Air Traffic Controller, Enrique Kolbeck
      U.S. Air Force Radar Controller, Michael Smith
      Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force (retired), Charles Brown
      F.A.A. Head of Accidents and Investigations, John Callahan
      Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force (retired), Dwynne Arnesson
      USAF Officer (Retired), Bob Jacobs, PH.D.
      U.S. Air Force Security Officer, Larry Warren
      U.S. Air Force, Mark McCandlish
      U.S. Army, Harland Bentley
      1st Lt. U.S. Air Force (retired), Jack Trowbridge
      Major U.S. Air Force (retired), Jesse Marcel
      Col. U.S. Air Force (retired), Phillip J. Corso
      Sgt Cargo Transport, Air Force, David Wykoff
      High Altitude Chamber Specialist, U.S. Air Force, Bill Kirklin
      Department of Navy Intelligence (retired), William Cooper
      U.S. Army, former “detective” Project Blue Book, CIA, Anonymous

      Few notes.

      1. These first hand eyewitnesses are only from this ONE documentary. Other Docs (like the Disclosure Project) literally trot out 100s of eye-witnesses with similar backgrounds, including most notably Charles Hall and President Jimmy Carter. Yes, THAT President Carter. Also, this is just in the U.S. Russia, Germany, England, France, Canada, Mexico, etc have their own witnesses with equivalent credentials.

      2. Many of the accounts independently corroborate one another. Many of these witnesses didn’t know each other’s stories because they pretty much kept the secrets to themselves for fear of ridicule, or worse.

      3. Some of the accounts at first appear outlandish (like Schneider’s), and not all of these guys are saints. Just remember, WHAT they experienced differs from the “Alien Agenda”. If you investigate further, you’ll discover that the “wacky” shit is not the eye-witness testimony, but the speculation to explain the “alien agenda” (I.E. Why the Aliens are here). Just listen/read the testimonies first. If you conclude, “Alright, this seems plausible.” THEN research the agendas, though like I said, that can get weird as everyone seems to have their own theories which can conflict with other motives.

      Also, here’s a thought. If the general public doubt such men with authentic credentials, if they ridicule geologists, engineers, captains, lieutenants, colonels, pilots, radar experts, crash investigators, defense contractors, cia/fbi operatives, theoretical physicists, astronauts and presidents, how would they treat YOU if you happened to come across a UFO? Your own friends and family would probably tell you to seek therapy or simply laugh in your face.

      Now, if you excuse me, I need to go tin-foil hat shopping.

  • MB30SD
  • George Hernandez

    Hitner to the Browns per PFT.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      I could have been pretty happy with that kind of swagger in our D backfield

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    “With Michael Johnson reportedly headed to Tampa Bay, the Chicago Bears have zeroed in on a target of their own.

    In fact, not only have the Bears set their sights on Lamarr Houston of the Oakland Raiders, but Tony Pauline of Draft Insider reports the Bears face “little competition” for the four-year veteran.”

    • Johnathan Wood

      that’s the one thing about Houston that worries me. Everything I find about him is fine. He looks like a good solid player, he’s only 26, and he shouldn’t break the bank.
      But then you have Oakland, lacking talent and oozing with $$, and they are content to let him walk away. Why?

      • George Hernandez

        I thought I read somewhere that his play (mostly pass rush) tailed off over the second half of the season in a contract year. He’s a stout run defender, but his pass rush skills are inconsistent. I just happen to think the losing culture of Oakland is enough to make anyone want to leave and they had nothing to play for so he wasn’t in it all the way.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    “The market for free agent quarterback Josh McCown is reportedly down to three finalists.

    Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears are considered the leaders to land McCown, the Oakland Raiders are also interested in the 34-year-old.”

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      so basically it will be the Bucs or the Bears if McCown is telling the truth about the organization and coaches and players having a role in the decision. Oakland is kind of far from NC where is family is.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        but Bears have Palmer lined up so if McCown is too pricey then everyone’s new man crush savior QB will have to be stink face’s Carson’s brother Jordan.

        • johnnywad

          What if Jordan’s better than McCown? How does that narrative work?

          • SC Dave

            The narrative remains the same if Palmer does better than Cutler..

  • George Hernandez

    twitter is broken.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      Lovie is down on McGlennon.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Of course. Glennon is 6’7 with big hands.

        Lovie needs 8 inches (hands that is).

        • MB30SD

          Oh I bet Lovie needs 8″

          gross.

      • MB30SD

        Lovie is an idiot. He’s going to be exactly the same there. maddeningly mediocre while giving their fans hope he’ll be better next year. My god I’m glad he’s not our coach any more.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      lol, I love how Banks had to throw in the digs at Cutler. What a fucking tool.

  • MB30SD

    I love Herm Edwards: http://espn.go.com/

    • MB30SD

      SF cutting carlos rodgers? He’s a good corner.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Money. I think the Ike Taylor contract (1 yr, $2.75M) might be a blue print for Peanut.

        Give him a 2 year, $4.5M with incentives (games played, PB) and minimal guaranteed next year. Boom.

        • MB30SD

          I’m way in on that… would be nice to have a good, proven 3rd… bowman is serviceable, but that’s about it if you want to be better than 8-8

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Peanut is good for 10 INT/FFs a year. I also think he affects the game in a lot of other subtle ways. Offenses MUST prepare to take care of the ball when they play the Bears, esp with Peanut out there. I really think that affects YAC because as soon as they catch the ball, they IMMEDIATELY get defensive – tuck the ball and run so as NOT to get stripped as opposed to cavalierly trying to get yards. And even then, it still doesn’t matter, which must be demoralizing.

            That’s one of the reasons I think we keep Peterson in check generally. I don’t know how many times the Bears/Peanut have popped the ball out of his Herculean grip, but it’s seems like a lot, and it’s in APs head now.

  • gpldan

    Source: Bears agree to 5 year, $28 deal to keep Jeff Hughes of DaBearsBlog from starting DaJetsBlog.

    Good News: Ginny asked Cliff Stein to front load that contract.

    • MB30SD

      little heavy on the guaranteed money, but hey… fa gangbusters this year

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      The Rev also signed a 4 year, 32pack of Natural Lights contract with the Bears. Signing bonus: double VHS tapes of marcel marceau’s greatest hits.

      • MB30SD

        ohhh, that’s a good one. I have it on betamax too.

    • bearsfantillend

      woooh, glad to hear, i was worried he might end up a cap casualty.

  • gpldan
    • MB30SD

      who’s your avatar?

    • CanadaBear

      I never tire of that one!

  • George Hernandez

    Hitner is going to get about 4/$28, No thanks! That also means the price for Byrd/Ward will be higher. Thanks but no thanks! Sorry MB.

    • MB30SD

      here’s my deal george.

      At some point, if you want safeties who aren’t total and utter dogshit like conte, like wright, like almost every safety we’ve had for the last 10 years (harris/manning aside), you have two choices:

      1. Pay the man. And by the man I mean a real, proven, safety that’s played the position his entire career and has made a name for himself doing so… or you can…

      2. Draft one before the late 3rd round. Oh, and it helps if he wasn’t a fucking corner at some shitty pac-12 school for his entire football career before we take him.

      Oh, there’s a 3rd choice of course… have dogshit safeties for the most part of 10+ years.

      • IBNO

        I think Conte could’ve worked. Something went wrong in the coaching, but the kid has the physical skills and before last season looked like he had the head for the position.

        But yeah, draft a safety in the 1st or 2nd. Look at the last 1st-round FS the Bears took: Carrier. Very good. 2nd round? Manning. Bad coaching there. Before Manning? Mike Brown, the Best Damn Bears Safety Since Wannstedt Cursed the Position.

        • MB30SD

          boom

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I wanted him, but not for that price. The Raiders and the Factory of Sadness have a lot of cash, which should make ppl believe that money isn’t everything.

  • George Hernandez

    I’ll take Ryan Mundy at SS, Chris D. Clemons at FS for starters…Conte, Steltz and Draft Pick as the backups.

  • George Hernandez

    Arthur Jones making $6MM per with the Colts

  • MB30SD

    here we go gents!

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      man xmas has begun. Remember Phil :
      1. huge
      2. black
      3. fast
      4. mean
      5. plays actual position we will play him at

      • MB30SD

        bingo!

        #2… depending on who it is, i can go with a round-eye

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        That’s what she said?

  • Bender McLugh

    Houston a done deal, according to Shefter. 35mm for 5 years

  • George Hernandez

    Need to see the details on the Houston contract before I jump for joy, but solid player, lets go Phil…

  • Bender McLugh

    DE Marcus Ware released holy wow

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Oh PLEASE don’t end up in GB…or SEA or SF.

      • johnnywad

        He blows now. Who cares.

  • George Hernandez

    I think Pep will be released shortly, got his replacement in tow.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      would have loved Pep, Houston, Woot as my 3 DE’s

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        then stack the DL with huge meatballs

  • George Hernandez

    Ian Rapoport is saying $15M guaranteed, ok, I can take that.

  • George Hernandez

    The $7MM Annual Average is T13 among DE’s and the $15MM GTD is T13 among DE’s a tad pricey but dude is really gonna help shore up the run D and can reduce inside on passing downs.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    I was just thinking about the stupid “loyalty” remarks that Urlacher always throws around against the Bears even though they offered him a deal for 2 Million more than anyone else on the market for him. He’ll be strangely silent when neither Dallas nor Tampa picks Melton up…..because of a torn ACL. It’s a business. Lovie and Little Red aren’t going to risk their jobs to bring in an underperforming, injured 3 Tech that assaulted cops in the offseason. If they do it will be for league minimum on prove it deal. He won’t make it through camp.

  • MB30SD

    soliai gone to falcons

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