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Bears Wise to Pass on Malik Jackson

| March 11th, 2016

Bills Broncos Football

Right up until it was reported Malik Jackson was signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Bears were considered a favorite to sign the former Bronco. But the Bears were right. At $15 million person for the man widely regarded as the top free agent on the market, the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze.

Don’t get me wrong, Jackson is among the very best in the league at what he does. Turn on the AFC Championship Game and you’ll see why he got paid. So much of the focus was on Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware but the Patriots felt the need to double Jackson on nearly every passing play. When they didn’t, he pushed the guard back into Brady. It was a dominating performance.

But, as good as Jackson is at what he does, what he does isn’t worth taking up that much salary cap space.

When Ryan Pace was asked about how the Bears third down defense could improve he said they needed to add more playmakers and improve their pass-rush. While Jackson would help in both departments, his help isn’t worth $15 million per season, when similar players made two-thirds of that. That kind of money should go to the players who force the action.

Jackson is immovable against the run and stopping the run is still important, but it isn’t exactly a unique skill. He can get good push against the pass, but he rarely did so quickly and wasn’t the first guy to the quarterback most of the time.

I started to sour on Jackson earlier this week when I went back and watched his game against the Packers. The Broncos recorded a blowout win and held Aaron Rodgers to 77 passing yards, but Jackson was a pretty small part of that.

While the Patriots and Panthers were forced to give Jackson extra attention, the Packers weren’t. They blocked him with one guy almost exclusively and kept him at bay. It didn’t matter which guard he went against, he was stone-walled. He managed two tackles, one for a loss and batted a pass. In the same game, Derek Wolfe had seven tackles, Sylvester Williams had three and backup Antonio Smith got a sack.

The Packers have a good offensive line, especially inside, and Jackson maybe just didn’t have a good game. Then I watched him against the Vikings and, again, he was hard to find. I have also re-watched the Bears game against the Broncos, a game in which Jackson did not have a tackle.

It’s not fair to suggest that two bad games against non-conference opponents means Jackson wouldn’t produce against those teams if the Bears signed him. But it’s worth questioning. If that question exists, paying $15 million per season for a player simply isn’t an option.

Will the Bears be able to find a better player than Jackson this offseason?

Defensive line is regarded as the deepest position in this year’s draft but that position might actually be overrated. While there are many talented players available there might not be a star.

And while there isn’t another Jackson available in free agency, the Bears may be able to sign Danny Trevathan AND rumored target Akiem Hicks for what it would’ve cost to bring in Jackson. Doing so will also give them more flexibility in the draft.

I’m sure Jackson will be a fine player for the Jags, but he’d have to completely change his game to warrant that kind of payday.

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  • Artoo

    The Packers are great at pass blocking, PFF has them ranked 8th in the pass but 27th at running the ball.

    I was really worried about signing anyone from the Broncos on defense. That particular defense played well as a combination of certain players and scheme. There was never really one player dominating every week.

    The only player I would have overpaid was Von Miller but everyone else was “meh.”

    It’s really time to start seeing what kind of GM we have at drafting. It looks like Pace made some great choices last year and I’m really curious about what position he is looking at in the first two rounds.

    • Shady

      Look who’s back.

      • Scharfinator

        Shady’s back? Back again?

      • Artoo

        I am lurker. I speak when needed. Lol

        • MB30SD

          You are a lurker. When are you coming back out to visit…. this summer should be a fun one.

          …I’ll get a slipcover for the couch this time, it still hasn’t lost your stench sadly.

          • Artoo

            I have one wet dream and you never let it go.

            Getting my cdl a right now, and after that, I should be in LA. I’ll let you know if I can swing by in San Diego.

            I’m still looking at houses there.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Dude, I didn’t stop pissing the bed until I quit drinking at 36. It’s cool.

          • CanadaBear

            You may have a lower bar than most people!

          • Irish Sweetness

            I had bars everywhere.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It’s the upper-decker in his toilet that really rankled.

          • Artoo

            But that view and kitchen was amazing.

            In reality, I’m almost positive I don’t want to go through his house with a blacklight…

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            LMFAO – like a Jackson Pollock painting, I’m sure.

          • MB30SD

            If I can?!?! Smh.

            Make that shit happen.

      • MB30SD

        Iiiiiiincommmmiiing!

    • CanadaBear

      Hey Super! Welcome back.

    • Doc Nitty

      Where ya been, Erik?

      • Artoo

        I’ve been working tours for promotional companies. I’m getting my cdl a, so I can hopefully land this NFL tour and got to every stadium this fall.

        Otherwise, just finalizing the divorce and figuring out where I want to live.

        How about you?

        • Doc Nitty

          Let’s just say, I hear divorce is going around these days.

          • Sactowns#1

          • Artoo

            Sorry to hear that. I guess that’s life.

            As long as we keep moving forward, I’m sure it all gets better

        • Sactowns#1

          Come on up to Sac for a visit. I think you’ll like it. I’ve got a house in midtown and can put you up.

          • Artoo

            I was in Sacramento for a fair there. Good god, it gets ungodly hot there.

  • Scharfinator

    So your biggest point against Jackson is that during the Packer’s game, he didn’t dominate? Even though they held Rodgers to 77 yards?

    If he had a lot of snaps, he was part of that – a dominant performance against one of the best QBs in the league.

    I do think $15M is way too high though.

  • Big Mike

    Pace is showing patience. He’s looking for impact players at value prices. Players who are pieces that be better together. Bringing in Massie at RT is a master stroke. Didn’t see it coming. They upgraded 2 positions for $6m (3yrs $18m 6.5m guaranteed). As much as we all love Kyle Long, he was average at best at RT. The upgrade at RG from whoever was there to Long is GIGANTIC. Travathan, is also a value pick. He creates draft flexibility, wasn’t overpaid, he’s young and improving.

    I predict Pace is going to make a signing or two today/tomorrow. Bargain shopping in the value bin for guys who are now pissed off and have a point to prove.

    The only mistake I see is Forte. He got $4m a year. 3 years. $8m guaranteed. So basically a 2 year deal. I have to see what the last $4m of the cap buys before I’m totally convinced this was a mistake, but right now it looks like one.

    • Johnnywad

      Additionally, he and Fox moved Long right back to Guard without blinking. That’s refreshing. Past regimes would have squandered Long’s prime waiting on him to “get it” while playing out of position.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup, not admitting the mistake, as per Devin Hester. Head in the sand.

        • Johnnywad

          Precisely.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Akiem and Gresham are in town. I just hope that pot-roast is a side dish also.

    • SC Dave

      A lot will depend on whether Langford is a #1 RB. I am not as convinced as many here, but the die is cast and I’m hoping he is. Tho I still think the Bears would be a better team with Matt on the roster. Oh well… it doesn’t matter what I think.

      • Sactowns#1

        The good thing is we still have the Jizz sitting behind him. I think as a tandem they’ll do just fine. Of course not as well as Matty but maybe 80% of that? By not resigning Matt we freed up more money for defense which will go much further towards helping us win.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Anyone think Perry might be the explosive one? He ran like a hare in PS before getting injured.

      • Big Mike

        It’s a puzzler. Really committed to getting younger. Don’t want to invest that much in the RB position. Philosophy must be give me a group of competent backs with some upside. We’ll go from there. I wouldn’t be surprised in a few years, if Langsford does a good job and his rookie contract is up, (if Pace is still in charge) to see this group let him walk if they can’t extend him at a reasonable price.

      • Johnnywad

        I think it’s going to look far more like running back by committee than it has since Matt got to Chicago. I’m guessing it’s going to be a lot closer to a 1 (Langford) and 1A (Carey, or Jizz).

        I don’t see it as trying to replace Matt with a guy. I think it will be a change of approach. That, as much as any, may be the reason they were comfortable letting Matt go.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We’ll see what happens in the draft, and what his plan is. We seem to have a stable of smaller backs, but if we somehow come away with Henry, then there’s your guy for cheap.He’d be a load in there as pass pro – essentially a TE blocking in your backfield … and he was impressing people at the pro day running WR routes. You cut Lasike, and there’s your RB roster for all eventualities.
      He’s the only guy I really want to see us draft, and hopefully Pace is feeling it too.

      Leno was sending out panic tweets yesterday. Maybe Ronnie Stanley i coming off the board at 11?

      • Big Mike

        You lock on to some of the oddest guys. Hunter Henry is a 2nd round pick at best.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I think he meant Derrick Henry.

          • Big Mike

            Still a 2nd round guy. More because RBs just don’t go early.

  • willbest

    Gotta have the playmakers. And they get overpaid. See Cousin, Bradford, Oz.

    • Scharfinator

      Poor draft choices too, IIRC.

    • Artoo

      Honestly, I’m beginning to think they just couldn’t land any good players because of their current state.

      • MB30SD

        Well well well….

      • CanadaBear

        They will definitely have to over pay to bring in FA’s to the Factory of Sadness.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Artoo! What’s up Erik? How’s married bliss? Any rugrats on the way?

        • Artoo

          I’m actually a single man again.

          So far, so good. Lol

          • Irish Sweetness

            Dude. No way! Hope you’re okay …

            New pussy though. Too soon?

            (High Five)

          • Artoo

            It took a few days but I’m back to normal pretty much.

            Life is good though. How are you? What country do you live in now?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Good to hear. Just makes you stronger … hang in there.

            Still in Thailand, but musing a move to China. It’s actually a more attractive place, what with the regime here and the uncertain future … and the ailing health of a certain patriarch. He’s the glue that keeps them all together.

            China’s where it’s at. Always has been.

          • Doc Nitty

            Can you at least grow a beard in China?

          • Sactowns#1

            I think I’ll be flying into Chengdu early Oct so let me know where you be

          • It took a few days? Man, u are superman!
            If it was a girl I cared about, it takes me longer than that.

            Then, I one night I go on a Jack and coke binge and get like 3 numbers, and reload.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Question: Do Akien Nicks and Terrance Knighton get signed for less than 15M? If so then I’d rather have both of them, and draft the other guy.

      • willbest

        If Malik Jackson commands 2 offensive lineman or he collapses the pocket then he is worth more than Hick and Knighton who can be taken 1 on 1 but won’t give it up 1 on 1

  • The GP Experiment
    • BillW

      Cause and effect are often confused. (Not saying you, but in general). Are they Super Bowl contenders because they avoid big FA s? Or do they avoid big FAs because they are Super Bowl contenders? Especially since big signings upset the pay structure of the rest of the team.

      The Packers are an interesting case of this. To me – though I’m biased against them – it really seems it’s out of pure stubbornness. I can’t believe there were NO holes to fill on a team that relies so heavily on one player. Or I guess now TWO players (who knew Jordy Nelson was the real MVP on the Packers?)

      It might work out for them. The game is so lopsided in the rules favoring one out of the TWENTY TWO players on the field that the Packers could well be hoisting the Lombardi again with Rodgers.

      But I really doubt it, as do most Packer fans from what (little) I read on their comment section in the Journal. Real Packer fans disagree STRONGLY with Ted Thompson. They know Forte would have been a HUGE difference maker.

      Cheesy is the kind of Packer “fan” I truly despise. The kind who apparently lives to criticize his rivals and their fans rather than look objectively at his team.

      • CanadaBear

        I don’t blame cheesy for hanging around. Can you imagine what a Packers blog is like? I can’t and won’t ever try to find out. Life is too short for that shit.

        • MB30SD

          Exactly. Turrible. Full of a bunch of cheese guzzling mouthbreathers. He’s a smart dude, logical he’d stay here once he found us. That and he’s actually a bears fan

        • BillW

          Never tried to find a blog. I read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sometimes because I think their coverage and writers for the most part are excellent. And their website is first rate. Far better than the Trib or SunTimes.

          For some reason, the people commenting on those articles are quite objective. You don’t see many “yahoo type” commenters.

          I’ve known several Packer fans who were from Wisconsin originally. True Packer fans are in fact very knowledgeable. Don’t want to start a war here, but let’s just say you don’t have to tell Packer fans to be quiet when their team is on offense.

          Obviously – and I do mean obviously – it’s a big difference in playing in a college town atmosphere versus a world class city. The fans at the game are generally different.

          But back to the comments – they care about the team versus trying to feel good being better than the Bears. In other words, they are Packer fans, not anti-Bear fans like Cheesy.

          • CanadaBear

            I get your point Bill but I think you’re comparing Packer fans you know to internet Packer fans. Once people are anonymous things get weird.

          • BillW

            No doubt. But again, I’m really only looking at comments on articles by people like Bob McGinn – who I think is pretty respected.
            http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/blame-for-underachieving-season-falls-on-mike-mccarthy-ted-thompson-b99656523z1-366325731.html
            You get a real sense that the fans know it’s all slipping away. One HOF QB with only 1 SB, and now another. And they watch year after year some other team win a SB with a QB far worse than theirs (including Manning this year.)

            They really don’t care about beating the Bears, or what the Bears do or don’t do in FA like Cheesy does. They care about THEIR team with the HOF QB and window closing and their GM stubbornly refusing to help him.

          • CanadaBear

            Gotta agree. At least they won one with each QB. I’m pretty sure Cheesy is different on a Packers blog. Trollers be trolling. One of my favorite drinking memories was being in DuPere on a bike ride, going to a local bar and getting hammered with the Packer faithful watching a Bears/Packers pre-season game. Although, people are really the same. There’s always THAT GUY.

          • BillW

            Plus they seem to think yellow and gold are the same color. Never understood that one.

          • Big Mike

            Biggest difference I’ve seen is that the papers covering the Packer are 10x more friendly towards the team, than any paper in Chicago. More like a college setting.

          • CanadaBear

            I totally get the local/regional media being soft on them. The national media is just as soft on them and it’s sickening. Oh well. It’s cool that an NFL team can survive in such a small market.

          • BillW

            Thanks to George Halas

          • Big Mike

            My point was really about what assholes the Chicago media is to the Bears.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, I got that and don’t disagree. I guess that’s what plays and pays in the big markets. Seems odd. I stopped reading all those dopes like Rosendouche and Haughty. Always some axe to grind without any real analysis or solutions. ESPN other than game broadcasts is a complete waste of time.

          • Cormonster

            I banned all Chicago reporters and podcasts last December, and don’t miss any of it one bit.

          • Big Mike

            I’m not as disciplined. I used to cringe at how they treated Lovie. Billichek, Popovich all do the same type of press conferences. Non news making. Lovie was crucified for it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Jeff nailed it on this tweet:

        DaBearsBlog ‎@dabearsblog

        One guy? For years we were sold on Thompson’s brilliance but his roster couldn’t survive losing Jordy Nelson?

        • BerwynBomber

          Rodgers certainly missed his security blanket in Nelson — and some of us predicted that would be a huge loss the moment it happened — but GB’s O-line was also one of the worst in the league.

          In other seasons, Rodgers was still Rodgers even behind a mediocre line and throwing to a few no-names. But the past season he looked mortal. Who knows why? Could be age. Could be distraction — I can’t imagine cutting commercials and dating a Hollywood chick who loves publicity being good for one’s focus on the game.

    • MB30SD

      The fellating of the packers is going to end this year.

      Always the bridesmaid….

    • Irish Sweetness

      There’s my Jimmy!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Jackson is immovable against the run and stopping the run is still important

    Know who else is immovable at 355 lbs? Pot-Roast. Sign both him and Nicks, and the draft is just gravy.

    The Osweiler thing just strengthens my belief in not drafting QBs. Why waste a draft pick, babysit these guys, invest training time, only to watch them walk out the door when they’re ready.
    Just sign the finished product!

    • CanadaBear

      If BO was a finished product the Donks would have extended him a long time ago. Elway didn’t think he was worth the money. Not sure where they go from here, possibly your guy Fitz. I’d pay him before I would have paid BO and as you know I’m not exactly all in on Fitz.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He wasn’t that good, eh? I don’t know that Elway did anything wrong. Top tier money for a bottom tier QB?

        He might be about to do something wrong in signing Kap though.

        • CanadaBear

          I was shocked at the money BO got. I’m sure Fitz is looking for the same money now. Read where Elway was looking at Kap. I’d go with Fitz over Kap.

          • Irish Sweetness

            For a year, sure.

    • Ososfan

      Rumor has it, BO, completely stopped communications with the Broncos as soon as he possibly could. Being benched for Manning really rubbed him the wrong way.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Intriguing…we signed the #1 ILB free agent, now #2 is coming to town?
    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2016/3/11/11203420/chicago-bears-to-meet-with-ilb-jerrell-freeman-free-agency

    Get him a contract, get Hicks signed, and let’s go get Darron Lee to start at Strong Safety for the next 10 years.

    • Irish Sweetness

      FREEMAN ??!! Oh fuck me, it works!! I’m telling you boys, you have to actually ask Santa for shit. GET IN !!!!

      POT-ROAST TOO SANTA ….. and Akiem Nicks …not Carl Nicks … or Hakeem Nicks … AKIEM NICKS !

      (clicks ruby slippers together)

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        You’re getting closer, Irish!!!

        • Irish Sweetness

          It really does feel like Christmas!

          Instead of drafting Ragland, we just signed him (Baby George Foreman), and then we sign Freeman to do the coverage thing. Draft Bruckner.

          Genius.

      • Sactowns#1

        Pot Roast PLEASE!
        I think Pace has been reading the blog and taking all of our best ideas.

      • 505Bears

        You need to put on your pink bunny suit on

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Hicks. Akiem Hicks.
    Not Carl Nicks, not Akeem Olajuwon, not AKA Notorious B.I.G.
    Akiem Hicks.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hicks, not Nicks. Got it. No I don’t. That’ll never stick. He’ll be the new Alshon Jeffries.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Come on down Brandon!

    Wouldn’t that just be the fo-schnizzle?
    Denver win the super bowl because of their defense … then we just BUY most of that defense. Didn’t we sign one of their LBs last year, Mason?

    • MB30SD

      I was all about bmarsh 2.0 above travathan. He’s actually the better of the two.

      Come on down bmarsh 2.0!!!!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Damn. Danny T. BM. Freeman. In rotation with Nanny and Willie? Can you imagine it? With Nicks and or Pot-roast! Could that happen? I just came.

        Don’t spend it all in the one shop? Fuck that.

        SPEND IT ALL !!!

        • MB30SD

          I would 100% be on board with buying our entire lb corps in fa… nay…10000% even.

          Even if one doesn’t work out the other two will, and Danny and bmarsh come with built-in chemistry. Boom. We’ve fixed our 6 yr horrendous lb problems in two weeks.

          Let’s fucking do this pace!!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Will cost a 2-round pick, but damn.

          • MB30SD

            Um, ofuckingk!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I wonder what type of money he’s looking for. His one year tender was only $2.6m.

          • MB30SD

            who cares… pay the man!

  • CanadaBear

    Winning a SB really has a tendency to break up the band.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And The Beloved just sitting there with a sack of cash. Happy Days!!!

    • Trac

      Yeah, but evra one wanted to bail. Could it be Ole horse lips doesn’t know how to run a franchise? This year’s almost akin to the dumpster fire in SF, almost.

      • SC Dave

        Makes you wonder how much Peyton had to do with people wanting to be there.

        • Trac

          Or Foxy.

      • Scharfinator

        Yeah, some of that is that everyone expects $$$ when they win the SB.

        The lack of foresight of this happening on the part of their office is dumbfounding.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    In the least shocking news of the 2016 off-season…
    The Cleveland Browns have -finally- released Manziel.

    • MB30SD

      shitweasle dumpsterfire

      • Bender McLugh

        next Redskins backup QB?

    • Trac

      Johnny Shitbird!!!

      Never trust an Aggie.

      That’s all I got.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse
  • willbest

    The bitch of being a restricted free agent.

  • AlbertInTucson

    ?… the Bears may be able to sign Danny Trevathan AND rumored target Akiem Hicks for what it would’ve cost to bring in Jackson. ”

    +1

    • Irish Sweetness

      And probably Freeman, who’s 30 years old.

  • BillW

    Can we really be getting Hicks, Freeman, Graham today? Or even 2 of three?

    After adding Travathan and (in effect) an All-Pro guard?

    Maybe not flashy. But improvement in several positions of need adds up to much more than that.

    Oh yeah, we have two new number one draft choices (presumably) playing next year. Kevin White and a future Pro-Bowler to be named later.

    I don’t recall Eeyore being this excited in any Pooh episodes I watched with my kids.

    • Irish Sweetness

      From a post on WCG:

      Pats fan that’s here in Chicago for college

      Hicks started out playing ~25% of DT snaps right after he was traded, but by the postseason, he was playing over 50% of snaps and he was our 2nd best DT. The Pats played a rotation at DT all year, none of the guys were injured, yet no one played more than 65% of snaps. Plays well against the run and as an interior pass rusher: he’s not a 1 trick pony, but not dominant in any aspect of his game. He’d definitely be a solid starter for you guys.

      by soxpatsceltics on Mar 10, 2016 | 3:51 PM reply rec (17) flag

    • Irish Sweetness

      And if we gave up our 2nd rounder after signing Bruckner, for example, we could have Brandon Marshall for 3 or 4 Million?

      Greg Gabriel and Pat Mannelly have been watching all-22 on Massie and were impressed.

      Long also said that playing next to Hroniss will be special.

    • Sactowns#1

      He seemed pretty excited when he got his tail put back on. But I agree, this has been pretty awesome. Those poor poor Niners fans, languishing on the side of the road as we go past doing 80mph a 69 Camaro with two topless chicks.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    anyone keeping track of what CB/Safeties are still available? I have not heard much during free agency, so are we going to address that need in the draft?

    • Irish Sweetness

      If we get Hicks, two of the Broncos ILBs, and former Bronco Knighton …. I could give a smaller fuck who was back there ….. you could put trash cans in Bear unis to catch the interceptions.

      • BC in Tampa

        Hell if we’re becoming Broncos midwest, then lets just cap it off by signing Bruton and be done with it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Even if it’s just for ST and to rub it in. And we have their QB !!

  • BC in Tampa

    Broncos acquire Mark Sanchez from the Eagles in a trade, Can you say REPEAT CHAMPS? Because the Broncos won’t be able to…

    • Irish Sweetness

      TRADED for Sanchize. And their defense is walking out the door. Jesus Wept.

      • BC in Tampa

        The Broncos are a bigger dumpster fire than the GOP primary, geez!

        • Irish Sweetness

          And Johnny Football is sitting there on the sidewalk holding an empty Starbucks styro … and someone gives up a pick for Sanchize. Holy crap.

          • BC in Tampa

            That Starbucks cup isn’t empty, it’s most definitely filled with Natty Light and the tears of Browns fans.

          • Irish Sweetness

            His wiki page will read :

            Career Stats (2014-2015):

            Games started : 8 (record 2-6).
            Comp% 57
            7 TDs – 7 INTs
            Rushing total: 259 yards, 1 TD.

          • Sactowns#1

            That little rich boy will never be on the streets and that’s the real shame

      • BerwynBomber

        Might not be a bad move if they are convinced Owseiler is not the guy. Historically, Sanchez has been about as good as your guy Fitz (and he’s won a lot more meaningful games). Plus he’s dirt cheap.

        My guess is Elway is targeting a QB in the draft. Sanchez is a discount bridge guy.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      From Forehead to Buttfumble.
      Well played, Elway, your legacy is secure.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Of course, now it’s RGIII visiting the JETS, which puts Fitzpatrick back in play possibly, and Kaep sounds like he’s going to be a Brown, and oh sweet jebus, my head is spinning.

        • willbest

          I have to believe Fitzy just doesn’t have any interest at playing with BMarsh

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I’ve seen a couple of places that they’re offering him somewhere around (or slightly lower than) $7m a year.
            Given what other guys are getting paid right now (the Chase Daniels, Osweiler contracts), I imagine he’s feeling a little bit insulted.
            Then again, he is old as dirt.

      • BerwynBomber

        Actually it is. He just won an SB with the worst QB in the league.

    • willbest

      I would rather have Sanchez under center than 2015 Peyton. Then again they lost a couple pieces on D, but they do have the draft.

  • Ososfan

    Artoo is back!? Finally! Not the youngest guy in the chats anymore!

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s young free and single. Again.

  • BC in Tampa

    Browns fans to Manziel:

    https://youtu.be/HUBWxiu5cOo

    • Irish Sweetness

      On draft day, he texted the guy who’s now our OC “”I wish you guys would come get me… Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.”

      Though that may have been misreported, I think he wrote ” I want to wreck your team.”

  • Artoo

    It can’t hurt and I’m sure he wants to start,but maybe the Bears could help develop RG3.

    Big maybe though.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Nooooooooooooooooooo thanks.

    • MB30SD

      stop this right now

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Audio from the Manziel press conference:

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Bennett is gone to the Jets for Mo Wilkerson. We also give up a 2nd.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I think I might be in love with Pace.

    • MB30SD

      this is a joke?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Jets beat writer just broke it on twitter. Who knows.

        • MB30SD

          holy shit!

          THIS year’s second??

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I would assume so

          • MB30SD

            I’ll buy that for a dollar!

          • Irish Sweetness

            There goes any shot at Derrick Henry .. .but wow. Didn’t see that coming.

          • MB30SD

            dude, we’re not getting him regardless.

            I think pace is going to take a flyer on Jack @ 11 if he’s there. Raglan if not

            …UNLESS we ALSO go get freeman, then maybe DL again… or maybe the #2-3 DB

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I want Darron Lee.
            Have I mentioned that?

          • BC in Tampa

            Not if we trade down…

          • Irish Sweetness

            I just came again.

            Fack. Ragland AND Henry.

            Multiples!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Where’d you here THAT? Attribution…?

    • willbest

      I think I just creamed my pants

    • WOOWOOWWWOW

      Holy crap. I said I had a sneaking suspicion POX was up to something, but HOLY CRAP.

      HUGE BEAR BONER.

      We both traded off malcontents, and I think we all owe Bmarsh a thank you.

      He did so well last year, that the Jets were sold on other Bears.

      And I’m sure he was recruiting and whispering into ears over there.

      If this is true, BEAR DOWN MOFOS!

    • Sactowns#1

      I like it but now does Miller hold us over the barrel?

      • Irish Sweetness

        No fkn way we can give him 7 million dollars. In one year?

    • Sactowns#1

      I think we may have been psyched out.

  • willbest

    So do we have to pony up the $7 million Miller wants?

    • Sactowns#1

      That was my first thought. 2nd thought, Goldman is going to be a beast this year.

    • BC in Tampa

      It would need to be MASSIVELY incentive based. I’m talking per game roster bonuses, catch, yardage and TD bonuses. All that.

      • willbest

        I don’t see a lot of athletes taking big active roster bonuses. Cutler’s 2 million active roster bonuses in years 4-7 seem atypical (and demonstrate how team friendly a deal he cut).

  • willbest

    Alternatively, any legit TE’s worth taking at 11?

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Going by the CBS board? Not remotely close this year. Highest rank kid is Hunter Henry and he’s barely a second round pick.

  • BC in Tampa

    I’m seeing the trade pop up in more places on the innerness, where there’s smoke….

    On a related note, where should I get my I heart Pace tattoo?

    • MB30SD

      shady… is that true???

      where there’s smoke……..

  • MB30SD

    I want freeman now… everything else is just gravy.

    Please Pace, make it so!

  • Sactowns#1

    Looks like the Bennett trade rumor came form a fake account. 🙁 https://twitter.com/BrianCoz?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    • BC in Tampa

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Noooooooooooo

        • Sactowns#1

          Lets find out who has the fake account and go nut punch that guy!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Funny thing is, the fake one has 4x the number of followers as the alleged “real” one.
            F-cking twitter.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Nice. But now that just stokes the fire …

      Even so. We’ll get either Hicks or Knighton .. .and then we can draft Bruckner, who’s bigger than Wilkerson anyway.

      • Sactowns#1

        Nope. Shaq Lawson will fall to us and all will be right in the universe.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Over 6’7 Bruckner? Walterfootball.com has Bruckner rated #2 DE, Lawson at #9.
          Why the love?

      • Ososfan

        I’m holding out hope, but I don’t think Buckner will be there at 11, unfortunately……..

  • Irish Sweetness

    I didn’t think it was possible…. but Martellus disappoints AGAIN.

    • Sactowns#1

      lol

    • MB30SD

      hahahahahha

    • Artoo

      Damn.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I’m staring at Adam Schefter’s twitter page at three in the morning. This is ridiculous.

    • SC Dave

      No shit

    • Scharfinator

      If you go to bed and something good happens, it will be like waking up to breakfast in bed! Or a wake up blowjob! Or Christmas presents!

      Individual fantasies may vary.

    • Sactowns#1

      FYI mang- I’m coming out in October for a visit. China, Laos, Thailand. Be prepared.

  • Trac

    First to throw out my disgust at the Raphael Cruz and Kenneth Copeland video on drudge. I’m disgusted. Smh.

    Kenneth Copeland? He gives snake oil salesman a bad name. Smh.

    Be very glad America that Ted Cruz won’t be the next presidente.

    • willbest

      Really? You don’t think he has a shot to stop Trump?

      • Trac

        Nope. Not a chance.

        • willbest

          What if Trump doesn’t get to 1237? The GOP wouldn’t be stupid enough to put somebody other than Trump or Cruz on the top of the ticket.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Want another friendly wager on that?

          • willbest

            When they prattle on about brokered conventions its more about forcing Trump to take Kasich or Rubio.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            OK, you set the terms up, and we’ll see if he hits 1237.

          • willbest

            I already have a bet with you

          • Sactowns#1

            I think Kasich will be the nominee. I don’t believe for a second that Donald want to actually be president.

          • Trac

            I’ll bet MB’S biltong that whoever wins the nomination, it won’t be Cruz.

          • BC in Tampa

            The GOPe would have to drastically change the rules at the convention to stop Trump or Cruz from grabbing the nomination.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Changing the convention rules would be the least of their considerations. The blowback from the base would be really spectacular though.

          • willbest

            Well if they do it, I hope they pick Bush. Just for old time sake.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Go big or go home – that’s the spirit.

          • BC in Tampa

            I said at the outset that I will never pull the lever for a Bush, never have and never will…

          • willbest

            Well anybody but Trump or Cruz would destroy the party. So if this is to be the end of the GOP I want it to go out in spectacular form. A complete FU to the base, not some sort of wimpy pretend compromise.

          • BC in Tampa

            Haha, true!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nobody should pull either lever if Trump and Clinton become your options. The only statement for change can come if every single vote is spoiled.

            Well, no, there is another. Move country. Canada’s REALLY close by.

            Nothing significant happens if either of those clowns gets in. The ponzi scheme remains in place. Every single person remains in the money-as-debt slave chain.
            Smoke and mirrors. You want this clown or that clown on the TV. Same shit.

    • BC in Tampa

      So we’re gonna hold him responsible for the crazy things his dad says and does?

      • Trac

        It’s disturbing and it’s false.

        • BC in Tampa

          We know that his father is BS Crazy, but don’t put that on Ted. Ted needs to distance himself from that because Copeland (like Benny Hinn, Ed Young and Creflo Dollar) is just a disgusting prosperity gospel money grabber. If Cruz thinks these people are acceptable I may have to rethink my support.

          • willbest

            Its hard to disavow your own father though. I mean a grandma sure, that is so 2008. But a father? That would be breaking new ground.

          • BC in Tampa

            Not disavow, but saying that he doesn’t believe he’s the anointed one. I love my dad, but I vehemently disagree with his statements, etc.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Acceptable? I bet that Venn diagram substantially overlaps.

    • willbest

      On the whole Christian thing though.. Its this sort of thing that makes me a believer in divinity.

      http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/11/world/bacteria-discovery-plastic/index.html

      I mean how is this planet so wonderfully designed that despite our best efforts to fuck it up. Its going to find a solution. The odds that it happened by chance are zero. It defies the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

      • Trac

        Kenneth Copeland is worse than a bacteria.

        • willbest

          Well obviously, the bacteria is doing something marvelous.

        • Sactowns#1

          #1 on the richest pastors list at right around 3/4 of a BILLION.

        • AlbertInTucson

          What a fake.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Talk abput your “False Prophets”. This guy is all “Profit”.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Bacteria gotta eat too.
        I’m intrigued – how does it defy thermodynamics?

        • willbest

          Right but where was this plastic eating bacteria 100 years ago?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Not eating massive amounts of plastic, I’m sure.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse
          • Irish Sweetness

            Nature. Nature I can dig. That’s a higher power I can get with. Some moralistic divinity … not so much. A very highly ordered alien race treating us like something in a petri dish … far more likely explanation. If we have been around as life for a coupe of millions of years, there can be civilizations out there around for billions more. Limited intelligence like ourselves could just call them ‘God’.

            In Toy Story we would be the little creatures that point to the sky … “The Claw!”

      • Irish Sweetness

        I would have thought thermodynamics suggests the opposite of a divinity. If there was a divinity, why would the universe tend towards disorder? And the 0th law suggests that nothing can come from nothing.

        A divinity is hard to get your head around. The probability that we are alone in the universe in terms of intelligent civilizations is also zero. The apparent existence of dark matter/gravity suggests we might be sharing space with parallel dimensions, also supported by the ‘many worlds’ scenario in QM. That’s enough excitement for me.

        • willbest

          Because anything that moves from a disordered state to an ordered state violates the 2nd law. So how does order come about so great that it creates self correcting, intelligent adaption.

          Dark matter/energy are intriguing to me. See the physicists come up with a way the world works but their equations don’t work so the postulate the existing of something they cannot prove exists in order to get them to work. Then they go searching for evidence of their theory, and somehow in the meantime it gets taken as a given that these things exist.

          And if you believe in the theory of evolution, based on the size of the universe (assuming the estimates are accurate) and its age (another estimate) you most certainly are talking about an impossibility as we currently understand evolution. You would however be correct if there were a multiverse however, because now you are talking about infinity as your order of magnitude rather than just a really really really big number.

    • Sactowns#1

      I am. When it comes to a buffoon and a religious nutjob I will take the buffoon any day.

  • Ososfan

    Denver’s Brandon Marshall is not a happy camper atm, imagine if we can save of money for him and Von Miller next year??

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      you’re welcome

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

    • willbest

      I laughed at way too many of those. Or all of them.

  • I don’t know why this story fascinates me. It’s just comedy gold, Andy Kaufman style. Mrs. Grimes quits twitter. Oh, the twitterverse just got less interesting…

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/03/11/bucs-add-brent-grimes-as-mrs-grimes-quits-twitter/

    And if your wifee was kicking around Bday cakes ideas, Mrs. Grimes can help with that too

    http://deadspin.com/brent-grimes-got-a-very-nsfw-cake-for-his-30th-birthday-866303602

    • and here she is supporting her hubby at a game

      http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CP_ofzCU8AADwlR.jpg

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      He better hope she doesn’t go all Left-eye on his @ss.

    • MB30SD

      My god that cake is amazing! I desperately want her to do my next birthday cake!

      • So much gold here:

        “the Bucs are a REAL organization, being ran PROPERLY, unlike that dumpster fire in the AFC East we just left! they wouldnt DARE ask me to delete my twitter! i deleted my twitter bc i didn’t want the twitter gangsters and thumb thugs to have anyone to @ when they found out the Bucs (and multiple other teams) made them all look STUPID! who doesnt want a pro bowl corner thats doing s— NO OTHER CORNER IN THE LEAGUE CAN DO! men lie! women lie! stats lie! the media lies! u know whats undefeated? FILM!!! we are HAPPY and i dont feel like sharing it with anyone just yet. ill be back very soon and ill be the same supportive, dedicated, truthful b—- i was before i left!”

        1) I’m pretty sure the “shit no other corner in the league can do” is put up with her. Because there are plenty of older CBs who are ok but not that good anymore.

        2) Film doesn’t lie. Exactly. Which is why you should watch film of your husband against Brandon Marshall last year before talking.

        3) “ill be the same supportive, dedicated, truthful b—- i was before i left!” *grabs popcorn*

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I don’t even like him and I feel bad for him.

          • tough for me to feel bad for him… it’s self-inflicted.

        • Thumb thug! New handle found!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Girlfriend be 40 years old!!!

          Some insecurity I’ll-be-left-high-and-dry issues there. Her NFL toy-boy is 33 and no doubt looking to move in with a Rihanna or Miley Cyrus type.

    • The GP Experiment

      The icing on that cake sucks

  • Hicks supposed to visit Lions after Bears.

    That’s pretty savvy by his agent. We CANNOT let him out of the building.

    Then again, after visiting detroit, he might run back at a discount.

    • MB30SD

      Strateegery!!!

    • BillW

      My concern about that is this – right now, the Lions seem to have a better defense. and they play indoors so the surface is faster. Add to that they are the Lions and probably feel compelled to overpay (vs Pace seeming to be a bit more frugal – if you can use such a word in this environment) and I see it being a tougher sell than one might think.

      Still, the Saints connection will help. I remain optimistic we can land him, but if we don’t I trust that Pace is prepared for that and won’t overspend just to keep him from the Lions.

      • BillW

        It’s strange though. Presumably the Lions gave his agent some parameters. The agent will try to use those parameters to squeeze the Bears. If the Bears say “too rich for us” then the Lions know they are in the drivers seat and will likely reduce their offer.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Don’t they play a 4-3?

    • there’s a legit connection to DET for him. Their new GM just came from NE, helped trade for him last year.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Shea visiting the JETS. Surprised they aren’t asking for a 2nd rounder to take him off our hands too.

    • MB30SD

      Hahahahaha…. exactly

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    UH oh, Lions making progress with Hicks according to (the real) https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      The real Greg Gabriel says he’s still coming to Chi tonight.
      Screw Twitter.

  • MB30SD
  • I guess POX like to keep us in suspense. C’mon, u bastards. It’s Man Xmas, not Man Chunnakah!

    • MB30SD

      I take that as a slight. Racist

      • willbest

        What makes you thinking he was mocking your genetics instead of your religion?

      • It’s actually a good analogy. Instead of getting ONE big gift like a BMX bike (rad!), we’re getting a bunch of lil gifts (like one He-man per day) for like a week or whenever those candles burn out.

        But someone stole my BMX today! (No Mo)

        • MB30SD

          sure, but that’s not as funny.

          I’ll steal your girl like I stole your bike.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Just for the parts, not the whole thing, hehe

          • MB30SD

  • Note, not the Bears. Didn’t Weddle say he wants to join a contender?

    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports free agent S Eric Weddle has offers from four teams.

    Per Rapsheet, Weddle will take the weekend to weigh his options before making a decision on Monday. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is hearing the Ravens, Steelers and Cowboys are all “keeping close tabs” on Weddle. The Raiders have been linked to him as well. – Roto

    • willbest

      Raiders are on the rise. I wouldn’t be surprised if they won the division this year. Cowboys are a contender any year they can keep Dez and Romo up. Steelers shouldn’t be as hurt as they were this year. Ravens are a joke.

      • No way do I believe the Raiders, Cowgirls or Ravens have more of a chance to win a SB than us. And if they do, it’s negligible.

        Steelers I can buy. But if Weddle signs with those other teams, it wasn’t about the ring IMO.

        • willbest

          We are presumptive 3rd in the NFCN. Raiders should be presumptive #2 thanks to the cannibalism of the denver D and mark Sanchez.

          Steelers will be favored to win their division. We will see what Dallas finds at RB

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ve got the Raiders at #1. Sean Smith and Irvin to pair with Mack … Osemele keeping Carr upright …draft to come … if Marshall walks on the Broncos … wow.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Raiders improved last year and have already added more viable parts. Weddle could stay on the left coast, in a division he knows with the Broncos being “raided’, big time.. I can see the Raiders as a destination for him.

  • Jake the Snake film on NFLN.

    Johnny, take note.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Johnny should have taken note from another ‘Snake’.

      ‘How to imbibe and play NFL QB’, by Ken Stabler.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Bears Wise to Pass on Malik Jackson”

    Spend, yes, but spend wisely.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Rise and shine. Good morning. What happened? I’m not noticing a Hicks or pot-roast signing …..

    • willbest

      Bernie Bros, BlackLivesMatter, George Soros, and Bill Ayers join forces to launch a coordinated protest against Trump’s rally in Chicago. CPD says they can handle it but there were apparently 1000 protestors in the arena and more a bunch more outside, so Donald cancels the event probably because somebody told him how CPD likes to hand things. This knocks the Cruz’s crazy father off the front page and Cruz returns the favor with a shiv in Donald’s back saying he shares some blame. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton can’t even say some nice things about her recently deceased FLOTUS companion without incurring the wrath of the LGBT lobby.

      oh you meant football… nothing Pace did nothing.

      • Johnnywad

        Reagan was the best. Period. End of story.

        I read a piece yesterday regarding the Clinton explosion when she mentioned Nancy Reagan’s “subtle but effective” work on the AIDS front. It was a blistering account of Reagan’s supposed refusal to deal with the issue, thereby implying he was a tremendous bigot full of hatred toward the gay community.

        25,000 people had died of AIDS over the duration of his time in office. In the grand scheme of things, a very small number of Americans compared to everything else that was killing us. As late as 1982, we really didn’t know what it was exactly. So let’s not forget that for the first 1/4 of his time in office, it was a pretty big question mark. By 1985, there were already government money, research and public awareness campaigns in place to try to deal with it. So in less than three years, the engine of government, which is impossible to start, was already ramping up to deal with it. No minor task.

        Additionally, the disease was nearly exclusively caused by poor decision making. How many times do we really want our President to stand in front of the press and repeatedly say “Stop having unprotected anal sex and sharing needles for your illegal drugs.”. That’s not his job nor should it be something the leader of the free world should have to say.

        In the early 1980’s, gay sex was the last damn thing a conservative man in his 70’s, in a position of power, would have been talking about openly. I don’t even want to hear about it in 2016.

        So the LGBT community that is once again shredding Ronald and Nancy Reagan 35 years later, needs to realize their own personal lifestyle really isn’t all that important on the big stage.The guy was busy doing important shit like breaking up the USSR, you know, the biggest threat to the planet in the history of man, to worry about a relatively small number of people killing themselves through poor decision making. Perhaps he could have done more to get in front of AIDS, but they fail to remember he may well have prevented ICBM’s landing in their back yards.

        Ronald Reagan was the best. This current group of shitheads running for office aren’t fit to wash his dead ball sack.

        • The GP Experiment

          Reagan ushered in the reversal of liberal economics, began the unraveling of the tax code to favor the rich and began “Reaganomics”, which postulated that tax cuts and lowered rates for the rich would grow the economy.

          At the end of this run, we no longer have a middle class. We still have guys like Cruz stating that the way to grow the economy is to drop the tax burden on the 1%.

          • The GP Experiment

            Oh, and Nancy’s “Just Say No”, for all the cool commercials in which Clint Eastwood shows you crack cocaine at the beginninf of ‘Predator’ (something I remember) – the whole campaign and it’s millions to celebs: it actually did not nothing.

            That, BTW, is not politics. It’s fact.

            http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-just-say-no-doesnt-work/

            But nevertheless, here is Clint showing you that vial.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Say no to drugs. Say no to the CIA and American Armed forces that brought them in in the first place. Say no to training and arming groups like the Taliban. Say no to funding tinpot dictators and destabilzing nations and then have it all blow up in your face. Say no to standing armies in 130 countries. Say no to hypocrisy.

          • The GP Experiment

            Oh, by the way, while you are creating your response to the Trickle Down argument, know this:

            Reagan ushered in a giant boom in the economy by immediately slapping the LARGEST tax INCREASE in American peacetime history on the people: The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 was, at the time, the largest peacetime tax increase in U.S. history. It funded the programs and beltway expansion of government that helped boost the overall economy.

            So he could ride the perception that Reaganomics worked, but tax cut after tax cut for the rich would actually see it’s true fruition under Clinton of all people.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And if anyone thinks any of that was actually Reagan’s idea … well I don’t know what to say. He was a kindly old actor suffering from Alzheimer’s. This was no economics scholar. Although inflation dropped by 8% over his two terms, it’s hard to believe he knew much of anything about anything. Post-JFK Presidents have just been shills for the MIC. Military spending increased dramatically under Reagan as the arms-race escalated .. he’s ‘responsible’ for the arms race and the free-for-all on Wall Street, in as much as he knew or understood anything that was going on at that point in his life. He was a nice, confused old man, on whose watch the beast was unleashed, by those who really run the show.

          • Johnnywad

            I love it. The shit that goes poorly under his watch is directly attributed to him, but anything goes well……”ah he’s just a confused old man and surely somebody else made that happen.”. Uh huh.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I just don’t buy into Presidents having any power. He was a good man, I can see that, I just don’t believe the POTUS is a catalyst for change. The last one that tried was shot dead.

          • willbest

            They tried to get Reagan too

          • Johnnywad

            Got a bullet in him. Pretty damn close.

          • Johnnywad

            You may be right. I very often feel the same way. At the end of it all, it’s entirely possible the President is nothing more than a symbol of leadership.

            Reagan was far better at that than Carter, either Bush, Clinton or Obama. Maybe that’s really the point I’m after.

          • Dale701

            Here is a tidbit about Reagan I got from watching the Emperor of Hemp: The Jack Herer Story. He had a stand promoting hemp, and the Reagan party drove by, Jack had a flag with the marijuana leaf on it. Reagan saw it, and wanted to know why the Canadians had a stand in here. He sent his goons in to get rid of it.

          • Johnnywad

            All while staring down the Russian nuclear arsenal? Can’t believe he had enough goons on hand to send out after the roadside hemp stand. Impressive.

          • Johnnywad

            Your grasp of economics is far superior to mine. I won’t argue it at all. I do know that anybody who so chooses can quite easily carve out a nice life for themselves as I have. My parents were poor. One a carpenter the other sewing in our basement for extra money. I put myself through college, paid off my student loans, put my skill and education to work, and now own a small company. My wife took a similar path.

            So in general terms, I’m going to call bullshit on anybody that claims government policy is somehow preventing them from achieving middle class status. It’s there for anybody willing to go get it.

            I am only guessing, but you seem to be a member of the middle to upper middle class. If I’m right, how did you get there? I doubt it has a single thing to do with any policy that was put in place to help you out.

            Further, no President will ever be all things to all people. As Presidents go, Reagan represented the values and interests of our country far better than any President in my lifetime.

          • willbest

            Nobody truly grasps economics, and nobody can prove the alternative either. The only thing to be said by economists is that they do put in a lot of effort unlike the social psychologists.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Economics is simple. There’s no mystery to economics. It’s a few laws, and relationships. Nothing more.

            The biggest problem facing this planet isn’t economics, it’s the ownership of the right to issue currency, and control of the volume of supply. It’s a right that should only be held by the government of a nation, as Lincoln and JFK understood, and when they tried to regain that control they were shot in the head in public.

            The biggest problem facing this planet is money as debt, but 98% of the planet don’t even know what that means, and therein lies the problem. 98% of the planet doesn’t know who the Rothschilds are … and as the line from the movie goes “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled … was convincing the world he did not exist.”

            And so it goes.

          • Irish Sweetness

            True. Hard work can make you a small pile, but it takes wealth to make wealth.
            Trump might have made a few billion, but when your old man has given you a few million, then you can afford to fail a lot.

          • Johnnywad

            What’s wrong with working to make a small pile? Why does everybody need to be a part of the Skull and Bones and become a millionaire? WTF?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nothing. And greed, I guess.
            A small pile would be nice. Even a really small pile would be nice. In fact, just having enough, would be great.

          • willbest

            What is enough?

          • Johnnywad

            Is the POTUS having an impact on that?

        • Cormonster

          Some very good points. I have a few beefs with Reagan on the domestic front (amping up the drug war, expanding prison populations for non-violent crimes), but overall I find him to be a great President. All you need to do is look at some indexes of human freedom around the world in 1980 and compare that to say the early to mid 90’s. The number of people who moved to somewhat free or mostly free increased by (my guess off the top of my head) over 1 billion. And it happened with barely a single bullet being shot. Incredible.

          Also, the media was very effective at painting him as a dunce. It couldn’t have been further from the truth. Carter, Clinton, Obama, and both Bushes couldn’t hold a candle to Reagan’s intellect. All you need to do is go back and listen to or read some of his GE and other speeches from the 60’s and 70’s to realize he was a free and deep thinker who had a tremendous grasp of geopolitics and many other issues.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Think he wrote those speeches, Cor? (I don’t know if he did or not, just guessing ‘not’, a la George W. Bush) I’d have a hard time believing he was smarter than Jimmy Carter though.

            I’ll remember him for two things:

            1. His charm and naiveté being used by those in the shadows to deregulate the banks and unleash the beast – giving Wall Street free rein to ruin the country.

            2. His very odd comment after the E.T screening at the White House that has the joint chiefs squirming in their seats. He also said something quite strange at the U.N. about having a common E.T. enemy that might unite us all down here on Earth. I often wondered if ‘John Hinckley’ was to shut him up – I never bought the Jodie Foster crap.

          • Cormonster

            He was a prolific writer, and yes he did write all those speeches himself. When he told Gorbachev to tear down this wall, that was all him.. All of his handlers strongly rejected to his speech, but he went ahead and said it anyways. His early hard lines with Gorbachev were mostly his decisions, and it helped lead to the biggest nuclear deescalation in history.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I stand corrected on the speeches and arms, that’s all a long time ago. But the Wall Street thing certainly took hold …

            How did that LSD gig go ?? Do any stage-diving?

          • Cormonster

            See above. I posted a review. If you ever want to hear it from the horse’s mouth, check out a book called Reagan: In His Own Hand. It’s a compilation of speeches he wrote before he ran for president, up until about 1979. Some of those speeches are very impressive and it gives great insight into some of his later actions as President.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I will do, thanks. He just kind of happened, and then wasn’t far back enough in history to have read about him. Surprised to hear he wrote his own speeches.
            I read Carter’s and Clinton’s books, just missed out on Ronnie.

          • DaMurph

            Jimmy Cater was a dumb hick, a nice guy but a gullible dumb hick!

          • CanadaBear

            He was by far the most honorable of any prez in my lifetime. Also, the most ineffective prez in my lifetime. Pretty sure there is a connection. Politics!

          • DaMurph

            Agree Canada, the one attribute of being honorable, hindered his ability to be an effective president.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Didn’t they use him to get bank de-regulation through? Didn’t that, y’know, drive the last nail into the coffin of America?

          • willbest

            deregulated banks are fine, as long as you don’t fucking bail them out and send them to jail when they steal money. Or just not prosecute the lynch mob that engages in street justice.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I hear that!

          • Trac

            Actually Woodrow Wilson “The first progressive president” let the Federal Reserve in. It began with him and Prescott Bush was their bagman.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Mwah!

        Saw the Chcicago rally thing. Love it. Proud of you. Trump turns up for a rally and Chicago says ‘nah, fuck you’.

        • willbest

          Don’t know how proud you are going to be when Trump wins and this gets pinpointed as the day the GOP rallied around Trump

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s all a charade man, it doesn’t matter who gets in and plays puppet.
            I’ll always support the right of the people to protest. Peaceful demonstration doesn’t change anything. A screwed system deserves a revolution, and they’re nasty. Bloody. My country is only 6 years shy of 90 years old, and we already need another one. People get too complacent when there’s two SUVs in the driveway.

        • Cormonster

          Hey Irish, getting back to you on the LSD show, Excellent show. Rachael was belting out the vocals all night, the drummer was sneaky good, and the bass player Bridgette was tearing it up all night. My buddy who is a music junkie like me was very impressed with their overall musicianship. They definitely got a lot more swagger and confidence on stage compared to two years ago, and the crowd was fired up all night. Lots of loud cheering and singing along throughout the show. For the encore they did So Long with just the bass player playing and the drummer playing tambourine with all 4 around the mic singing background harmonies to Rachael’s singing. Then they ended with a rousing version of Bohemian Rhapsody. I think they played the entire new album and about an hour of other stuff. Great show all around. Definitely gonna go see them again. Rachael’s voice is so impressive. To think she’s bringing it like that every night with their extensive touring schedule is quite impressive. Her vocal training and command of her voice is amazing to see and hear. Oh, it was also a very interesting crowd. There wasn’t one age group that dominated over others. Their were people from late teens and early 20’s up to people in their 60’s and everything in between.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s cool. I can’t stop listening to ‘Call off your dogs’ recently.

          • Cormonster

            One of my best friends and concert buddies (been to well over 100 shows together) just posted the video of that song on Facebook yesterday and wrote “Cormonster” I’m finally starting to get it. I’ve been trying to get him into LSD for some time now and he’s starting to like them finally. They are so addictive. I find myself playing their albums all the time.

        • Johnnywad

          Wow. Just wow.

          I’m no fan of Trump. But threatening a completely legitimate political rally with violent intervention during a presidential campaign is not something to be proud of. It’s bullshit. It shouldn’t have happened. Don’t like the guy? Don’t vote for him, organize against him peacefully, promote your candidate….. You know, all the things supposedly belonging to the Dems.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Who got violent ?

          • willbest

            The police attacked by the protestors…

            http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/

          • CanadaBear

            That’s your proof? Some blogger?

          • willbest

            You have google.

          • Johnnywad

            Two police officers injured and several people arrested. Keep in mind this is at a rally that never happened. Imagine what it may have looked like had they pressed on and held the event.

          • CanadaBear

            Probably should point out that Drumpf encouraged his fans to “rough up” a protestor at one of his rallies.

          • willbest

            Probably shouldn’t because its not relevant. There is a difference between roughing up a disruptive element that comes to your lawful gathering and shutting down another person’s lawful gathering.

          • CanadaBear

            So a non-violent protestor should be roughed up because he doesn’t agree with Drumpf?

          • willbest

            The heckler’s veto is violence. They are after all depriving another person of their Constitutional right. I don’t know how you get more fundamental than that.

            The people that storm Bernie’s stage and take his mic are not legitimate protesters they are thugs and should be treated accordingly. They didn’t pay for his platform, they don’t get to usurp it.

            You want to stand in a public space being rowdy screaming your anti-candidate hate, more power to you. But the second you enter the forum, you are the guest and you will conduct yourself as such.

          • CanadaBear

            Sure.

          • willbest

            To expand on that, if Trump were telling his guys to go disrupt Clinton/Sanders/Cruz rallies then you could say he had this coming.

          • Johnnywad

            Don’t like the guy. At all. He should not have done that.

          • Johnnywad

            You aren’t really buying Trump as Hitler are you E?

            Again. I don’t like the guy. But all the bullshit about Trump being Hitler is ridiculous.

          • willbest

            In point of fact it was hitlers goons that showed up and shut down the rallies of his opposition

          • i don’t buy trump as hitler. i buy trump as a dude who’s fanning the flames of hatred for non-whites. i buy trump supporters as people who buy into the hatred message because they can’t come to terms with a changing world where white people only hold most of the power instead of all of it.

          • Johnnywad

            I’m asking this eanestly, so don’t mistake my intent. Why do you think that?

            From what I have seen and read, he wants to stop Muslims from entering the country on a temporary basis and remove Illegal immigrants as well as prevent more from entering the country illegally.

            Pretty much any politician already agrees there is a problem with regard to illegals being here. Whether amnesty or deportation is the answer I haven’t a clue. But the problem exists. And it isn’t because of skin color.

            Muslim immigration has the potential to be more dangerous still. I don’t have a clue how we, as a nation make that safe. Maybe we can’t. But it also seems like a bad idea to continue allowing people from a region filled with so much hatred for our way of life to continue entering the country. Any effort on this front likely screws far more good people than it catches bad ones. But what are we to do? From my perspective, the path we’re on feels dangerous. I’d like to see us move off of it. Sooner or later, a very tragic and preventable event is going to occur because we chose to handle the problem lightly.

            I haven’t seen anything that would indicate he has a problem with legal Muslim or Hispanic citizens. I will admit that I’ve tried to avoid most of the election coverage so far, but it’s proving impossible. Perhaps I’m being naive.

          • apologies for my delayed response. i’ve been down in austin for work the past week. i haven’t been ignoring your response. now, to answer your question of “why do i think he’s fanning the flames of hatred…his followers as people who buy into the hatred message…”

            1. Trump retweeted @WhiteGenocideTM, a twitter account who said Hitler saved Europe and Jews/Israel were behind 9/11. When asked why he’d RT such an inflammatory account, he played it off like it was no big deal since he wasn’t the one who made the comment. Do you think @WGTM thought it was no big deal or an endorsement of his views? And other white supremacists, do you think they saw it as a thumbs up from the man?

            2. He proposes a registration program for muslims. From what you write, it seems you would support such a thing because they all can’t be trusted because of a group of bad apples (so why trust white christian males?). It makes me think of armbands my ancestors were forced to wear. This isn’t me saying he’s anti-semetic. But as someone who’s learned about “civil registration” from people who lived through it, I understand it doesn’t lead to good places.

            3. Trump’s refusal to disavow David Duke and the KKK until he was called out for refusing to disavow their support. His immediate excuse? He didn’t know enough about the group to make a judgement. His revised excuse after figuring out the first one wouldn’t fly? He was wearing a bad earpiece and couldn’t hear the question.

            4. He was out in front of the Obama birther movement. Read into that what you will.

            5. He condones violence at his rallies. Sure, he says he does no such thing, but saying he wished he could punch people in the face, offering to pay legal fees for anyone who does, and stating he wishes it was the good old days when protestors would be killed sure sounds like supporting it to me.

            Now, in terms of his followers being racist. It’s not all of them. But there is a large swath of white supremacists who’ve come out of the woodworks to support him. There’s got to be a reason for that, no? When you have Trumpers yelling at protestors to go back to Auschwitz, or showing up in a PBS special with Heil Hitler tattoos, it makes you wonder what sort of man inspires loyalty in them. When you have old white men being canonized for sucker punching young black teens being escorted out, it makes you wonder. And when Trump’s campaign bans black people from entering rallies and events, it makes you wonder.

            Or maybe you don’t wonder, because you think it’s all overblown and he’s a really smart man and is our best chance for moving this country forward. And if that’s the case, all the power to you, but that’s just like thinking Trestman was the Bears key to respectability.

          • Johnnywad

            Thanks for taking the time E.

            I don’t think he’s a really smart man. I think he’s kind of an asshole. I don’t like him and don’t intend to vote for him.

            As I said, I have no idea how to fix/secure Muslim immigration. I mentioned in my post, any aggressive action likely screws way more good people than it deturs bad ones. But I’m also tired of hearing about “Bad apples” and “It’s just a few.”. The problem is, the ” few” aim to cause as much death and destruction to people like you and me at any opportunity and any cost. The stakes are very, very high. Imagine losing a loved one because the issue remains unaddressed.

            Perhaps I am just being extremely naive in assuming there is no way possible Trump is actually racist. It doesn’t seem even remotely possible that a man, this close to grabbing the nomination, is an overt racist. How can that be possible? I’ve generally aligned myself with Republicans. I don’t have a racist bone in my body. Ibput I put very little stock in Twitter, and don’t really concern myself with tweets and retweets. What do his actions show? That’s all that matters to me.

            I think the larger problem we’re dealing with is societal. I’m not a particularly religious man. But it seems to me, the further we get from our churches, synagogues, and yes, maybe even mosques, the worse off we are as a collective. I find myself yearning for the days when the worst societal problem we had was trying to convince my grandfather black people were okay or worrying about the drunken wife beater on the block.

            The last time I can remember having faith in a public figure, Colin Powell was telling all of us Iraq possessed WMD’s. He was/is the only guy I’ve truly felt good about since Reagan. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. Maybe he was lying through his teeth. How do we know?

            I will vote this year. But I may just be writing in my own name, or Big Bird, or Kermit the Frog.

          • “the further we get from our churches….the worse we are as a collective.”

            religion has killed more people than anything else known to man. how many wars have been fought over religion? how many people have been killed because their god said wheat bread instead of multi-grain? how many terrorist acts/mass shootings have been carried out in the name of god?

            the quicker we can rid ourselves of religion, the better off we’ll be.

            golden rule. that’s really all we need. do unto others and we’ll all be ok.

            and if you want to have faith in a public figure, you could do worse than bernie. dude’s been singing the same song for 30+ years, and he genuinely fights for the little guy. he’s closer to jesus than all those other bible-thumping politicians who cry out his name while having affairs, spitting on poor people, and sending our kids to war.

          • DaMurph

            Thats a bad read E.

          • sorry for delay. i’ve been out of town for work. see my response to johnny if you’d like some more substance on why i read him that way.

      • The GP Experiment
  • CanadaBear

    Jeff your tweet about Nancy and AIDS awareness isn’t true. Their refusal to do anything about AIDS for years brought tons of awareness about the disease.

  • CanadaBear

    Read a funny comment about CD interviewing in NY with the Jets. Someone mentioned him as a future pro bowler. The next commenter referred to CD as Kingpin!

    • willbest

      So the Jets looked at the 2014 Bears and said, that is the sort of drama we have been missing.

      • CanadaBear

        I can’t imagine the Jets signing CD. Who am I kidding? I can’t see any NFL team signing CD.

        • MB30SD

          I hear McDonald’s is thinking about offering us 1/2 a filet ‘O fishes, a medium fry, and a small milkeshake… strawberry.

          Will be weeeeeell worth it… I think pace jumps at that VERY generous offer.

          (Myyyy peaches…)

  • Irish Sweetness

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 9 May 2014

    Teams are making a big mistake not taking Johnny Manziel – he is going to be really good (and exciting to watch).

    You can’t say he’s not a man of vision …oh …wait …

    • willbest

      I love Trump’s twitter. Its probably the best thing about him running for president. He is the first guy to have a decade of stream of thought prattle out there for you to look back on and go WTF

    • MB30SD

      Smh… I wonder how much of it is just ‘look at me’ propaganda.

      It can’t all be real, it just can’t.

      • willbest

        When you have opinions on everything, you are going to be wrong a lot.

        • MB30SD

          We have a name for that where I come from will…

          Asshole.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    this is sad. waking up from a drunken stupor, only to find out that we have not signed anyone else. It would have helped with this hangover.

    • willbest

      Yeah I was hoping for more out of the first week of FA.

    • CanadaBear

      The longer it takes to get guys signed the lower the price. Patience my friend.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I know, right. Billion dollar organizations don’t really take the weekend off do they?

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      2oz Rum (not the spiced shit)
      juice of half a lime
      .5oz of simple syrup (or a teaspoon or so of sugar)
      crushed ice
      combine in martini shaker, 45seconds of furious shaking
      Rinse, Wash Repeat as necessary.

      • MB30SD

        Hair. ‘O. Tha. K9.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Irish coffees, as I recall. Plural,

          • MB30SD

            of course. I would have?

            A South African Tyre Necklace

            1 part dark spiced rum
            1 part coffee
            1 shot of fireball

            (just made that up and it sounds disgusting… just like it’s namesake)

  • Irish Sweetness

    (stares at own feet)

    Really? You can’t sign dudes on the weekend?

    (stares at the draft order again)

    So the only positions where we can have the best player are RB and WR. And TE/Kicker/Punter.

    The worrying thing about DE is that anyone there at 11 won’t be that tall. At LB, because of Jaylon Smith’s injuy, you’re getting either the third or fourth best LB, and Darron Lee is pretty small.

    I think it’s looking like Ronnie Stanley, but I hope it’s a trade down and we get somehow get Ragland and Henry.

    Would anyone pull the trigger on Ezekiel Elliot.? 6’0 and 225. Use another back as tradebait?

    • willbest

      JJ Watt was drafted at 11 if it makes you feel better.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        exactly my friend. Malik Jackson was drafted at 125 or something. it will all be ok.

        • MB30SD

          It will always work out one way or another.

          Have a cookie, by the time you finish it, errathing will be as right as rain.

    • Big Mike

      The draft rankings are 50/50 at best. What you can say is that out of the top 5 guys at a position, a couple of them are going to be very good, two will be good and 1 will be a turd. Stanley would be a nice take at 11. OL would be set for some time. If he’s on the board and there’s been a run on DTs and you don’t love the LBs who are there, you have got to take Stanley. In pass protection he has all the tools, long arms, quick feet, good hip swivel. Technique is very good for the collegiate level, will benefit from NFL coaching. His downside is in run blocking he’s more technician than power. Needs to get some man (nfl) strength. Sort of the flip side of Kyle Long. But if the Bears were to line up Stanley, Slauson, Grasu, Long and Massie, that projects to be the best line the best OL the Bears have had in a decade.

      http://draftbreakdown.com/video/ronnie-stanley-vs-ohio-state-2015/

      • Irish Sweetness

        He’d be better straight away than Leno though, right?

        It’s very possible Ezekiel Elliott is there at 11. With Matt gone, we really have nobody of size unless you count the untested 5’11 230lb Lasike.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Miles Jack knee injury was a cartilage issue,not a tendon. I think he’s going to be an impact guy wherever he lands.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The NFL personnel office is normally closed on weekends but is OPEN on Saturday this time of year because of all the activity.

    • Big Mike

      Signed Jerrell Freeman

  • Trac

    Child please….does anyone with half a brain not know Manziel to Dallas isn’t a foregone conclusion?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/03/12/report-cowboys-dont-want-manziel-for-now/

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      I got a couple friends that are Cowboy fans that swear it is inevitable. They keep saying Jerra has some insane need to be part of reclamation projects, probably some weird attempt to make up for his past dealings with the devil.

    • MB30SD

      who cares… he’ll be out of the league in another year, if he makes it that far.

      dude’s just a turd of a human.

  • Doc Nitty

    A few notes on The Endless River by Pink Floyd after a second closer listen.

    1. It is a musical eulogy to Richard Wright and it is beautiful. Yes, the songs are from the scrap heap of the Division Bell, but it’s as if they did not make the cut for a reason, as if to be reserved for a more proper time.

    2. The fact that Nick and David worked on this after Rick died is cool to me. They got to make music with their dead friend. Rick Wright helped make an album from the grave.

    3. I love that they didn’t add any vocals to the tracks. Having the final Floyd album be instrumental is fitting and poetic.

    4. It seems not only to Eulogize Rick but also to Eulogize the band Pink Floyd. Some songs like Allons-y sound like they could have been off The Wall and some songs like Side 2 Part 2 Skins sound like they could be off Meddle. Yet it all clearly sounds like Division Bell material. It flows.

    5. On the Deluxe edition the last five songs or so all come with a video. It is very moving to me to watch them all play and interact together. Those songs are all very good too. They are: Anisina, Untitled, Evrika A, Nervana, Allons-y, Evrika B.

    6. Watching the video of them jamming together, I couldn’t help but put my self in the place of the stand-in bass guitarist. How cool would that be to be holding down the groove that Pink Floyd was crafting a song around? Anybody whose ever made music with band mates can attest to how awesome it feels to be a part of making music. That guy must have been on clouds rocking with Pink Floyd.

    If you like Floyd and you haven’t, give it a listen. If you have then give it another. And if you don’t like Floyd, I pity you and there is nothing that can be done to help you.

    • BerwynBomber

      Cool write-up. Never went all-in on Floyd (have always preferred blues-y/primal/garage band type rock), but always respected their brilliance. Thanks for sharing.

    • EnderWiggin

      I’d agree with most of that except the ‘lyrics’ part. As I listen I feel there is a void where words should be sung.

    • Trac

      Ahem..and let’s not forget they get to make one heck of a final paycheck. Just sayin…

      • Doc Nitty

        How dare you piss all over my altruistic rendering of that which I know nothing about?

        • Trac

          Hahaha

          I’m 52. Jade has nuttin on me.

          • Doc Nitty

            Jade: n. Archaic
            1. A broken-down or useless horse; a nag.
            2. A woman regarded as promiscuous.
            3. An outgoing, often flirtatious girl.

            Hmmm

      • SC Dave

        This!!!!

  • BerwynBomber

    Bears sign Jerrell Freeman (according to Jeff Dickerson) to a three-year deal.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      My damn internet…

      • MB30SD

        your damn not having PS4 or BOIII.

        get your shit together MAAAAN!

    • Big Mike

      That is awesome

    • AlbertInTucson

      And still in the hunt for Hicks.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And if you’re Mr. Hicks, don’t you look at the Bears now and say “Hmm, Trevathan and Freeman. Those guys would help MY performance…”

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      And they worked out Ragland this week too

      • Big Mike

        He’ll be gone. Pace probably new that. Went all in at LB in FA

        • BerwynBomber

          I think he will still be there but Pace will pass on him.

          • AlbertInTucson

            IF the Bears sign Hicks, I think that ups the ante that they use their #1 on Ronnie Stanley, the ND OT. You KNOW the Bears love blue chip “Domers”.

          • MB30SD

            My name is MB30SD, and I approve this message.

            all of it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            With Hicks in the fold, I think I would be OK with that.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, slightly upgraded D.

            If we do that, will be interesting to see if we start considering a top DB at #11 if Stanley isn’t there.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And I would be OK with that, too.

        • Ososfan

          I hope he’s gone before we pick. Will mean more likely we get Buckner!

          • Big Mike

            Nobody can tell for sure which of these guys is going to be great, good, average or a bust.

          • Ososfan

            You’re right, Big Mike but I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY liked what I saw from Buckner more than from Ragland. Bucknerd only weakness that I can see is that he stands up too much and loses leverage but overcomes it with his power. He can be coached and will become a pro-bowl player for years to come in my opinion. I’m still stinging by the fact we were one pick away from Aaron Donald and Leonard Williams!

      • SC Dave

        It’s a red herring to deflect others from who Pox really want

  • Big Mike

    Freeman has signed with the Bears. Per a league source, it’s a three-year, $12 million deal. Of the amount, $6 million is guaranteed. (It’s unclear how much of it is fully guaranteed.) He can earn another $2 million in incentives.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      well that helps my hangover today.

      • MB30SD

        fuck yes!

        You think?! Hioly sheeeite… muslim!

        Trevathan and Freeman

        vs.

        Jones and OPS

        talk about an instant and fucking massive upgrade! Jesoos christo!

    • Ososfan

      Hell yea! I thought he was still exploring his options! Alright!

      • MB30SD
      • Big Mike

        Bears went from having the worst ILBs to the #1 and #3 ILBs per PFF. Jerrell Freeman finished the 2015 regular season with the top run-defense grade among LBs.

        • MB30SD

          as you can imagine mike… I am MB30SD’s firing adrenal glands!

          Pretty fucking pumped maings. I HATED that OPS was our starting lead lb. At least jones looked the part, too bad he’s a moron, or was put out of place (I’d like to see him on the outside where shockingly he played his whole career up until the NFL.)

          • Big Mike

            Even better, the Bears didn’t break the bank. A ton of value. Travathan is in his early prime, Freeman has 3 of his peak years left. I see a lot of big defensive line bodes in the draft.

          • MB30SD

            indeed!

        • Doc Nitty

          What does this say about what the coaches really think of One-Play Shae?

          • Big Mike

            I believe it speaks the truth. They said nice things about him, so that if they struck out in FA, it would look like they wanted him all along. Then they would make him an offer.

  • BerwynBomber

    Two interesting tidbits:

    1. More than a few Cheeseheads are steamed that Thompson made no effort to pursue Trevathan, especially after a) Trevathan said he would have been interested in taking GB’s call, and b) we got him for a relatively friendly price. (Oh, and the Cheese have had trouble at ILB for years — longer than us actually.)

    2. Coincidence Dept.: Freeman’s lone NFL TD was an INT of Cutty in 2012.

    • MB30SD

      man, FUCK the packers.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, I lurked about 15 minutes on some Cheese site on SBNation the other night. The Thompson approach of building the entire team via the draft is starting to wear thin. They feel the QB Wizard’s years slipping away.

        • AlbertInTucson

          That works if you have a draft like the Bears in ’83 which garnered SEVEN players who started for the ’85 team.

          • BerwynBomber

            The Thompson approach as a foundation seems fine. But he seems so tied to it as to be inflexible. If you think about it, the two big FAs they’ve signed in his time there — Woodson and Pep — were largely guys who were considered past their prime and the rest of the league didn’t want.

            Otherwise, they never sign any Trevathan or McPhee guys — i.e. guys who are either entering their peak years or in their peak years.

            Plus, if you’re making the post-season every year, how good can your draft be given where you are selecting?

          • SC Dave

            If you’re in the post every season…

            We should have such problems

        • MB30SD

          ewwwww, hope the hot water runs long and strong at your place. fyi, you most likely lost about 50 IQ points… seems about right. 15 minutes on a packers site per 50 points.

          • BerwynBomber

            Well that sucks because I wasn’t dealing with much for starters.

          • MB30SD

            sorry to be the bear-er (get it) of bad news.

          • SC Dave

            You can get it back man

          • MB30SD

            just come here for .002 seconds and poof! haha

          • Irish Sweetness

            Got my learn on!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Lie with dogs ….

    • AlbertInTucson

      And don’t they want to move Matthews back outside…?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Repeating my self but, do not the additions of Travathan and Freeman make the Bears look even MORE attractive to Hicks…?

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    holy crap boys, this just got interesting. All in at LB opens up a lot of options at DL in the draft. Who knows, Pace might still go after Hicks. I would like to see a little more progress on the TE front. That has me a little concerned.

    • BerwynBomber

      Is Uni definitely gone? Are they committed to releasing him if there are no takers?

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        I think the Bears and Uni mutually really want to move on. I hope they get something for him. His attitude really must rub teams the wrong way.

        • MB30SD

          he sucks. him and his brother are tools. Very talented, but just don’t get that there’s a line between being a smart, tough businessman fighting for the right deal/value for his family… and being a disruptive lockerroom cancer who brings the entire team down with his bullshit.

          He’s very much the latter sadly.

          • SC Dave

            So it seems.

        • Ososfan

          Uni put this on himself, he has one pro-bowl year and all of a sudden he should be paid more. He followed the season by missing reads and calls and pouting. He had an argument with the coaching staff the week of the Packers game and was left home. Can’t have guys like that on your team, I understand he wants to get paid, but he should be consistent and then try to negotiate. Smh.. he gone…

          • MB30SD

            I’m of this mind Oso… fuuuuck that guy. NEXT!

          • Ososfan

            Really used to like him alot but some of his antics were just horrible. He almost power-noms Fuller and is always hitching, not realizing he’s probably amongst the best coaches a player can have and if MAYBE he shuts his mouth and does his thing no one in their right mind would be against paying him…. Oh well..

          • willbest

            He isn’t wrong about his value though. A TE of his caliber is worth $7.5-8 million a year now. His strategy for increasing his salary has… how shall we say… been suboptimal.

          • MB30SD

            indeed. i.e., asshole.

          • Ososfan

            I understand completely. Yes a heckler of a talent but he’s not nearly as consistent to ALWAYS demand more money. I’d understand if he had a great year this year and wanted to renegotiate but he didn’t and was acting out…..

          • Irish Sweetness

            Told y’all he was cray cray.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    Boys, remember that HICKS is in town today. The Bears will not let him head to Detroit to sign a deal so expect him to be signed. That would be sick.

  • CanadaBear

    Just to make Johnny’s day, the Bears signed Mitch Unrein to a 2-year deal.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      Pro Bowl caliber Fullback if we let him just play. I am happy.Someone must have watched some game tape.

    • SC Dave

      Actually, I’m very happy about this.

    • Ososfan

      He’s solid backup/rotational guy. Was coming to his own at the end of the season..

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        haha, I don’t give a shit about his D line play mang, have you seen that young man throw down a lead block on the goal line? It should be a felony what he does to guys.

        • Ososfan

          Hahaha, I haven’t honestly, but he’s a biiiiig dude would love to see that!! Hahaha!

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            he was in for 8 plays last year and they scored on all 8 plays.

          • Ososfan

            I’m going to have to look it up. dope!

          • SC Dave

            It’s the shit, man

        • SC Dave

          Fucking this!! Make up for dumping Clutts, bitches !! Meaning Bears, not Pox

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            can’t believe they got rid of Clutts. He was a better longsnapper than the guys we just brought in.

          • Johnnywad

            If Clutts was collateral damage to get to eventually finding Unrein at FB I’ll take it.

            I didn’t see enough out of Unrein to bring him back to the defense alone. His use in the goal line O has to be why he’s back. I’ll take a 6′-4″/306 lb Fullback with good pad level any day. He’s proven he can get it done. I hope it’s a staple of the offense this year.

          • Ososfan

            Blame Emery for that. Clutts was so clutch and he really wanted to be a Bear.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Clutts is a FA

          • Irish Sweetness

            We have a FB in Lasike, I want to see this guy, but he may/will get cut or put back on the PS.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Good things happened when he played..

  • Big Mike

    Mariani is back with the Bears. Good depth signing.

    • Johnnywad

      That’s a guy that does more than he should be able to do given his body and athleticism. I’ll take it.

      • He’d catch 70 balls for 800 yards in new England.

        • MB30SD

          That’s what she said

        • Big Mike

          No he wouldn’t.

          • prove it.

          • Big Mike

            Can’t. But he’s not that good. You’re mistaken if you think he’s the second coming of Wesley Walker.

          • Julian Edelman?

          • Big Mike

            Doesn’t matter. Mariani’s not that good. He’s lucky to be on a roster.

      • Big Mike

        Indeed. A Tom Waddle type. Surrounded by White, Jeffery and Royal, he will be overlooked.

  • Bearfacts

    I’d even go beyond wise. I’d call it downright genius. There is no way Malik Jackson is worth that kind of money which is something Jax will learn soon enough.

  • Ososfan

    Any word on Hicks? Is he still partying it up with Pace and Fox and they just forgot to sign Cus they’re a little under the weather?

    • just reported he’s still in Chicago but weighing his options. Has that Detroit visit scheduled

      • Ososfan

        Dang it, Johnathan, use your superior intellect powers to somehow convince him to stay!?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i hope the city is showing him some love.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          That trump rally put him over the top.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They just signed a safety, I hope he was expensive.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    woohoo! i awake from a hangover nap to find out we resigned the best goal line FB in the league.

  • RenoBear

    My God!! I am absolutely in love with the moves we are making. Signing Solid, to potentially really good guys to outstanding low-cost contracts.. Holy fuck this is the antithesis to EVERYTHING we’ve seen the past few years. Our defense has gotten exponentially better in the last 4 days. Pace looks like he’s got a real defined plan going forward, and I likery. Oh and Tress way just got $9 million dollars. Worth it too, I saw him punt a lot last year, he’s fucking GOOD… But to our past regime he was camp fodder. Emery, go jump off your clean edge of fucking change you douche-clown. BEAR DOWN

    • Frank Schoenburg

      Bear down Chicago Bears!

    • Ososfan

      I’m crying, I’m laughing so hard! Haha

    • Johnnywad

      But POD can bench press like a LB. That’s good right?

    • Trac

      Jess. I still remember how many of my brethren on da blog oohed and aahed over the sheer brilliance of Trestmans botched onside kick play call against the Cheese that was an epic fail. Smh.

      Have no fear boyz, happy days are here again.

  • 505Bears

    How much money the Bears have left to spend?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i was thinking the same thing. my guess is about 25 mill depending on the structure the deals made today.

    • willbest

      Assuming Mariani and Unrein are near league min deals Bears have roughly 24 million in cap space. They will need about 7 million for the draft and leave 3 million for in season issues leaving them roughly 14 million in FA.

      A few things still affecting that

      1) Getting rid of Bennett will free up 5.2 million
      2) Jeffery still needs a long term deal which could either increase or decrease his cap hit this year
      3) The Bears structure most of their contracts allowing an automatic conversion of salary to bonus. So they could always visit the bank of Jay Cutler and push his cap hit into the future.

    • That Guy

      Per Spotrac, we were at about $33M before the Freeman signing. Assuming a cap hit of $4M and a projected draft class hit of $7M, we’ve still got $20-22M to work with.

      Call it $20M even allowing for an emergency fund.

      At this stage, that gives us enough cheddar for one or two more mid-market signing in the same ballpark as the Trevathan or Massie deals.

      Remember we’ve only got 64 players on the roster right now… need to get to 90 by camp. There will be some small guarantees given out here and there.

  • The GP Experiment

    Shae flew to NYC to meet with Jets.

    • MB30SD

      hee hee heeeeee

    • Irish Sweetness

      The Hoboken Jets?

      • Ososfan

        How do you know about Hoboken, Irish? Pretty interesting….

  • MB30SD

    myyyyy peaches, what a wonderful defense we’re got ourselves heah!

    • willbest

      I can’t get in the mood. Getting over the Mo for Marty trade that never was is going to take a bit.

      • MB30SD

        I recommend bourbon.

        But real football players at BOTH ILB positions should be pleeeenty of salve.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          I chose rum to get over it. paid for it most of the day.

          • MB30SD

            Uhhh, ALWAYS potato vodka lad.

            Check out Chopin and soda. Totally clean, low carb, looow hangover and cold fresh bubbly water with erra drink. The downside is it tastes like fucking rubbing alcohol, small price.

            Rum is made by straining rotting cane juice through dirty pirate socks dude.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            I take that you were a pirate once because only you have had rum that shitty. Hehe

          • MB30SD

            Were?! Once?!

            …that’s not at all true and you know it… yonny is practically a professional rum tester

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Tell me about it. I r dumbass.

  • That Guy

    I echo all of the fond wishes to our new inside linebackers. Those guys will make everybody better. They will run the defense like true generals. They will free up the pass rush by providing better run support. They will improve coverage by protecting against the shallow middle of the field. They will bring a great attitude to the locker room. They are the building blocks for a great future together with McPhee.

    So far the only move I’m unhappy about is Matt Forte leaving. I would have happily paid him the deal the Jets signed with him ($12M total, $9M guaranteed, 3 year deal but 2 years basically guaranteed).

    My wishlist at this stage of FA is as follows:
    – If we spend money anywhere, let it be on a defensive back. Rashad Johnson (AZ, S), Casey Hayward (GB, CB) and Brandon Boykin (Pit, Nickle CB) are three solid value options.
    – Retain Zach Miller. There aren’t enough good TE’s on the market or in the draft.
    – Sign Akiem Hicks (great rotational starter)
    – Get a deal done with Jeffery (make him happy, give the team certainty going forward)
    – Get a deal done with Kyle Long (his value will only go up if he ends up sliding back to tackle, he’s a 10 year starter, give him a cap friendly 5 year deal and let him be a Bear for life)

    If we did all of these things, we’d be pretty much out of cap space for the rest of the season (and without much flexibility next year as well). We’d have money for the draft class and maybe $3-5M left to work with going forward. But there aren’t any mega-deals coming next year with existing players. Plus, Cutler’s contract always gives the team the flexibility to free up cap space as needed.

    If none of these things happens, I would still call this off-season a big success.

  • Irish Sweetness

    These ruby slippers really work ! OH HAPPY DAY !!

  • Trac

    Oh Jeff, it’s time to run to mama and tell her you’re sorry. “The coaching staff is high on McClellin”? Turrible journalism, just turrible. hee hee

  • Irish Sweetness

    Freeman does it all.

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