• MB30SD

    Listen to the commentary. I like the sound of this kid.

    Ps Frank Omy never had a chance against anyone.

    • NewBearInTown

      Omiyale was done when he came here. Didn’t have the lateral speed to play tackle anymore. You watch that play, Young just out-hustles him to the edge. J-Webb was the same way, except he never had the foot speed to start with.

      • MB30SD

        dark days indeed.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Omelette. SMH.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    fucking Omiyale should just call Jay and just fucking apologize for being on the team. In fact, the entire fucking line from 2009 to 2012 should just fucking apologize. The fact that people even question Cutler with a winning record playing behind those fucking stooges is amazing to me. Amazing.

    • IBNO

      Lovie needs to call Jay and apologize for employing Omiyale.

      Wait, maybe LDL will get Omiyale and Webb to be his OTs in Tampa!

    • Cormonster

      Martz was a sadistic motherfucker too. Cutler would be getting killed early in games and Martz would continue calling 7 step drops with no extra protection.

      • gpldan

        If I throw a dog a bone, I dunna want to know if it tastes good!

  • MB30SD

    both kipper and mcshay have us taking donald at 14

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4691036/analyzing-kiper-3-0-bears

    that means we’ll probably take dix.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I say Barr.

      No one has mocked him to us. Absolutely little connection to Bears. Perfect Emery draft.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I think Donald will be the guy if he’s there. If he’s not there, I think it’s Hageman, the DT from Minnesota. Classic Emery pick right there.

        • MB30SD

          would hageman make it to rd 2?

          And you think hageman over Dix if donald is gone? I don’t. Dix the better player available at that spot.

          • NewBearInTown

            Doubtful, there’s usually a run on defensive linemen at the back end of the first round. Plus, some early mocks had him as the best DT overall.

          • MB30SD

            thanks NB. so who do you take at 14 if donald is gone. Hageman over dix?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Gilbert or Pryor.

          • MB30SD

            over Dix? Why (especially pryor)?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Pryor is a hitter, and just as fast. Gotta remember that we have AP and Lacey in our division.

            Dix is a classic “center fielder”. Strictly a FS, though more of a ball hawk.

            The way Pryor plays, I think he can play both FS and SS. I actually think he would make a better SS, and we need that. More flexibility, upside, and yeah, Swagger.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Gilbert is going to be a stud. He’s like Ariz Peterson. He’ll be just as dangerous on specials, and now that Hester be gone, we need to upgrade that without using an extra roster spot.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, maybe.

            I think we need a true cover FS, but hey. I get gilbert as a true BPA pick just think pryor or dix would be the better choice.

            The only thing about dix is he’s 6’1″ and the same weight as pryor at 5’11”. Dix could easily put on 10-20 LBS.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He could put it on – but it certainly wouldn’t be easy.

            In his ESPN film, Arnie talks about his year in the tank regiment. He said that’s where he got the base muscle for becoming champion of the world. He put on 23lbs of muscle in one year. That wasn’t easy though. That was a couple of hours training before his colleagues got up, and a couple of hours int eh evening after they’d all fallen into their bunks.

            It’s certainly not easy, and Arnie is 6’2.

          • MB30SD

            roids

          • gpldan

            Either way, Pringles is toast

          • Irish Sweetness

            I want Pryor, a FS needs to come up into the box and take down a 260lb back if needs be.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I thought Pryor was round 2? I guess I’ve no problem in taking a consensus top safety … finally. I don’t believe we currently have a pass-rush … or any disruptive tackles ….. and if Peanut goes then we’re left with Tim Jennings as the one DB I would have confidence in IMHO. There’s work to do here.

          • DaMurph

            JERNIGAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • MB30SD

            murph… he’s like 3rd or 4th on the list maing.

            Donald
            Hageman
            Pryor/Dix/Gilbert (?)
            Jernigan

          • DaMurph

            MB, not on my list. We will see post draft and season who was right. Ill wager dinner that Jernigan ends up better than Donald or Hageman.

          • MB30SD

            deal.

          • DaMurph

            Your on!!

          • MB30SD

            let’s include drinks out after and yonny and shady will have to join. And any of you other mooks should you like.

            I AM getting there this coming season no matter what.

          • DaMurph

            Cant afford yonny’s bar bill!

          • MB30SD

            We’ll split it.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            dinner and drinks? I may join the wager.

          • MB30SD

            let’s

          • DaMurph

            Im sure she has been looking at the door since you left town.

          • MB30SD

            Exactly. Hot little slut.

          • DaMurph

            damn man, I dont think I can afford your bar bill!! bwahahaha!

          • Johnathan Wood

            I’m saying Hageman is a guy Emery will fall in love with, not the guy I would want

        • Irish Sweetness

          I need it explained to me how a 285lb tackle can play in the NFL. He will get blown backwards on run-plays, and if his moves are awesome then he might be interesting on passing downs, but any vet lineman is going to eat his lunch. What am I missing ? I haven’t seen anything other than his highlight reel though.

          Dice it any way you want – Donald is 20 lbs lighter than the average DT in NFL combines.

          Force=Mass x Acceleration

          That’s a huge drawback in terms of momentum.

          • Johnathan Wood

            As a 4-3 3-technique his job is to shoot the gap, not take on any one player. He is the quickest DT to enter the draft in quite some time, so he should be good at this. The role of a 3-technique is to blow shit up in the backfield, not hold up blockers at the point of attack.

            He also would likely slide out to DE in 3-3-5 nickel hybrid looks, IMO.

            Additionally, he’s 285. Can probably max out at 290, 295. That’s small for a DT, but not unheard of. Basically Melton size, Atkins, etc.

            And since F=MxA, his unreal A can make up for a slightly lower M to even out F, IMO.

      • MB30SD

        i’b be great with that as long as we’re not leaving other positions of great need unattended. He’s a freaking stud… but didn’t think he was going to make it to 14. With the crop of talent out there I don;t think we can lose at our pick.

    • DaMurph

      I choose Timmy Jernigan, Florida State!

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        you would Murph, he sounds like a roofer from Hegewisch that you knew back from ’82

        • DaMurph

          How the hell you know I knew a roofer named Jernigan? He was from slag valley though, not Hegewisch! LMFAO!

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
    • Irish Sweetness

      Seeing as we signed 2 x DE, SS, FS … which were our primary needs (albeit no big names) … plus Ratliff&Collins …. does this open the door for … a CB in round 1? Peanut’s most likely not gone down to Tampa to sunbathe.

      • MB30SD

        Nah, I think we all believe Phil will take Donald if he’s available and MAYBE hageman after that. If Pryor is still available or grimes those are options. $ like grimes (best CB in the draft) over pryor just for BPA.

        Personally I think we go donald if he’s there, if not, pryor or grimes.

  • BearDownChi

    Any thoughts on signing Vince Wilfork if the Patriots release him? I know he’s getting old but should have a couple good years left in the tank.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      I like him a lot but a guy that big and that old coming off of a leg/Achilles injury is most likely done.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Yeah, he might be done. Then again, I can’t help but think the Pats released to make room for Revis. All he needs to do is take on double-teams. Do you need legs to just squat there like a fat ass?

        • MB30SD

          the word squat implies the use of/need to have legs.

          Get on the PS man.

          • NewBearInTown

            You need legs to get push. If a knee or an ankle isn’t working right, you fall over or get pushed backwards.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            So you can throw smoke bombs at me like Batman, or so Shady can cheeze me? bwhaaaha

            I’m not buying PS4 til it’s dirt cheap and slimmer.

        • Irish Sweetness

          All of your explosion comes up through your feet – all of that fat bastard’s power has to explode up through his achilles. He’s done.

  • Cormonster

    I heard on Mully and Hanley this morning from I forget who that the Bears cap number was at $103 million (before signing Young). So that still gives them about $24 million to play with, and all the offensive players are signed minus depth.

    That still leaves a good chunk of change to sign more defensive players. I hope Emery finds a way to keep Tillman, Bowman, and Melton.

  • NewBearInTown

    For those thinking Wootton can’t come back because we have two DEs. Remember a couple of things:
    (1) We’ll have at least 4 DEs on the roster and at least 3 DEs dressed every game so we can rotate them frequently. (2) Wootton’s best snaps in 2013 were at 3 tech. We’ve got nobody there right now.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Neither DE that we signed is a pass-rusher, so there’s that .. .and Young is only 250 so he’ll get pushed around.

  • George Hernandez

    We were at 123,607,000 not including Nate Collins, D. Hixon, MD Jennings, or Jordan Palmer. Remember though, only the top 51 contracts count against the cap so if any of them have salaries greater than $420,000, only the difference between their salaries minus $420,000 will be the net cap increase. For example if Jordan Palmer makes $1M, the cap number i just gave you will increase by $580k ($1M-$420k). Bears in reality have about $7MM or so left in Cap Room.

    • George Hernandez

      There is the possibility of creating room by cutting Weems ($500k dead) and Earl Bennett ($0 dead). Would net a savings of roughly $2.7M against the cap.

      • SC Dave

        Not earl goddamnit… stupid shit that

        • NewBearInTown

          Earl is a great value and would likely take a pay cut if asked. He was far and away our #3 WR last year even though Forte and Martellus got more catches. You need a guy like that, especially when one of your top two guys gets hurt, which didn’t happen much last year.

        • MB30SD

          with you on this one dave (Woo HOO!)

        • George Hernandez

          I didn’t say we should, I said we could, I like Earl too and agree with NBIT that he is crucial to what we want to do and would likely take a paycut if asked, I was just looking at cap semantics. Calm down.

          • MB30SD

            dave really likes earl and matty.

            btw, if you’re going to stick around george, you really should change your handle to something a bit more fitting for the blog. LIke BearDownBeanCounter

          • George Hernandez

            I’ll consider it. Bear Down in Tampa is also on my radar. I have been meaning to change it, but i’ve been lazy, hence the avatar of slowpoke.

    • Irish Sweetness

      … then that’s for the draft class. We’re done in FA.

  • Cormonster

    Gp, how about these guys for the house band?

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=1qQQaHwfZ3w

  • George Hernandez

    Do you guys realize we had $12.6M in dead money (most of it was Pepp) that would go far to acquire some more players.

    • MB30SD

      yes

    • gpldan

      8.6 of the dead cap was Pepp.

    • NewBearInTown

      Them’s the breaks though. Pep’s deal was going to have this happen. We used that extra money to acquire players in previous seasons (including one where we made it to the NFC Championship game).

      • Trac

        Do you think Cutty will see all his contract money?

        • George Hernandez

          Not a chance. 5 years max, unless he develops into a HOF’er by then. His cap hits are 20 and 21 million in the last two years.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            By then, that might be a deal for QBs (the way the cap’s increasing).

          • George Hernandez

            Fair enough but he’ll be 37 in year 6.

          • NewBearInTown

            His cap is over $20M this year as well. Its doable.

          • George Hernandez

            He’s only 31 and that cap hit this year is the key to the deal.

        • NewBearInTown

          Emery likes to ride these contracts longer than other teams do. I think Cutler will be restructured before the end of his deal though. They’ll add years onto the end for cap space and maybe to keep him happy if we win big and he becomes below market (see Brady, Rodgers for those deals).

          But no, most six year contracts in the league are not designed to be played out. Cutler’s, for example, is really a three year deal when you look at the guarantee. Cutler might keep playing past three years under his current contract, but the team will have the flexibility to make a decision comfortably by then without being in cap purgatory.

          Peppers’ deal used to be more manageable, but we kept kicking the can down the road and the numbers got bigger and bigger. Its one of the reasons why our dead money is so big this year, but its also one of the reasons that Pep is gone. If we had waited, the dead money would have been even worse in 2015.

          • Johnathan Wood

            Cutler’s 1st 3 years are guaranteed and it’s a year-to-year proposition beyond that. He’ll likely play out 5 years, barring injury issues, IMO.

          • Johnathan Wood

            the cap hit is high this year to bite the bullet now and make him a (relative) bargain the next 4. Unlike other QB megadeals, which balloon over time and leave the team screwed, Cutler’s deal is really painless after year 1.

  • MB30SD
    • George Hernandez

      Would love to be in Ireland for the summer.

      • MB30SD

        I see what you did there.

    • Cormonster

      Ooooohhhhhh yeah!

  • NewBearInTown

    Sales pitch to Charles Tillman.

    This is a team that is ready to win now. If you stay for two more years (sign a three year deal), you and Jennings will be a first rate cornerback tandem for us to build around.

    We have invested heavily in the off-season to improve the run defense, particularly the run containment so you are not tackling running backs every play. We will invest multiple draft picks to improve the safety position and the middle of the line, further improving the run defense and pass rush and allowing you to put up a better stat sheet. These improvements will earn you another probowl and improve your chances at the Hall of Fame.

    You might make an extra $1-2M elsewhere, but you will lose most if not all endorsement money, pay for a move, uproot your family or else spend several months away from your children. When you consider all of that, the extra cash doesn’t go as far.

    Plus, like we did with Briggs, we’ll make a lot of the money we pay you guaranteed. We know what we’re getting from you here, we know your medicals, we know what we’re willing to pay you. We have the least incentive of any team in the league to cut you for cap savings.

    • MB30SD

      but we don’t have lovie longstockings either. I hope he stays, but I’m not counting on it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s from Chicago, so his family is likely all there … but why is he in Tampa ?

  • NewBearInTown

    Where’s SDPF. I want to gloat!

  • George Hernandez

    I hope there is money left to sign Pat Sims, 28 years old 6’2″ 310 DT formerly of the Bengals and Raiders. Showed pass rushing ability at the end of last year, good run stuffer, would be a good get.

  • NewBearInTown

    The Bears are waiting on Peanut but we won’t wait forever. There are still some quality vets out there to play corner, but that will change by next week.

    • BerwynBomber

      Was thinking the same yesterday: might not be too smart to delay your decision on Peanut. But gottta believe Bears’ brass knows that. Seems like one of the cardinal rules of free agent signing period. Although all this tells me is that they are willing to part with him, and if I were Peanut I’d be looking for a gig elsewhere.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If there’s only 7M cap room left, then how do we pay Peanut and the draft class at the same time?

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        We don’t. Unless we convert Cutty or slash some other contracts (or extend say Marshall).

  • NewBearInTown

    Interesting that Revis apparently turned down the $57M deal Talib signed with the Broncos. This is the second year he’s managed to get himself a big contract on essentially a one year deal. You’d think the ACL tear would have been a warning but he seems content to basically keep doing this annually. Have to wonder if he’ll earn that $57 one year at a time or if the market will lose interest eventually.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      He’s a mercenary and might be ahead of his time as an entrepreneur. He’s in a unique position. Top 3 at his position, in his prime, and he realizes that none of the big FA signings ever see the end of their contracts.

      Also, it’s not as if jumping from team to team will necessarily hurt his impact. He’s a lock-down CB. Doesn’t really have to re-learn an entire defensive playbook. Just take the guy in front of you.

      Deon did the same when he jumped from the Falcons-9ers-Cowboys

      • NewBearInTown

        Deon didn’t even participate in defensive huddles. Just covered his man every down, then handled the kick return. While the rest of the guys talked scheme, he was catching his breath.

  • NewBearInTown

    Steve Smith is an interesting possibility for Tampa Bay. Apparently he and McCown are tight and Lovie has the cap space to make a nice offer. Would also allow Lovie to focus elsewhere in the draft.

    • MB30SD

      he’s a warrior. have a lot of respect for him.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        He might be my fav WR in the past 10 years, except when he torched us for like 200.

        Remember that, Lovie?

        • BerwynBomber

          I’m sure he does. And so should Peanut and Mike Brown. As good as those two players are/were, Smith completely exposed their coverage skills that day.

          • IBNO

            He exposed coaches that couldn’t adjust during a game. If your players can’t cover a guy, change the scheme. Lovie didn’t. Or wouldn’t.

          • BerwynBomber

            Sure and he exposed both players too. It was the one weakness of each: or I should say MB’s weakness was any sort of man-to-man coverage and Peanut was always susceptible to smaller, quicker WRs.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If I recall correctly, they weren’t playing man on him that day. They just ignored him.

  • NewBearInTown

    Jeff: “10 of 10. Would Ward, Talib & Ware have blocked the Seahawks front
    in the Super Bowl? If not, how do these moves put them over the top?”

    Better question is, does the guy who snapped that ball still have a job?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I loved these 2 DE pick-ups. Houston is a favorite of mine…he played in a reckless manner this year. A must see every time I watched the compressed 30 minutes/every snap version of Raider games. Young is a great sign because he gives you more than what you payed him. If he becomes a 10+ sack man I wouldn’t be surprised very much. Big time DE duo put in place by Emery. He is gooood.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Somebody who’s actually seen Houston. Good news. And he’s not old, his best may be yet to come. Emery seems to be moving away from aging players which is why I believe Peanut is gone. Too old, too expensive, event though there’s a good year left in him.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        away from aged or injury plagued players, unless they’re cheap.

        Buddy jesus thumbs up.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Well I watch every snap of every game on that 30 minutes version of games. Also saw their 2 games in prime time. On every D there are players that I like… the Raiders had 2 starters from 2 years ago… Houston and Branch… and I like them both a lot. Branch got injured very early in the season so there where only Houston, Kevin Burnett and Nick Roach to focus on. I think Houston is very similar in style with Chandler Jones of the Patriots. I said in style not in value. He throws his body around in run plays like it’s no tomorrow. His numbers in stops are no coincidence.

  • Shady

    Omiyale, Cookie, Webb, Carimi, why did we ever give up on these guys?!?!?!

    • bearsfantillend

      i know!!! i think they should have tried to convince Pace to not retire for a couple more years too.

    • IBNO

      Of the four, Carimi was the best prospect, who got crushed by a poorly-managed injury and a bad coaching staff.

      Cookie could’ve turned out OK, too, with better coaching.

      Omiyale and Webb were abortions foisted upon the NFL by bad, bad, bad coaches and GMS.

      • DaMurph

        Cookie got screwed by Tice, plain and simple.

      • NewBearInTown

        For a seventh round pick Webb turned out pretty solid. If he was our swing tackle, I would not be complaining. Problem is he was our starting left tackle.

    • DaMurph

      Shoulda kept Cookie, he was the one playing good, Omiyale and Webb sucked, and I may have given Carimi a little more time to fully recover and not make the Columbo mistake again.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Orlando Pace.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    This is actually an informative article on Allen, Pepp, Ware and Everson Griffin.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1991229-dan-pompeis-read-option-early-free-agency-takeaways

    It’s odd that all three were released at the same time. I forsee an NFL film on this phenomenon after they retire.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Shea McClellin’s @PFF run defense grade in 2013: -19.2. Lamarr Houston’s since 2011: +43.7. Huge upgrade for the Bears.

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