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Legal Tampering Period Open Thread (Update 3/9 – 12:20 PM)

| March 7th, 2016

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Monday 5:35 AM CST – Expect news to break rapidly over the next day or so as teams are now allowed to enter into contract negotiations with free agents. Last year we pretty much knew every major deal before the start of the league year. Stay tuned to DBB for updates as news comes in.


Monday 11:42 AM – Nothing is happening.


Monday 1:00 PM – This is actually a pretty good breakdown of the potential targets for the Bears by Moon. Seems to me the need at inside linebacker and marketplace are in alignment. 


Monday 4:20 PM – I imagine teams/agents are all debating how long they can take before they leak the contract terms they’ve been illegally negotiating for weeks. Since they’ve only been “allowed to speak” since 4, what do you think? 5:30?


Monday 5:45 PM – Brace yourself, Bears fans.


Monday 7:06 PM – Dwayne Allen was paid about 5 times what he’s worth by the Colts and Mike Klis reports Malik Jackson is a Bears target.


Tuesday 4:39 AM – What’s weird about this time of year is I wake up expecting to see big news having broken on my Twitter timeline overnight. Woke up this morning. Nothing. Won’t be available this morning (playing golf) so next update will be early afternoon.

Two things I’ve heard and believe. (1) Yes, the Bears are interested in both Danny Trevathan and Malik Jackson. But they seem more comfortable paying Trevathan, who could quarterback the defense. (2) Another primary target is the interior of the offensive line. Pace and Fox were not paying lip service to Charles Leno with recent comments. They are content with him starting on the edge in 2016. The player they should target is Richie Incognito but the Ray McDonald debacle looms large there.


Tuesday 2:48 PM – All signs pointing to a Bears/Trevathan deal. Stay tuned.


Wednesday 5:11 AM – Reports last night indicated the Falcons are also interested in Danny Trevathan and that Trevathan may be looking for more than the $7 million or so per the Bears are offering. Nevertheless, Trevathan seems to be the Bears initial target to start free agency.


Wednesday 8:51 AM – Marvin Jones has left the Bengals for the Lions, spurning the advances of former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. Lesson for Bears while pursuing Trevathan. Players always choose more cash over a coach they liked.


Wednesday 12:20 PM – Bears are now being linked with Chiefs guard Jeff Allen

 

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  • Trac

    Start your search engines boys.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      I am not going to believe anything I hear until Aaron Leming tweets about it.

      • Ososfan

        I don’t know if this is sarcasm? Leming hit on some things but shifted on there major things happening with the beloved lol

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          really need to find that sarcasm button on my keyboard.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      hopefully we don’t obtain anymore busts like the franchise leader in virtually every quarterbacking stat or a defender that changed the complexion of an entire defense. Man, those guys really sucked.

      • Trac

        Is Cutler a bad QB? No. Was trading for Cutler a bad football decision? Hell yes.

        • Big Mike

          Hard to say because we had numb nuts drafting. Could have been substantially worse. Water under the bridge. Not near as bad as Washington’s deal for RGIII

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          the bears needed a franchise qb. What they didn’t need to do is exactly what they did personnel wise for the next 3 to 4 years.

          Our 2 lb’s made more than the whole offensive line. Bust out free agent rb’s, no TE until Bennett. We got our first number 1 WR in 2012.

          But you already knew that.

          • Trac

            Cutty has been a penny stock that the Bears keep feeding to keep hope alive. Not a sound football business approach to building a SB winning team is all I’m saying. We need blue chips not Teldar Paper.

            The Broncos pulled off a caliphate against us and right now, they’re diddling virgins in the promised land.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            1. worst analogy ever. A penny stock would be drafting a kid in the late rounds and having him be a 12 year HOF starter.
            2. having a solid quarterback is a necessity to be successfull in the NFL…..
            3. UNLESS you have a team like the Broncos whose Defense, Specials and every other part of the team was good enough to make up for the quarterback.

            The Broncos trade with us has nothing to do with the current makeup of their team. Nothing.

          • Trac

            Well, it’s hard to deny the fact that they’re diddling virgins in the promised land right now. He he.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Your argument held up about as well as Emery’s draft record.

          • Trac

            Hahaha. Waffle was very gentle with me. In the end, like Snowden, I’ll wind up sleeping on the couch in the Russian Embassy before he admits the decision to trade for Cutler was a breach of fan trust.

          • Ososfan

            I’d have to only disagree with your Fuller comment, Fuller was third at the end of the year in targets against, take that with a grain of salt but to me it showed he got a lot a lot better and teams started getting scared of his ability……

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I can live with that. I should have used other examples.

          • Sactowns#1

            #1 is a bad analogy as most penny stocks do not hit. I think what Trac is saying is we gambled in hopes Cutler would be a better QB than he was at the time. He isn’t. So we’ve been stuck with a flat stock which will soon be providing diminishing returns.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Bringing in a competent NFL ready QB is not a gamble. Surrounding him with NOTHING and expecting for incredible results is the gamble.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I’ll do this once because i should be leaving for work and i’m getting a dirty look from the wife:

            Malik Jackson DE 5th RD 2012
            Anotonio Smith DE FA 2015
            Sylvester Williams NT 1st Rd 2013
            Derek Wolfe DE 2nd Rd 2012
            Brandon Marshall LB 5th Rd 2012
            Von Miller LB 1st Rd 2011
            Danny Trevathan LB 6th Rd 2012
            DeMarcus Ware LB FA 2014
            Chris Harris CB UDFA 2011
            Shiloh Keo S 5th Rd 2011
            Bradley Roby S 1st Rd 2014
            Aqib Talib S FA 2014
            TJ Ward S FA 2014

            So……as you can see. While we have sat around and drafted a bunch of shit over the years and continue to blame Cutler other teams pick up real contributors in ever round including the late rounds like the 5th and 6th. You CANNOT miss on the majority of fucking picks over the last 8 to 10yrs and expect to be successful.

            Here endeth the lesson

          • MB30SD

            A very good drafting GM makes up for errathing. Erra… thing.

          • Scharfinator

            At least 2… probably more, of those listed were not drafts of the Broncos.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Dude, did you see the Bears play this year? We’re 0-16 without Cutty.

            Cutty is easily Blue-chip, or close-to. Now, and when we traded for him.
            .

          • Trac

            What I meant was the way we got him was all wrong. At the time of that trade, Cutler WAS Teldar paper.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s so long ago, I cannot remember how he was playing. I thought he was doing okay in Denver.(checks stats) He was doing okay.

          • Trac

            Net net, the Bears are in good hands now but we wasted at least 3 years chasing our tail.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We traded for Ayrton Senna and put him in a Morris Cooper fitted with bald tires.

          • Trac

            Hahaha

          • Irish Sweetness

            Okay, not Senna … maybe Nigel Mansell.

          • MB30SD

            Niiiigel!!

          • MB30SD

            RIP.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Indeed.

          • Ososfan

            Preach! How many times am I allowed to up-vote this great comment?!?!?

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            your support is appreciated.

    • MB30SD

      I watched talladaga nights last night. Great movie

      • Irish Sweetness

        If you ain’t first ….

        • MB30SD

          You’re last.

          Shake and bake baby… that JUST happened!

          • Shady

            “In the words of the late, great Colonel Sanders…”

          • Doc Nitty

            Norm McDonald died?

          • Shady

            And was resurrected as Jim Gaffigan.

          • Shady

            “I’m too drunk to taste this chicken.”

      • Doc Nitty

        Well I’m praying to the six lb 11 oz baby jesus that you have since reevaluated your stance against Will Ferrell.

        “I don’t know what to do with my hands”

        • willbest

          The Other Guys is probably my favorite Will Ferrell movie.

          • Doc Nitty

            I think I’d have to go with Anchorman.

          • Cormonster

            He sure can play the flute.

          • DaCoaches Mustache

            Step Bro’s is the tits.

      • Cormonster

        Have you ever seen Carl Edwards do his best Ricky Bobby impersonation after a crash at Talladega? It’s pretty sweet.

  • MB30SD

    I sent out texts last night… starting today, chicks are allowed to legally tamper with my balls

    • Scharfinator

      All those girls you’ve been talking to turn 18?

      • MB30SD

        Girls?? Oh right. Some

        • Scharfinator

          Oh, did you mean baby chickens when you said chicks?

          Or that they are women now?

          So many ways to go with this!!!

          • MB30SD

            I know… I was going with the gay thing, but realized I said chicks and had to change direction. The beastiality route is gross, pig. (Get it?)

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Lovie would be home run hire for Illinois”

    “So let it be written. So let it be done”.- Rameses II.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-lovie-smith-illinois-football-20160307-story.html

    • AlbertInTucson
      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        The title of the article nails it.
        “Illinois views Lovie Smith’s mediocrity and condescension as a step up”
        Rosenbloom could’ve saved himself another 10 paragraphs and just stopped there.

    • Scharfinator

      Do you guys think he can recruit? I know he was a big player’s coach, so I don’t see him having trouble in his locker room… but going to kid’s houses and selling schools to them is a different game.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I think he’ll be fine as a recruiter, but I am concerned with how he’ll handle staffing decisions for obvious reasons.

        • DaMurph

          I really think the college game may suit him well.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I don’t think you’re wrong. I can’t stand him, but they really need him to work some miracles. That program has been running in place for almost ten years now.

      • SC Dave

        Lovie seems, if anything, earnest. I can see that going a long way with families of some players.

        We aare talking about high school kids, and what mom and dad think can matter a lot.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m with Dave and MBP. I think he’ll be a killer recruiter. Not sure about the rest.

        • DaMurph

          What parent isnt letting Lovie in? His rep as a genuinely good individual puts him way up the ladder for recruitment. I think he may turn out to be very successful and I bet a ton of his players end up better men going out than when they came in.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            my guess is any parent that was a Bucs fan.

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog ‎@dabearsblog

    Best regular season player in NFL history. Will never see the position played that way again. https://twitter.com/mortreport/status/706450133232152577

    Duuude.

    Once ‘regular season’ has to go in there, you’ve lost. He was in the post-season. A lot. And he choked more often than not, when the competition was good. He sucked ass in the the two super bowls his teams won.

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

    In Peyton’s case, it was ‘Cometh the hour, the man leaveth through the back door.’

    • willbest

      Which is why Brady is the GOAT

      • Irish Sweetness

        Joe Cool or Otto. I never saw Graham play, but when you’re in the league championship final every year of your career, you’ve got to be the shit.

        • MB30SD

          Otto?!?! Come on yo. Like Connor fighting nate… wrong weight class.

          Too soon?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nah. It’ll be good for him. Keep him grounded. Stick to divisions where he’s not fighting guys with bigger reaches.

            Aldo has some cojones though. Tweeting “There’s nowhere to run.
            Dana White offered Aldo the fight after RDA pulled out. H turned it down, and then tweets that. What a pussy. Can’t wait for UFC 200.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            He sliced the shit out of Diaz’ face. Took a gamble at going to ground with a bigger dude and lost…I think CM will be just fine.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Aw crap. Free agency starts Wednesday at 4 p.m.? Hopefully all the Manning fellatio is off NFL.COM by then.

    Interesting point on ‘legal tampering’ period:

    There are restrictions to this process. A free agent is not permitted to visit with a team other than their current team. Furthermore, a player cannot be in contact with a team that is not their own. Only the agent can communicate on the player’s behalf during this period. If a player acts as his own agent, he’s out of luck — the NFL does not allow communication with another team before Wednesday.

    • 505Bears

      I think because he got cut and is not actually under contract. It is only those that are set to be FA and still under contract, that can’t meet/negotiate with teams until 12pm EST today.

      • willbest

        Anybody that got cut could negotiate from that day forward and wouldn’t need to wait until the new league year to negotiate. There might however be a rule about signing contracts and making announcements.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Aw crap. That’ll be it. He’s unemployed.

  • willbest

    What is with the resurgent Cutler hate? Did the guy kick a puppy or something? We have literally not had a defense in the last 3 years, and didn’t have an offensive line the 3 years before that and you want to complain about not winning a super bowl?

    • Trac

      Why is an objective critique always called Cutty hate?

      • willbest

        Because your alternative is 6 embarrassing years rather than 2.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Can we critique Jesus objectively, brother? Or do we follow together in blind faith, and trust in Cutty to bring us to the top of the mountain, and down to the promised land?

        Shit. That’s Moses, right?

        Can we have ‘faith’ in Moses? Erm …. fuck ….. look, Cutty is Moses AND Jesus … and he’s driving the train that’s about to leave the station …. and we all have to be on it together … because it ‘s not stopping … I guess … in that scenario.

        PHWEEP-PHWEEEP! CHUGGA-CHUGGAH-CHUGGA-CHUGGAH-PHWEEP-PHWEEEP!

        • Trac

          My point is? See exhibit A on “How not to win a Super Bowl”.

  • Doc Nitty

    LDL the Illinois head coach?!?! I hope they have TP in heaven cause Papa bear just shit himself!

  • Irish Sweetness

    There was an interesting piece on Al Jazeera this morning about media manipulation during the caucuses. Drumpf is getting way more attention and airtime because of his ‘entertainment’ value to CBS for example. And all these talking-head ‘experts’/analysts are employed directly by the candidates themselves. They showed Hilary’s army of paid-fluffers doing the rounds getting essentially free advertising on news outlets.

    So if it’s as simple as who’s got the most money gets put forward, you’ve got hills and Drumpf.

    Has a president ever been elected on their third wife, a trophy wife at that?

    Hilary might already have this in the bag, but if she comes out as a Lesbian soon it just might tip her over the edge.

    Can I have Rob Lowe’s job?

    • willbest

      Of course its wrong about Trump. Money spent by candidates through Jan 31 for candidates and Feb 22 for outside groups.

      Jeb! $125 million
      Clinton $110 million
      Sanders $82 million
      Carson $67 million
      Cruz $62 million
      Rubio $61 million
      Trump $26 million
      Kasich $18 million

      Basically Trump is spending no money on his candidacy (though the Feb number should be substantial but they will be for everybody).

      If you follow Scott Adam’s blog on Trump, he has identified the strategies Trump has employed in order to “force” the media to spend time on him. And that is unsurprising since Trump himself is a Veteran of media manipulation having spent 10+ years as a reality tv star.

      The only person that can beat Trump in the general incidentally is Biden.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I heard that Trump lent his campaign the money. He gets paid back from contributions?

        • willbest

          Well he is spending the donations too at the moment. But yes he could repay the debt from donations to his campaign. Election laws are stupidly complicated and in theory he won’t be able to retire his primary debt after the convention, but there is probably a loophole.

          If Trump isn’t the party nomination he can go around “fundraising” for a period of time in order to retire the debt.

      • BC in Tampa

        Can someone do a per vote spending analysis for Jeb! Who in their right mind ever thought this dude was ever going to be electable? That money was probably was given to his friends via phony campaign staff jobs.

        • willbest

          Somewhere around $1000 a voter. Anyway Jeb’s strategy was predicated on there being no Donald Trump. And it probably would have worked because Cruz, Carson, and a few others would have fractured the base vote allowing the GOP primary rules to operate as intended for the benefit of the preferred establishment candidate.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored
    • willbest

      Oh I did hear Bernie found half a testicle at last night’s debate when he scolded Clinton for interrupting him. Apparently there was a bunch of cheering to go with gasps and boos. No doubt he was guilty of mansplaining, and shame on him because #banbossy

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        When you get that old, they become much easier to misplace…incidentally.

        • DaMurph

          Oh boy, something else for me to look forward to!

    • willbest
    • AlbertInTucson

      Al Jazeera. Don’t they go dark in April or so?

  • Doc Nitty

    Just curious, how many of you are Illinois fans?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Spiritually? Yes.

      • Doc Nitty

        I like their colors.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Spiritually? Yes.

      • Doc Nitty

        yeah, you mentioned that.

    • SC Dave

      It’s my Alma Mater, so I guess that.would be me. But even the basketball program has become unwatchable.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse
    • AlbertInTucson

      And Malik Jackson is on a LOT of teams want lists.

      • Trac

        I would be surprised if Denver doesn’t find a way to keep him.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Well, Peyton just freed up about $19m in CAP space for them.

          • willbest

            No doubt he was told in his exit interview after the SB that he would be freeing up the cap space and that because of the respect Broncos have for him they would let him manage the PR associated with that however he saw fit.

          • AlbertInTucson

            $19M from Peyton notwithstanding, they’ve franchised Miller and have Osweiler (or another QB?) to worry about so retaining Jackson’s services my be problematic.

          • willbest

            Particularly since Oz is looking like he is going to be worth $12 million a year instead of the 4-6 mil somebody like McCown gets. Maybe the NFL wouldn’t be so desperate for QBs if they would bother to develop them.

          • SC Dave

            How about $15M?

          • Which is going to be used for Osweiler

          • AlbertInTucson

            You’re not saying Osweiler will command ALL of that $19M, are you?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I bet he will.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yeesh! I’m sure his agent will ASK. That would make Cutler look like a steal.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Kirk Cousins, Tannehill, Kaepernick territory. I think if he resigns with Denver, it’ll be right around that 19m a year mark…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Didn’t they offer him 45M over 3 years?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            They did and Houston or someone else will offer more…put the pressure on Denver FO.
            He’ll get paid.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            from reports Den offered 3yr 45+mill which is fucking ridiculous.

          • Think it’ll be very close to 19M, Al.
            Crazy town, but the Texans and Browns are going to drive his price way up.
            Not sure about how much he’ll get the first year, but will be at least $15M imo.

    • Bender McLugh

      for some reason I see him in Pittsburgh…….would much, much rather we snag him tho.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Same issue as with Weddle. These guys want to compete for a ring, NOW and that makes Da Bears less attractive.

      • Irish Sweetness

        What’s the point in signing a safety that age, when we could sign Iloka. A 25 year old beast.

    • MB30SD

      you never know baby!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Hey. the Rams, Tre Mason, will probably become a free agent VERY shortly…

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14915501/los-angeles-rams-rb-tre-mason-tasered-arrested-florida

    • Ososfan

      I’d try and get him Al. He was very effective when needed but somehow fell of for no known reason…

      • Doc Nitty

        The reason may have had something to do with Todd Gurley.

        • Ososfan

          Before Gurley was ever drafted, about two years ago, he was doing very well….

    • Bender McLugh

      wow….

      “I warned the defendant if he did not identify himself he would be
      subject to arrest and he smirked as he was making eye contact,” Officer
      Lester Cochenour wrote in his report.

      How dare that man SMIRK. SMH

      • AlbertInTucson

        The kncuklehead also fled the traffic stop.

    • Trac

      Injury prone under sized RB that isn’t a decisive runner who just got into trouble with the law? Yeah….Fox will be all over that.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Just for the record, I was being sarcastic.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Dammit, Julius.
    “It makes so much sense. With backup running back James Starks a free agent, the Packers need someone to push Eddie Lacy. Word is that another ex-Bear-turned-Packer, Julius Peppers, has been trying to recruit Forte to Green Bay. It sounds like Forte wants to go to a contender, so perhaps the Packers could get him at an affordable price. — Rob Demovsky” from ESPN

    • Trac

      If you can’t beat em, join em?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I liked it better the other way…thought it was punny.

        • Trac

          Hahaha. You saw that did ya?

    • I wonder if SC will wear green and gold when Forte moves up there

    • Irish Sweetness

      The perfect ‘Fuck you’ to the Bears. The tried and trusted route.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    That big contract will pay for alot of toppings, and hopefully a bodyguard.

    http://thebiglead.com/2016/03/07/brock-osweiler-hit-from-behind-eschews-fighting-back-in-pizza-shop-altercation/

    • MB30SD

      seems like a smart dude. other guys were meatheads. smh.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        And looking for a payday, I’m sure.

        • MB30SD

          why not… seemed to do a damn good job when he was in.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Oh, I meant the meatheads that accosted him while he was grabbing pizza with his wife.

          • MB30SD

            oh, hahahaha… right.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And weed is illegal? Well, I guess not in Denver.

      1. Alcohol is not your friend.
      2. Nothing good happens at two in the morning.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    And in Wisconsin news….
    http://thebiglead.com/2016/03/05/bo-ryan-affair-wisconsin-investigation/

    Say it ain’t so, Corm…say it ain’t so.

    • DaMurph

      She aint bad for the old guy!

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Doesn’t hurt to be an icon of a massively successful sports program, I guess!
        I, on the other hand, had to rely on my natural charm.

    • Cormonster

      I’m glad she waited until he retired to “come out” with the news. It shouldn’t distract from their tournament games.

      In other news, did you see they are talking about building a new arena for DePaul for about 250 million? I don’t get it.. Who the hell is going to drive down there to see DePaul basketball play.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        That’s nuts.

  • Just heard Peyton’s retirement speech. Didn’t know he was religious quoting Timothy.
    I think my respect for him just bumped up. Not cuz he’s religious, but because he was religious without hitting me over the head with it for the past 18 years, or without selling holy water to rub on your torn acl.

    Classy all the way around. Didn’t do much in either SB, but hey, sometimes better lucky than good, huh?

    Just ask Trent Dilfer.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      I, too, prefer quiet adherence to mindless dogma. Makes for an easier time overall.

      • MB30SD

        me too! me too!!

      • No easter basket at the GP household, I take it? lol

        “We’re having an easter egg hunt kids!”
        “Yay!”
        2 hours later
        “There were no easter eggs.”

        GP. “That’s right. Those easter eggs don’t exist, just like WMDs, the easter bunny, or God. Happy Easter, you souless bastards!’

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Better to play on teams with halfway competent GMs than to be good. True for both those guys.

  • Kiko and Maxwell gone from Eagles to Fins, per rap

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      Butch I just noticed your Avatar. Haha, ridiculous.

      • Finally! Shady’s been gone, and even MB is in and out.

        Bout time my genius is recognized! B

        Better not bring ur kidz!

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          I’m interested to see what we do in free agency. I think anyone that comes aboard a team that will have to draft a lot of D talent like us will be the type of D player that young guys can rally around.
          I know they said no big splashes but I think you’re going to see bigger names…..

          The Broncos just proved the model that says if your D is fucking badass enough it can make up for a guy that throws 11td’s to 18 picks.

          If I’m a GM I go the suffocating violent D route.

          • Sactowns#1

            With all the D linemen hitting FA we have to sign at least one or two solid guys. If we don’t get a FA dlineman then you may hear my screams of insanity from outer space.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            agreed. Pace is talking about being cautious. We need STALWARTS on that line. Build young angry speed around it and Thumpers in the middle of the field. Spend that money on man meat mountains.

          • Lots of talk of signing Malik (obvious connection).

            If we get Malike and Trevathan, that’ll cost mucho mula, but man that would go a LONG way to fixing our D.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If we signed those two AND Illoka plus a 6’3 vet WR. I don’t think we could be any better. Draft a DE in the first, Henry in the second, then ILB, OT, OG and we’re set.

        • Doc Nitty

          I saw it a while ago. I was afraid that if I mentioned it I might be racist. I was frozen in PC insecurities.

          • Cormonster

            There’s no PC at a college in the Seattle area, is there?

          • Doc Nitty

            Oh yeah not at all.

          • Doc Nitty

            I sure hope you’re over your chess hiatus soon. I miss you terribly.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Monday 3:30 PM – Nothing is happening.

    Boy, this tampering period is a thrill ride – like a Michael Bay movie on Ambien.

    • Sactowns#1

      Like a Jane Austen novel, no action and a lot of drama over nothing.

    • Ososfan

      I actually like that the Bears are being tight lipped at who they are trying to get. Let the other teams leak and try to destroy themseleves with ridiculous cap numbers a la dolphins.

    • Irish Sweetness

      You won’t hear anything until Wednesday 4 p.m. when FA opens officially.

  • Sactowns#1

    At this relatively slow time of the NFL season let us all rejoice in the fact that we are not rabid baseball fans. I was listening o some spring training ball while driving yesterday and learned we signed a player at 16 for $1mil. He is now 22 and they are wondering if this is the year he finally gets to start in the majors.

    • Slow burn, like Clamdia.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i have watched 4 preseason games already.

    • Doc Nitty

      I’m excited for baseball season. Kind of a lot actually.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Yea, he’s my girlfriend’s boss but @MarkHalperin is a great political follow on here. Fascinating stuff today.

    Jeff has a girlfriend?

    • MB30SD

      he also has a cat named Bear.

      ….a cat.

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        what’s his name for the pussy?
        Answer: Charles

        • MB30SD

          gili?

      • I think Jeff mentioned that any time the cat is up somewhere, he can command, “Bear down!”

        • MB30SD

          That sooooo does not make up for any grown man owning a fucking cat (sorry tj)

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    Nick Perry at OLB? Takers? Anyone? You know he’ll just end up on the Steelers and be a solid rotational guy.

    • I think our cup runneth over at OLB. Perry over Bass, or Young at OLB?

      (Not to mention maybe Washington, whos’ currently Dline, but never know).

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        I don’t think Bass is on the team anymore.

        • Finally released Bass?

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I think Lamarr and Young will be stronger coming off the injuries but it’s time to get some huge motherfuckers in there. I want 330lb dudes in the middle. LB’s that can scoop and score and cover the flat. Safeties that can make men pee…

          • I think we’ll add an OLB, but they might be ok with McPhee, Houston and Young.

            But if one falls to us in FA or the Draft, for sure.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      5000 bucks to rotate the tires twice a year. No problem.

      • MB30SD

        easy

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      It looks like the back of Ava’s head in Ex Machina

      • MB30SD

        i’d like to see the back of ava’s head.

        “i’m gonna tear up the fucking dance floor, check this out…”

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I didn’t realize you could embed video clips in the comments…Nooooice.

          • MB30SD

            you can’t. it does it initially, but reload the page and it will be gone.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Correct…and sorta lame. Feature or bug?

          • MB30SD

            looks like a bug to me… and sadly I’m a pro at this point. ahahaha

      • Irish Sweetness

        That won them best special effects, over Star Wars Episode 7. I kid you not.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored
  • Sactowns#1
  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    http://bearswire.usatoday.com/2016/03/07/chicago-bears-showing-early-interest-in-free-agent-offensive-guard/
    JR Sweezy at Guard to pair up with Slauson, Grasu, Long and Leno? Trevathan at ILB and then draft DT/DE/OLB with first pick???

    • DaMurph

      Sweezy rated the 66th best guard, 32 teams 64 starting guards and he ranks 66th and we go after him while we sit on a ton of cash? Come on please NO!

      • Trac

        Actually that’s 66th out of 1,024. There’s 32 teams X 16 game schedule X 2 starting guards per team. Also, is it possible to have an “old guard” that gets replaced by the “new guard”?

        Trac for GM!

        • MB30SD

          Down with the old uard! Up with the new guard!!

          Viva la revolucion!!!!

        • SC Dave

          Huh?

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Trac with them new maths.

      • Ososfan

        I think he was hurt this year but is talented….

    • I like the no-nonsense part. Go well with Slauson and Long, not to mention, would leave Grassu on the benche where he belongs.

      Edit. Also, the Hawks could lose him and their LT, as if Wilson wasn’t getting crushed last season.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m in with any plan that has us signing Iloka.

  • MB30SD

    BOOM: http://biggeekdad.com/2016/03/ken-block-dubai/

    Dubai police… nice rides.

    • Bender McLugh

      Watched this over the weekend, one helluva driver. Still have zero desire to go to Dubai

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      mountain of man meat

    • DaMurph

      I could buy into that one!

    • Ososfan

      I will jump for motherfucking joy on this recently operated right knee if we draft him!

      • I think it’s a real possibility.

        There’s gonna be at least 2 QBs, 2OTs, 1WR drafted b4 us.

        So really like 5 teams in the hunt for various other positions, and guys like Bosa, Jack, Ramsey will likely get drafted too.

        It’ll be close, but real possibility. Thank god we tanked! (I mean, I tried really hard)

        • Ososfan

          Haha. I don’t know if he gets past the Giants or Tampa though. So far, for the last two drafts, a player i really wanted us to get has been taken one pick before us! Aggh

          • Yeah, Aaron Donald (FML). I still can’t believe Emery didn’t trade up for him. Can not believe it.

            Oh well. Hopefully, if a real elite guy is within striking distance, POX won’t be such a pussy.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Where does a 6’1 285 guy fit in a 3-4 though?

          • If a DC can’t figure out ways to use a dude like Donald regardless of scheme, he shouldn’t be a DC.

            That’s also roughly about the size of Houston, I think

    • Irish Sweetness

      That is a big boy.

  • Anyone else notice when Peyton was rattling off great players, our very own Lach made the cut?

    • MB30SD

      Who?

      Sheeeit man, I don’t even remember what a real linebacker even fucking sounds like any more. Smmfh

    • Doc Nitty

      Urlacher was only mentioned because of their comparable foreheads.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        still those foreheads are like comparing Pinky and the Brains foreheads.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      way to break the scoop AL! I like it….like a young hungry beat reporter.

      • AlbertInTucson

        My local afternoon talk show guys clued me in.

    • Interesting. They’re really trying to protect Mariotta, so I guess a vet HB knows pass protections more. They’ll likely get a franchise LT too, so they’ll be ready to roll on O at least.

  • So basically, Eagles cleaning out the Kelly stink.

  • So the Meows want Calvin’s answer in 24 hours or so.

    I’m sorta conflicted. On the one hand, he’s a great player who makes the NFL better.
    On the other, he’s on the Lions, and Stafford without Mega can get pretty ugly.

    It would be so Lions if he retired, then signed with another team next year

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      he can’t retire then resign with another team. Lions will still own his rights. He is pushing them to cut him because of the cap hit.

      • Yeah, they’ll own his rights, but maybe after a year or two, Lions may not care. Dunno.

        It’s kinda like with Smith in SF. Rumors are swirling he might return, though I think technically SF still owns his rights.

        But usually teams kinda let players go, but I don’t know if ever at Mega’s lvl. Would be interesting if say he takes a yr off to get totally healthy, then wants to return.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          when carson palmer unretired Cincy got a couple picks from Oakland.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          How long is his current contract for? Because they don’t own his rights in perpetuity, just until the expiration of the contract. IANAL but I’m pretty sure that’s the case.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Actually, I think I might be wrong. I think the contract goes into some suspended animation shit during the “retirement” period…which is sort of wacky to me.
            Lawyers? What say you?

          • BC in Tampa

            Not a lawyer but pretty familiar with the CBA, In order to get an accrued year toward free agency you have to be on full pay for at least 6 games, being on the reserve/retired list is not full pay status so he can no longer be accruing seasons toward FA. If he comes out of retirement at the age of 50, the remainder of his contract will apply (of course he would be immediately cut).

    • Johnnywad

      He’s still dangerous but not near the threat he once was. You can only drain a knee so many times before your 40 time suffers.

  • According to RapSheet, Raiders, Jags and Bears in the hunt for Malik.

    • Doc Nitty

      The Jags have 90 mil in cap space.

      • MB30SD

        Smh

        I didn’t know you get reward money for sucking badly

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          How do you think the Lions could pay for Ford Field?

  • Ososfan

    I want Deforest Buckner!….. Oh this isn’t the predraft thread? Sorry.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Boy, I bet last weeks’ “slave auction” has shaken up the “indentured servant” market! Hehe!

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Auction isn’t until April.

      • MB30SD

        My peaches what a wonderful office you’ve got yourself eah

  • burntorangenavyblue

    On my way home from work, the WGN afternoon daily radio people were making fun of Lovies press conference intro and his “enthusiasm” of being an Illini….regular WGN personalities! It was hilarious

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    MB –

    Just need a bridge to Friday. Here it is

    http://tinyurl.com/jaz4k7v

    • MB30SD

      Omfg gp, I would wear her ass as a hat for a full week

      • Doc Nitty

        I would wear your ass for a hat if you were wearing her ass for a hat.

        • MB30SD

          Exactly… can’t wait to hear your first wild-caught strange story

    • MB30SD

      Btw, did you see my vid in dubai below. Check it out

  • Ah, shoot. The TE I wanted got re-signed. Funny, the Colts seemed to value Allen more than Fleener, which is how I rated them too. Fleener is soft, IMO. Also, that’s quite a bit of $

    Hopefully Ladarius Greene is still an option.

    Colts re-signed TE Dwayne Allen to a four-year, $29.4 million contract.

    Things took a 180-degree turn for Allen in Indianapolis. After the season ended, Allen seemed destined to get out of town with the Colts failing to use him whatsoever in the pass game last season, ashe reeled in just 16 passes on a mere 26 targets. But the Colts reallyvalue Allen for his all-around game as a strong blocker at the point ofattack and big red-zone presence. It remains to be seen if the Colts will also pony up to keep free agent Coby Fleener, but conventional
    wisdom suggests they’ll move on. If Fleener is out of the picture, Allen will have a chance to really boost his offensive game in 2016 with a healthy Andrew Luck. Allen, of course, needs to stay healthy himself after missing 21 games the past three years – Roto

    • willbest

      Good lord, TE salaries are exploding.

      • Hopefully, Miller doesn’t get any crazy ideas.

        I think Ladarius Greene might cost more actually, but it’s better to get a TE in his 3rd=4rth season then rely on a rook TE. We have the cap this year, might as well frontload whatever we can. Too bad Bennett is such a douche.

    • Ososfan

      That deal is ridiculous! 29M guaranteed I believe. He only had 16 Fricking catches for the whole year! Even though Allen has potential to be good, he’s never on the field.

  • willbest

    That Shea has a market boils my blood. Why would Jeff say that crap.

    • MB30SD

      Hahahaha… maybe he meant that his parents own a little general store in bumfuckegypt… or wherever he comes from.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Somebody had to go and bring up his cat yesterday – lit a fire under him.

  • willbest

    Fitzy to hit the market… Marshall is going to go nuts if Geno’s throwing to him next year. Wonder who he is going to play for in 2016

    • it’s hard to imagine the Jets gambling on Fitz. They FINALLY get a QB, and now they’re just gonna let him walk or test the market?

      I wonder if the Texans or Browns will make a run for him, heck, maybe even the 9ers.

      I hope the Browns don’t sign any QB cuz that’ll mean they’ll draft one.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Depends on who wins the brick tamland… Sorry, brick osweiler sweepstakes.

      • willbest

        They tagged Wilkerson. Don’t have a choice

      • BC in Tampa

        Fitzy is fools gold, he starts seasons off well then hits a wall and his teams fizzle out. Year 2 with Fitzy is going to be no bueno, you wait and see.

        • MB30SD

          But he has a faaaabulous viking beard BC, fabulous.

          …and he went to harvard AND got a 49 in the wonderlic. ♡♡♡♡

          • BC in Tampa

            Yeah, well mine is directly responsible for 3 additional humans roaming the Earth!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            There’s alot of directions to take that; I’m sort of frozen up with indecision.

          • BC in Tampa

            Haha, then I have won!

  • Is Peyton’s neck roid story still valid at any level?
    If so, would that be enough to derail him from HOF ala Bonds?

    • MB30SD

      Noooooo

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Nah, no one will give a shit. If PEDs or flat out narcotics use were a disqualifier for the Football HOF, there’d be alot fewer busts in there.

  • Doc Nitty

    Payton Manning.

    Respect.

    • MB30SD

      No more bang bang shoot shoot? : (

      • Doc Nitty

        I will be back.

        Having a hard time not staring at a chessboard lately. Seems way more fun to me at the moment.

        But I will be back.

        • MB30SD

          Ok. Too cerebral for me. Need to disconnect the brain and kill you and shady with space guns and jetpacks

          • Doc Nitty

            To put it in perspective, New Bear is to me in chess, what you and Shady are to me in C.O.D.. But with chess I obsess about getting better and it pisses me off that I’m not better. With COD it’s only mildly frustrating that I suck. Cor kicks my ass more times than not too. But it’s so damn fun.

            NB won a game against me the other day WHILE playing in and winning an actual chess tournament. smh.

            Cor? Where you at Cor? Nitty needs his fix!

          • Cormonster

            Start a game with me tomorrow afternoon, and I promise I’ll start making consistent moves again. I think I’m ready to start playing again.

          • Ososfan

            Corm! I have yet to beat you! I need to get cracking to beat you!

          • Ososfan

            I’ve played NBIT like 20 times and only beat him once or twice. He’s a beast. I’m down to play you doc!

          • Doc Nitty

            My username on the app is docnitty (one word). Hit me up.

          • MB30SD

            I get it… too bad I’m not smart enough and have the patience if a 3 yr old on crack

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    You know Black Unicorn is a fucking cancer when Seattle won’t even bring him in to play with his crazy brother.

    • One Bennet is enough, imagine two?
      The other Bennet has been calling for a raise even while the ink on his contract hadn’t dried yet.

      I can’t imagine being around both of them at the same time.

      • MB30SD

        Massive assholes X 2

    • willbest

      They have graham

      • MB30SD

        Who? home is a magician. Straight up disappeared

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        So they have a name, not production…

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    i want the Bears to fucking tamper with someone right now!!!!

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/03/07/report-jets-interested-in-nick-fairley/

    Nick Fairley to the Jets could mean a possible trade for Muhammad Wilkerson. If i’m Pace, i look in the mirror, slap my pretty ass face to focus and pull the trigger on a blockbuster acquisition of Damon Harrison in Free Agency and trade for Muhammad Wilkerson. Draft nerds, please calculate how many Bears boners that would spark.
    Spend that money Pace. Then draft ILB and S, sign some vet corners to prove it deals and let’s play some ball.

    • Jets have Richardson and Leonard Williams, so they can afford to let Mo go, esp if they Fairley.

      Man, to think we could’ve had Leonard for chump change. Day late, and dollar short.

      Who would we want anyways, Mo or Malik? hmmm

    • Irish Sweetness

      I have one free agency boner, and one draft boner.

      FA – 6’4, 225lb, 25 year old George Iloka at safety

      Draft – Derrick Henry

      I’ll enjoy whatever confectionery POX produce … but they are my strawberry fondant-filled chocolates.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Lions are chasing Iloka. Yippee.

  • More rumors…

    ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the Giants, Eagles, Bears, and Dolphins have shown interest in free agent CB Patrick Robinson.

    Robinson enjoyed a breakout season in San Diego this past year, grading out as PFF’s No. 28 overall corner out of 118 qualifiers, playing well in coverage and against the run. Prior to 2015, the former
    first-rounder was probably closer to being out of the league. Robinsoncomes with some risk, but he could prove to be a bargain signing as long as his market doesn’t get out of control. – Roto

  • So, theoretically, we can snag B Marshall, Malik AND Trevathan(all in their prime)?

    Sign me up!

    The Denver Post reports Broncos restricted free agent ILB
    Brandon Marshall is expected to draw interest from the Dolphins and
    Seahawks.

    Marshall was extended a second-round tender, meaning any team signing him to an offer sheet would have to send a second-round pick Denver’s way in order to land him. And that’s if the offer sheet isn’t matched by the Broncos. Marshall, 26, finished 2015 with 102 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. – Roto

  • AlbertInTucson

    “If Dwayne Allen is $7 million a year, what’s Martellus Bennett? 35 a year? I’d say he’s five times the player.”

    “$35 a year” is hyperbole considering Bennett is 29 on Thursday.

    Allen just turned 26 and does not have a history of wearing out his welcome on a regular basis.

    • MB30SD

      And Bennett is a raging asshole/locker room cancer.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, Erin Andrews is awarded $55 million.

    Half to be paid by Marriot.

    The other half by the Peeper.

    Are they figuring The Peeper gets some kind book and rights fee money to pay that off?

    I don’t see how she was “damaged” to the tune of $55M.

    • willbest

      It will get reduced on appeal. I found the 51/49 to be somewhat interesting. Perhaps that was a bone thrown to Marriot. There are two types of liabilities.

      One type is all defendants are responsible for the whole amount. Which means she goes after, and Marriot is forced to pay the entire $55 million, and it is up to them to go collect from the Peeper.

      The other type is everybody pays their own share.

      And of course some states have a hybrid where if you are say 50% or more at fault you have to pay the whole amount but if you are less than 50% you only have to pay your share.

      • MB30SD

        Absurd.

    • Sactowns#1
  • Irish Sweetness

    Raiders got Osemele.

  • willbest

    I wonder what kind of creative accounting is going on in Miami. I know Maxwell is cheaper with the Eagles swallowing the signing bonus, but they got to pay Suh and everybody else.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I’d kick the tires on him – see if his bum leg is healed up.

      • willbest

        He is 34… What do you think he is worth?

        • MB30SD

          Vet min

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Not much, but he was productive last year before the injury. 7 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in seven games. Give him the same contract as Dwight Freeney last year. 1 mil and incentives.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The Cardinals looked like geniuses adding Freeney and just using him to attack QBs.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Nothing if he’s 34.

  • Calvin Johnson is retired. Officially. Apologies if someone else posted this, but I just smiled at how much better Kyle Fuller just became.

    • MB30SD

      Ev!!!

      Fuck him and fuck the lions.

      Respect.

    • Sactowns#1

      Thanks for being the name sake of one of the crappiest NFL rules of all time. Now get the hell out of here!

  • Sactowns#1

    Alright Gents, I’m headed to Ecuador in a couple of weeks. Anyone been? I’ll be in Guayaquil and then a little surf town called Montanita. http://gobackpacking.com/montanita-ecuador-surfing-hippies/
    Surfing and hippie chicks, should be an adventure. If any of you have any tips I’d love to hear them.

    • I went to Ecuador a few years back to visit a buddy who was teaching English down there. Had a great time. He was living in Cuenca, so we spent a few days there. We caught a futbol match where people shot off fireworks from the stands, went out for a stellar steak dinner that ran about $30 for appetizers, sides, steak, and a bottle of wine (american dollar FTW!), and may or may not have gotten some of the cheapest, purest marching powder around.

      From there we went to Banos, a small backpackers town at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano. We slept in a B&B and were woken by roosters every morning. We relaxed in hot springs, drove ATVs, and drank mucho cerveza.

      You’ll have a blast. Unless you’re a jerk. Then you probably won’t.

      • Sactowns#1

        Sounds rad. Did you take malaria pills while you were there?

        • i didn’t. the possible side effects were too grody for me to risk. bug spray with deet, and when we went on our amazon overnight (hiking with a guide, stayed in huts with no electricity on the riverbank) i made sure to wear long sleeves and pants.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yeah I’ve been debating it. The areas I’m going to do have a risk of malaria but it doesn’t say how great a risk.

    • Doc Nitty

      Here’s a tip. Take me with you.

      • Sactowns#1

        Book a flight and come on down. Googleflights.com is amazing for finding good deals.

  • Bender McLugh

    Kper has Bears selecting Leonard Floyd at #11. Anyone have anything on him?

    Here’s a highlight reel:

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      220?

      • Bender McLugh

        reminds me of Chandler Jones, but he’s 280lb. So yeah….hmm…….

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          More like Gaines Adams (RIP)…skinny build, plays upright way too much.

    • Bender McLugh

      Good lord, impressive

    • Sactowns#1

      At #11? Here’s what I have to say to that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UENGjijz9O8

      • Bender McLugh

        seriously? hmm he seems like a great fit, awesome speed. But what the hell do I know

        • Sactowns#1

          I want DLINE!!!! Big, angry, nasty, D linemen. That’s all I want to see us getting in the 1st round. Look around the league and see who has the best dlines and where they are. St Luis, Denver, Carolina, KC, Houston. These teams all made the playoffs, even Houston who played without a QB.

          • Bender McLugh

            can’t disagree, still this is beast of a player that wouldn’t be a wasted pick, but only as long as all the nastier D-linemen are taken.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Will he be “Pink” or “Pretty Boy”?

  • BerwynBomber

    Megatron hanging them up. Rates right up there with very best (Rodgers, AP, Suh, Matthews, Woodson, etc) of our rivals, but a relatively short career in regard to the HoF.

    • willbest

      I wonder if he makes the HoF now. I would never have questioned it if he played 3 more years. But only 9 seasons going to be close.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Only’ 9?

        Nine is a LOT anymore. Especially for a back or receiver.

        • willbest

          Yes but we are talking about HoF so you have a lot of WR who made it to 33-34 years to consider. In 5 years he probably will not even hold the single season receiving record anymore. DB, AJG, DT, JJ, AB are on pace to beat his TDs, Marshal already has more TDs and receptions. Marshall will pass him in yards this year.

          Outside of his yards per game (which JJ is leading and AJG and AB are comparable) his only wow stat will be the 15.6 yards per reception.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored
    • Sactowns#1

      We don’t need the second amendment to protect us from our govt, we need it to protect us from these nutjobs.

      • willbest

        history shows you need it to protect you from your government.

      • willbest

        Incidentally Sac, if Bernie had something that resembled border enforcement the 20% so of white Dems voting for Trump in the GOP primary might have been enough to push him over the top.

        • Sactowns#1

          Most of these are not open primaries or caucuses. If you look at the polling, Bernie does mu ch better than Hillary and handily beats Drumpf.

          • BC in Tampa

            I detest the open primary.

          • willbest

            I don’t. Mainly because they use state tax money to conduct them, and if you want me to pay for something, then I should get to vote. Now if they would just issue all their members ID cards and conduct the vote through a web portal, then go ahead and exclude whoever you want.

          • Sactowns#1

            Ah yes. Get those poor people to stop all that damn democratic participation!

          • willbest

            The parties aren’t democratic institutions. They fight each other for the right to rule this country every 2/4/6 years. How they go about selecting their champion is their own business (unless they make me pay for it).

            And this nonsense that poor people won’t be able to vote. If the party valued their input they would make it a priority to get them to vote in their own selection process.

          • BC in Tampa

            I agree to a point, as an Independent, I should be able to vote in whichever primary I choose, but a registered Republican shouldn’t vote in the Dem primary and vice versa. I should’ve been more specific initially.

          • willbest

            How do you determine who is R, D, and I? I mean do I need to unaffiliate 3 months in advance? How long am I stuck with whatever I am. Some of the so called closed primaries allow you to switch day of. That hardly makes it closed.

          • BC in Tampa

            True, in FL you have to give a month’s notice if you want to execute a party change to vote in a primary.

          • willbest

            There is quite frankly no way to legitimately predict Dem v. GOP
            candidates this early. Nate Silver can’t work his magic until he is
            getting 2-3 polls a day.

            Bernie hasn’t won a state where blacks make up more than 10% of the population. Polling data is still pretty sparse to be useful, and I think that level of black disengagement would need to be taken into consideration when modeling Bernie v. anybody in the General. Then there is of course the issue that white voter engagement in the dem primary is down dramatically as well.

            The Globalist in the GOP are telling people that they are all voting for Trump because he is a democrat. Of course those words don’t really mean anything any more.

    • willbest

      Troll level: Grand Master.

      Personally, though I think it goes beyond that. People have been calling Trump Hitler and racist for so long nobody believes them when they do. He Aesop’d their asses. Yes I verbed a person because internet.

      • Trac

        His position on Rosie O’Donnell alone, may just win him the election. He he.

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        The Secret Summit to stop Trump:

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aei-world-forum-donald-trump_us_56ddbd38e4b0ffe6f8ea125d

        In this secret summit, Karl Rove got up and gave a presentation on why voters cannot see Trump as presidential. You know, the guy who put a guy in office who paints with his toes and struggles reading “My Pet Goat”.

    • Trump appeals to the “Fallling Down” anti-hero which every “white” am male perceives himself as now.

      It’s a strange delusion. Self-pitying while empowered.

      • willbest

        Probably because most whites aren’t politically and economically connected. And yes he has most certainly tapped into the white working class which neither party has given a flop about in 20 years and for all the prattle of privilege has not fared well since NAFTA. But his support is broader than that. If you look at the demographic of the exit polls he has some pretty wide support.

        If you believe Trump (and that is a considerable if), what he presents himself as is a social moderate, anti-Globalist. Which is why I am fascinated by the vitriol he receives from the left. Quite frankly, that is a position I would think would do well in the Dem party, but then he is running as a GOP candidate and they have been branded racist and fascist since the ink dried on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which they were instrumental in passing).

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          It has absolutely nothing to do with his comments on Hispanics, muslims, or the support he has gained, desired or not, from white supremacist groups.

          • willbest

            Sure but everybody compromises. Bernie came out against poor white people the other day and yet he is the white person candidate in the DNC primary.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            The gulf between what Bernie was saying and what Trump has said is wide and deep.
            I dunno, I mean, that’s the explanation. There’s not much room for compromise on banning an entire religious group from the US or his take on Mexican immigrants.
            Those remarks would’ve immediately gotten him out of the running as a Democrat, so I think you’re drawing an inverse conclusion from his party affiliation this cycle.

          • willbest

            Bernie knows that the only way to have socialism is to close the border. Which is why he tip toed in that direction early, but his campaign manager undoubtedly told him to zip it. Obviously if Trump were running for the Dem candidacy rather than the GOP he would have a different set of “shock” statements, but he would play the same anti-globalist card because he is tapping into a general mood that has been on slow burn for since NAFTA.

            Incidentally, I have run across few Trump supporters that trust him. And it isn’t just “FU” like the establishment wants to believe. The base could have sent that message with Cruz or 2-3 other candidates. They want to send the message to fix:

            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-05/326000-native-born-americans-lost-their-job-november-why-remains-most-important-jobs

            and this:

            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-06/most-surprising-thing-about-todays-jobs-report

            And the only adults in the room that have even proposed things to fix this issue are Trump and Sanders. Cruz doesn’t count because he didn’t want to run on it, but at least he has since said “okay, I recognize this as an issue”

      • Irish Sweetness

        Did his character ‘appeal’ to white men? Watching that movie I was never under any illusion that he was anything other than a nutter.

      • Cormonster

        How are white people “empowered”? It’s nothing but a bunch of Social Justice Warrior bullshit. Colleges and the press been pushing that shit for 20 years now, but I ain’t buying it. It’s all nothing but a bunch of Marxist Critical Theory circular logic bullshit.

        • You don’t think the top 1% are “white”?
          Anglos are def more empowered than ppl of color, but many feel that they’re the victims now.

          That’s the trump vote, imo.
          That and the “fuck the gov” resentment, which pretty much overlap.

          • Cormonster

            I still don’t get the logic. How does the top 1% being mostly white “empower” the average white person who just goes about his life?

            I’m definitely part of the “fuck the Federal government” crowd, but I’ve been there for at least the last 20 years, and my sentiments have only grown stronger over the years.

            I think your a little off base on the other resentments of the Trump crowd. I think many of them are just trying to live their lives and they get sick of being blamed by the media and politicians as if every problem in the US is their fault and it’s due to racism, sexism, homophobia, or “white privilege”. There is a major lack of accountability among a sizeable portion of the population who want to blame everyone else for all of their problems. I know very few people who were given anything in life that they didn’t earn on their own. When people like Barry come out and say you didn’t earn that, you cling to your god and guns, what you have is due to the government, it rightly pisses a lot of people off. I don’t think it’s so much victimhood as much as it is just saying “fuck you” to all the in your face political correctness and general left wing cookery that’s in the mainstream media and social media.

  • BC in Tampa

    Rapoport is reporting the preferred landing spot for Malik Jackson is Jacksonville.

    • Sactowns#1

      Malik has told ESPN he is signing with Jax.

    • willbest

      Wouldn’t surprise me. They are trending the right direction, their offense was legit last year and of course the division while not as soft as it once was, still isn’t particularly competitive.

      edit: Also no state income tax. So more money than he would make in Chicago for the same contract amount, and nicer weather.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        and they have a shit ton of cap space

      • BC in Tampa

        If Fowler is the real deal, he and Malik Jackson will form quite a tandem. AFC South better look out!

  • Sactowns#1

    And Malik Jackson is signing with the Jags. Argh!!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      So much for the concept of “There guys want to compete for a ring, NOW” I voiced yesterday.

      Jags had $90M to spend.

      Guess they’re spending some of it.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        He already has a ring. May as well cash in.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Vaild point.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          No.

  • BC in Tampa

    Incognito staying with the Bills

    • Trac

      Yup, he was very thankful to them for giving him a shot at redemption.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Give him credit for keeping a low profile.

  • Sactowns#1

    $10.5mil for Jason Pierre Paul to be on the team one year? They crazy.

    • BC in Tampa

      Why? If he regains his form, then it’s a bargain.

      • AlbertInTucson

        That hand is NEVER going to “Regain” it’s form.

        • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

          Maybe it could Rogaine it’s form.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          They could sew some snausages back on there…good as new.

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Lmao.

        • BC in Tampa

          That went south in a hurry.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    So Holly Holm got whipped alongside McGregor

    So the giant payday that awaited Rousey-Holm II just got knocked down a peg. I can’t decide if the UFC is being forthright or just stupid by forcing these title defenses.

    • Sactowns#1

      That Diaz v McGregor fight was amazing. I had people over for the fight and we were all on the edge of our seats. It was tough to choose who to root for. Being of Irish heritage and having friend with money on the fight I wanted to root for McGregor. Having liked the Diaz brothers, who are fairly local (20 miles down the road) I wanted to root for him. But after Diaz’s eye started gushing like one of the Clampett’s oil wells I had to root for him. I’m a sucker for an underdog with heart. And his victory speech was amazing!

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        His victory speech was something all right.

        http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/mar/07/nate-diaz-underdog-ufc-fight-conor-mcgregor

        It takes a lot to turn a stadium full of people ready to chant your name dead in their tracks, and go “yeah, still an asshole”

        • Sactowns#1

          I loved it! That’s one thing that Dana White just cant get through his skull. This will never be the sport of kings. It became popular because people wanted to see bruisers and brawlers go all out. I would much rather have Diaz than yet another meathead Brazilian who stopped going to school at 8 so he could practice jujitsu and can only repeat 3 phrases. He’s a NorCal boy and that’s just the way we roll.

          • Irish Sweetness

            209, baby.

        • Irish Sweetness

          This was in the comment section on another conor piece:

          “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”.
          – Theodore Roosevelt

      • Irish Sweetness

        It was a proper bar-room brawl. I was surprised McGregor only tried to use his left and only landed one kick. His BJJ is good, but Diaz is just better at that, check out Luke Thomas break-down if you’re into that kind of thing, it was excellent.

    • willbest

      What is the balance?

      The ideal is to have a King for a generation who beats the best of the best. But that isn’t generally possible. So do you have the King for a generation who gets an assist from favorable scheduling or do you have a definitive champion even if they aren’t going to last that long.

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        I don’t know. Tate will now want to fight Rousey for the 3rd time. She got her ass kicked twice, so I imagine Rousey will take her again. Holm is 35 and old, so she neeeds to fight again now to get a shot at Rousey.

        I don’t know why I find this weight class so interesting, but I am a sucker for this women
        s division.

        • That Guy

          No, Rousey will fight Holm first. The longer that fight waits, the more the payday sinks. The winner of that fight will get the title shot.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think White said Tate’s next fight is Rousey. Prolly UFC 200. I hope McGregor Aldo II happens on that card, and Diaz v Lawler. Rockhold v Bisping?

        • Irish Sweetness

          I hope Angela Lee comes to the UFC straw-weight division. She’s 19, but she could be its champ at 20.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Holm took her foot off the gas, she was way too cagey, and then Miesha got her on her back, and nearly took her out in the second. Holm was a minute away from winning on points on the 5th when it happened again. Thing is. Rousey has beaten Tate twice and might do it again. Might. Then it’s Rowdy v Holm II and Holm would win that.

      It’s hard to be the King.

  • Trac

    Jeff’s biggest issue with Shea is that he can’t stay healthy? Hmm…

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      that makes sense. Shea must have been playing with a concussion his entire career, why else would he run in circles on the field.

    • Sactowns#1

      THATS his biggest issue? How about the fact that he’s constantly tackling people from BEHIND!?

      • Doesn’t our D perform better when Shea is OUT of the line-up?

        I would like to see some Data metrics on that.

        Andy, you up to the task?

      • SC Dave

        Well, since Bostic and Jones couldn’t tackle people AT ALL, you have to call it an upgrade from them. And that’s what we have.

    • MB30SD

      this is his biggest issue (hint: he sucks): https://vine.co/v/eUWEHZELLJv

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        someone should photoshop in a red dot on the ground in that, because it always reminds me of a dog or cat chasing a laser pointer.

        • MB30SD

          doooo eeeet! dooo eeet noooow!

  • Sactowns#1
    • BC in Tampa

      I like Trevathan, I would rather overpay him than overpay Shea.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I think you messed that up, are you sure you did not mean:

        I like Tevathan, I would rather overpay him than PAY Shea.

        • BC in Tampa

          I stand corrected…

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        Travathan will replace Christian Jones inside, not Shea.

        Jones should be given a look at Acho’s outside spot, otherwise cut. He has talent but no instinct or ability to adjust to the situation. He’s a point and shoot guy. Basically, a bit of a lunk.

        McPhee-Travathan-McClellin-Acho still needs an upgrade at Shae.

        • willbest

          No love for Timu?

          • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

            I’d love to see Timu win Shae’s spot. He showed flashes.

          • Timu also struggles in coverage. I think that’s what’s holding him back.

            But love his hammer and energy.

          • Ososfan

            I think he said it himself, that he’s learning to adjust to the NFL speed and once he gets it he will be good to go. He imporoved every game and even said he left some plays on the field he wished he could get back, I think Timu will be solid for years.

          • MB30SD

            hope so oso, liked what I saw last year.

          • That Guy

            Travathan will be calling the signals if we sign him.

          • MB30SD

            stop this right now.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            He can call signals, he just can’t call the right signals.

          • Ososfan

            He was a rookie, and hard working one to boot. I like Timu a lot!

  • Trac

    Hahaha, just had some lighting strike next to my house. I never knew my frenchy could jump that high. Lol.

  • 505Bears

    Isn’t FA usually more exciting than this? Remember when there were stories of coaches/GMs camping outside of a player’s house to get the first meeting with him? This is as boring as the WNBA!!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      that was before the legal tampering period was instituted. Free agency actually starts tomorrow at 4PM ET.

      • That Guy

        There’ll be some good deals announced tomorrow. I figure Treviathan will come tomorrow as well.

  • willbest

    Vikings cut Wallace. I suppose that makes sense. They have Diggs and Teddy can’t throw it down field anyway. And it saves them 11.5 million Gives Vikings some major cash for FA. I suspect a splash signing.

    • Dunno what’s up with Wallace.

      When I see him play, I see him open but neither Tannenhill nor Teddy could hit him cuz they have pee-wee arms.

      By now, Wallace’s speed prolly isn’t what it used to be. What a waste.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Trevathan deal is basically done – 4 years. Haven’t seen any guesses on $ on twitter.
    But does Twitter ever lie?

    • MB30SD

      with us?!?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Yes

        • MB30SD

          Oh fuck YES!

          thank you rabbit sheffter

    • willbest

      Biggs said $7 million a season which seems nuts to me…

      • BC in Tampa

        That’s lower than I thought.

        • willbest

          We are paying McPhee 7.75 mil pay as you go to rush the passer.

          • BC in Tampa

            When the cap was lower and for a guy who only flashed as a part time player.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I don’t think so – that’s Sean Lee territory, with comparable stats last year.

        • willbest

          But like he was surrounded by a whole lot of awesome.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Very true.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      will only believe it when Aaron Leming makes the twitter post.

  • MB30SD

    Active market for LB Shea McClellin. Teams love his versatility. 3-4 teams like him at Mike and OLB. 4-3 teams like him at Mike and SAM.

    hahahahahahaha, yeah, have fun with that.

    Versatile: https://vine.co/v/eUWEHZELLJv

    • MB30SD

      he has versatility like mullet had awareness

      so fucking happy he’s going to be someone else’ bust soon (fingers crossed)

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      “You can line him up at inside linebacker and watch him get lost in space…
      Or you can line him up at outside linebacker and watch him get stonewalled in pass rush…
      Heck, put him at DE and watch him go cleats up in 2 seconds or less!
      He can do it all, baby!”

    • BC in Tampa

      Yeah he’s versatile, he can get the Gatorade or he grab some water for you. You need a towel? You need your shoes tied? Shae’s on it, at the combine he was wiping sweat in 4.7.

  • MB30SD

    god I love football man christmas!

    • MB30SD

      I knew you’d feel me on that one yonny my maings.

      summer’s comin back around my man. My surf shack and tacos are always open to you.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Schefter says Packers interested in Forte.
    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

    • willbest

      Damn I was sort of hoping the Jags brought him in.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Can we add Shea to the deal, just throw him in on Forte’s contract, with some stipulation that he has to play a certain number of downs next year when we play them?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I need Matty’s agents phone number….stat.

      • SC Dave

        He would probably break Cutler’s leg for the One Play.

        • MB30SD

          that’s all he was good for after all

          • SC Dave

            But he’s still on the team, dude!

          • MB30SD

            here’s hoping homie!

    • BillW

      It makes a lot of sense (unfortunately). My only hope is that some other team offers him a comparable or better deal.

      Because seriously unless we are competing for the division title against them (and I’m certainly not discounting that) I actually won’t mind seeing Forte win with GB. In a way, it would put an asterisk on any achievement – they needed to go get some ex-Bears to get Rodgers over the hump because they couldn’t do it with Packers alone.

      Kind of goes along with the the only SB Rodgers has comes from beating the Bears twice – once when we already had the division won and again without our #1 QB.

    • MB30SD

      just ask shady!

    • AlbertInTucson

      I understand Peppers is trying to recruit him.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Heya disgusters, it’s time for Flashback Tuesday – with your host, GP.

    Today’s Flashback involves the seminal 1983 Roy Schieder classic, Blue Thunder. A film about a badass helicopter that was really a metaphor for drone warfare. Starred Malcom McDowell as a Vietnam villain, something Hollyweird loved back then.

    Any-hoo – in 1984, trying to capitalize on this stupid helo they built that was strangely prescient of the Apache and other combat helos to come – ABC television decided to make a television show with the copter. Except the copter cost WAY too much to fly and get permits for over Los Angeles, so after about the 3rd episode – they just dropped the copter and changed Blue Thunder to a Chevy Van.

    To compensate for the lack of kickass helo, they hired Dana Carvey as the wisecracking pilot, and Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith as the muscle who drove around in the blue van and gave the bad guys the heave-ho.

    I know, at this juncture, you are thinking, “GP, have you mixed Tradewind with agent orange again?” I have not, and here are the pictures to prove it:

    http://tinyurl.com/jpngb69

    http://tinyurl.com/jfvlfw8

    http://tinyurl.com/grwj4et

    Indeed, Butkus at his finest. Such has been “Flashback” with your host, me.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      The AH-64A rolled out in production the year before. But the rest of that is the 1980’s that I remember. Hopefully there are episodes available online…

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        you have to read the above paragraph imagining I am using my Joel MST3K super-sincere voice.

        https://youtu.be/1vhO-1xJ6M8?t=92

        • Irish Sweetness

          Emilio Este-Pez. (facepalm)

    • AlbertInTucson

      Blue Thunder spawned Airwolf on TV. With Jan Michael Vincent

      • MB30SD

        Airwolf!!

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        and Earnest Borgnine

        • AlbertInTucson

          Alex Cord and Jean Bruce Scott were also regulars.

          Cord was “The Ringo Kid” in the 60’s remake of STAGECOACH, which, even as a staunch fan the The Duke, I really like.

          Yes, the original is a classic but the remake features an outstanding cast (Van Heflin, Slim “Major Kong” Pickens, Stephanie Powers, Ann-Margaret, Bing Crosby, Red Buttons, Mike Connors, Robert Cummings and Keenan Wynn) and a resolution I like even better.

          The stagecoach attack has the added benefit of beautiful aerial photography and forsakes the”Here comes the Cavalry to the rescue” and the climactic shootout with the Plummers is both excellent and much more interesting than the original’s “I saved 3 bullets, Curly.”

          Cord is also good as Kirk Douglas’ younger brother in the underrated mafia flick, THE BROTHERHOOD.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Methuselah gave you the thumbs up, Al.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Ever seen it? Worth the time.

            Also, I believe that’s MISTER Methusalah.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I felt bad for for Daniel Stern’s “JAFO” (Just Another Fucking Observer) character.

    • Irish Sweetness

      You mean this guy ? 11:09 …

    • Irish Sweetness

      Next week …Salvage One … enjoy our sneak preview ….

  • willbest

    Mario Williams signing with the Dolphins? Seriously where are they getting this money. They are only 3 mil from the cap now and they have to absorb the phily guys and cut wake.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Try googling it. It’s amazing what you can learn.

      Suh restructured his contract a couple days ago to free up 18mill. They released Greg Jennings so there is another 4 mill.

      • willbest

        Both those are factored in.

        http://overthecap.com/salary-cap/miami-dolphins

        2016 cap is supposed to be about 155.25. They are at 153.75 right now. If they cut wake they gain 8.4 mil. But Maxwell is owed 8.5 mil. Williams deal is reported to be around 8 mil. And you still need about 4 million to sign your draft class (although they should need less since they are giving some to the Eagles). plus have a cushion to sign mid-season guys.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          155.25 is the league wide cap, teams can carry a certain amount of unused cap space from previous year. Dolphins adjusted cap is 166.76.

          https://www.nflpa.com/news/all-news/2016-adjusted-team-salary-caps

          • willbest

            wow the Jags are going to just going to buy a Super Bowl one year.

          • MB30SD

            never seems to work out that way… can’t buy destiny and/or luck.

          • willbest

            I don’t know $50 million buys you a lot of Revis.

  • BillW

    Wikipedia already has Trevathan on the Bears. (On the sidebar, not the story.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Trevathan

    • willbest

      Yes well, you know how hard it is to be an editor there =)

      • BillW

        Absolutely. I loved it when the US goalie was Secretary of Defense for a few hours on wiki/

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    It would be very telling if Trevathan became a Bear. The next selection in FA would then be a telltale sign of the draft strategy. If they pick up a CB or S in FA we’ll see a huge move to draft the trenches and maybe the next solid LB in the 2nd or 3rd RD.

    Doesn’t it feel like a lot of teams are going the sick D route? The Jags picked up Malik Jackson, have Dante Fowler coming off of injury and are now going after Oliver Vernon. Jesus man.

    • Sactowns#1

      Idk. I think the next FA signing or two will help make the picture clearer. If we get a DB I doubt we draft one. If we sign a stud D lineman then I still wouldn’t rule out drafting one in the first.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        I’m with you. I want to construct the sickest D line imaginable and pepper the edges of it with edge rushing maniacs that make our LB’s and DB’s look like all stars….whether they are or not.

        • Irish Sweetness

          … but also with 6’3/6’4 DBs that we’ve signed in FA ….

          (masturbates furiously)

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            ha

    • I think Trevathan is practically a Bear already. (knock on wood)

      Makes too much sense at every lvl.

      I think we’ll get a mid range OG, Dlinemen, and CB/S

      Maybe one other surprise splash/trade

      • Sactowns#1

        I’m hoping for a higher end dlineman. There are just so many available.

        • Malik and Mario Williams aren’t coming to Bears.

          I don’t think POX is willing to give up pick for Mo.

          They’ll likely try to get someone like Ian Williams (SF) or Hayes (KC) at DT.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            If it’s just one pick I could see it. That’s a proven commodity who is young. Drafting can be a crap shoot.

          • Would you give up our #1 for Mo?

            Edit. Keep in mind he’ll likely demand a Suh like contract

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I would most definitely give up a first round pick and my reasoning is that you’re trying to find that 10yr stud anyway with the first pick. You’re trying to get a guy to excite the fan base, excite the players, motivate people, make guys want to get out there and bang.

          • Follow up question. If you give up our 1st, how will we be able to draft QB Wentz?

            bwhaha

            Hmmm. A first and $100M.

            I would have to think long and hard on that.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            it’s an insane amount but unless we pass up this #1 and get a 1A or 1B and a draft pick monster then i’ll be pissed. One of the two things has to happen.

          • Sactowns#1

            Whats wrong with Mebane or Fairly, Knighton, hell I’d even take a Raji. Long can talk to his brother and that wouldn’t violate anything would it?

          • I consider all those guys “midrange”.

            Long is interesting. He’s def a notch above the rest, but always injured.

    • willbest

      I suppose that depends on how the first 10 draft picks go. I don’t want the 3rd best 3-4 D-lineman when say the best CB is available.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If we signed Trevathan, could we still sign Sean Smith and Iloka? A 6’3 Corner and a 6’4 SS … I’d need to extend my underpants.

      Draft the rest.

      DE in the first. Henry in the second. T/G in the third.

  • Is it Xmas?
    Are we there yet?
    Bueller…

  • Butch’s detective agency. Slogan “The right dick for the right stchick”

    According to Raul Martinez of FOX 31 Denver, it “sounds like” the Bears have offered a four-year deal to free agent ILB Danny Trevathan.

    The money is unknown, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Trevathan pushed for $8 million annually. Inside
    linebacker was by far Chicago’s biggest defensive weakness last season, and inside linebacker is a key position in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense, where he had Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman in San Francisco. The Bears look like the early front-runners to land Trevathan. – Roto

    Butch’s take. Normally don’t like overpaying for ILB or S, but we got the cash and the need. 99% chance of happening.
    ——————————————-

    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects the Bears to pursue impending free agent DT Akiem Hicks.

    Defensive tackle is an area of need for the Bears and Hicksknows GM Ryan Pace from their time together in New Orleans from 2012-14. The Patriots will do their best to keep Hicks, though he might
    beout of the team’s price range. For what it’s worth, coach Bill Belichick told Hicks to keep at least “something” in his locker when he was cleaning it out at the end of the season. – Roto

    Butch’s take. Seems logical. FA is more of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, and I’m certain we’re loading up the Dline. Ex-pat. Well coached, to bout.

    ————————————-

    Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the Chargers free agent CB Patrick Robinson has interest from the Giants, Eagles, Bears and Dolphins as of now.

    Robinson could prove to be a decent value signing for a team in the market for cornerback help, as he’s coming off of a pretty good season in San Diego.

    Robinson, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Saints back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract for the Saints before signing a one-year deal withe Chargers last year.

    In 2015, Robinson appeared in all 16 games for the Chargers and recorded 49 tackles, one interception, a forced fumble and eight pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 30 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.

    We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.

    http://nfltraderumors.co/chargers-cb-patrick-robinson-interest-giants-eagles-bears-dolphins/

    Butch’s take. Sounds like a total Porter-esque signing. A relatively unknown gem POX uncovers. Young and not overly priced.

    ———————————————-

    EDIT: Seattle offensive guard J.R. Sweezy appears to be on the Bears’ radar according to the NFL Network’s Rand Getlin. Here’s what Danny Kelly of Field Gulls had to say about the soon to be 27 year old Sweezy.

    He’s tough, reliable, and plays a very physical brand of football. Much better in the run game
    than in the passing game — he’s good at finding and targeting people onthe second level in the run game but too often gets worked in pass protection. Has been a starter for three years but there’s not much evidence that he’s improved greatly during those three years, which is concerning because he actually made the switch from the defensive line to the offensive line out of college. You’d think he’d gradually show improvement as he learns the offensive side of the ball but it seems like there’s a bit of a plateau there. That said, he’s been healthy mostly the past three years (reliable), is still young, is very athletic, and plays nasty. I’m sure teams will like this, and I’m guessing that’s why he’s getting a lot of interest. Fits in the zone-blocking scheme because of his athleticism.

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2016/3/7/11173264/chicago-bears-free-agency-rumors

    Butch’s skinny. I also think this is happening. Bears want to solidify that oline without having to draft one, esp after the underwhelming Grassu.

    —————————————-

    I think we’ll also get a S, possibly a WR/KR/Gunner, some other Dlinemen – (a wild card is Olivier Vernon from the Fins), and other camp fodder, but I predict the aforementioned will be the major signings.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      Draft lineman. First 2 rounds, DL. Then O line. Then the perennial 4th round QB, a Bears tradition of wasting a pick.

    • SC Dave

      Nothing like building through the draft, eh?

      • I think the “building through the draft” philo is archaic.

        To me, it only works when an organization believes in the GM long term, like in NE or Balt.

        Not many teams have those types of GMs, so most use FA to complement the draft.

        Some don’t, like the Pack, but even there you’re beginning to hear McFatty bitching about being hamstrung with no FAs.

        Some other teams who (usually) mistakenly believe they’re very close go all in, like that Philly dream team, or the Fins, or the Skins a few years back, etc etc.

        But the Bears will go the middle route. Just plug in the holes. I think Trevathan will be the highest paid one, and the rest (while still overpaid) aren’t exactly brand names and relatively modestly priced.

        I have a sneaking suspicion that POX is trying to snag another big star on D, but not sure if it will pan out.

        • MB30SD

          I was going to bring that up and keep forgetting, thanks for reminding me.

          …what’s happened to old Ozzie. Seems like his skills have dramatically fallen off a cliff the last 3 years. Dude was a STUUUUD, then sheit.

          • Not sure. I’d have to take a closer look at his recent drafts, but obviously they’re not getting him Suggs, Lewis, Reed, Ngota caliber players.

            GMs are not immune to lulls and big mistakes. Polian was good for a long time, then he kinda sucked, then really sucked when he let his idiot son do the heavy lifting (which still falls on papa Polian).

            Bill has made his share of mistakes too, but Balt, NE and some other teams still believe in the higher ups, and so those execs can afford to refrain from FA extravaganzas cuz they know they’ll be there a few more seasons drafting.

            Pack also hold Ted Thompson in the same esteem. Why? I don’t know. If it wasn’t for Vadgers, they’d be competing with the Lions at the bottom of the division.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, interesting. and totally agree on the last part

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Any GM that has some success in the draft (like Newsome or Polian) is going to end up in the loop of paying more and more to retain the services of those guys that hit, except they just get older and more prone to breaking down. I think it’s inevitable over a 6-10 yr window.

          • MB30SD

            Totally, but what happened to the genius… wouldn’t you think that would continue, at least at some level, and he’d just continue to fill the coffers with new great players?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I dunno – I can’t even draft a decent fantasy football team most years.

          • MB30SD

            Ff kills real football.

            Down with ff… viva la revolución!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Getting Akiem Hicks would be mind-blowing. 6’5 345lbs? Doesn’t even matter if he’s no good, his sheer gravitational mass distorts space-time.

      • Him and Goldman holding the fort, with maybe some Terry WIlliams and DeForest Buckner (6’7 290). Yes plz!

        That would be a lot of man-meat, just the way MB likes it.

        • MB30SD

          hell yes! the more man meat the better.

          Man mean mountains for mars!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Let’s not forget Terry Fucking Williams.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Malik is a Jaguar. 15M a year.

    • They can afford to gamble that. Like in Vegas, only gamble what you can afford to lose.

    • willbest

      Wake is going to be gone.

      • That Guy

        Do the Bears have an interest in Wake? He’s long in the tooth, but an absolute beast when healthy.

        • willbest

          I don’t know that for sure, but I doubt they want to pay a 34 year old 10 million. Especially when they are bringing in Williams. As for the Bears interest, Wake wouldn’t be a first week FA. More likely a wait and see if a market develops for him and see if you could sign up for say 2 mil with incentives.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            No one is paying Wake $10m a year next season. Like I said earlier, $1m plus incentives would be fair – it’s exactly what Freeney got for his one year last season, with the same production that Wake had. And he is 34 after all.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I hope they don’t sign anyone who’s got their career in the rear view already.

          Sharpen that pencil, dude. AJ’s tag’n’trade is on … what’s that ? Lions on line 2 ?

          • willbest

            Is that your wishful thinking or is there new on that?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Take a wild guess.

        • Doc Nitty

          Torn achilles last year? 31 years old? No thanks.

  • Irvin to dddaaa raaaiders – rapsheet
    Mack and Irvin, not shabby.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They got Osemele too, nice.

    • That Guy

      Raiders appear to be on the upswing, but they still have to play the games.

      • MB30SD

        …and they’re still the raiders.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • willbest

      In most (if not all states) she is entitled to post judgment interest while on appeal.

      • That Guy

        The reporting on this case has been terrible. Reporters really don’t understand basic civil procedure, and the idiots they get to be talking heads have no idea what they’re saying.

        If the guy files for bankruptcy, Andrews will not be able to collect anything from him. I’m not aware of any case law that would make violation of a so called privacy tort nondischargeable under 11 USC 523. So Andrews will not be garnishing the guy’s wages.

        As to the Marriot. None of the reports have indicated whether the individual hotel is liable or whether Marrior, Inc. (the internation hotel chain that could definitely afford to pay $55M is responsible). That’s a key bit of info in deciding whether the Marriot would file for bankruptcy.

        The article does note that these types of cases frequently settle while on appeal, but they don’t do a very good job of explaining the law in that particular state about what aspects of the liability can be changed while on appeal. Some states allow the appellate court to shift the liability percentages, others would only allow the appellate court to eliminate liability completely from one side or the other. Others still might only allow the appellate court to remand back to a jury with different instructions.

        • willbest

          Sure but how many people have a Tennessee appellate lawyer and a federal bankruptcy lawyer in their roladex to phone a friend? Because I don’t know what the rules are off hand, though I suppose I would know enough to go found out if I were writing the story that way. But then knowing I would have to go look that stuff up, I would have just rewritten the story to avoid speaking to it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That bankruptcy shit doesn’t work in GB & IRE, where the Goodfellas defense takes precedence.

          “Got no money? Fuck you. Pay me.”

          • willbest

            Only student loans and child support get that treatment in the US.

  • Now that Mega officially has transformed into Barry Sanders, how about this?

    Trade Alshon for the Lion’s 1st.

    Bam.

    • willbest

      Are there any elite WRs in this years draft?

      • Laquon Treadwill is the top WR from most accounts, but I don’t think he’ll fall to the Meows, and he’s absolutely no Mega.

        • willbest

          I was thinking of more if we sent the Alshon could we draft a guy at 11 and then use theirs on say Ragland.

          • That wouldn’t be too bad (except Robo-Ragaland, but could prolly still get the top S or OG).

            White is a #1. Treadwill is a Bmarsh type. That would be a lethal combo. Two young horses for Cutty to sling it to while still drafting a top D guy in the first.

            Heck, with the Lion’s pick, I’d take a chance on Jaylen Smith.

            Possibly getting two PBs in the first is a home run

          • MB30SD

            Do you have a newsletter?

          • SC Dave

            White is nothing as yet.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            This.

        • MB30SD

          I want Tyroil smoochie-wallace

          • MB30SD

            Nooo, maybe d’jinkalage margoone

      • Irish Sweetness

        The fastest dude is NAIA, might go undrafted. Wendall Williams. WR/KR. 4.19 40.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I LIKE THAT!!

      Pick up a couple VET WRs and ride Kevin as your boy. Draft two defensive stud linemen after signing a couple of defensive studs (Trevathan, Sean Smith, Iloka). Still get Henry in the second. Become the Denver Broncos in one season.

      You sign Sanu and any-Jet WR, put them with Kevin Smith. And Derrick Henry and Cutler?

      With that defense? FML. Super Bowl baby.

      Week two, the lions #1 WR goes down. BOOM!

      • I really should be Bears GM.
        I would hit Lion’s phone hard on that.

        Here’s an alternative.

        Throw the Lion’s #1 at the Jets for MO.

        Whatever $ we were going to give Alshon, give MO.

        Still draft Deforest at #11.

        Pick up whatever #2 WR is out there in FA. Sign Miller/Greene at TE.

        Bam baby.

        Imagine Goldman, Mo, Buckner combo. Fuck, even Shea can play behind that

        • Irish Sweetness

          Tag and trade, eh? NB, get reading up on the Fed scam, bro … 500 words may be due this week!

        • MB30SD

          Don’t you dare

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      No. Can we at least see K-dub on the field before we anoint him our #1?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Not to mention, sending our best players to our division rivals seems like a losing proposition. Call me crazy but Peppers has done a pretty effective kicking our asses around the last two years. Now Forte is likely to land in division.
        So doing it on purpose?
        Yeah, no thanks.

        • BC in Tampa

          Not so fast with Forte, Chris Ivory just signed a deal with an AAV of $6MM, if Forte’s market approaches/exceeds that level, with the Packers (who hate FA) pay it and risk not getting a comp pick (which TT loves)? I mean Chris Ivory is always hurt and is a slightly above average back, Forte is worth more than he is.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Rub our noses in it for another two years vs. a compensatory pick? Yeah, I think he would.
            Ivory is also 3 years younger than Forte. The Jags also suck and are getting FAs based on cash, not the promise of a ring.
            That’s going to be a factor in what Matty gets paid.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      You can put a stake in this pipedream now that they are signing Jones.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Charles Johnson shows us it’s not about money for everyone. Due to cost 15M towards cap next week, they cut him, re-sign him for 3M after he received offers for twice that.
    That’s a dude that you know is motivated, because he doesn’t just think dollars.

    • willbest

      I get that but 1-year 3 million? Panthers couldn’t come up with a 2-year 9 mil 3/6 with 5 guaranteed?

    • AlbertInTucson

      NFL Net says JPP took less money to stay in NY.

      • willbest

        That doesn’t make sense. How could you even appraise him without an NYG level of familiarity with him.

  • willbest

    Jags should have paid Forte to match with those 2 stud WRs they have. Chris Ivory seems like a poor choice. Spend more of that money on your D.

    • A lot of coaches prefer HBs who can get those tough yards. Jags are trying to remake their team to be SEA south.

      That’s not Forte.

      Ivory always seems inj (part of lowering your pads).

      I’d have gone with Muscle hamster

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene
    • Link broken

      • CanadaBear

        Read the address line.

    • MB30SD
      • Irish Sweetness

        Is Will Montgomery not a Bear? He’s not on the roster. Quick check, he’s a UFA.
        What to do? He must be re-signed or replaced.

        Jimmy Graham. What happened to him last year?

        • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

          Graham is not an OL The Seahawks didnt play him correctly.

          Montgomery had a severe leg break. Perhaps he’s done.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Why they brought Graham in and then treated him like a blocking TE, I will never understand. It was bizarre.

        • Ososfan

          IR, I hope they bring him back,he played solid when he was in…

  • MB30SD

    Dude, is it just me, or do you also fucking love those strongbow cider commercials with the startrek guy?

    Hilarious

    https://youtu.be/_QzEBMyZsUo

    https://youtu.be/heoHsZDVGYg

    • Irish Sweetness

      Memories of sitting in fields trying to drink 2 liters of cider are not good ….

      • MB30SD

        Eeeewwwwww

        • Irish Sweetness

          Warm cider. Cheap cider. Vomitus incognitus.

          • MB30SD

            Disgusting. I don’t even like ice cold, high end, funny marketing cider. The have it in SA, gross.

          • Bender McLugh

            Bold Rock is great, and so is Magners. Others are meh.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Yeah, I don’t get the revival of the cider stuff. There is a reason it died out awhile ago. Hipsters, amiright?

          • MB30SD

            ask ev

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It always sounds good, and then I try it and think…I don’t even like apple juice, why am I drinking this shit?

          • MB30SD

            It’s like the new old new Zima!

            There I was, there I was, there I was… in… the congo!

          • Doc Nitty

            Ever since I got sick from Hornsbys as a youngun, I won’t touch the stuff.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      hahaha

      • MB30SD

        https://m.facebook.com/StrongbowUS

        Whoever does their marketing is funny as fuck. I hate agencies, but love this campaign.

        Check the new commercial up top, and some of the other posts are hilarious

        • burntorangenavyblue

          The Directv ads have been pretty funny the past few years.

          • MB30SD

            one of my favs evah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkB9OT2XVvA

            (btw, russian chicks are SUPER strong)

          • Ososfan

            And crazy!!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Are you basing that on Goldeneye or direct experience?
            I don’t even know why I’m asking – OF COURSE, it’s direct experience!

  • beninnorcal

    (crickets chirping)….

  • MB30SD

    Happy football man Christmas boys!!

    • 505Bears

      Santa Pace better have some tricks in his bag

      • MB30SD

        Yeeeees 505

    • Trac

      Oh yeah? I’m not expecting much more than a few solid blue chippers here and there. Trev would be great but it should have happened by now don’t you think?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        It can’t happen officially for anybody until 4 pm.

        • Trac

          Gotcha. Good info to know. For some reason, when the Bears signed Peppers, I had thought that the Bears held a lunchtime press conference for that.

          • Doc Nitty

            When that happened, I believe FA started at midnight.

          • Trac

            See, my memory ain’t soo bad. Put in a good word to my wife would ya.

          • MB30SD

            you and I both know that ain’t gonna do sheeit. hahaha

      • MB30SD

        Fa doesn’t officially start till 4 today boychick.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Positives:

    If we don’t make a big splash, we get to make a number of smaller ones. It means we get a Jerrell Freeman AND a George Iloka AND a Sean Smith AND a big-ass DT … maybe we off-load a gammy Alshon to Detroit and make a huge splash in the draft …. say Ragland AND Bruckner AND a guy like Henry in the second.

    Imagine that defensively. A FA as well as a draftee for each defensive group. A banger of a back, and a T/G. Likely Long goes to LT, Leno can go to RT for a while, Tayo to RG.

    How much do we love Alshon now?

    • BC in Tampa

      Need some George Iloka over here, we could have a safety tandem locked up for at least the next 3+ years.

      • MB30SD

        sigh… sadly, twas not to be

    • willbest

      Alshon was the splash FA play. Bears just don’t have the room to spend $65 million in cap $4 million at a time. You have a 53-man roster limit.

      It was also demonstrated last year that Leno can’t play RT. He is twice the LT that he is RT. And nobody has seen Long do anything on the left side so the odds are not in his favor that he would automatically excel there.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Irish believes in quantity over quality at every position.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Giants to sign Janoris (wank the cat!)
    ….. just means Sean Smith can still be a Bear, let’s not take a turn into negative town now!

    Chargers to sign Travis Benjamin (bugger!)

    • AlbertInTucson

      5 years & $62M?

      He gets toasted a LOT for that kind of money.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Yup. See, that’s exactly what we need, hungry, heady players that want it worse than the next guy. When ever we go after a big name guy, I always wonder about the hunger factor.

  • Irish Sweetness
    • MB30SD

      Weed or ditka?

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Jeff just beat me to the Jones update.
    In other news, that big Dolphins-Eagles trade may be DOA due to injury concerns with both players.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    “Players always choose more cash over a coach they liked.” — unless you are Charles Johnson.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Or George Iloka.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I think JPP also. thought i saw AZ offered him more but he stayed with Giants.

  • BC in Tampa

    Iloka is staying in Cincy

    • MB30SD

      Damn it

    • Irish Sweetness

      If they grab Sean Smith, it’ll make it easier.

      • BC in Tampa

        Raiders the favorite to land him.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I trust and pray that a Bears’ front office Bruce Lee five-punch combination is about to be unleashed in a two-second flurry.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Can anything truly amount to the awesomeness of Bruce Lee? You may as well set yourself up for dissapointment on the Bears end then, haha.

      • Irish Sweetness

        WAAAAAAAUHHHH !!

      • MB30SD

        be like wahtah

  • Irish Sweetness

    R.I.P.George Martin. The fifth Beatle.

    • Trac

      The fact that you had to add “the fifth Beattle” says a lot.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Langford was on Bears Extra with Zaban. He said he’s ready to step up and lead the RB team. He sounds pretty humble and said they would miss Matty F.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Not if we draft this guy. Ceiling/floor, can he be there at 41?

      http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000642078/article/workhorse-derrick-henry-a-good-fit-for-jets-bears-among-others

      Anyone up for trading down in the first and grabbing Ragland and Henry? Could we still get a pass rusher at 41?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        If he’s there at 41, you think about it. But no way do you move up trying to snag Henry and he’s not the guy at 11. Need a difference maker on defense first and foremost.

        • Trac

          Jess, if Jacks is on the board when Miami picks, Fox needs to call in a marker with Gase and trade up for him.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That’s why we trade down.

      • You want Brandon Jacobs at 41 when we have Langford? (Jacobs was actually 20 pounds bigger and just as fast)

        I wouldn’t draft a HB higher than 4rth rd, and even then, dude would have to be a deal

        • BC in Tampa

          Carey and Langford both came from the 4th so there may be something there.

          • I think a lot of the “2nd tier” HBs are found in the 4rth or later, guys who have some question marks. Small schools, slight frame, questionable character, borderline athleticism, no hands, etc

            But a lot of gems are frequently found in the mid rounds with HBs. Moreso than other positions, it seems

          • Irish Sweetness

            But 6’3, 245lbs and and 4.5 speed is rare.

            As Deion said, you have to make business decisions when tackling a guy like that.

  • willbest

    Wow Fins go from 8th to 13th and pick up Maxwell and Alonso. Seems like a solid trade down move on their part.

    Also Kyle Long has to be looking at the Osemele deal and salivating at his payday next year. Bears are going to have to shell out 13 mil a season for him.

    • MB30SD

      too bad they’re still the dolphins.

    • CanadaBear

      Depends if Alonso can get healthy and stay healthy. Not sure what happened to Maxwell. Crazy what Miami is doing with the cap. Moving money down the road rarely works and only makes sense if you’re close. I don’t think Miami is close. Not that I care. Man, Philly is just launching Kelly’s guys left and right. What a roller coaster their fans must be riding these days.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I thought that trade got killed this morning.

      • willbest

        I read Maxwell cleared his physical.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Yep, was on hold, now it’s back on.

  • MB30SD
    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      This mock also has Bears taking A’Shawn.

      And that’s okay. DL, DL, DL.

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        Although Mr. Robinson’s Youtube rap video is very underwhelming.

        • MB30SD

          it ain’t gots anything on the SWOLE

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      • Trac

        Mock this cabr’on! Miles Jack!!! Make it happen Pace!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Jeffrey tagged and Kevin White (hopefully) ready to rock and there’s still conjecture that the Bears will NOT try and shore up that defense…?

      • willbest

        On the one hand I understand not wanting to overpay in FA. On the other what the hell else are they going to do with all that money since the only two home grown talents worth a damn are Jeffery and Long. And with the advent of 5th year option on 1st rounders there is zero incentive to negotiate with the guy this year.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Schefter reporting TE Ladarius Green is expected to sign with the Steelers

    • willbest

      Makes sense, they did lose Heath Miller

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Jeff Allen? Yes please!

  • BC in Tampa

    Chiefs G Jeff Allen is on the radar, that would be a huge get!

  • willbest

    For such a versatile player, not hearing a whole lot of Shea buzz the last couple days. Wonder whats up with that.

    • Doc Nitty

      Somebody would have to be buzzed to want that wannabe LB.

      • willbest

        Look you, everybody that gets paid to evaluate talent likes what they see. All I have is my lying eyes telling me otherwise.

        • Doc Nitty

          Learn to trust your instincts young padawon.

          • MB30SD

            do or do not

    • Scharfinator

      THE BUZZ WAS FROM JEFF! *GASP*

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        POTD

      • 505Bears

        Or, his mom hacked Jeff’s account to post that buzz

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Let’s Play: Val Kilmer or Shae’s rookie picture?

    http://tinyurl.com/jkzj8g9

    • MB30SD

      hahahaha… man he looks turrible.

    • Trac

      Kilmer has gone the way of Brando. It’s time for another Godfather sequel, yes?

    • Kilmer looks like he got eaten by a fat danish dyke. (nttawwt)

  • Sactowns#1

    Akeim Hicks rumors being floated out there. Thoughts? And Muscle Hamster with a 5 year deal.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    are we there yet?!?!

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Feel like I’m in class, listening to the clock tick down to 3pm..

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    per Schefter -Matt Forte is signing with the NY Jets.

    • Trac

      That’s a huge relief big dick. Thanks for your in depth coverage. He he.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I do my best but lord knows I am no Aaron Leming.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Whew…sounds good to me. Hope he’s successful out there.
      Kyle Long agrees (posted to twitter):
      “Oh thank God Matt Forte is a Jet”

      • Sactowns#1

        And we don’t play the Jets this year so my heart doesn’t have to be ripped from my chest.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        We just need to find Dave a fireman’s helmet and he’ll be all set!

      • willbest

        Forte and BMarsh together again.

    • I guess Bmarsh wasn’t that much of a douche

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        my guess is that he is that much of a douche but Matt probably has a couple million reasons to put up with him.

  • Sactowns#1

    Well looks like the Jets will have the offensive weapons that we probably should have. Smh. Just glad Matt isn’t going to GB.

    • BerwynBomber

      I never bought the Forte to GB move. The Cheese have more pressing needs — mainly OL and LB, maybe TE. Even CB if they lose Heyward. Plus, they rarely pay much for FAs.

  • Osweiler to Houston

    Holy crap. How much would the Broncos give for Cutty?

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      They don’t have a QB to give us, or I’d ask for two 1sts, a 3rd, and Osweiler.
      They may be running the wildcat all year at this rate.

      • willbest

        Wouldn’t take two 1st, 3rd, and Os for Cutler. They are drafting 32 this year. That is a 2nd round pick.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I was being facetious – those are the picks we gave up to get him + Orton.

          • willbest

            Thought we got a fifth or did we also give a fifth?

            Personally, I think Cutler for Von Miller and their 1st would be fair. The Texans show you how good a transcendent defensive player is without a competent QB.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            We gave up a fifth.

          • BC in Tampa

            No we got a 5th and drafted Johnny Knox.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You’re right, I had the 3rd and 5ths swapped around in my noggin.

    • Sactowns#1

      Kapernick suddenly has value

      • willbest

        Kapernick has the most value to Chip Kelly though. My understanding of Kap’s contract is if he doesn’t win the Superbowl he isn’t owed a whole lot of money.

      • Irish Sweetness

        RGIII. Fitzy.

  • BC in Tampa

    Giants are throwing some cash around Jerry Reese is afraid…

    • willbest

      They have a lot of it.

  • willbest

    So FA goes legit in 30 minutes?

    • 505Bears

      No news is good news?! We can only hope

  • Man, is Johnny Tightlips running FA this year?

    http://imgur.com/gallery/P8SKI7v

    • Plus Sized Danish Van Dyke

      ha!

      • CanadaBear

        I know that’s you Johnny!

      • Bhwahaha

        +86 for the avi

        +86 cuz that’s when Kilmer played “Ice Man” in “Top Gun” (before he was eaten by plus size Danish dyke)

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Has anybody seen Anthony Edwards lately?

          • MB30SD

            talk to me goose!

  • BC in Tampa

    We need to walk away with Danny T, Allen and a S/CB today or I’ma gonna be pissed!

    • BC in Tampa

      Allen to the Texans, they’re signing everybody today.

  • 505Bears

    Did Pace go into hibernation?! I haven’t heard much about the Bears signing anyone

    • willbest

      Bellamy!

    • MB30SD

      5 minutes

  • Wow. So Osweiler chose the Texans cuz they off him $18M year, while Donkeys offered him $16M a year?

    At that point, shouldn’t the Donkeys just be all in? I mean, what does $2M get you now adays anyways? Not even a Jarvis Jenkins.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Well, I predicted 19 – he got 18…I feel pretty good about that.

      • I thought he was def making $15M this year, but wasn’t sure how they would structure it.

        Texans just threw his some cash. And I think Texas has lower tax rate than Col, but not certain on that.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          The only QB Denver has under contract now is a 7th rounder whose only experience in the NFL is, evidently, taking a knee.
          http://www.denverbroncos.com/team/roster/Trevor-Siemian/87d42081-706b-4395-b422-05b4c0acb2d8
          That is going to be real interesting to watch in FA.

          • willbest

            Oz apparently hadn’t played an NFL snap when the Broncos were within 20 points save for his stint that started with the Bears. He wasn’t even all that impressive in it. 18 million? Da Hell

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Siemian threw a whopping 7 TDs to 11 picks and took 31 sacks in 11 games his senior year.
            Elway must know something the rest of us don’t. That’s pretty godawful for even a 7th rounder.

        • willbest

          Houston will probably have the better D this year. Oz has demonstrably no chemistry with Thomas and Houston has Hopkins.

    • willbest

      All these marginal QBs getting 18 million has me believing Cutler is a big Chicago softy.

      • CanadaBear

        All the crying about being the highest pd QB seems like ancient history.

    • Apparently, Oz wanted OUT of Denver.

      How curious. Is Elway really that abrasive? THey have a SB caliber D. He’s familiar with the system. His team wanted him back. But , nope.

      Maybe he didn’t like watching the SB from the bench knowing he could’ve performed better

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I’m assuming the Broncos still own the rights to Elway, so it all works out.

      • willbest

        Well considering Oz was the better QB on the roster last year and got benched for the narrative, I wouldn’t blame him.

  • MB30SD

    Forte just signed with the jets!

  • 505Bears

    Aaaaaand….nothing? At least sign some dude from the Saskatchewan League or something…anything?!

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    My guess is Denver is going to make a run at Fitzpatrick.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    FYI, Jeff put up a new thread.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Thank you.

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