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Report: Bears Acquiring Ravens OLB Pernell McPhee

| March 9th, 2015

Aaron Leming, who is apparently dating Ryan Pace’s sister or something, reported this morning the Bears are finalizing a deal with Ravens edge rusher Pernell McPhee for 5 years and just south of $40 million. Four thoughts from the DBB Twitter feed:

(1) Wary of buying players successful organizations are willing to walk out the door. Ravens never seem to miss these guys when they leave.

(2) Haven’t watched the tape on McPhee but look at his game logs. Lots of zeroes in that sack column and lots of sacks against crap teams.

(3) Bears will be thrilled if 2015 Pernell McPhee – at about a zillion times the cost – produced at the level of 2014 Willie Young.

(4) But Bears have money to spend & need to get as many talented defenders in the building as they possibly can. McPhee is DEFINITELY that.

(5) The deal is reportedly worth only $16 million guaranteed. That makes it a difficult contract to dislike.

(6) Signing McPhee should not alter Bears draft approach an iota. They are not settled at a single position on the defensive side of the ball.

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  • I think the more comparable player than Willie Young is Lamarr Houston. I’m curious to see what Fangio does with 2 guys who can move all over the front 7 like that.

    • Ososfan

      I’m curious about Bass and Corn Wash. where do these guys stand and would will still be in the mix for a top rusher I the first round?

      • FourFeathers

        Washington is nothingness other than a physical specimen. Doubtful to fit the Fangio scheme. And I would think a longshot to make the roster. Bass? Who knows.

      • they’ll both get a shot at 3-4 OLB, IMO. Will have to earn spot on roster, I’d be shocked if they both are able to just due to numbers.

        Like Jeff said, I don’t think this changes the draft plans at all. Especially because you can fit McPhee in in so many different areas.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Absolutely, we still need a tier 1 badass pass-rusher.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Very comparable players with similar contract, to a certain degree.

      They are D weapons. You have to move them around, toy with them in order to get the maximum out of their skill set.

  • BerwynBomber

    “(5) The deal is reportedly worth only $16 million guaranteed. That makes it a difficult contract to dislike.”

    He might be worth it. Only three years in the league and his stat sheet isn’t completely barren but is $16M guaranteed that low of a number?

    • 3 other OLBs have deals for around $40M total. 1 has $20M guaranteed, 1 $13M, 1 $8.5M. http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/contracts/outside-linebacker/

      So relative to market, fits in on high-ish end, likely because FA instead of re-signing with his own team. But can structure it so most of that money is in the first 2 years, and then you can move on easily if he doesn’t work out.

    • willbest

      I hope the contract is 20 million in the first 3 years, and 20 million in the last two.

    • Trac

      Not for a situational pass rusher. If he can’t stop the run, the Bears overpaid for him.

  • BerwynBomber

    A good, measured piece on the BMarsh and Cutler situation by Biggs. The most interesting stuff relates to BMarsh, specifically the initial Dolphins trade and PE’s decision to acquiesce to BMarsh’s contract demands.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-biggs-brandon-marshall-bears-spt-0307-20150306-story.html

    • willbest

      The only reason Cutler is getting big money by QB standards is because Rivers, Eli, Roeth are on 5 year old deals signed prior to the new CBA, and Luck, Newton, Wilson, Tannehill are on rookie contracts. In 2 years when the cap is 160 million and all those guys are on their new contracts Cutler’s deal will look cheap.

      As for extending Marshall, was that really a big stretch? It wasn’t a lot of guaranteed money, the guy had been beastly, and he wasn’t asking to break the bank. Plus he had 2 years of being normal.

      • BerwynBomber

        I’m trying to refrain from extended Cutty contract debates with you and JWood. I know where you guys stand. I disagree. The bottom line is that Cutty was basically given A. Rodgers’ deal, even a tad larger, albeit frontloaded.

        In terms of extending Marshall, it was more of in retrospect view. But ultimately doesn’t matter as the Jets assumed the remainder of it.

        Of more interest was Biggs ambiguous “amazing” line about the deal with the Dolphins. Could have been read a couple different ways.

        • willbest

          Well two 3rds is nothing to sneeze at, but he was likely far more productive than what we would have used those picks on. Plus draft picks somehow became more valuable with the new CBA (which makes sense for the high first rounders, but not so much for the middle rounds).

          It is sort of tossed out there without much around it though. It was years ago, so I don’t remember if the Dolphins could have afforded to cut him, nor what he was likely to command in free agency assuming he got there.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, it was a curious statement by Biggs. Everyone has long-since agreed that it was a steal by the Bears but Biggsy’s line could be interpreted that the Bears might not have had to give up anything because the Fish were poised to cut him. BUT .. it is also very easy to read it the traditional way too: it is amazing we got him for only two 3s.

            Ah well. I will be interested to see how BM fares with the Jets. Much as I have had my issues with Cutty, he is next to elite compared to Geno Smith. Think someone said that Bowles coached in Miami when BM was there and Bowles always liked him, which is understandable. Sideshow stuff aside, the dude is/was a helluva football player.

  • willbest

    I don’t know what the obsession with moving Long to tackle is. He is a top 5 guard in the NFL. If he doesn’t become a top 5 tackle you are downgrading your line.

    • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

      His height and longevity. His back won’t hold out at guard due to his height.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      because the Bears are going to run the ball and a competent Guard might be easier to acquire than a OT.

      I’m not saying it should happen no matter what…I’d just like to see it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Guards are easier to come by? He moves to RT- then we’re solid at RT. Mills sucks. We can find a guard in FA to slot in at RG.

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd
    • Trac

      Sadly, nothing new there. Just more gum flappage.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Finley : “Brandon Marshall can be replaced via a robust free agent and draft market for receivers.”

      > Eh, no, no he can’t. What, we sign Reggie Wayne ? Let’s not be that team.

      Jahns : ” He’s better than any other quarterback available.”

      > So what? Who says we need to replace him with Joe Montana? We just signed Clausen, we have Fales … did I miss the meeting where we have to make a playoff run next season? Are there a number of QBs who would look after the ball better than Cutler? Absolutely.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Fantastic first move by Pace.
    Pernell McPhee is the real deal. He’s a swiss army type of a Defender just like Lamarr Houston is. McPhee is more DL, Houston more LB.

    Fangio will have a field day toying with the both of them. Give versatile weapons to Fangio and he’ll beat the shit out of you all day long.

    “Out of his 372 total pass rushes only 75 came strictly from the 3-4 OLB position and 120 of his pass rushes came from different linebacker positions. These rushes generated 22 total pressures, good for a 19.7% pressure percentage. 115 of his rushes came as either a LE or RE with his hand on the ground. He generated 16 total pressures on these rushes, giving him a 13.9% pressure percentage. Teams covet players that can generate pressure of the edge but it can be even more difficult to find a player that can consistently generate inside pressure.”

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/03/03/free-agent-profile-pernell-mcphee/

    • Irish Sweetness

      First move? He just got rid of my favorite Bear for likely a 5th round pick.
      I know it’s history, but I wonder what percentage of the blogsphere is happy with that.

      And if he’s just like Houston then we’re in real trouble – I didn’t see him do jack shit in a Bears’ uniform, Barb.

      • Houston will thrive under Fangio. Fangio loves versatility, and that’s the best trait of both Houston and McPhee. Smart DCs use that. Mel Tucker ignores it because he’s a dumbass.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        First positive move.

        I think cutting Marshall is a sign of lunacy.

        • Big Mike

          You just made @Irish_Sweetness_DBB:disqus very happy 🙂

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        You keep judging these players under bum Tucker ‘tutelage’.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Patrick Willis is RETIRING.

    Fuck me… he was awesome to watch. What a loss !!!

    • Gore, Smith, Willis… key SF vets fleeing the sinking ship. Damn.

      • willbest

        heh… Maybe it was Kaep that started the Kaep trade rumors.

        • John Doe

          Nah.. 49ers management just got caught..

          Now it will be interesting to see if Kaep throws a fit like Cutler did in Denver and demands a trade.

        • Big Mike

          That’s funny.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Iupati, McDonald, Culliver, Crabtree

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wills JUST turned 30. Wow.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      no player has ever announced retirement and then never actually retired. good chance it is a ploy. the right amount of money and the right situation could change his mind.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        I’d dangle a condtional 7th (that has the chance to improve to a 4th if certain conditions are met) to see if we could talk him out of it.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        He was getting 9 M for another 2 years.

        Seeing everybody as obsessed with money is not a good thing.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Justin Smith is RETIRING, also.

    No comment. I’m depressed.

    • willbest

      Dude is 35, he is probably getting the Urlacher treatment.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        That’s insulting for Smith. I will not accept that…especially today.

        • willbest

          I don’t know what to tell you. San Fran looks like they are blowing everything up. Everybody ignores the 32+ year old FAs until after the draft when they are looking to give the guys looking for one last hurrah for a couple mil.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I just fucking around. I understand your general point.

            Still…it has nothing to do with Justin Smith. He retired. His call. No doubt about it.

  • John Doe

    I like this move. Pernell can play DT and DE in 4-3 looks. And can play DE and OLB in 3-4 looks.

    Compared to Jerry Huges’ reported deal (5 year, $45 million with $20 million guaranteed), I think Pace did good with #2 OLB rusher behind Justin Houston. 5 year, $40 million with $16 million guaranteed looks like a decent deal.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      I like it even more if all the g’teed money is in the first two years.

      • I’m guessing not quite all of it, as there’s likely some sort of signing bonus that will be prorated throughout the deal. But IMO it’s likely structured that you can move on easily after 2, maybe 3 years, with minimal deal money.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          PE did Houston’s that way, actually if he wouldn’t have been hurt we could have sent him packing after this year.

          • no, they wouldn’t have. He’s a much better fit for a fangio D than a Tucker one.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I said could have, but you’re right about fit. It stinks because some pieces fit better now (Houston, McClellin) and some are question marks (Allen, Sutton).

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            We’ll see what’s what with Sutton, but he was a little bit of a compromise pick-up. If he makes plays Fangio will find a role for him.

            Remember…people we’re claiming for Donald like the 3T was going out of fashion. Well… it has now !!!

            Sutton isn’t a problem, Donald would have been.

      • willbest

        I am not at all interested in paying an LB/DE 8 mil a year. I am hopping its something like 5, 5, 5, 10, 10 with 5 mil signing bonus. So you either cut or renegotiate after 3 years.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Why? If he’s producing 12 sacks a year, the $8M is about right. We got an unbelievable steal in Young last year.

          • willbest

            Well we did assuming he can return to form next year. Its a rough injury, that could linger.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            If he doesn’t recover you still got your money’s worth. Here’s hoping he makes it back to form and makes our improving defense that much better.

  • John Doe

    QB carousel:

    Brian Hoyer (3 year, $12-14 million) to Texans, Ryan Mallet to Texans.

    Texans to cut Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jets to sign Fitzpatrick.

    Titans still looking for a QB. And so are Browns. QBs with uncertain future with their current team: Nick Foles, Jake Cutler, Mike Glennon, and Colin Kaepernick.

    Some more QB musical chairs in the next few days.

    • willbest

      Browns gave McCown 6.5 mil in guarantees on a 3yr $14 mil deal. Plus they still have the Manzel experiment. They aren’t in Cutler’s market.

      • John Doe

        Browns may have signed McCown but they just said last week they are still looking to add another QB .. a veteran QB. They may not be looking for Cutler but they are looking for another QB who can be a starter.

        • willbest

          If that is the case, I hope they have some sort of clause in McCown’s contract to convert him to QB coach or something. Seems like a lot of money to spend on somebody who isn’t there to protect/train your project QB

          • John Doe

            Seems to be a new trend with teams that do not have a proper franchise QB. Stock up near starters..

            Texans: Hoyer, Mallet and last year’s rookie Tom Savage
            Browns: Manziel, McCown + looking to add one more.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            stocking up “Starters”? they are not starter quality qbs. that’s why they sign several in hopes they might find someone somewhat adequate.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He DID say “near starters” but, you’re either a starting level QB in this league or you’re not, no?

            Frankly, I don’t give Johnny Football even “Near” status.

      • BerwynBomber

        Still can’t believe the market for McCown. That was insane. He looked horrendous last year and he is 36 years old.

        • Irish Sweetness

          So imagine what Cutty’s worth !

    • Irish Sweetness

      Texans are going to cut Fitzy … the Titans are still looking for a QB … we want Cutty gone …. there must be some way out of here … said the joker to the thief …

      It’s a man’s beard, not like Cutty’s designer bumfluff. That beard has Chicago written all over it. Imagine it in subzero temperatures. Magnificent.

  • John Doe

    Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL · 2m2 minutes ago
    From what I’m told, #Bears currently targeting ILB’s and a Safety. Mason Foster, Da’Norris Searcy and Antrel Rolle names to watch.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Mason Foster is hot garbage, only hope is that he was miscast as 4-3 MLB and would be fine as an 3-4 ILB. Antrel Rolle is old now.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Foster and Searcy are 26..

        Rolle just clicked 32 in December.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          I watched Foster for the entirety of his career, no thanks! I don’t care how young he is. Again, you’re just hoping that he was miscast in Tampa’s 4-3.

    • FourFeathers

      Bears are simply looking for affordable and available role players who can be an upgrade and fit the new system. Reinforces the rebuilding nature and that Pace is going to really have to draft well while we exhibit patience.

      • Big Mike

        Can’t spend to much on rental players. But Pace said you use Free Agency so you can draft right. Nothing to0 big in FA, no contracts too long, get younger guys where you can and avoid rental players.

  • willbest

    Being a Bears fan and experiencing the 2014 season it was impossible to have any semblance of objectivity. But in looking back, San Fran imploded just as hard as the Bears did and in watching FA they still haven’t even found bottom. I can honestly look at it and say “Wow, that is messed up, I am glad I am not a 9ers fan”.

    • BearDown100393

      The 49er Fan Club provides each of its members a team official shiv.

    • BerwynBomber

      More than a few pundits predicted SF was due to crash and burn in ’14.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Happy about McPhee and the interest in Searcy/Wisinewski (sp?) but the Rolle news is mind boggling? If you’re purely looking for a stopgap, why not Dwight Lowery?

    • John Doe

      If Wisnewski is looking for $9 million per year, then no thanks.

      $4-6 million per year then yes..

      Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · 3h3 hours ago

      The #Raiders will lock up their center of the future on Tuesday when Rodney Hudson signs. Deal expected to be 5 years, $44.5M.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        He’ll make more than that ($4-6M/PY) somewhere. He’ll only be 26 when the season starts and he’s one of the best centers on the market. The guaranteed money is all that matters to me. My guess is that he gets $8-9M/PY from someone.

        • John Doe

          That is more than what Bushrod is making..

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Bears signed him when the cap was flat tho, If Bushrod was a FA this year and coming off a Pro Bowl (like he was the year he actually signed here) he would be up near $10M a year.

  • John Doe

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors · 4m4 minutes ago
    Bears The “Frontrunners” To Sign S Antrel Rolle? http://bit.ly/1EvjiDq

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It’s obvious the Bears are looking for a Antrel Rolle type player.

      That role is basically the 5th DB in nickel D, which is the base/most used D.

      I’m intrigued on what Brock Vereen can do in that role. I think a lot.

    • Irish Sweetness

      32? No thanks. Rahim Moore is only 25 and surely Fox/Chicago/Polish ‘dogs would be attractive to him.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    This looks like a good move for the “D”. I still think getting rid of BM was a bad idea and to soon. Should of tried him out in the new system before pulling the plug.

    • John Doe

      For the nth time, Marshall decision was not about how good a player he was. It was about Fox and Pace not wanting that type of character on the team. In other words, his good play was not worth the trouble.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I think it’s possible Pernell McPhee could/will play the Justin Smith role.

    • I’m sure he will in some looks. Will line up all over the place, just like Houston. Imagine the options with those 2.
      Big look against run? Have 2 280+ pound OLBs.
      Obvious pass rush? 2-4-5 nickel, McPhee at NT, Houston at 3T, best edge rushers at OLB.
      Plenty of options in between.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Fangio is going to have fun whit those 2, that’s for sure.

        Drafting that Vic Beasley kid is still on the books for me.

        • they still don’t have that top edge rusher like that.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Not getting him -if there is one- with the high 7th pick would be insanity.

  • John Doe

    Dan Bernstein @dan_bernstein · 2h2 hours ago

    Even if the #Bears retain Jay Cutler, they’ve told us what they think of him. The Brief: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/09/the-bernstein-brief-silence-on-jay-cutler-speaks-volumes/?utm_medium=pubnotify&utm_source=pubnotify_daniel.bernstein&utm_campaign=pubnotify_daniel.bernstein_631842

    “The problem could be if they ultimately decide to bring him back, having stopped short of endorsing him.”

    • FourFeathers

      But Cutler has no option. Of course the Bears want to dump his ass. But if they don’t or can’t then Cutler has no choice but to operate with class and dignity next season…something the enigmatic pouting SOB has NEVER done before. If he brings an attitude to camp or is toxic in what will be his final season in Chicago no matter what? Well then he cements his legacy as a disappointing jack wagon who will be avoided like the plague by teams next offseason when he is a free man after being cut.

      • John Doe

        He can be a jack ass and still get a contract next year..

        If Randy Moss and TO got many chances, then so will Jake. There are always desperate teams in the NFL.

  • John Doe

    Aaron Leming @AaronLemingNFL · 1m1 minute ago
    Despite major media outlets denying it, I’ve been told that Kaepernick is indeed on the market. #Bears rumored as interested.

    • willbest

      Unless San Fran wants to do a QB swap, this is a nonstarter.

      • John Doe

        To me, this just shows how badly Fox and Pace want Cutler gone.

        Kaep is as bad as Cutler..cannot read defense, cannot anticipate throws, one read and not able to go through progressions etc. etc.

        The fact that Pace called 49ers tells me about their thinking on Cutler a lot. Only Kaep’s contract is much, much team friendly than Cutler’s and the team basically can evaluate him every April 1st and cut him without any more guaranteed money. Plus, his salary goes down every year if he does not meet targets..

        Read this:

        Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Record’ $126 Million Contract Was A Complete Sham

        Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/colin-kaepernick-contract-2014-12#ixzz3TuPDfvC7

        • willbest

          Well it is and it isn’t. It is guaranteed for injury but not performance. But his signing bonus effectively guarantees his 2015 salary (ie. it costs 9.8 mil to cut him or 15.2 mil to keep him). He is clearly better than anything you are going to find for 5.4 million so unless you have a long term solution lined up to replace him you are paying him his 2015 salary.

          The point about the Bears not being able to consider him without a QB swap though boils down to money. Cutting Cutler is a 19.5 mil hit. They would owe Kaep 12.4 million. There isn’t that kind of scratch without also moving Cutler.

          • John Doe

            Agree on swap.

            Just goes to show Kaepernick was a Harbaugh guy and 49ers are completely moving away from whatever Harbaugh did.

            The new management wants Kaep gone and will entertain even a switch with Cutler.

            Their GM and kid owner lied and denied about Harbaugh rumors last year. And they lied about Kaep last night. They have zero credibility.

            Good thing Fox and Pace did not endorse Cutler publicly and then tried like hell to move him behind the scenes.

          • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

            The new management wants Kaep gone and will entertain even a switch with Cutler

            You know this? That they will swap?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            That has to be the deal, we can’t cut Cutler and then trade for Kaep. The cap hit between the two would be $32.3M. It has to be a straight up swap.

          • John Doe

            ^This.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If we trade for Kap then Ryan Pace is without question a fucking idiot of the highest order.

          • Trac

            Two wrongs don’t make a right. This would be an “out of the frying pan, into the fire” deal.

          • Cutler to me looks more accurate than Kap(and that’s not saying much).
            However, Kap has the luxury of running which stresses Ds in another way.
            And lest we forget, Kap has killed the Pukes regularly. Cutler has not.

            Didn’t Kap run for 200 against them in the playoffs? Might be time to find out of he can repeat the formula.
            Also, if Kap does come over, that would signal a more run-oriented approach. I say, we try it, and STILL draft a QB to groom, though would this change qb draft philosophy?
            Would this mean we’re more inclined to get a running QB like Hundley instead of Petty or Grayson?

  • John Doe

    Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL · 8m8 minutes ago
    Several teams in talks with Eagles about Foles, #Rams are considered “leading contender” per source.

    • willbest

      In other news Bradford is now linked to the Bears… oh wait.

      • John Doe

        Maybe Rams will keep both Bradford and Foles because they know Bradford is injury prone.

        Or Bradford will go to Browns who were interested in him a few weeks ago.

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

    “Draft & groom a quarterback” is like some old wives’ tale fans have been told so many times they think it happens all the time in the NFL.

    Aaron Rodgers was drafted and groomed.

    • Trac

      I get the draft part but these guys can afford their own hairstylists. Just sayin…..

    • willbest

      Brady and Brees held the clipboard their first year. Matt Hasselbeck too. It happens as much as it doesn’t. But considering how QB starved the league is, the result are QBs getting chewed up and spit out.

      • BerwynBomber

        Roethlisberger forever changed the rookie development equation of NFL QBs.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Which is silly because he’s a stud and an exception to the rule. A rookie QB should be an apprentice – rare is the child who can play amongst men.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Its because bad teams don’t have a plan in place to make a guy sit 2-3 years as a #3 QB and learn. They throw them to the fire and the result is a disaster. I think a guy like Clausen could have developed into an eventual long term starter as a backup on a stable team.

      • SC Dave

        A plausible scenario, in my opinion.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Bears could actually trade Cutler for Kaep before 4/1 and then cut Kaep immediately with the only dead cap hit being the unamortized portion ($4M) of Jay’s “signing bonus” ($5M of his base that was reclassified as a signing bonus last year).

    • willbest

      They could but San Fran would have the 9.8 mil in dead money from Kaep, plus the 15.5 mil owed Cutler. And even if they converted more of Cutler’s salary to signing bonus they are still looking at a 20 mil cap hit. Wit Willis and Smith retiring that frees up some money, but they have all sorts of other needs too.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        I think the only draw for SF is getting rid of Harbaugh’s fingerprints. They are actively discussing moving him somewhere so there’s a market meaning they are comfortable eating the $9.8M in dead cap. I also think QB hungry teams would give the Niners draft pick compensation. I don’t think it happens with us though because of all of the g’teed money due Jay if he’s traded (This years base plus $10M next year).

    • BerwynBomber

      Would SF fall for that? I think Cutty is the superior QB, but a) Kaep has more upside, b) his ratings (I believe) have been better than Jay’s, and c) he certainly has more post-season experience. Would be a tough sell, I imagine.

      I’m beginning to think if Pace can get anyone to take on Cutty’s contract it will be a Herculean task.

      • John Doe

        But think about it though.. If SF really does want to get rid of Kaep, and they were caught doing that last night, then Cutler is the best option they could get.

        And they could only get him via trade. If Bears cut Cutler, Cutler and Titans will sure work something out in matter of hours.

      • Didn’t think the 9ers would actually let Harbs walk and promote some yes man, but they did.
        Dumping Great with a Kapital G would be the one last FU to Harbs.

  • John Doe

    Why not Browner on a 2-3 year deal? Need a big corner bad.

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors · 19m19 minutes ago

    Patriots Allowing Brandon Browner To Determine Market Value Before Deciding On His Option http://bit.ly/184F3Mn

  • John Doe

    Matt Clapp @DaBearNecess · 5m5 minutes ago
    Bernstein says he heard this morning that the #Bears are working very hard to trade Cutler & believe they can get it done.

    • BerwynBomber

      Heard the first part. Didn’t hear the second regarding their confidence. But yeah, they’re trying their best to move him. We will see if Pace can pull a rabbit from the hat.

      • John Doe

        He is gone either way.

        You can’t keep him now after it is out in public you are working hard to move him. That won’t work.

        • BerwynBomber

          Bernstein reported last week that Pace put Cutler on the market much sooner than Marshall.

          I wonder if they would cut him. Never thought that could be on table but who knows.

          • John Doe

            Doesn’t surprise me at all.

            It was clear the way both Fox and Pace spoke about him at the combine that they were stalling and stonewalling and knew that by the time they faced the press next time (most likely when introducing top FA signinings to Chicago media), they would have resolved the Cutler issue.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    I know FA hasn’t started yet but lack of interest in a NT seems to point to the drafting of one. Danny Shelton and the top or a middle round find?

    • they’ve been linked as chasing Knighton pretty hard.
      Could also point to wanting more of a value signing there, or not needing one, as they have 2 guys who can handle snaps there on the roster already.

      • John Doe

        NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors · 15m15 minutes ago
        Report: Raiders Close To An Agreement With DT Terrance Knighton http://bit.ly/1EvGQYN

        • fine by me. I was hoping Bears don’t overpay him anyway.

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors · 11m19 minutes ago

    Ryan Pace to announce that Jay Cutler has been traded straight up for Tony Romo. Announcement this afternoon.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      I know its fake but that would be fine by me…

      • BerwynBomber

        Dream on. Though as superior Romo is to Cutler as a QB, he’s 34 with major surgeries. I’m half-surprised the guy is still as good as he is.

      • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

        🙂

    • willbest

      It is believed this trade originated at an NFL owners fundraiser for the silver toothed pygmy lizard, where witnessed claimed that Virginia became “pissed off” and challenged Jerry Jones to a high stakes game of pinochle, which she promptly won. While the terms of the game are not generally known, the quarterback exchange appears to be part of the terms.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        glad it was pinochle and not dominoes. Jerry is the king of dominoes.

  • Latest Bernstein tweet says they’re only trading Cutler for “reasonable return.” Smart, though I wonder what their definition of a reasonable return is.

    • John Doe

      A bag of deflated footballs.

    • John Doe

      Matt Clapp @DaBearNecess · 9m9 minutes ago
      LRT: Would be trading Cutler and pick 71 for pick 33. Hard to imagine a much better return than that.

      • he misunderstood. He was talking about the swap of 2nds and 3rd w/ Tennessee rumor that was floating around last week.

        • willbest

          The swap idea is absurd. You gain nothing moving up 5 spots in the 2nd and 3rd. If you don’t have a half dozen guys you are interested in you aren’t doing your job as a GM

          • John Doe

            You can move back and cash in. There are always teams that want to grab players in top 50.

        • John Doe

          Oh..Ok. the Jeremy Stoltz rumor. got it..

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Hell no, not unless its a swap of 2nd rounders and then a 3rd rounder straight up.

    • FourFeathers

      Reasonable? A can of Simoniz. Seriously, it’s all about getting rid of Cutler by any means possible and starting the rebuild without the distraction. We all get it that we are likely to suck at QB for awhile….Pace will officially be on the clock to identify and begin developing a “franchise” QB while also finding a short-term / stopgap “answer.”

      • willbest

        Either the Bears are going to get real value for him and you are going to look like a monkey, or they are going to dump him in which case I will.

        • AlbertInTucson

          They’ve set the bar now. The Bears can’t let him go for “A can of Simonize” or ” A bag of deflated footballs”. If they “just dump him”, it’ll be The New Regime that looks like monkeys.

      • BerwynBomber

        Even though he was near the end with us, a Brian Griese-like guy would be fine as stopgap. Dude had a career 82 QR, which is far from horrible for a bridge dude.

        If Pace can land a bridge dude of that quality I believe he would have three or four years to find the franchise guy. That is assuming Fox/Fangio can establish a competent=to-competitive D during those years.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ryan Fitz is Brian Griese. He’s good, and he’ll be free if cut.

  • John Doe

    Chicago Sports News @ChiSportUpdates · 24m24 minutes ago
    Source: Titans are “going all out” to try to get Jay Cutler

    • willbest

      “all out” implies a pair of 2nds

      edit: Or a 2nd and 3rd this year so Bears can straight up rebuild the D in 1 year

      • BearDown100393

        And a couple of IHOP gift certificates.

        • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

          Tradewind Waffles!

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Curtis Lofton anyone?

    • BerwynBomber

      Pace is certainly familiar with him.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      He’s 1000x better than Mason Foster!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      he can’t cover a lick

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Yeah but Mason Foster can’t do anything except run around a football field like he’s lost in the woods and occasionally yell “Woooooooooooooo!” when he runs into an opposing player.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          of course. Neither is an option.

  • willbest

    Is anybody shocked that the Pats didn’t pick up the $20mil option on Revis?

    I have to hand it to the guy. Way to be a risk taker. Collect that $12 million 1 year at a time.

    • BerwynBomber

      Setting up as a strange mercenary-like career for a dude who one day may end up in Canton.

      • NewBearInTown

        Still one of the best corners in the league. And largely thanks to Revis the corner position has become much more expensive these last 2-3 years.
        There are teams that will grab him to do what the Pats did.

        • willbest

          Well he might have just wanted a super bowl. He has that now so maybe his outlook on pay has changed.

          • Big Mike

            I feel good for a guy like Revis. Managing his career, taking the risk and getting the $ and the ring.

          • NewBearInTown

            Yeah, he clearly has no interest in being a hometown favorite when he retires. But does that ever really net the kind of cash he’s gotten by playing the mercenary?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Hell no.

      This was the initial deal. It wasn’t really any ‘option’.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Brandon Graham just signed a deal for $26M/4yrs. Think we can get Derrick Morgan for about that much or less and he’s 26. I think I’m only doing this if we manage to trade Cutler tho. Might as well have a badass pass rush if your QB is going to be a game manager.

  • Big Mike

    How I wish the Bears were a contender… getting all worked up about every move they might make. Realizing that we are competing to get out of the basement of our decision. It’s like jockeying for position at the kids table…

  • FourFeathers

    If there is a team that will take Cutler’s contract and give us something of even nominal value (e.g., a 5th round pick) then you have to jump on that immeidately if you are Pace / Fox / Gase. They are a brand new regime and have the current luxury of a honeymoon period. They can say the rebuild is real and that time to turn a new page. And set the unvarnished expectatoin that the 2015 Chicago Bears are likely to win few football games. I just want to Pace to go for it….no shortcuts. The patient needs major surgery, not band-aids and living in denial.

    • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

      I think we got that.

      • FourFeathers

        lol. That was a shot. A deserved shot.

    • Big Mike

      Why? What do they gain, by dumping him at a fire sale price? They still have to replace him, they still are going to stuggle to be .500. If the offers don’t have value, they can dump him mid-season if a team has an injury at QB, or next season.

      • willbest

        FF just wants Cutler gone, no mater the cost. There isn’t any rationalizing with him.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          lol yep he’s a couple of feathers short of a full headdress.

          • Big Mike

            that’s funny

        • Big Mike

          If you’re rebuilding, you get the most you can. It’s a multi-year rebuild. If the QB is the engine, no sense putting it in a car without tires, brakes or a transmission.

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd
    • FourFeathers

      Chip Kelly fancies himself as the smartest man in the room. But I heard somebody say this the other day and I think it’s absolutely true…Kelly is arrogant and cocky enough in his remaking of the Eagles because he knows if he were fired today he’d have a dozen major college programs wanting to hire him on the spot. If you are an Eagles fan that is disconcerting unless you have full faith and trust in Kelly.

    • NewBearInTown

      Article says it exactly right. Kelly does abc and xyz and none of it makes sense. But they keep scoring lots of points and winning lots of games.
      I can understand some of the moves. But you can’t argue with production. Kelly produces, so Kelly stays.

    • SC Dave

      Doesn’t matter. Depends on their record.

  • NewBearInTown

    Three options Bears fans:
    1) Trade Cutler to Tennessee for Mettenberger, their second for our third, and a conditional second day pick next year based on Cutler becoming the starter.
    2) Trade Cutler to SF for Kaep, throw in our second for their fourth
    3) Keep Cutler and continue to shop him if you wish.

    • Big Mike

      Choice 3. 1 & 2 not enough in my book.

    • FourFeathers

      Just saw a report that Tennessee is officially not interested in Jay Cutler. I wonder though if Arizona and Bruce Arians would have interest?

    • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

      Choice 2.

      Kap is a prick, but hey – we’re used to it. He can run fast and be entertaining.

      • Big Mike

        I wouldn’t throw anything in. Wouldn’t hate Kaepernick.

        • NewBearInTown

          I added that because he’s younger and slightly cheaper.

    • Irish Sweetness

      1. Fuck that.
      2. Fuck that.
      3. If it’s next year when A.N. Other breaks his leg and somebody needs a new QB, so be it.

  • Johnnywad

    Twitter blows

    • SC Dave

      An understatement if I’ve ever seen one!

  • Whatcha talking about Willis retiring?
    He can’t be considered for the HOF, right? Was he as transcendent as Gale Sayers?

    • willbest

      I don’t think you make the HOF anymore unless you have the 31-35 years to unnecessarily pad your stats and as a QB you are going to need to go all the way to 38-40 after Manning/Brady/Brees are done

      • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

        Had the Niners beaten the Ravens, you can make a case that Willis had a career every bit as formidable as Singletary and thus belongs. But they didn’t. Jim lost to John. Patrick won’t visit Ohio. Too bad. So sad.

        • Yeah, that ring would’ve gotten a long way for Willis as a HOF candidate.
          But now, I don’t think so. Go figure. When he came out of college, I thought he was the heir apparent to Lewis and Lach. Now, that might be Kuechly.

          • Big Mike

            Career was too short. I think that counts against you.

          • I think if Willis has even 2 more years, he’d be in. But not now.
            Didn’t he just come off some neck inj or something like that? Maybe that will be taken into consideration,
            But for now, he can enter the Hall of Very Good along with Forte.

          • Big Mike

            Forte has a shot if he can play 3 more years in line with his career averages he’d be around 17k total yards.

          • NewBearInTown

            Forte needs more of the one stat he can’t control: wins.
            Same problem as guys like Steven Jackson and Frank Gore (though Gore has had more success recently).

          • BerwynBomber

            Forte is a fantastic player but I don’t think he ever gets in. He is only been named All-Pro once and made two Pro Bowls.

            He and Briggs and maybe even Tillman will get a few votes over the years but, for now, only Lach and maybe Hester will get in from their generation of Bears. Well, maybe Pep too, but he is still probably a Panther above all other teams.

          • NewBearInTown

            Peppers didn’t have a HOF career in Chicago. But he did crank out some extra stats.
            If the Bears were a better team when Forte was younger, he would make the pro-bowl every year.

          • BerwynBomber

            Peppers made the Pro Bowl three of the four years he played for us. He was first team All-Pro one of those years. Second team All-Pro another year. If you can keep up the pace of those honors throughout the course of a career as long as his you are probably headed to Canton.

          • Scharfinator

            Hester deserves it more than Lach. Probably gets in just as quick or quicker, I would think.

          • willbest

            Hester isn’t going to get in unless he crushes the record and puts up another 4-5.

          • Scharfinator

            Unlikely. He’s clearly the GOAT at his position. A kicker is in, why wouldn’t he be?

          • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

            I think it’s fair to say that he was Ray Lewis’ successor. I think that’s how he will be regarded. I hadn’t seen another MLB as fast, strong and dominant since him.

            Keuchley is fast and strong, but rangy and long. He’s not a thumper, just like Lack was never a thumper.

            Lewis and Willis would stone the big backs. I saw Willis hit Brandon Jacobs square up in a Niners-Giants game and drive him straight back. That dude was a beast in the middle.

      • BerwynBomber

        You are not “unnecessarily padding” your stats unless a) your body can stand the punishment, b) a team thinks you’re good enough to still play, and c) you to prove that you are, indeed, still good enough to play.

        What a stupid phrase/comment. Football ain’t golf.

        • willbest

          A lot of HoF didn’t play better than competent their last couple years. But those stats from those years are used in justifying why they get in. I consider such displays of longevity unnecessary. If you are in the top 5 in your position for 7 years, and were the best at least once, then you merit consideration regardless if your career was 7 years or 14.

          • BerwynBomber

            Longevity counts. Half the deal of being a professional athlete is being available and it is no more valuable in a sport of such high attrition as football. And if you’re an HOF talent even your competent level probably puts you in the upper half of people playing your position. And if guys can’t produce they will be replaced. Their play will reflect that.

          • SC Dave

            Agree that longevity counts. Unless you were just insanely better than everyone else ala Jim Brown and Dick Butkus. Sayers is, to me, a bit of an anomaly, but he was insanely good before his knee got wrecked.

    • Big Mike

      Nope. Not close. Would have been a close call had he sustained for a few more years.

      • BerwynBomber

        He is WAAAAAAYYY closer than you think. Seven pro bowls, and more importantly, five all-pro teams is borderline as hell. In fact, the latter number is pretty much HOF if I’m not mistaken.

        But I could see him having to wait a few years and his semi-short career might work against him.

        • Big Mike

          Yeah, I wasn’t up on his stats. Still think he needed a couple more years.

          • BerwynBomber

            Eight years is a short career for an HOFer but he was right near the top for seven of those years.

          • SC Dave

            Willis will make the Hall. Hell, Butkus only played one more season. Though Dick *was* a lot better.

          • BerwynBomber

            No one is Butkus but yes I think Wills will eventually get in. Just won’t be a first year of eligibility guy.

        • SC Dave

          I think the original response was about being as “transcendent” as Sayers. And I’d have to say “no way”.

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

    So in the last 5 days I have heard that the Titans are going all out to sign Cutty, and then that they aren’t interested. And then back to desperate, then indifferent again.

    As Johnnywaddle sayz: Twitter blows.

    • willbest

      Texans are still my dark horse. It would have been the Bills before they signed Kromer to be OL. Titans doesn’t make a lot of sense when you consider they aren’t competing next year and Cutler has maybe 3-4 years left in him (he has taken some pretty big beatings)

      edit:

      Incidentally, if it is somebody out of left field like the Texans, we will at least feel better that the Bears organization is playing it close to the vest and the leaks are most likely coming from some place other than Halas

      • John Doe

        Texans signed Ryan Mallet and are close to signing Brian Hoyer. Plus, they have Tom Savage and Ryan Fitzpatrick as of now. Bill O’ Brien likes guys he has worked with when he was at Patriots.

        Don’t count Browns out just yet. Manziel may be become starter yet but he could be two years away. One, he has to get out of rehab and become normal and two, he has to learn pro offense and learn to be QB in NFL . Will take a lot of time on bench.


        Tony Grossi @TonyGrossi · 5m5 minutes ago
        #Browns HC Mike Pettine said he’s interacted with Johnny Manziel a “handful of times.” Won’t say if he’ll be ready for offseason program.

        • Johnnywad

          So wait…. You’re telling me some guy tweeted that Mike Pettine has interacted with Johnny Manziel more than once but less than a lot? And he wouldn’t even say how fit he’ll be for off season work? Somebody should really run with this and get to the bottom of it.

    • SC Dave

      Johnny wasn’t the only one saying Twitter blows…

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Twitter does blow, but its the stupid idiots posting the crap here constantly that really blows. its a tool but these twits almost take it as gospel.

  • willbest

    For the people thinking Kaep for Cutler, keep in mind we play the NFCW this year so. Which makes trading with them a bit more delicate. Though I suppose one could argue that neither GM plans on competing next year

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Jake Long released by Rams…loved his leadership while watching him play for Michigan. Any thoughts?

    • Two Longs make a right (tackle)?
      I wouldn’t mind him for CHEAP, but he’s been very inj prone

      • John Doe

        Rams will revisit him if and when he gets fit again.

  • John Doe

    Rams creating a lot of cap space. Hmm..


    Nick Wagoner @nwagoner · 20m20 minutes ago

    Rams have informed OT Jake Long and C Scott Wells of their release. Moves save the team about $12 million in salary-cap space.

    • I think Wells was the last ranked Center acc to PFF.
      Long is rarely on the field.
      It looks like we got the better LT when both Long and Bushrod were the top options.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        85…remember our McCourty discussion a few days ago?.

        Not only I told you exactly what was going on and was going to happen………….
        I also predicted the 5 years/ 47 M/ 28 M guaranteed.

        Give me FUCKING UPVOTE !!!

        • Yeah, I figured they would prioritize him, just wasn’t sure if McCourty would take more $ somewhere else.

          Still gotta see if they somehow squeeze Revis in.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            They couldn’t have squeezed Revis if they would have used the tag of MCourty.

            The cap hit of 10 M gives you little wiggle room.

            So… not tagging McCourty many have seen it as Belichick being Belichick. Instead it was proof they would have given him a contract on the base of the franchise tag money AND that’s it’s very likely they’ll re-sign Revis also.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Dude, predicting salaries? Let’s get our FA predictions out up front before tomorrow.

          1. Cutler to Titans. (somehow weasel Hunter/Wright off them at WR)
          2. Rahim Moore signed.
          3. Ryan Fitz signed.

          Irish is happy.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Niet

  • Jeff is slacking in Will HIll news.

    Ravens extended restricted free agent FS Will Hill an original pick tender.
    25-year-old Hill is one of the best young safeties in the league. By giving him the lowest possible tender, the Ravens are gambling that Hill’s lengthy history of off-field problems will keep potential suitors away. The original pick tender is worth just over $1.5 million. Hill is a good bet to stay put in Baltimore. – Roto

  • BerwynBomber
    • willbest

      Considering nobody can put pen to paper until midday tomorrow, there could be a lot of that.

    • FourFeathers

      He heard Stephen A. Smith say Chip Kelly is a racist.

  • FourFeathers

    It is clear to me that there is no longer any going back on Cutler. Either Pace gets something in trade…or they cut him by the Thursday deadline for the 2016 option to kick in. Otherwise there is so much energy around this story for Cutler to come back. Bears WILL lose a lot of games in year one of rhe rebuilding and so there can be no positive value of having Cutler around. And the fact that the Bears seem to be shopping for mid priced type free agents signals to me that they want to have enough room to take the full 2015 cap hit on Cutler that comes with cutting him…if they can’t trade him. So I look for Pace to move swiftly on acquiring a veteran stop gap and to also drafting a QB in the 3rd or 4th round of rhe draft.

    • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

      So who signs him if he’s cut?

      • John Doe

        Titans.. within 5 hours would be my bet.

        Although Pace may not cut him if he gets the sense that there is a team or two that wants Cutler. It is basically a game of chicken between Pace and the team that wants Cutler. Team may be betting that Pace will cut before Thursday so as to not incur the $10 million guarantee.

        And Pace will accept the dare because he knows he can get the best value in trade if he is willing to go into Thursday and pretend Bears do not mind hanging on to Cutler.

        • NewBearInTown

          That’s only a bet for the other team. Pace knows what he’s going to do. As long as he doesn’t screw up (which happened to a Denver player’s agent a couple years ago) he can fax the paperwork in minutes before the deadline. At that point it would be too late for trade partners to change their minds.

        • willbest

          Utter nonsense. Any team that trades for Cutler is committing to him for 2 years and will have to pick up the 10 million. And the Bears sure as heck aren’t going to cut him and eat 19.5 mil against the cap and have no QB1

    • burntorangenavyblue

      You know it is you and John that are the ones complaining more and talking over and over and over and over about saying the same thing about Cutler just rewritten 1,000 times or more. So I see people saying that the Culter drama won’t die out until he’s gone….but right now no drama is going on, it is fans like yourself and the media who are beating the drum to some warpath that is unhealthy and sickening to be known as respected sports “fans”. I do not look forward to any of your incessant ranting and raving when you guys decide to obssessively have a “sour” outlook of any other players in the future. It’s a sport…enjoy it, regardless of what the team decides or just dont invest in the product.

      • Scott W.

        Tip o’ the hat. But all we can do is scroll.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      you’re obsessed with this rebuilding concept. It started 2 years ago…

  • GPLDAN aka Mink Lloyd

    Good article on the Revis strategy. Bet on yourself, accept one year deals with no security and maximize earning across the career.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/patriots/2015/03/09/darrelle-revis-free-agency-market-contract/24675679/

  • John Doe

    Adam Hoge on what Pace could do to help facilitate a trade:

    “One option the Bears have to facilitate a Cutler trade is to restructure his contract and convert some of his remaining salary to a signing bonus. Cutler would have to agree to such a move, but he’d be getting more money up front, which not many players/human beings refuse. That money would then be charged to the Bears’ 2015 salary cap after a trade, but they have plenty of cap space right now and would be freeing up even more by trading Cutler and the rest of the contract that goes with him. Doing this would likely make him more attractive to other teams and get the Bears more in return.”

    http://wgnplus.com/2015/03/09/hoges-bears-offseason-notebook-no-3-tampering-legal-or-not-is-nothing-new/


    The one thing I believe is incorrect above is the part about Cutler having to agree to such a move. If I remember the details correctly when news about the contract came out last year, Bears can automatically convert Cutler’s salary into signing bonus without his express consent. It is built into the contract.

    • willbest

      You are correct. Cliff is the best in the business. Cutler already gave the Bears that right when he signed it.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      willbest brought this up as an option weeks ago when he and I were discussing trade rules.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Or you can just cut him, take the cap hit this year and be on the clear after that.

      People fail to realize that Cutler has all the leverage. As did Marshall.

      Which makes the Pace-Fox tactic of the stick an incredibly stupid one.

  • BerwynBomber

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog You know what Frank Gore did? Realized the great young QB has better chance to win title than the fancy coach.”

    Maybe and it might be the smarter bet.

    But you could make the case it is more important to have the HC than the QB. Off the top of my head, the only mediocre HC I remember winning an SB was Switzer. But there are a decent # of mediocre QBs who won the SB. Close call, I guess.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    NFL is upset with players and teams making contract deal information publicized before free agency……riiight, having people talk about their product in the offseasom by fans and media hurts them sooo much…

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      its about control. The NFL probably wants it to move more towards an event, kinda like signing day in college. If they can do that they can control it and sell it.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        If that happens then oh boy….

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          could be a logical conclusion. they sold tickets to the combine, why would they not want total control over the other events in the off season.

          • BerwynBomber

            That’s why I am surprised there hasn’t been a serious push to institute an NBA-like lottery. If nothing else, the NFL would control the sports scene for an entire night in off-season.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            they are busy on other projects. Like dna sequencing the public to find out which pairings will most likely produce the best athletes for football. all in hopes of video taping conceptions so they can also control the porn industry.

          • willbest

            That reminds of that Lessie Jone’s SNL skit that kicked up a little bit of internet controversy about how back in the slave days she would be well studded. So maybe it could be added to the combine.

            http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/weekend-update-leslie-jones/2779226

    • AlbertInTucson

      If I am an NFL media partner such as ABC, CBS, NBC,ESPN and their various outlets, my message to Roger Goodell and his minions is “Shaddap! For what we pay you for rights, we’re ENTITLED to these leaks!”

    • NewBearInTown

      I suspect its a bit of a wink nod kind of thing. The NFL needs to maintain the fiction that they care about the small leaks so that, in the event of something really problematic, they can still use this rule.
      Plus, even the illusion that signing day is a big deal is still exciting because we can find out what deals really were hogwash.
      Although I do get a bit surprised when players openly tweet about deals they’ve made.

      • Scott W.

        You taught a few players NBIT. I’m surprised you’re surprised.

  • BerwynBomber
    • willbest

      Must be a climate and money move.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        its the owners mustache. it is so magnificent some people are just drawn to it.

  • Shady

    A bit groggy from losing an hour of sleep to daylight savings time? Of course you are. Damn daylight savings! How is this still a thing?

    • Scott W.

      Jon Oliver also wants to know. It’s a timeless question…

    • willbest

      Like anything else the government does, whatever its original intended purpose was long completed and it exists merely to perpetuate itself.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That just shuffles our cable/Satellite programming ahead an hour.

      It had ou on-line time clock confused this morning,running an hour ahead.

  • Scott W.

    How the hell is Irish doing? Anyone heard?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Nobody’s offered me a contract yet Scott, but I hear the Niners are interested in my skillz.

      I can still lay the wood !

  • BerwynBomber

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