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Across the Middle with Andrew Dannehy (Featuring a Q & A With Jeff Risdon)

| February 3rd, 2016

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• The fact that John Fox had a large say in drafting the roster and that he and his staff were responsible for developing the defensive talent on the Broncos should make you feel good. A lot has been written about them signing free agents from the Broncos, but they’re just as likely to try to draft the next Danny Trevathan, Brandon Marshall or Malik Jackson.

• The one thing to take from the playoffs as it pertains to the Bears is they just need more great players. Look at the big plays that have been made throughout the playoffs, they’ve typically come from each team’s best player. The Bears don’t have those guys. Getting them is the first step. The next step is getting them to play their best on the big stage.

• It’s too early to get overly excited about what the Bears “need” when it comes to the draft. A lot will change between now and then. As of this time last year, you wouldn’t have guessed the Bears would be taking Kevin White with the seventh pick with the duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Hell, you maybe didn’t even know who Kevin White was.

• Draft hype is too crazy right now. Noah Spence went from being a fringe first-round pick at best to being mocked in the top 10. He’s a talented player but he was going against a bunch of untalented offensive tackles at the Senior Bowl. That doesn’t tell us anything.

After the jump is a Q&A I did with Jeff Risdon. Risdon is an NFL and NFL Draft Writer at RealGM, an analyst for Draft Breakdown, works on air at ESPN 961 and is the editor for SideLionReport. He spent last week in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. He’s also Lions fan, but at least he’s not a Packers fan.

Q: When the Lions hired Bob Quinn as their new GM, I thought it was too late to fire Jim Caldwell and replace him and his staff. Did you agree with the decision to keep him? And do you feel like, by doing so, they’re going to be stuck in a lame duck year?

A: I think Jim Caldwell was the best available choice to coach the Lions in 2016. That’s a pretty low bar though. It’s definitely a one-year prove it sort of deal and I like that concept given the talent in place and how vociferous so many of the key players spoke up for Caldwell both privately and publicly.

Q: I’m not as high on the Vikings’ future as most. I don’t think Bridgewater is a franchise quarterback and Adrian Peterson is at or very near the end of the line. Their defense is going to be very good for the foreseeable future, but I feel like they’re always going to struggle to score. Am I crazy?

A: Teddy is the key. Can he take the proverbial next step? And he is tasked with doing so with the aging Peterson and uncertainty at wideout. Your skepticism is certainly justifiable. For me, I think they do have upside offensively with guys like McKinnon and Diggs and even Mycole Pruitt. 2016 is a big year for Teddy to show he’s the right guy to be able to attack all sorts of defenses.

Q: Are the Packers in trouble? Last week I noted their quarterback doesn’t seem to like their coach and their coach doesn’t seem to like his GM. Seems like a problem going forward.

A: I don’t know about the Rodgers/McCarthy relationship but the rift between McCarthy and Ted Thompson is very real, according to several people I’ve talked to in and around the team. There is a lot of frustration that they keep inferior in-house talent instead of reaching outside the organization for upgrades, notably at linebacker and tight end.

As long as they’ve got Rodgers they’re going to be good. Getting Jordy Nelson back helps a lot, I think. The defense has some holes but also has a lot of impressive talent. Thompson needs to deliver big this offseason though. Minnesota and Detroit are so close to passing them.

Q: When you look at the Bears, what do you see as their biggest needs?

A: Offensive skill position, namely wideout but also a speedy RB who can thrive outside and on screens and wheel routes. Right now the passing game is too easy to defend schematically because the talent doesn’t threaten enough of the defense. Some of that has to do with the incomplete OL. Any team that is forced to play Vlad Ducasse, let alone keep him on the roster, clearly needs significant help up front. For my money he’s the worst guard in the league. Fixing RG and RT would probably help the offense as much as adding another wideout.

Defensively it’s got to be cornerback. I know I’m in the minority but I don’t see Fuller as a legit No. 1 CB. If Tracy Porter doesn’t come back that’s an even bigger issue; then the Bears need CB2 and CB3. Adding a third safety and a run-oriented ILB are up there too. John Timu might be that guy, we’ll see. I like the young DL and the edges quite a bit.

Q: What players did you find to be most impressive during Senior Bowl week?

A: Offense: Carson Wentz, Kenneth Dixon, Cody Whitehair, Jason Spriggs, Nick Vannett, Jay Lee (perfect for the Bears), Nick Martin, Braxton Miller (also perfect for the Bears…and Packers)

Defense: Vernon Butler, Jihad Ward, Javon Hargrave, Deiondre Hall, Darian Thompson, Harlan Miller, Carl Nassib, Eric Murray, Jake Ganus, Tyvis Powell

Q: Did it seem like the Bears were interested in any particular player or position?

A: I saw a couple of Bears guys in the film room checking out the interior offensive line, notably rewinding and queuing up Christian Westerman and Sebastian Tretola (both of them were impressive too). I know they had a formal interview with Braxton Miller. One of their scouts was standing two people away from me watching the North CBs vs. WRs on Wednesday scribbling a lot of notes and that was the day Miller went off. Keep an eye on corners like Eric Murray, Deiondre Hall, Maurice Canady who all played well in that drill.

Q: I know you’re a fan of Reggie Ragland, are you at all concerned about the lack of success of Alabama defenders in the NFL? What do you consider to be his best attributes?

A: I do worry some about the Alabama issue. The thing that helps for Ragland is he’s never been hurt and didn’t get over-played over the years. I love his ability to make a big impact in the run game both inside and outside the tackle box. He’s fantastic at exploding to the ball and getting it to the ground. In Mobile I saw him quickly and organically emerge as the leader of the South defense and that’s something I definitely covet in a middle linebacker.

Q: As a Lions fan, is there any one player, outside of Ragland, who you really don’t want to see wearing a Bears jersey next year?

A: I’ll give you two who are realistic picks in the Bears range: Noah Spence and Andrew Billings. Please please please take Mackensie Alexander or Vernon Hargreaves!

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  • The GP

    A shutdown corner from Clemson in the 1st?. Hmmm. Last time Bears tried that his name was Donnell Woolford.

    Banking on Porter is a no-go. We need so much new talent it’s hard to know where to shop first. I don’t think spending #1 on a rushing ROLB or LOLB is a good call. Start with secondary where we need help badly.

    • willbest

      I tend to think the D-line and ILB will get some help in FA. I don’t love nanny, Willie, and Houston but they should be okay if the coverage is there. Scanning the list of pending FA CB and S I don’t see a lot of options. I would not be opposed to seeing CB, S in rounds #1 and 2.

      • MB30SD

        Fa:
        2ND or 3Rd best dl available
        B Marshall and/or d trevathan
        E.Weddle

        Draft:
        Ilb
        DL or DB
        DB or DL
        Etc…

        • Trac

          If you can snag Bruce Irwin, do you sign him?

          • CanadaBear

            Yes.

          • Trac

            A signing like that would help our draft tremendously imo.

          • Nah. He’s a faster blacker Shea. A pure rush specialist. He’ll be overpriced.

            We need LBs who can crush and cover

          • MB30SD

            he’s a rush end isn’t he?

        • Sactowns#1

          Agree, but no don’t draft a ILB so early.

          • MB30SD

            if there’s one that really stands out, why the hell not. We’ve had nothing for years, we need our next butkus, samurai, lach… it’s time. plenty of dline talent in FA as well.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fuck it. Get the best one going, we’ve left it off the table for too long.

    • Irish Sweetness

      With Nanny and Willie, can we really spend the top pick at OLB? It’s nice .. but …..

  • CanadaBear

    They need a speedy RB who can work on the outside? Isn’t that Langford? They need WR’s? Really? They need healthy WR’s and to see what they have in KW. Totally agree about Ducasse and Fuller.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yeah, I didn’t get the RB and WR either. Only O skills guys from I could see early — and they’re longshots — are a franchise-changing QB (and that seems fat chance) or TE (if Uni is gone). But even TE doesn’t seem a huge position of need given that, at the least, Miller will be around.

      Btw, the four or five guys I’ve read/heard that were report-scouting at the Senior Bowl all have woodies for Braxton Miller. So if Pace took him in the second or third I would not be shocked. My question though is what position does Miller play in the pros? I would assume WR but I suppose there’s a shot at RB.

      FWIW, kudos to Miller for voluntarily making that QB-to-other-position change while still in college. I’ll go to my grave thinking Tebow could have had a semi-decent career as an H-back or TE in the league.

      • Bender McLugh

        But God told unto Tebow he is a QB……thus spoke Zarathustra

  • The GP
    • Trac

      It’s still hard to believe that John Maddens outlived him. CTE > Too many cheeseburgers.

      • CanadaBear

        The Snake was legendary for abusing his body with booze, late nights and wild women. I’m sure there was a lot of Big Pharma going on too.

      • Doc Nitty

        Speaking of John Madden. You know what makes me sad? That gone are the days of the voices I grew up associating with the NFL. Madden, Summerall, Gifford, Merlin Olsen, Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire. Not to mention the college voices like Keith Jackson.

        Now we get Collinsworth. Ugh.

        • CanadaBear

          There are still some good announcers out there. I always enjoy Fouts.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Frankly, I don’t have an issue with Michaels/Collinsworth.

            Maybe they just come across better tome because of Nantz/Simms or Buck/Aikman.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m not a fan of Collinsworth but he doesn’t really bother me. I think Michaels is the best play-by-play guy. I don’t mind Aikman. Nantz and Simms seem like they are out to lunch sometimes. They start talking about something and it drifts off or goes completely off the rails. I despise Buck. Brennamen is a least fave also. Some of the obscure teams are halfway decent.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Buck and Brenneman, Both of their starts rose fast because of who Daddy was. Chip Caray, too.

          • BillW

            Speaking of old announcers – I absolutely hated Ray Scott. Because he was essentially the voice of the Packers.

          • AlbertInTucson

            But Scott LOVED Gale Sayers.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I like Cris Collinsworth. I am alone. This I know.

        • BillW

          I just turned 64. Next year I’m officially a senior citizen. (Now what was I going to say? Oh yeah…)

          You just made me feel every bit of those 64 years.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Will ya still feed me .. .will ya still need me …

            Happy birthday Bill !!

        • burntorangenavyblue

          I find it strange to see some do multisports commentating, especially when they are not good at what they do. You should be GREAT at that. Buck and Costa? Yikes. I would love to hear Bill Walton do multiple sports, that guy is hilarious and insane.

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s terrible. And Night Train Lane died broke? Man.

      And there’s Cam Newton below it all … with some girl regurgitating some ridiculous quote where some fool said he was to football what Usain Bolt was to the olympics. SMH.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    Jeff Risdon likes the Bears young DL. And he said we need a speedy running back… Langford ran the fastest 40 for RB’s at last years combine, and our DL sucked balls outside of GoldMan. Is this guy like your next door neighbor or something? He clearly doesn’t know shit.

    • beninnorcal

      I was thinking the same thing. He also didn’t really say much about our LB core, and that’s where we may be hurting the worst on D.

    • BillW

      I thought something similar. I’m no expert but I put my faith on the collective wisdom of the guys here on the blog. And collectively the blog disagreed with practically everything this guy said. Either he’s wrong or we all are. I would put my money on the blog.

      OFFENSE is the biggest need? Come on!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      he is a Lions fan what do you expect.

    • MB30SD

      Coach!!!!!

      Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

    • Sactowns#1

      I actually like our younger guys on the Dline but we need to keep adding. We need a big fat load in the middle to stuff the run.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        put one of them on the Eddie Lacy diet. Maybe we could workout a deal with GB to have one of the guys follow Lacy around eating everything put in front of Lacy so he can’t eat so much. I know it is helping the enemy but I wasn’t impressed with Lacy when he was thinner either.

      • Irish Sweetness

        TERRY FUCKING WILLIAMS!!!!

        He’s a fat bastard. Put him in beside Goldman and sandwich them between any two others. Trevathan and Timu inside behind them. Nanny and Willie outside. Single high. Good night Jemima.

    • SC Dave

      He’s a Lions fan. ‘Nuff said?

    • Irish Sweetness

      As a Lions fan I’m sure he likes our DEs, I sure don’t. Goldman could be something, and so could Terry Williams, but at end we need at least one name.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    This whole talk about using Denver’s success over and over into the current Bears’ regime is tiring. There are so many factors and scenarios that makes what the Bears are doing feel not that close to what Denver has been doing. It’s not wrong to use a similar plan going forward, but I feel this would not have been brought up as much if Denver wasn’t in the Superbowl.

    Also, for the love of everything, can the city of Chicago have some legit and competent doctors and medical specialists for the pro teams? So tired of freak injuries and poorly planned recovery schedules for many of its athletes. The White injury, D-Rose cluster f of knee problems, and don’t get me started on Noah’s shoulder injury…..I’m sure I am missing more, but those 3 come to the top of my mind.

    • BerwynBomber

      D-Rose is fragile. Don’t know what could have been done differently. In fact, all reports point to the fact that he and his posse ignored doctor’s orders throughout most of his recovery from his initial ACL. In short, I’d be reluctant to hang that one on the doctors.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I second the “Rose is Fragile” concept.

      • DRose is no Allen Iverson. PRACTICE?!

        Maybe he was on to something. Grinding guys in practice and blowouts is prolly not beneficial to health, esp for the lil ones.

        Then again Isiah Thomas grinded it out.

    • Doc Nitty

      Law of averages, my friend. Payton and MJ? Nary a serious injury. Urlacher and Briggs? Pretty damn healthy for their careers. Now we see the other side of it.

  • BerwynBomber

    “Fixing RG and RT would probably help the offense as much as adding another wideout.”

    Is Long being moved again?

    • Johnnywad

      Yes. Jeff Risdon has him projected as one of the special team anchors next season.

  • Sactowns#1

    Hopefully the draft goes:
    1- D line
    2- D line
    3- O line
    4- D line
    5- O line
    7- LB/CB
    7- LB/CB

    • MB30SD

      Stop that

    • CanadaBear

      My first two would be some combo of DL/ILB then whomever. My mantra is always the same. Overall, I don’t care who they draft as long as they don’t suck. If we could get an elite player at any position with the first two picks I’d be happy (as long as we’re not talking K, P, LS, ST’s).

      • Sactowns#1

        How about another WR who never sees the field?

        • MB30SD

          Stop that

    • Scharfinator

      I mean, I think this would be my ideal draft.

      1- Hall of famer
      2- Hall of famer
      3- Hall of famer
      4- All pro
      5- All pro
      6- Hall of famer
      7- Hall of fame snub

      • SC Dave

        You forgot the *. That next to each of them, and it reads “ten time Super Bowl champion”

        • Sactowns#1

          That’s my whole point, we don’t need to put a star next to them and we don’t need to draft 10 future pro bowlers or HOFers. We do need ONE stud d linemen. We get one this year and one next and you’re golden! Youre ridin on a gravy train with biscuit wheels man! So get as many linemen as we can, on both sides of the ball and lets build in the trenches!

  • Sactowns#1

    From the land of prop bets
    How many times will “John Fox” be said during the broadcast?

    Over 1 (-140, 5/7)

    Under 1 (EVEN, 1/1)

    • Doc Nitty

      Definitely take the over.

  • The GP

    Is that Ryan Pace’s DUH face in the picture? He looks somewhat learning disability there,

    • Doc Nitty

      Says the guy who typed, “He looks somewhat learning disability there”.

      • The GP

        me no tipe god. me have the cte

        • MB30SD

          Hahahahahhahahahahahaha… fucking LALZ over here

      • Scharfinator

        ZIiiiiinggg!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      honestly I thought he was trying to figure out if he has to shit or if it’s just a fart.

      • Sactowns#1

        I thought he was doing his “Lovie Smith Jumbotron” impersonation.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene
    • Sactowns#1

      Ugh. I took a gamble on Sprint with their new CEO, restructure and moving towards govt owned towers. Man it’s been a rocky ride.

      • Trac

        Moving toward government owned towers? Yeeeaaah.

    • Shady

      YGE will do fine as long as the Chinese government keeps it in business.

      • MB30SD

        How’s my girl shady?

        • Shady

          The dog or the bitch?

          • MB30SD

            Addy

          • Shady

            She’s day to day, still dealing with the tumor in her bladder. Sucks.

          • MB30SD

            really sorry maings. thoughts are with you and her. Hope she pulls it out. hang in.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        hmmm…..yyyyyesssss……..
        YGE, thank you so much for being the most clean feeling gambling activity I’ve ever taken part in. You really made me feel like I mattered. I appreciate your incredible and illogical market fluctuations and promise to support you and advocate for you in your future endeavors.
        Now…..what the fuck do you guys do again?

  • 505 Bears

    Any buzz on a black uni trade? What’s his value here before the draft?

    • willbest

      ONE MILLION DOLLARS *pinky to lip*

    • Who would want him (besides the Pack)?

      A TE malcontent on two diff teams?

      I’d be surprised if we got a 6th for him.

  • SC Dave

    I think I want to move to Fuccerham…

    https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/fuck

    Shit, I’d run for mayor!

  • The GP
    • BerwynBomber

      Yeah, I have been saying that for a few weeks now. Ducasse aside, the O-line was our best positional unit in ’15 (yes, even better than QB). And they were the best O-line in the division.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        O Line was way better than in the past but let’s not get crazy.

  • burntorangenavyblue
    • burntorangenavyblue

      This is why football will never go away. The GLAMOUR and presence outweighs everything else to how people treat or approach athletics. That aspect is what draws attention to sports and always will. Don’t think CTE will change anything anytime soon.

  • Mick

    My dream scenario would be Buckner falling to us at #11. If not, my 2nd dream scenario would be trading back to the early-20’s and draft someone in the group of Reed, Nkemdiche, or Ogbah.

    1: Buckner DE
    2: Whitehair LG
    3: Darrian Thompson S
    4: Deiondre Hall CB
    5: Sterling Shepard WR
    6. Kevin Hogan QB
    6. DeAndre Washington RB

    • Sactowns#1

      I like your first 2 picks. Make #3 and 5 Dline and we’ve got a deal!

      • Mick

        If in FA the Bears sign Trevathan and Malik Jackson, I think our needs will be met and we could be extremely competitive next season. We also need to re-sign Jeffery as opposed to just tagging him in order to save some money.

        • Sactowns#1

          I want depth at Dline for years to come. I also want to find that one super stud out there which means you’ve got to up the odds

        • Irish Sweetness

          How do we save money by tagging him? We’d have to pay him THIRTEEN MILLION DOLLARS!!!

    • BerwynBomber

      Nice list but unlikely Thompson lasts till the third (unless he craps the bed at the Combine). Apparently he killed it at the Senior Bowl

    • Irish Sweetness

      Why draft a QB ?

      You’re dropping Fales for that guy? After all we put into him? Draft that kicker instead, at least he’ll start. No fkn way we can pay Robbie 4M a year.

      No ILB on that list? Even if we draft Trevathan, got to have another body on the roster other than Timu.

  • willbest
    • burntorangenavyblue

      I will have the best modern football turf outfitted on my coffee table and pretend to hope that it helps the Bears when they play at home, hehe

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    I find it hilarious that one of the best pass rushers on the Panthers is fucking Mario Addison. If you don’t remember Addison he’s the guy we got rid of to keep Nick Reed. If you don’t know who Nick Reed is think the worst possible version of Jared Allen mashed up with Shea McClellin at 246lbs and controlled by a 3rd grader who only presses the “B” button in Madden 2009 so his guy keeps doing the same fucking spin move over and over to no avail.

    • willbest

      Surprisingly Madden 2009 is the newest Madden I own.

    • SC Dave

      Chuckling on that one

  • SC Dave

    Just saw a clip about some pussy called Widman(?) Cross checking a ref in an nhl game.
    Suspended 20 gamrs w/o pay. What a pussy comissioner. I’d kick the pos out of the league for life.

    What a pussy. Total pussy.

    • willbest

      Is it a first offense?

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Nope

      • SC Dave

        Cross checked a ref from behind. TOTAL pussy. kick the motherfucker out.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yup, saw that, didn’t want to comment because it’s hockey, but what a total fkn entitled douchebag.

  • Biggest need WR and speedy RB?

    Is he assuming Alshon is gone? Alshon/White (vert threat)/Royal/Miller are more than formidable.

    Last time I checked, Langford WAS the speedy RB, while Carey was the bruiser. And again, what if Forte is resigned?

    And Risdon is saying that Bears need BOTH RG AND RT?

    So, he thinks Long should ride pine? I agree, we need a badass RG or RT, but not both while Long is playing.

    On D, I get it, I’m not a huge fan of Fuller (aka, Neckbrace), but our Dline MUST be a priority in order to help out Fuller and the rest of the secondary.

    The Bears have agreed with their actions last off-season as they signed both McDonald and Jenkins, while trying out Washington and Sutton, and that was BEFORE Ratliff went full retard.

    Dline is by FAR our biggest need, IMO. Don’t believe me, check out the final depth chart.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/team/depth-chart.html

    Gaston, Unrein, D’anthony Smith, Scruggs (sounds like a venereal disease)? GTO.

    DLINE. DLINE. DLINE

    • That Guy

      Its true, but you have to build on your strengths too. The offense should get another player or two this off-season. Maybe one draft pick in the top 5 rounds and one key free agent. One of those could easily be a wide receiver, though I’d like to see us go TE and Guard.

      • I’m all for Malik and Trevanthan since forever.
        Unfortunately, now that they’re in the SB, their price will get inflated.

        If we get Malik, we’re still going to need Dline.

        Besides Goldman (who is only a soph and totally unproven still), we got zip. Who’s the next best? Jenkins, Sutton, Ego? Bunch of JAGS

        We need game changers in the front. Those are the tone setters.

        But, I’m also on record as not reaching in the draft. We need a Dlinemen who can not only stuff, but pass rush. Top 10 picks need to do that.

        If not, I have no issue with drafting best ILB, and getting another Goldmanish Dlinemen in the 2nd.

        But again, if a top 2 Safety falls to us in the 2nd, go for it, and Dline in the 3rd.

        I’m somewhat flexible about that, but that still doesn’t mean I don’t think Dline is by far biggest hole.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Injuries my friend. If we enter the season with White/AJ as our main boys, we enter the season fucked from the start. One of them (and we know which one) .. .will be OOA before long, leaving us with one threat that can be bracketed out of existence. Got to sign at least one or two more vets at WR. It’s not even a thing. Got to.

      But yeah, DL has got to be looked at in the 1st or 2nd round. And if not .. .then a lanky CB that can clean up the mess.

  • Dick said it.

    ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said free agent Alshon Jeffery is likely to return to Chicago.

    Jeffery struggled with injuries in 2015, and GMRyan Pace mentioned some of those concerns when discussing his future. “When Alshon played he was explosive and a playmaker for our offense,” Pace said. “Part of the evaluation of a player is his injuries and his availability. We’ll take that into account.” Despite Pace’s comments, the reality is the Bears cannot let Brandon Marshall and Jeffery leave in back-to-back offseasons, especially considering how little talent there is available in free agency. If they cannot work out a long-term extension, Chicago will likely use the franchise tag to keep Jeffery offthe market. – Roto

    • That Guy

      The fact that this is such a foregone conclusion actually helps the Bears quite a bit. Other teams are unlikely to give Alshon’s agent legitimate “unofficial” offers since they know there isn’t any real chance to get him.

      • It also helps that Alshon has said he wants to stay with the Bears, so it’s somewhat mutual.

        Bears will cite his inj history, Alshon’s agent will counter TY Hilton contract.

        Hopefully, they meet in the middle, but I have a feeling Hilton’s contract is going to be his floor.

    • Irish Sweetness

      FRANCHISE ?? Fuck that for a game of soldiers. Anyone who pays him 14 million dollars needs to be shot in the face. Not happening. There’s maybe three or four guys in the league you might give that kind of dough. Maybe.

  • oohhh me likery. All aboard the Trevathan/Malik train, choo choo…

    Broncos ILB Danny Trevathan admitted he could “end up talking” to the Bears as a free agent next month.

    Trevathan was drafted by now-Bears coach John Fox in Denver. “Coach Fox is one of the guys that gave me the opportunity to showcase I can fit within the scheme,” Trevathan said. “I’m sure it’ll be there, I’m sure we’ll end up talking, but right now my main focus is this game. Whatever happens, happens.” Trevathan started every game this season and received strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense and pass coverage. He’ll be 26 next month. – Roto w

  • lol. Miller has drunk to much Miller.

    The Chicago Tribune reports free agent TE Zach Miller wants $5 million per season in his new contract.

    Although Miller came up huge in the second half of the
    season for the Bears, it’s an asking price they’ll likely deem ludicrous
    for a journeyman tight end going on age 32. Beat writer Brad Briggs
    believes Miller will reach the open market if he doesn’t lower his
    demands. If Miller prices himself out of the Bears’ plans, perhaps
    they’ll give longer thought to keeping Martellus Bennett. – rot

    • willbest

      Give him a 3 year deal. Guarantee 6 million of base salary.
      Base: 3, 3, 4
      12- game Active roster bonus: 2, 2, 2

      • AlbertInTucson

        As the house servant, Pork, said in GONE WITH THE WIND…
        “Askin’ aint’ gettin’.”

    • Trac

      Sho me da monay! Can’t blame the guy for trying.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      Jesus Zach. Have some perspective. Bears could have given up on you like everyone else. Gotta get paid but do you have to do it like a fuckhead?

  • Irish Sweetness

    I like this guy. Two sexiest draft picks on D for me – ILB and CB. On offense – RG and OT make everything better. One more special player on top? DE. I’d love to see them sign an ILB that needs no babysitting .. .Trevathan … or whoever, and a safety if Rolle’s not going to be around. Plus a solid WR, obviously (maybe two). I can live without the TEs .. stick Tayo in there as an extra tackle so that we don’t even need to pass it.

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