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Dannehy’s Free Agency Tiers: Potential Bargains

| February 12th, 2016

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Potential Bargains

None of these guys are sure bets, but they shouldn’t cost much. They may have injury baggage or low production but the potential is there. The Bears hit on a player in this category last year with Tracy Porter. They missed with Alan Ball.

Tyvon Branch, S, Kansas City

Pros: Had a really strong finish, playing a lot for the Chiefs over the second half of last season. Has been a good player for most of his career, registering more than 70 tackles four times. Vic Fangio has had a lot of luck getting the most out of safeties. Branch won’t turn 30 until next December.

Cons: Played a combined five games in 2013 and 2014. Doesn’t have the kind of ball skills the Bears need with just five career interceptions. Was destroyed by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last year. Might just be a rotational safety at this point in his career.

Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seattle

Pros: Good hands, athletic, solid after the catch and a good run-blocker. Only 25 and has never really been featured, playing for a running team. Has played well in a number of very big games.

Cons: Is there a reason they didn’t feature him? They threw more last year, but he still only had 49 catches. Doesn’t seem to get open consistently. Again, would be putting a lot of pressure on Kevin White to be the Number One right away.

Manuel Ramirez, G/C, Detroit

Pros: Has played both guard spots and center in his career. Started at multiple positions for John Fox and Dave Magazu in Denver and played well in their 2013 Super Bowl season.

Cons: Was a backup for the Lions last year, although he still played over 500 snaps. At 32 he isn’t a long-term option at either center or guard. Still not an ideal starter.

Rafael Bush, S, New Orleans

Pros: Was once considered one of the better up-and-coming safeties in the league. Was a key to New Orleans’ defensive resurgence in 2013. Very athletic with good range in coverage.

Cons: Finished the 2014 season on IR and only played 21 snaps in 2015 before tearing his pectoral. Has never been more than a third safety. Only has one career interceptions. Going to be 29 with significant injury history.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    FIrstness. Ai’ight?

  • Irish Sweetness

    AJ, Mariani, Bellamy are all UFAs, Deonte Thompson is a RFA.

    Went thru the FA WRs below 30, some names (with last reported salary):

    Ricardo Lockette, 29, 6’2, 211, *4.26* 40 = olympic level athlete. 660K
    Rod Streater, 28, 6’3, 215, 2.3M
    Seyi Ajirotutu, 28, 6’3, 215, 660K
    Brandon Tate, 6’1, 28, 210, 665K, returns also
    Seth Roberts, 6’2, 195, 24, 435K
    Andre Holmes, 6’4, 210, 27, 1.5M
    Kenbrell Thompkins, 6’1, 200, 27, 4.45 40, 400K
    Brian Quick, 26, 6’3, 218, 1.7m
    Mohamed Sanu, 26, 6’2, 210, 4/4 pass completions for 2 TDs, 1.6M
    Travis Benjamin, 26, 5’10, 176, 4.34 40, 780K, returns also
    Chris Owusu, 26, 6’0, 200, 4.34 40, 660K
    Rueben Randle, 24, 6’3, 210, 4.43 40, 1M
    Marlon Brown, 24, 6’5, 214, 7 TDs as a rookie, 560K
    Darrius Heyward-Bey, 28, 6’2, 219, 4.3 40, 660K
    Hakeem Nicks, 28, 6’1, 208, 240K

    • Bender McLugh

      Travis Benjamin & Kenbrell Thompkins were to be studs, any news on them? If they still have stud potential they would fit well with us.

  • CanadaBear

    Can’t say any of these guys get the heart racing. Who knows?

  • BerwynBomber

    Forte informed he won’t be re-signed with Bears. Wishes Chicago fans well and thanks them for the memories …

    • CanadaBear
    • MB30SD

      Oh god, send a blog rep to Dave’s house for suicide watch STAT!

      Onward and upward Christian soldiers. Right trac?

      • CanadaBear

        Dave, Cormonster and I are probably Forte’s most vocal fans on here. Pretty sure Cor and Dave feel the same as me. Knew it was coming but still bummed out over it. Oh well, like sands through the hourglass …

        • MB30SD

          Right. Just business maings. Not for long man.

          Loved him too, but I did think it was time.

          • CanadaBear

            Oh I agree. I just hope Langford and Carey can hold up their end in the passing game.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Perry and jock-squeeze too. Build that line strong and we’re good. That salary, with Bennett’s or whoever else walks …. Pace will get us value.

          • CanadaBear

            You have way more faith in those 2 guys than me. Totally agree Pace will get value.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I see it like this. Perry has burst, Jocks has the hands … and if we have a good OL, I really don’t care who gets us the 4 yards. Maybe Pace picks up great back in the 4th round. We’ll be fine. We seem to be blessed with always finding good backs.

          • CanadaBear

            You don’t remember the Ken Grandberry days!!!!!!!!!

          • Doc Nitty

            If jocks had hands, dudes would never stop jerking off.

          • Big Mike

            Will probably add some RB depth in FA. Don’t see them drafting an RB.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Doug Martin would be expensive. We’ve a better chance of drafting a good one in the 4th. They don’t need to produce right away. We have 4 RBs as I understand it.

        • Jokey

          Count me as a supporter too. Bummed that it’s over but at least they avoided an underbid-insult scenario.

          • CanadaBear

            Totally agree.

        • Doc Nitty

          Count me into that group. Very sad day.

          • CanadaBear

            Knew it was coming but it still sucks.

          • Big Mike

            Here’s why it is isn’t sad. Until proven otherwise and based on what he’s done so far Pace knows what he’s doing. He clearly sees a better ball club by letting Matt go. Whether it is projected production, production/value, the anticipated market value, (which could be the main reason and Fox is doing Matt a service), or his inevitable decline, there is a plan.

          • Doc Nitty

            Color me sentimental. I like the way the guy played and I liked his attitude. I’m not sad for the bears chances of success. I’m sad because I hate seeing a beloved leave the beloved.

          • Big Mike

            I hear you. Love Matt Forte. Wish we hadn’t wasted two years with Trestman

    • FQD1911

      man i’m legit sad about this…

  • BearDown100393

    Matt is gone. Our best running back since Walter.

    • The GP

      Incorrect.

      It goes:

      1. Payton
      2. Sayers
      3. Nagurski
      4. Neal Anderson
      5. Matt F

      • MB30SD

        I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

        Btw, did you see that McClaren I posted a while back?

        • The GP

          it was orange and epic. Needed a buxom blonde to be bending over it

          • MB30SD

            Indeed. Monsterous. Would love to just drive it for a bit. Wouldn’t actually buy it even if I could afford it. Too flashy for me.

          • Bender McLugh

            HAHAHA awesome

      • CanadaBear

        Neal was more dynamic but he lost it quickly.

      • BerwynBomber

        Neal over Matty? Pfffftttt …

        • MB30SD

          Yes

          • Big Mike

            No… not on a single day.

          • MB30SD

            mmmmm, yes.

        • The GP

          51 Rushing TDs. Asked to take on the majority of O, like Forte was, but generally ran better between the tackles.

          Forte was never an inside runner, and coaching constantly looked for ways to supplement inside running for him. He was as dynamic as Sayers in the passing and screen games, though. A really good back, deserves to be in the ring of honor.

          • BerwynBomber

            Anderson only had three seasons over 1,000 and that was a more run-oriented era (Forte’s had five and two in the 900s.) And although a good receiving back, Anderson was nowhere near Matty’s level on that front.
            He deserves his spot in the Bears HoF but I can’t place him above Forte. It’s really not that close.

          • Scharfinator

            We shouldn’t forget about how little Forte fumbled. A genuine shock when he did.

          • The GP

            It’s a tough argument. If it’s all stats, then pull Sayers down the list. He didn’t last.

            It’s subjective to the time and impact the player had on the team. Longevity boosts greatness.

          • CanadaBear

            When Neal arrived the Bears OL was still good and he kicked ass. Once the OL went downhill Neal took horrible beatings and by the last year he almost looked gun shy going into the line. When he first got to the NFL, if he got the corner on you, bye-bye.

          • The GP

            His last year he was running on one leg.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That was it. Nail on the head. When he turned that corner he was gone.

            Both great Bears though, faithful servants. I wish Matt well.

            Unless he signs for the Fudgers,

          • Big Mike

            There should be a conditional release. Good luck Matt, but if you sign with the Packers we’ll top their offer. Need I remind you
            http://a.abcnews.com/images/Health/GTY_jim_mcmahon_sr_140520_16x9_608.jpg

          • Irish Sweetness

            What’s sad is that he said his shoulder had never felt better than when he was at the Packers. Never got the chance to show anyone. Damn shame it wasn’t as a Bear.

          • Big Mike

            this

          • Irish Sweetness

            Did you see him play? Just curious. And if it’s numbers … Neal had more rushing and receiving TDs in the same 8 year period than Matt. yards don’t win games, points do.

          • That Guy

            From PFT:
            “Forte ranks second in Bears history in yards from scrimmage (12,718), rushing yards (8,602), receptions (487), 100-yard rushing games (24) and games with 150 yards or more from scrimmage (25), trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton in all five categories.”

            Forte’s only real weakness was getting short yardage between the tackles – which explains the low rushing TD numbers. You can blame the O-line somewhat for those deficiencies, but certainly its a knock.

          • Irish Sweetness

            AS a receiver, Mtty’s numbers are undeniable. But to see Neal and Matt both run the ball, there was no comparison.

        • Irish Sweetness

          No disrespect to Matty, but as a runner … absolutely.

      • BearDown100393

        Uh….. “since” Walter!

        • The GP

          Sorry. Take 1 out.

      • Big Mike

        “Since” Walter. No question. Forte was way better than Anderson. I wouldn’t even think that was a thing…

  • Big Mike

    Earlier today former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (yes former) announced via his Instagram that he will not be returning to Chicago. Here’s his full statement;

    “Despite my wishes, my days
    as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end. I was
    informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting
    to re-sign me in free agency. I will remain forever grateful for my time
    spent in Chicago and being able to play for an organization with such a
    rich history. My only regret is not being able to win a Lombardi trophy
    for the best fans in all of sports. I’m excited about the next chapter
    of my NFL career. But, Chicago will always be home. God Bless and Bear
    Down!”

    General manager Ryan Pace is
    obviously making a business decision for his football team, one that
    will save the Bears from paying the two time Pro Bowl, 30 year old 8
    year pro another long term contract. Forte probably won’t come near the
    $9 million he made in 2015, but with a couple young draft picks on the
    team, Pace must feel now is the time to move on.

    • MB30SD

      Think it was the right time. Loved me some matty, but it’s time. Good luck lad

      • That Guy

        I certainly understand the decision. Forte is a great player, but Pace wants to build a new team with younger players. Probably also saves some cash to give to Alshon.

        Forte was an awesome player. I think he’s still got 2-3 good seasons in him for another team. Maybe the Patriots (do they want get older?), maybe the Seahawks (replace Lynch, but do they have the cap space?), maybe the Cowboys (would be great for Forte).

        He’s got a very aggressive agent. I suspect wherever he goes, it will be purely based on the money.

        • willbest

          When RB’s go they go quick. Look at Marshawn Lynch

          • MB30SD

            Yep

          • Big Mike

            Another example of not so much hitting a wall, as the wall chasing your ass and smacking you.

        • MB30SD

          Not sure about the 2-3 season nb, we’ll see. Where ever he goes I wish him well, he’s a class act

          • CanadaBear

            If they don’t wear him out being a battering ram I could see him lasting at least 2-3 years as a 3rd down back.

          • MB30SD

            My god I hope they don’t use him as a battering ram, he was horrible between the tackles and in shirt yardage/red zone

          • BerwynBomber

            Except for pitch sweep on third or fourth and short. Bears had a pretty high success rate with that with Forte.

      • Big Mike

        Go get a ring. I need another Bears Jersey. I like to have a few 34, 51, 54, have all been retired, I was working with 75 and 22. Not sure anyone has proven themselves enough yet to warrant the splash o cash. Would be Cutler, but I’m too big to wear a single digit number. Pickins are slim.

        • Doc Nitty

          How bout Eddie Goldman?

          • Big Mike

            I was leaning that way. 91 is a nice big number. Home grown. Sort of waiting it out to see how he starts the season. Continued progress is what I expect and that will have me pulling the trigger.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I couldn’t wear anything other than #34. Just sorry I ordered L and XL jerseys. You fuckers are really big. XL size over here is like a boy-band slim-fit.

          • CanadaBear

            I found out the differences in sizing between Europe and the US back in the 80’s buying cycling clothes. I thought just the opposite, Holy Crap are those guys skinny!!??!!

          • Doc Nitty

            I could send you my old Tommie Harris Jersey and you could do the duct tape name fix.

          • Big Mike

            One of the reasons I’m holding off on the number

        • MB30SD

          soooooooon

  • BerwynBomber

    WTF is with Disqus? How come I have to log into my account for a security or email confirmation check? I’m trying to post a crappy comment on a public blog. NOT access my checking account.
    And WTH happened to the edit button? I actually used that damn thing even if my posts didn’t always reflect it.

    • CanadaBear

      I didn’t have to go through the security crapola but yeah, where is the edit button?

  • FQD1911

    the honeymoon period is over with Pace. now that he essentially cut Forte, he better get to work.

    8 win season next year, minimum.

    • MB30SD

      FQqqqqqqqq!!!!!

      • FQD1911

        MB!!!! My cousin and I were talking about going to Vegas this summer for debauchery and fantasy football studying…I’ll keep you posted.

        • MB30SD

          Excellent my brother! Just not too deep into summer, vegas at 115 suuuuucks.

          • CanadaBear

            If you go outside you have to find some shade or it feels like your hair will spontaneously combust (or in your case, just the coconut).

          • MB30SD

            Hahaha… yeah, or seek refuge in a cool body of water next to some scantily clad ladies.

          • FQD1911

            Yea I have been out there in mid-July…found out that dry heat and alcohol do not mix.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha…

    • willbest

      It 9 wins min next year or he has failed regardless of if he kept forte or not.

      • Blackhawks63

        What a moronic statement. 9 wins in season two of a full scale rebuild? When Pace and Fox inherited a crap roster?

        • MB30SD

          Question… are you constantly under threat of an ass kicking in real life? Do you open conversations like that at the market?

          • Blackhawks63

            Never had my ass kicked yet. I have administered a few in my earlier days. Would you like to sign up?

          • Scharfinator

            I see your internet penis is HUGE. Threats on the internet are the sign of a classy, upper echelon intelligence.

          • willbest

            It is spelled YUUUGE these days.

          • CanadaBear

            There used to be a Fudgie fan on here that was always threatening ass kickings. It was hysterical. Each time he was more threatened he grew a couple of inches and gained 25 lbs. By the time he left here he was up to about 6’4″ and 275.

          • FQD1911

            man get the stick out of your ass. we’re all here as Bears fans (except for that Big Cheesy troll). calm down.

          • Doc Nitty

            Where ya been FQ? How’s life, mang?

          • FQD1911

            Doc Nitty! Man, been grinding at work (went through my first company buyout in the corporate world). These student loans won’t pay themselves haha.

            How life on the Nitty end?

          • Doc Nitty

            Don’t ask.

            Good to see ya man.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahhahahahahahaha…. sure, sign me up internet tough guy. you are such a douchbag.

          • Scharfinator

            Plot twist, he LIKES meatballs! If you catch my drift.

        • willbest

          This is the NFL son. 2 years is 2/3rds the life of average player. You want multi-year rebuilds, baseball is over ——->

          • Blackhawks63

            A clueless meatball who thinks he is cutting edge by ripping Ryan Pace after one season on the job. After making a brilliant coaching staff hire and coming off a very strong 2015 draft. Congratulate yourself jackass.

          • willbest

            You his cousin? Gay lover? Where does your animosity come from? It took elway 2 seasons to turn a crappy Denver D into world beaters and Pace has nearly twice the money elway did. And I am not even saying he needs 12 wins and a super bowl victory

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            He ripped him by saying they can’t go sub .500 again?
            Sheesh.

      • FQD1911

        agreed, but was trying to be realistic. 9 wins with that putrid shit-show called the “2015 Chicago Bears defense” is a little much.

  • willbest

    The only odd thing about the way the Forte comment was worded was that there doesn’t even appear to be an attempt to see if a value deal was possible. I mean if Matt was willing to take say a 2-year 3 mil per year deal with a 1.5 mil escalator for 1200 YFS, with only 2016 being guaranteed, why wouldn’t you take it?

    • MB30SD

      We’ll never know

    • That Guy

      The interesting comparison here is how Emery handled Lach vs. how Pace handled Forte.

      Emery figured he’d give it a shot to get Lach at a big discount. The result was that Lach was insulted, even though nobody else in the NFL wanted him.

      Pace didn’t want to insult Forte with a lowball offer. He figures there is a market for Forte, and he’s probably right. There is a chance Matt doesn’t find suitors and signs a cheap deal elsewhere that the Bears would have taken. We’ll see what happens.

      • CanadaBear

        I think Matt will end up with a good team with a chance to win the SB. Also, whoever signs him values him more than the Beloved. Also, I think he will pass up a chance at top dollar to play for a winner.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, Forte doesn’t strike me as all about the money. A fair-value guy, I’m sure, but I would be surprised if he signs with a crap team.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The fucking Packers, you know it. A la Mongo and Mad Mac.

          • willbest

            Forte is just the type of back the packers need too.

          • CanadaBear

            I really hope he doesn’t go there. With Erin passing to him, it could be a nightmare for the Bears.

          • CanadaBear

            Hard to say. They still have Fat Eddy and Starks.

          • willbest

            Starks is expendable. Fat Eddie handles their up the middle stuff pretty well. Forte as a 3rd down back would be huge for them.

          • CanadaBear

            Can’t say that I disagree. If Fat Eddy really loses that 30 lbs and Forte is the change of pace back, uh-oh.

          • willbest

            Forte should have a pretty large market though since there are about 20 teams nee need of a quality 3rd down back. But you have to believe he will be headed for a SB competitor, unless perhaps somebody is willing to give him #1 RB money.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, I can’t imagine him going to a crappy team. I’m sure they would pay more but he would take a horrible beating.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If we find those ILBs, I like our chances of closing up any of those backs.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s a big if.

          • Irish Sweetness

            FAT Eddie, there lies the rub. I hope Matty has more class than that, I think he does. Either the Pats, or close to Louisiana.

          • CanadaBear

            Don’t think it’s a class thing. It all comes down to money, how will they use him and a chance for a ring.

          • BerwynBomber

            I don’t see it, Irish. They already have Fat Eddie and Starks up there, both of whom are also solid pass catchers. In fact, the only O skill position I can imagine the Cheese coveting in the off-season is TE.
            The Pats I could see but a) Forte won’t get much, and b) the Pats won’t offer him anymore than a one year deal.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I will say that the obvious difference is that Lach had obviously broken down at that point though. The guy was playing on one leg, with IIRC neck problems too.
        We haven’t seen a massive dropoff with Forte yet…although it was bound to happen this year or next.
        Can’t wait to see what Langford can do full-time.

      • Irish Sweetness

        So he might be back at a reasonable price? Or once jilted, the romance can’t be rekindled?

        • BerwynBomber

          No, he’s gone. Btw, (and not mocking you here), but I kinda remember a lot of fans’ vocalizing their post-relationship hopes after the Lach split. You know, like he and Emery would kiss and make-up in the summer, etc.

  • beninnorcal

    Bye-bye, Matty Forte. It’ll be awhile before we get another back like him..

  • Blackhawks63

    It’s the right move for the rebuilding Bears to cut ties with Matt Forte. He has been a great player and a great player. I wish Forte the best. I would suspect he winds up in Dallas, Green Bay, New England or Pittsburgh. The man deserves a shot to win a Super Bowl soon.

    • The GP

      It’s the right move for Da Blog to be cutting ties with Blackhawks63. It’s his third handle, yet his essential combative asshole nature keeps slipping through. We wish him the best, there’s definately room for him over at Bears Goggles On. He deserves a shot to go somewhere where people give a shit about his comments.

      • MB30SD

        Dis

      • That Guy

        As I have no idea what other handles BH63 had, this comes off as rather harsh. Who else is he?

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          It’s obviously me!

        • The GP

          His last one was something else 63. Then there was one before that. Shady, can you help me out here?

        • burntorangenavyblue

          I agree. BH’s statement was not in the least polarizing to warrant this

          • BerwynBomber

            He calls people names but then again so do well-known/beloved regulars on here. I’m not a fan of it but you can’t get rid of that stuff (fairly) unless someone is being a total troll and you have a full-time impartial moderator. I don’t care for BH63’s tact but he does address team issues and otherwise offers valid opinions.

          • The GP

            Oh, he was FourFeathers63 before this. That was the handle.

          • Bender McLugh

            oh good lord…….yeah….him

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Bye bye to one of the true class acts and best receiving backs in the game.
    Can’t be happy about it, but I’ll be shocked if he lights it up somewhere else. Better to let a high-paid player go too soon than too late.

    • BearDown100393

      Green Bay might want to get rid of its Fat Albert problem now.

      • Nah. GB won’t.

        They also don’t typically like reaching for FAs, however, that might change after McFatty bitching.

        Forte would be perfect as a Pat, unfortunately.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Irish, did you quit posting about Alien gold mining companies while I was gone? Because that would honestly be more interesting then reading about Rafael Bush.

  • Doc Nitty

    Three things:

    1. I still maintain that Forte got his walking papers because the bears brass don’t want him breaking any more of Walter’s records.

    2. Forte will play for the Fudge or the Cheats. Bank on it.

    3. Happy Friday, bitches!

    • CanadaBear

      I don’t think #1 is really a thing. Matt could hold all of the Bears records and most everyone would still love Walter over Matt 100 times out of 100. Really hope he doesn’t end up with the Fudge.

      • Doc Nitty

        Maybe. And if Forte was still the back he was, I think they would have allowed it. But since he won’t be, I think they would rather have as many of Walters records stand as possible. Just as a sign of respect for the GOAT.

        • DaCoaches Mustache

          Biggest reason we didn’t offer him a contract is to groom the 2 dudes behind him. Matty would have slowed their development

          • Agree. I haven’t looked up the stats, but I’m willing to wager that Langford/Carey’s avg yards per carry was equal to or superior to Forte’s, but for cheaper.

            That being said, obviously they’re not unpar with Forte’s repertoire, all the other little things he does, not to mention we’ll see if they’re durable.

            But, c’est la vie. Time to move on.

          • CanadaBear

            Langford’s ypa was 3.6, 12.7 ypr. Carey 3.7, 6.3 and Matt 4.1 and 8.8. Still want to wager?

          • interesting that Langford’s YPR is higher than Forte’s, but his YPA lower. Figured that would be reversed.

            But Langford can score on any play and is a short yardage dog, while Forte is stead-eddie. Will rip off 8-10 yarders at a time before being caught from behind.

            Forte’s instincts, knowing where to cut and accelerating as fast as his body allows are second to none. Great vision, just not the swiftest of foot and no battering ram.

            Wish him well. If his body holds up for another 3 yeas, I will truly be surprised. Given Forte’s dedication, if anyone can do it, he can, but he’s been the bellcow back since college.

            Another wager. Forte has the most touches (carries and receptions) of any NFL starter (college + NFL combined).

            Data?

          • CanadaBear

            Langford’s 88 yd swing pass probably boosted that avg by a couple of yds/rec at least.

  • Irish Sweetness

    So Matty’s gone? Wasn’t expecting that of a Friday evening. So be it. Still. Add Uni’s 6M, if he goes, to Matt’s salary … that pays Wilkerson off. and then we can still make bunch of signings. SAd end-of-an-era kind of stuff, but also exciting to think what new names could be on the roster soon.

    • Scharfinator

      It’s like a good break up. You’re still sad and all, but you understand it is for the best.

  • BerwynBomber

    Btw, Bears/Pace have since released their own statement. Confirmed that they did not offer Forte any deal but otherwise hit the right/usual notes — never easy decision, all-time Bear, fab on the field, and in the community, wish him well, etc.
    P.S. I’d copy and paste but with no edit button I can’t space break between graphs.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hmmm … clean out the ol’ cache yet?

      • BerwynBomber

        I’ll give it a shot but am almost sure it’s a combo disqus/IE thing. and yeah, I know … IE. but hey, there it is.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Dude, IE ?? Having said that, sometimes I find myself having to sign in to Disqus (Chrome). Not often though.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Looks like Perry (24) is under contract, but Rodgers isn’t, so we’ll probably sign/draft somebody.

  • Here are some possible butch bargains, esp if they have a Fangio/Fox/Pox connection, cuz the NFL is all about that, esp in FA. Players tend to gravitate to coaches they played for.

    OG. Alex Boone, 9ers (29 yrs old). By most accounts, had a down year, but considering the shitstorm that was the 9ers…could help solidify the interior and shouldn’t cost an arm-leg.

    OG. Jeff Allen, Chiefs (26). Chiefs plugged in 3 diff HBs and they ALL did well. He’s young, and can still grow. Might be cheaper and is younger than Boone. Wouldn’t mind.

    NT, Ian Williams, 9ers (27) again, a 9er connection. Had a bit of an inj history, but very productive when healthy. Besides, Goldman and him will spell each other, so should theoretically reduce inj risk. Might even be able to put Ian at NT and slide Gold to DE in “jumbo” package. That’s a lot of meat.

    S, Robert Golden, Steelers (25).young with upside, I like he played with the Steelers who know a lil about coaching up safeties. They typically ask a lot out of them. I say give him a shot with a modest contract.

    ILB, Zach Brown, Titans (26). Remember him? More than a few wanted him a few drafts back. Well, now we can have him. He’s athletic but not quite stout. However, after we sign Trevathan, Brown can compete against whichever other ILB we draft. Worst case scenario, he’s a great special teamers and a 3rd down LB (which we really need).

    CB, Jarraud Powers, Cards (29). I just like that he’s from the Cards who boasted a crazy secondary. Some of that had to rub off, right? Purely a depth move esp with Porter aging a bit, and Fuller still a mystery.

    Sterling Moor from Bucs (26) is another possibility for CB, but don’t know if he’ll be a bargain, or if he can transition from 4-3 cover 2 to 3-4 mostly trail tech.

    Well, there ya have Butch’s bluelight specials. Don’t make a mess of the bin.

    • That Guy

      Casey Hayward, CB will be allowed to test FA by Green Bay. I like him as a cornerback – more as competition than a guaranteed starter. He’s good for depth either way.

      Dwayne Allen, TE – he’ll get a nice deal somewhere. A solid player with a better attitude than Marty B. Not as explosive in the passing game, but a strong blocker with good hands.

      William Moore, S – 31 years old leaving Atlanta. He can do what we were hoping Rolle would do this year and be a leader to plug in while we coach up some rookies.

  • AlbertInTucson

    New thread…

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