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Pace Has Magical Opening Week of Free Agency

| March 13th, 2016

Free agency success does not often equate to the field. Frequently the team making the largest cash splash in March lands with a deadened thump come September and beyond. But what Bears GM Ryan Pace has achieved in the first week of free agency is nothing short of a miracle.

Go through the league. Every team. And find the most improved position groups. Outside of the Giants defensive line, whose makeover cost about three hundred zillion dollars, one could argue the two most significantly upgraded positions in the NFL are on the Chicago Bears roster at inside linebacker and right guard.

The Bears started 2015 with a combination of Shea McClellin and Christian Jones at inside linebacker. Their best performances at the position all season ultimately came from Jonathan Anderson and John Timu. (And neither made anybody forget about Mike Singletary’s intimidating glare.) In 2016 the Bears will start Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan, two of the best linebackers in the sport this past year, and they were both acquired at an affordable rate.

Right guard for the Bears in 2015 was an undebatable ‘F’. Vlad Ducasse is not a professional football player and yet professional football teams continue employing him. When Kyle Long reassumes his natural position, thanks to Pace’s acquisition of Bobby Massie from Arizona, the Bears will be going from the heater at 7-11 to Weiner’s Circle at a pivotal position in John Fox’s run-first philosophy.

Pace has done the two essential things a smart GM must do at the onset of free agency. (1) Honestly evaluate the talent on one’s own roster. The Jerry Angelo era proved this is not as easy as many think. (2) Find economically efficient means of improvement.

The Saints front office has been roundly criticized for crafting shit contracts to assemble their talented roster. Pace seems to have brought the best attributes from New Orleans while leaving the dreck behind. We got the music of Frenchmen and fried chicken at Wille Mae’s and muffuletta at Napoleon House and the signature par 5 fifteenth at English Turn. He didn’t stick us with the sexual assaults on Bourbon and rampant gun violence in the outer wards.

Its been a magical opening week of free agency . The Bears are better. Ryan Pace is the reason.

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  • Bobby Douglass

    Let me be the first to say.. I approve this post.

  • The Yes Guy

    YES

  • Frank Schoenburg

    Will the magic continue today/tommorrow with Hicks?

  • Artoo

    He’s been very meticulous about who and how much he signs players for. I’m beginning to wonder if Pace has always been like this or if he taking lessons Stein.

    • Big Mike

      Stein could be an influence behind the contracts, but I think Pace brings a lot of this on his own. He’s being patiently smart.

      • Ososfan

        Stein doesn’t deal with contracts anymore, Pace brought his own guy from NO……

        • willbest

          What does Stein do? And considering NO cap hell, that seems like an idiotic move on the part of Pace

          • Irish Sweetness

            Spends his money somewhere.

        • Big Mike

          where has the great Chuck Stein gone?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            not sure where Chuck Stein is, but Cliff Stein is still with the Bears, just moved to a different position, and still serves as general counsel

          • Big Mike

            That’s funny slip on my part. I had a mentor when I was a pup, named Chuck Stein

          • Ososfan

            Stein is now just the official Consigliere to the family and the Bears…

    • Irish Sweetness

      The ‘who’ part is easy. I called both linebackers and I’m a paddy making less than $1400 a month in SE Asia. Packaging. Presentation. Negotiation. He has a nice smile.

      Out of the shadow of the Saints, Mr. Pace is blossoming nicely … but I’d like to see him trade some picks now, do something out of the ordinary. Package those lower picks into something a little higher, or turn the 11th pick into two picks, or both. It’s time to turn into Kevin Costner.

      • MB30SD

        Agree on the last part. It would be amazing to finally see a stratagist in the bears front office.

        Not just a bunch of buffoons who are bad at throwing darts

      • Artoo

        He’s been playing it safe but I like this approach. Now, he needs his draft picks to keep performing

        • Big Mike

          What I see is he’s filling in the lower priced positions with FAs. While DT is a need, the draft is deep there. First round could be on the OL or in the Secondary. Something I didn’t see as a possibility, until Travathan and Freeman. Looking at the OL we’re 1 stud away from that being a very good unit.

          • CanadaBear

            I see their needs in the first rd as either DL or OT depending on how picked over things are at 11. I wouldn’t rule out them taking a QB at 11 if their guy falls to them. Personally I hope that doesn’t happen because of the holes in the roster but these guys have shown they know what they are doing.

          • MB30SD

            How about the best db available?

            (If your favorite dl/ol aren’t there)

          • Big Mike

            exactly..

          • Big Mike

            Canada, I don’t disagree. But what if there is a run on DTs, and somehow the best FS/CB available Jalen Ramsey http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/jalen-ramsey?id=2555280 is sitting there? Highly unlikely but… More likely what if onf of the top 3 CBs of Hargreaves or Alexander are there?

          • CanadaBear

            I’ve got to defer to you guys when it comes to the draft/college players. Personally I’d love to see a badass DE at 11. Not to mention I’m a trenches out kinda guy but regardless of position, as long as the guy is a baller I’ll be happy.

          • Big Mike

            I’d love for one of the top DEs to be there. That would be my preference.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            If Ramsey WERE there, that’s an auto-pick, but I cannot imagine a scenario where ten teams pass him up. He’s a consensus top-3 pick right now.

          • Big Mike

            Trade up? How much would you give? Swap firsts and this years second? I wouldn’t. Don’t know what it costs to move up 8 spots.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I wouldn’t move up for him. Nope.

          • Big Mike

            I didn’t think there were any guys in top 5 that were “move up” quality for the Bears. In spite of great FA period, too many needs.

      • CanadaBear

        I don’t care if Pace ever makes a trade on draft day. As long as he hits on his picks (esp in the first 3 rounds) the Bears will get better quickly. Angelo was the Benjamin Button of GM’s, he got less knowledgable each year. Emery was the Rain Man. Hit on a pick once in a while but so off the wall all the rest of the time it didn’t make any difference.

        • willbest

          His 1-3 were not impressive out of the gate. He seems to have found good value in the 4th and 5th round though. But you can’t really judge them until about midway through year 3

          • CanadaBear

            I thought Goldman was a good to very good pick. Who knows about KW? Definitely gotta give Grasu some more time. I’m certainly no expert on OL play but it had to be tough for Grasu with Ducasse next to him. It’s not all on Ducasse but it was a killer when they had two sub standard OL men next to each other.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I liked every single pick of last year’s draft.

          • CanadaBear

            If KW pans out I’ll be a happy camper. Grasu really needs to get better and I think he will. I thought his draft was good but I was more impressed with the way Pace kept bringing in guys during the season. Pace and Fox seem to have a plan and are working it. Emery and Nessman were too busy comparing pocket protectors.

      • Ososfan

        I think he won’t make many draft trades just yet, he’ll likely want to follow the NE mold of acquiring as many solid picks as possible who have GREAT potential for a few years and then loosen up the reigns a little…. I think?

  • MB30SD

    Also jeff, please never mention jerry angelo’s name here again.

    Btw, did we get the chocolate shake at WC?

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s how our re-signed DE/FB celebrated signing his new contract. Not exactly a high maintenance guy!!

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-re-sign-defensive-lineman-mitch-unrein-two-year-deal

    • Ososfan

      I’ve never heard of Taco Johns, is that a purely Chicago restaurant?

      • CanadaBear

        I’ve heard of them so they must have been in the Midwest. Never been there. Went to Taco Hell a few times and decided if I wanted a bad case of the Big D, it was my GO TO place. Ugh!

      • DaCoaches Mustache

        Taco Johns is the shittiest food you can buy. Makes Taco Bell look like it’s menu was created by Rick Bayless

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Both are gross, but I’d give the nod to Taco John’s if I had to pick.

          • Sactowns#1

            I like any place where the only cooking implements are a microwave and a small hot plate to reconstitute the freeze dried food. Bonus points if you use a calking gun to shoot condiments onto said “food”

    • Irish Sweetness

      Or a healthy one!

  • BillW

    Like his first draft, Pace did a solid job in Free Agency. Methodical is the word I’d use. Proves he has thoroughly evaluated the team based on 16 games and knows what they have, don’t have. And he continues to implement a real plan rather than take a shot here and there. The Bears went from laughing stock to a quietly solid franchise overnight. That’s no small thing.

  • Big Mike

    And the Bears have about $30million of cap space left.

  • MB30SD

    So being greedy, I’d still like to see one ot even two of the following wearing the burnt/navy:

    * Brandon browner
    * Casey Heyward stolen from the filthy hoard
    * weddle @ FS

  • Shady

    “Pace seems to have brought the best attributes from New Orleans while leaving the dreck behind. We got the music of Frenchmen and fried chicken at Wille Mae’s and muffuletta at Napoleon House and the signature par 5 fifteenth at English Turn. He didn’t stick us with the sexual assaults on Bourbon and rampant gun violence in the outer wards.”

    That is the essence of Da Blog right there, isn’t it?

  • Doc Nitty

    Mmmmmmbearssssss

  • willbest

    Magic seems like a bit of a strong word. Competent unlike GB and Indy.

    I have to laugh with cheer leading to move Kyle Long back to guard, when everybody was pushing him to be moved to tackle last year. I didn’t think he did a bad job there, but he certainly wasn’t top 2 in the league, but I felt there was a solid chance he would improve. I was willing to give him another year to grow but apparently Pace decided not to ruin a good thing, which I agree with.

    • Big Mike

      Improving the way the bears did without breaking the bank is magical. RT/RG Mike and Jack LBs all improved. 3 of the 4 SUBSTANTIALLY (RG/ILB spots).

      Bears still have $30,000,000 of cap space left AND 9 draft choices. Yep. That’s magic.

      • willbest

        Based on Biggsy Freeman numbers, where his cap hit is front loaded, they are sitting around $20 million in cap, 10 of which is reserved for draft and mid season rainy day fund. Presumably they get $5 mil more when they cut Bennett but that leaves a big hole at TE. I wouldn’t call RT anything more than staying the same though.

        • Big Mike

          Here’s what I used http://overthecap.com/salary-cap-space/ I believe it’s updated through the weekend. Not positive.

          Kyle Long was overrated at RT. Speed rushers put him on skates. I believe he would have gotten better, his issue was largely technique, he leaned into defenders and got extended too far. His kick step was getting better, but still needed work. He did an amazing job, given no work all offseason at that position. Massie is a natural RT. Who had a much better year in 2014 than 2015. I can’t disagree too much about RT being a sideways step. For me, Long at RG is such a huge upgrade, I may have gotten carried away. The right side of the line is much better.

          Even still you’re numbers show 15 million left (cut Bennett, sign draft class) only 5 million off my mark. Which did not account for signing the draft class, but was presumed on my part.

          • willbest

            Ah, I was looking at total Salary which is 130.5, their 51 cut off is 126. They haven’t included the Freeman deal which Biggs says is $5 million in year 2016. Mariani and Unrein also not in yet, but I doubt they will affect much. So $131 vs. $156 for $25 mil in cap or roughly $15 mil usable.

    • SC Dave

      For the record, ‘everyone’ wanting long at tackle did NOT include me, and I was pretty vocal about it.

      • willbest

        Fair enough, I didn’t think it was a great idea either. But I remember being in the minority on it.

  • Trac

    The Bears took care of a lot of family business this week. Things are looking moi bueno.

    • MB30SD

      Muy

      • Trac

        Oh that’s right, I forget Spanish is your first language in Cali. He he.

        • CanadaBear

          Like it isn’t in Texas!

          • Trac

            Shhhh…

          • MB30SD

            was fluent coming out of college. Lived in spain, went down to Baja almost erra weekend in HS.

            I learned about the culture and the people trac, not just the hackneyed stereotypes.

            Jerk.

          • Trac

            Well, aren’t you special?

            Snob.

          • MB30SD

            yep

          • Sactowns#1

            I loves me some Mexico. The food, weather and people are all rad. The water, not so much and that’s no exaggerated stereotype.

    • CanadaBear

      Are you going for trilingual, Trac?

      • Trac

        Hahaha. It must be the black dutch in me. 😉

  • Trac

    Walter Football graded the Massie signing as a D. Thinks we over payed for a poor pass protector. Did not realize he was responsible for Carson Palmers season ending injury. Massie may be just as bad of a signing as a good one. So far the knock on him is his poor pass protection track record.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2016/02/12/pro-cordy-glenn-tops-free-agent-tackle-list/

    • willbest

      Was he standing next somebody as good as Kyle Long?

      • Trac

        PFF calls him a possible 6th o-lineman option. Idk…we shall see.

        • Big Mike

          PFF also graded him as a rising star two years earlier. https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/05/13/secret-superstar-bobbie-massie/

          • Doc Nitty

            Big Mike, I don’t know why this just occurred to me, but why not get a Kyle Long jersey? Perhaps you mentioned already…

          • MB30SD

            Imma get an MB30SD jersey this year my brother… lock to be a probowler

          • Big Mike

            Isn’t there a morals clause for the pro-bowl?

          • MB30SD

            nope, looking at the infractions of the players, I’m totally fine.

          • Big Mike

            stay away fromt their girlfriends you hound

          • Big Mike

            That’s the jersey I have. Great job remembering my dilemna. I had Forte/Long Nobody on Defense was worthy. Have Butkus, Singletary, Urlacher and Payton. Retired bears only come out for playoff games (been a long time), or if I attend. Although I wore 75 the last couple games I’ve been to. Interesting side note, I bought the KL jersey week 3 of his rookie year. I was that impressed with his technique. I’m thinking the Goldman kid is the most likely defensive candidate. 91 is a nice big number.

          • willbest

            You don’t think Trevathan is going to spend the next 6-7 years holding down the fort back there?

          • Big Mike

            Hasn’t played a down yet. Not a Bear. I’ve yet to buy the jersey of a guy who wasn’t home grown. Sort of my thing, but not an ironclad rule. The guy would really have to make his mark as a Bear, more than the other team he played for. McPhee is a candidate. I do think Trevathan is a very nice ball player.

          • willbest

            I have Urlacher. bought my wife a Cutler jersey. Looking like a pretty sound investment. I have been debating Long for myself feeling I need to get more current. Perhaps I will ask for it for my birthday.

          • Trac

            Next playoff game, wear all of them. Mmmkay.

          • willbest

            At the same time, or should he break it down by quarter?

          • Trac

            I was thinking all at once and every time the Bears go down a score, he has to remove an article of clothing. Should make for fun family entertainment.

          • Big Mike

            Never know. Depends on how the game is going. Changing them up until one works 🙂

          • SC Dave

            Stra tee gery!!

          • SC Dave

            My kids got me a Robbie jersey about five years ago and it’s still good. Despite what certain haters will say.

          • Trac

            Jess but then they said he regressed. I agree with Wil, playing next to Long will only make him better. Fingers crossed.

          • Big Mike

            That’s what the reports say. Fingers crossed is right.

      • BillW

        Another time I wish upvotes were weighted.

    • Big Mike

      First of all PFF does as good a job as anyone evaluating OL play. With that said, it’s still extremely inaccurate. Blocking scheme, synergy with the rest of the OL, QB mobility, (Carson Palmer is a flag pole), all come into play. it’s very hard to evaluate OL play. Kyle Long went to the pro-bowl. He was average at best. Which is great considering he got tossed out there week 1.

      Back to Massie, last year, he gave up 7 sacks. He had bad outings against the Seahawks and Rams last year. Both teams with top ranked DLs 4 of his 7 sacks allowed were in these two games. Also.. from ESPN “The interior of the offensive line was consistently criticized by coach Bruce Arians all season”

    • Ososfan

      Walter Football is garbage they have the beloved to tank this season and have the first overall pick for 2017.

      • BillW

        :”Walter Football”?

        “OK – I Believe You” (Harry Belefonte)

        Not.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It’s a strange signing for me, and especially the salary. But, in Pace we trust.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Hungry today, Jeff?

    • Trac

      Lol

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Darron Lee.

    • MB30SD

      https://www.google.com/search?q=Darron+Lee.&oq=Darron+Lee.&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.287j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

      damn, homie is smaller than a few corners in the NFL yo. That said, he ran a faster 40 (4.43) than most WRs this year… so you thinking FS?

      You know how much I looooove postion move projects. are you suggesting at #11??

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Yes and yes. 235-240lbs with that speed… He’s a big safety. Lach was a project too.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, but how often do you hit on those gambles? Sure, when your D is already stacked and he’s a guy like Kuechly who is a consensus lock to be a probowler.

          is that this kid? haven’t heard a lick about him so far.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            MVP of the sugar bowl against Bama a couple years ago. 7 tackles, 2 sacks. I think you just can’t ignore that speed and his strength is coverage. Played safety in high school too.

          • MB30SD

            hmmmmm… sounds great. If we were picking in the middle to back of the 1st I might be down… not at 11 maings.

          • Trac

            How come you’re not this nice to me? Huh? Huh?

            Actually, please don’t respond. He he.

          • SC Dave

            Maybe its a religious thing

          • MB30SD

            I loves him, just don’t want to make murph jealous.

            And stop that. : /

    • Trac

      I just had an image of Phil Emery during his press conference after drafting chicken dinner, “Here’s your Monster of the Midway(Rod), let’s get to work”. Smh.

      No tankie.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        We will see.

  • MB30SD

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/mock-drafts

    this is probably old with ol bucky picking ragland for us, but I’d be ok with any of the following at #11:

    First choice: A.Robinson or Shaq-Law
    Second Choice: Stanley
    Third: The best available DB (corner or FS)

    • Ososfan

      Deforest Buckner….

      • MB30SD

        ok

    • AlbertInTucson

      A kick-ass defensive line mitigates a lot of DB issues.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Or the best WR/ RB? I’m leaning towards Elliot.

    • Sactowns#1

      Shaq Lawson please! Watched a few of his games as part of my family is in SC and they love them some Clemson. The guy reminds me of LT. Big, athletic guy, keeps his hands active and had good pad height/ leverage. If he falls to us I’ll do a jig and then buy his jersey.

  • TBC

    Gotta Say the moves look pretty good. I don’t know about a miracle though. There is a reason they were able to upgrade 2 positions so considerably at an affordable rate: guard and ILB are two of the most inexpensive positions on the field.

    The signings look pretty savvy though, specifically trevathan.

    • Trac

      Flattery will get you nowhere but I think the division just became a lot more exciting with the Bears moves. I’d love to hear an honest appraisal of your feeling’s about Thompson’s approach to FA.

      How can we be mean to it my brothers? It’s starting to develop a soul.

    • BillW

      OK – here’s a “compliment”. You are correct, and you could have gone further (I expected you to) by saying it’s not hard to upgrade those two positions when they were so lacking

      But you didn’t, so kudos.

      • Johnnywad

        Aiding and abetting.

  • That Guy

    Some misses from Pace:

    – We offered a four year deal to Gresham, but he’s going back to Arizona on a one year prove it. Probably thinks he can get Dwayne Allen money with stronger catching stats this season.
    – We offered 4 years and $19M to CJ Anderson. That’s a surprise. (a) He wanted to play for Gase, so he signed for less in Miami. (b) We could have kept Forte for less. So Pace not as high on Langford and we thought, and must really figure Forte is done.
    – We lost Casey Hayward to the Chargers. But I think Porter got that contract and Pace doesn’t want to spend on Porter, Fuller and a third corner.
    – Looks like Akiem Hicks will sign with Detroit.

    None of these are terrible though. We made competitive offers to some guys, but ultimately decided not to break the bank on any one player. This shows good discipline from Pace. Also shows a recognition that there are a lot of holes to fill and no one player will fix our D.

    • SC Dave

      Jury will be out til midseason for me on RB I imagine. Pace just made us a better team almost certainly. But I still think more so with Forte, and it would not have in any imaginable way broken the bank

      • MB30SD

        So what if langy has a breakout year and just busts out… no more matty talk?

        …or will it still be an issue if matty has an even ok year with the j e t s?

        • Irish lamenting for Bmarsh part deux

          • Irish Sweetness

            Still lamenting for Bmarsh part un!

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          no if matty only has ok year it won’t be his fault. the matty lovers will say it’s because either Geno Smith or Bryce Petty was the QB of the Jets,

          P.S. I am just waiting to see BM meltdown when Smith is bouncing passes his way.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh that will be a thing to see!

          • MB30SD

            oh that shit is coming, it’s pretty much a forgone conclusion.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I just don’t feel we’re set there. Perry is 6’1, 210 I guess …. maybe.

    • willbest

      Fuller isn’t really being paid. He is only like a 2.5 million cap hit in year 3 of a rookie deal.

      • That Guy

        Still, he’s a player that you want to see as a starter. Pace might figure he doesn’t want a third CB that “should” be starting.

        • willbest

          I thought we spend like 55% of the time in nickel though.

          • That Guy

            We do, but nickel corner is really a different position. You cover different routes, a different kind of receiver, different zones. A few teams have tried to get three prototypical outside corners and it frequently doesn’t work out.

        • Trac

          Barb would turn over in his grave. He thought Kyle Fuller hung the moon. Hee hee.

          I still laugh thinking about Barb’s Belicheat big boy 3 CB bullshit. Hahaha.

    • Akiem Hicks is still in Chicago, after showing up on Friday.

      Postponed Detroit visit 2x now.

      • That Guy
      • BillW

        We get him and I go from satisfied to very impressed with Mr. Pace. I had him signing with Detroit for various reasons (money, indoor play, money, Faster field, money)

    • Johnnywad

      That’s a pretty good push thus far when coupled with the guys he did sign.

    • BillW

      “None of these are terrible though. ”

      To quote one of our new regulars – YES.

      • That Guy

        Agreed. And some of them may turn out to be good “lay downs.” I like Hayward, but I don’t know that I like him $15M.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “b) We could have kept Forte for less.”

      Yes, but that wouldn’t have stopped Forte from turning 31 in early December instead of JUST turning 25 last month as was the case with Anderson.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m surprised they offered that to CJA. That tips the hat to an Elliott signing, or a trade-down to grab Henry. Elliott is better and cheaper, no?

      If Hicks is gone, Terrance Knighton is still out there. 355lbs of pot-roast.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        Hicks is a bear

        • Irish Sweetness

          GTFO!

  • Trac

    Hey Os? I’m curious, just how little was his(Kyle Longs) “little brother?”

  • That Guy

    Seems like the one area that the team got worse this off-season is offensive playmakers. We lost Forte. We’ll likely lose Marty B. We might lose Miller as well. And Kevin White is still a question mark. Jeffery is also a question mark long term.

    All of a sudden, a defense focused draft might turn into a search for good offensive weapons. What are the blog’s thoughts on either of the following players being taken at #11:

    Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State (some are calling him a superstar)

    Will Fuller, WR, ND (think Tavon Austin or Amari Cooper)

    • Johnnywad

      I’m pretty confident White will be for real. So White, Jeffrey, Langford (with breakaway speed in year 2), Royal, Grassu in year 2, Long back at Guard and no Ducasse…….seems like they’re already pretty set on O to me.

      • That Guy

        You had start listing offensive linemen because the list of playmakers is so short. We’ve got some good players, but we need more guys.

        With or without Mills, we need more talent at TE.
        With or without White, we have room for another WR, especially one that can return kicks.
        And we still need running back #3 (who could really be #1) in the main rotation.

        • Johnnywad

          Is there a team in the league with more playmakers than that? Most teams aren’t just loaded with 1’s, 2’s,and 3’s across the board

          • That Guy

            True, but most teams in the league are looking to add weapons.

            Seems like the magic formula in this league is to have three certifiable passing threats on the field on every play. We’ll have Jeffery, White and who? I guess Royal, but we’re not going to play 11 personnel every down.

        • Irish Sweetness

          We have 4 decent backs and Lasike at FB.

        • Johnnywad

          In listing the O Line I was really just thinking about how much better the skill positions look when the line play improves dramatically.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Don’t forget Perry. He’s got afterburners too, and 210 on top of it.

        • Johnnywad

          Be nice to see a few more of those

    • Trac

      I’m guessing the Bears will match or beat any offers Zack Miller gets.

      • Hope so. Options are thin now.

      • That Guy

        I dunno. Pace has shown remarkable discipline thus far in free agency. If someone offers him $9M a season, I think the Bears will let him go.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          If somebody indeed offers Zach Miller $9m a year, then absolutely let him walk because that GM is certifiable.

          • That Guy

            I agree, but stuff happens.

          • MB30SD

            Exactly. I’m just hoping that if he does stay, he makes it more than a couple games before breaking down.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I watched a documentary on Zeke. He’s a good kid, and has the kind of makeup of a classic Bear back. He’d be a great signing, and a Bear legend for 8 years. 225lbs, so he gives you the bang as well as everything else.

      • SC Dave

        This, to me, would make letting Forte walk sensible. You would not want Forte AND an early first round RB.

    • Johnnywad

      Revision:

      With Nicks on board, I’d say Pace is free to draft just about whatever he wants.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Offense probably deserves a nod at 11.

        • MB30SD

          BPA with whichever of these are still on the board:

          Robinson
          Lawson
          Hargreaves (gone)
          Stanley
          Ramsey (gone)
          Jack
          Buckner

          • That Guy

            You would seriously still draft Jack at #11 if the first ten picks were the other 6 list plus Tunsil, Bosa and two other defensive guys?

          • MB30SD

            Not sure NB, I’m not up on all the draft guys. Just gave it a quick once over, too busy to really see the whole picture.

            You are the man with the master draft plan usually. You tell me sir.

          • That Guy

            I just meant after signing Freeman and Trevathan, would you still go ILB at #11?

  • Trac

    Jeff’s use of the term “Magical” is so theatrical. I’m guessing it’s Guinness inspired? Lol

    • BillW

      NTTAWWT!!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Let’s wait ’til we see what happens on the field before we get “Magical”.

      • Trac

        Hahaha. I’m 100% with ya Al. I thought using the term “Magical” in football required a game setting but what do I know.

        • AlbertInTucson

          This stuff almost ALWAYS look great on paper.

  • Trac

    Jess!!!

    • Big Mike
      • Irish Sweetness

        We’ll have our own Raji belly dance when VAdgers goes down!

        So what now? Goldman is a backup?

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Can we draft our franchise free safety now?

    • Big Mike
      • CanadaBear

        It’s hard to imagine a guy weighting 325 lbs and not looking fat. What a load!

    • Johnnywad

      Yes

    • Irish Sweetness

      Are we not happy with Amos and Quartey-Jones? Young guys who will look better with a pass rush and some more experience? They passed on Iloka. I think Pace is happy with them.

      • Johnnywad

        Amos is a SS isn’t he? Quartey-Jones hasn’t done enough for me to annoint him a starter. He had a couple of nice plays down the stretch, but we haven’t seen much of him.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They’re young dudes though. Amos impressed. QJ looks like he could be something. Rolle’s still there. We have a front 7 now, I think they’ll look much better this year at DB. It’s another corner we need.

      • MB30SD

        Quartey-Jones had one decent game. one yo.

        He ain’t no practice squad player or nuthin’, but still.

    • I was thinking, now that we have a better Dline and and ILB, maybe Myles Jack can make sense now.

      He can be SS/OLB hybrid.

      Move over Amos to FS. Imagine that. Jack and Amos potrolling the deep end. That’s some serious wood.

      And on obvious pass downs, Jack can cover the TE, or pass rush.

      If I were a D, I would love to have Jack and just move him around all over in subpackages.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Lee isn’t coming off a knee injury.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I’d take either one, don’t get me wrong…although I’d be surprised if Jack is there when we pick. Could trade down for Lee, and pick up our TE with the extra 2nd rounder. Bang Bang.

  • Shady

    He had no intention of ever playing for the Loins.

  • MB30SD

    Magical

    • Big Mike

      You know how much better the Bears now are up the middle of the defense. A legitimate NT 3 technique for the 3-4. Freeley and Travathan just got better. Willie Goldman. Just got better. Our secondary just got better.

      • That Guy

        So what is that?

        —– Houston — Hicks — Goldman
        Young — Freeman — Trevathan — McPhee

        That’s a huge improvement. We can add rookie talent pretty much all over, but that’s a nice group of starters right there.

        • Big Mike

          hard to say about the front 3. Goldman and Hicks are very similar. More suited to NT, but you can move those guys around. Lot of reps to spread out. Curious to see what Fangio does there

          • Johnnywad

            He’s going to kick some ass. That’s what he’s going to do there. Damn, this all feels pretty good. Don’t forget what Pace, Fox and Fangio were able to do with no names like Callahan either. Plug a few more guys like that in here and there around our new found defensive core, and this is a very different unit.

          • Big Mike

            Yes

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not forgetting Terry Fucking Williams.

          • Big Mike

            I forgot about that guy. Big kid from ECU. Wasn’t drafted. Didn’t play a lot at ECU suspended, injured. But some said he had Vince Wilfork potential. Good speed. Did he get on the field at all last year. I seem to remember he was active for a game or two.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Isn’t Houston an OLB now?

          We’re thin at DE.

  • MB30SD

    You’re not leaving Halas until we have a deal done son… Detroit sucks anyway.

    ~ pace

    • That Guy

      I’m imagining they brought in Spice Adams to show him all the best restaurants (and neighborhoods with good schools). Great job Pace.

    • Big Mike

      Dude it’s f’n Detroit. Who wants to live there? Bring it home in Chicago and you are a made man for life

  • Trac

    I loved Kyle Longs tweet and I’m paraphrasing ” The linebackers should be happy, we just signed Colossus.”

  • Irish Sweetness

    Awesome!!

  • MB30SD
    • With Massie’s arrival, the Bears are expected to move Long from right
      tackle back to right guard, the position he played his first two NFL
      seasons in 2013-14. Asked during an interview about playing next to his
      friend, Massie said: “It’s going to be good for us and bad for
      d-linemen. I’m ready to do it; bust some heads together.”

      Bear boner half mast!

  • Irish Sweetness

    NFL.COM really slow to report on Hicks. No word yet.

  • That Guy

    Okay, so in the wake of all these signings, here’s my new Bears Big Board.

    Round 1:
    Laremy Tunsil, OT
    DeForest Buckner, DT/DE
    Jalen Ramsey, S (Rover)
    Ezekiel Elliot, RB
    A’Shawn Robinson, DT/DE
    Carson Wentz, QB
    Joey Bosa, DE/OLB
    Vernon Hargreaves, CB
    Ronnie Stanley, OT
    Will Fuller, WR
    Leonard Floyd, OLB
    Reggie Ragland, ILB
    Myles Jack, ILB

    Round 2 notables:
    Dak Prescott, QB
    Austin Hooper, TE
    Jonathan Bullard, DE
    Darian Thompson, S

    Round 3 notables:
    Jerell Adams, TE
    Jeremy Cash, S
    Carl Nassib, DE
    James Bradberry, S/CB

    • That Guy

      I doubt he makes it, but Prescott as our backup quarterback signed in Round 2 is really intriguing to me. A nice mixed draft with quite a bit of luck might be:
      1 – Ramsey, S
      2 – Prescott, QB
      3 – Nassib, DE
      4 – C.J. Prossis, RB
      5 – Anthony Zettel, DE
      6 – Vincent Valentine, DT; Hassan Ridgeway, NT; Henry Krieger-Coble, TE
      7 – Clint Van Horn, OT

    • No to Ezekiel. I just wouldn’t be able to rationalize giving up Forte to use #11 on a HB.

      One of the reasons to let Forte walk as to save some $ for the D, and drafting a HB that high (when we have no clue if Ezekiel could even match Forte’s production) would sorta defeat that purpose.

      The other major reason was that Langford showed promise.

      If Langford, Carey and Jizz crash and burn, then next year we can talk (but even then, late round HBs are aplenty)

      • Irish Sweetness

        We were paying Matt what, 8 or 9 million? This kid will work his first four years for us for peanuts, and we can let him walk.

        As a pure runner (I don’t know of his abilities as a receiver), he’d look to be a more explosive type than Forte? More of a banger. He’s 225lbs on a slightly smaller frame. Good quality kid.

        This is not a highlight reel, but it’s worth a look. He’s going to be really good for somebody. I hope it’s us. Henry’s sheer size/speed turns me on more, but he won’t be there at 41. Zeke might be there at 11.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVNMRLAs-U0

        • Big Mike

          Forte signed for $4 million a year. 3 year deal $8 million guaranteed

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Drafting a HB at #11 – no thanks.

      • They didn’t let Matt go to save money.

        They let Matt go because paying an aging RB is a losing proposition.

        • That Guy

          They offered CJ Anderson more than we would have had to pay Forte. Pace cut Forte because he’d rather lose him a year early than a year late.

          • consistently good teams consistently make that decision. I have been saying for 4 years that Emery nailed Forte’s contract, as long as he lets Forte walk when it’s over.

            New GM, but nailed it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      God I hope Wentz is gone before we pick. If our first – or any – pick is a QB I’ll cough up a nut.
      I’ve seen A’shawn available for us in the second …. Bosa will perobably be gone in the top 4?
      I thought Laquon was the consensus top WR? The DUI probably drops Prescott a few rounds.

      Sure do like seeing Elliott that high though. Granted that we’re not going to see him at 41, I’d pull the trigger on him. I didn’t think we were after another back, and was surprised to see us go after CJ.

      We’ll get Elliott’s best years for dirt cheap.

      • That Guy

        I expect a lot of those guys to be gone. I posted a “big board” meaning ranking my top prospects from #1 down. As teams above us draft, you just cross guys off the list.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • Bearer of great news!

    • Biggsy too, so it’s practically offical.

      Bears signed DE Akiem Hicks to a two-year contract.

      He had a visit scheduled with the Lions, but never left theWindy City. Hicks, 26, was acquired by New England via trade from New Orleans last October and earned Pro Football Focus’ No. 14 defensive
      tackle grade among 70 qualifiers, logging 23 tackles and three sacks. At 6-foot-5, 318, Hicks will give the Bears another big-bodied presence alongside NT Eddie Goldman (6’4/336) to shield new ILBs Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman from would-be blockers. – Roto via Biggs

  • AlbertInTucson

    “6-foot-5, 324-pounder …84-inch wingspan and 10 ¼-inch hands’

    Um that’s MR. Hicks, if you please.

  • AlbertInTucson

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    • The GP Experiment

      It’s like Wolfgang Puck at Spago’ during it’s prime.

  • That Guy
  • It’s been a FANSTASTIC FA for bears, Hicks being the cherry on top.

    However, I am a lil worried about the TE position and the fact that both Gresham and CJ anderson took less $ elsewhere than what the Bears offered.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fuckem. With 9 picks we could draft two TEs, and if Perry’s 6’1 210 frame isn’t enough, then we can draft (maybe) Elliott or Henry. If we have backs and receivers (we do need to sign a vet WR), then we could use Tayo as an extra tackle in place of a TE, or we draft Henry and use him as a receiving TE sometimes (he can run routes). I can’t think of many teams (maybe NE and CLE) that rely on TEs.

      CJ Anderson is 5’8. Admittedly stocky at 225lbs but we have 3 backs of small stature. If we want a banger, then there is a specimen in this draft, but we would need to trade down to get him.

      They don’t like the Bears? I do. Fuckem. Their loss.

      • Johnnywad

        They’ve already got Jeffrey, White, Royal and Mariani. As far as wide receivers go, they’re really just looking four mor 4’s and 5’s like Mariani to battle it out in camp.

        • CanadaBear

          I think you listed Mariani for Wilson in the first sentence. Never say never when it comes to rosters but I think the Bears are pretty well set at WR for this year.

          • Johnnywad

            I may get killed for saying it but I think Mariani may be a better option than Wilson. He made some key 3rd down catches last year. Wilson seems to me more hype than skill/talent.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t agree with ya but I can see where you’re coming from. I thought Wilson finally took the next step before he got hurt. His route running seemed more crisp and he looked like he was going full gas instead of pussy footing around.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Barring injury.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Nah. KW or AJ goes down and we’re back to square one with Cutty holding his dick in his hand pissing into the wind. And you know AJ will be missing time.
          Need another 6’3 baller who knows what’s up.

    • Big Mike

      Always something to worry about. Bears got younger, better and meaner on defense. Positioned themselves extremely well for the draft. Pace basically said, last year we made due with what we had. A lot of guys drafted for a different scheme, guys that have high character, good athletes just not good enough.

      Bennett is still under contract. If nothing happens, he is a Bear. He can hold out, he can pout, he can bitch and moan. But if want’s any $ he’ll be at camp. CJ Anderson took a look at Kadeem Carey and Jeremy Langsford and said, nah.. Jermaine Gresham gave a home team discount, for a team that should compete for the SB next year. Understandable.

      Go Bears!

      • willbest

        CJ Anderson looked at Miami and said, they might go to the playoffs.

        I might also point out that FL has no income tax, whereas IL has 3.75% So the 17.25 mil he got from them is roughly the same as the 18 mil we reportedly offered.

        • Big Mike

          My point is there were a number of reasons for him to go to Miami that do not amount to rejection of more money to play there. He’ll be the man there, offers the same after taxes. All things being equal, Miami.. pro athlete.. hmmm

          • Bender McLugh

            personally I think you nailed it with him wanting to be the featured guy and not in a sharing situation in Chicago.

  • BillW

    Oh what a beautiful morning! Rain, fog, gloomy. . .
    Nah! Hicks is a Bear. Three of the front 7. Four if you count Goldman. 5 if you count the future pro bowler at pick 11 (unless Pace goes a different route, which he now has the flexibility to do).

    Just like he solved the guard problem by getting a tackle, he improved the secondary by stocking the front seven.

    With young guys, not guys with maybe a year or two left.

    Very impressive. Haven’t seen one in a while so I’m not sure but this guy sure looks like a real GM!

  • BillW

    A certain white safety whose name is better not mentioned signed a 1 year with Tampa Bay.

    • Scharfinator

      They re-upped him? Wow.

      • willbest

        For the record, He had 2 INT, 6 PD, 2 FF, 59 tackles, and 20 assists in 14 games. Which would have ranked him as the best DB on the Chicago Bears in 2015 based on stat line.

        He was never awful. Its hard to be Earl Thomas when the 7 guys in front of you aren’t doing their job either. He wasn’t good though, and he was always hurt.

        • Scharfinator

          How many times did he take the wrong line and miss a RB entirely?

          • Johnnywad

            Every time. Those tackles are all down field on the third cut back most likely.

          • willbest

            A bunch, but how many times was the RB his primary or even secondary responsibility? If your safety leads your team in tackles he either needs to be all-pro or you need better players in front of him.

          • The GP Experiment

            he was brittle, like peanut

          • Scharfinator

            Oh, no doubt the Buc’s were a dumpster fire.

            But this signing is like saving some of the dumpster’s contents.

  • Big Mike

    Gentleman, feast your eyes on Post FA, Pre Draft defense. Can you say way, way better?
    http://i.imgur.com/bEYA3Nd.jpg

    • willbest

      How much time at DE did Ego get last season?

      Who plays behind Rolle?

      • Big Mike

        Ferguson got hurt week 5 and was done. He started 1 game in the first 4. As you know, starts for the DL aren’t as important as some other spots because of the rotations. He was suppossed to be a better fit to move to a 3-4 than Will Sutton. (don’t forget about that guy..) As for our secondary? We’ve got spare parts.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I thought Harold Q-J was starting over Rolle.

        • willbest

          Rolle was on IR half way through the season.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Wasn’t he playing like shit though before he got hurt?

    • CanadaBear

      That front three weighs 1,000 lbs.

      • Big Mike

        That’s what you should have in a 3-4. And you should have a bunch of them, because the big dogs get tired.

    • That Guy

      Saw that this morning.

      Three things jump out at me:

      1) Ego can probably be the third man in a “big guy” rotation with Hicks and Goldman, particularly when we play 2-4-5. But I don’t feel as good with all three on the field at the same time.
      2) PFF (author of that chart) rates Porter as a poor corner. Many on the blog have concerns about him. Pace obviously believes in him, and I hope he’s right.
      3) Rolle is a nice vet presence, but I’m not comfortable with him as a 16 game starter. We need another safety on the roster.

      Beyond that, depth is needed everywhere and we can always improve the pass rush.

      • Big Mike

        Ego is a nice ball player. Our secondary is better because of what we have up front, but it is still not enough. Rolle might play 16 games, he might play 1. Old guys break down easier. Porter looked good in some games, showed an ability to make plays, struggled some other days. Might benefit the MOST from QBs have a click less time. Fuller and Amos should both improve. But upgrades and depth could be used at every spot. If McManis is on the field other than special teams, we’ve got a problem. Also that Quarterly dash whatever guy. Not so great.

        • That Guy

          I agree that Ego is a good player to have in the DT rotation, but I don’t like having all three big men on the line. We’ll need more true DE guys with more lateral speed, particularly if we want to credibly drop our OLBs into coverage.

          That’s why I listed Houston as a DE when I projected out the line yesterday. You have Hicks, Goldman and Ego rotate at NT and RDE blazing a trail for McPhee and the rest of the pass rush. You have a faster guy at LDE with the ability to handle a larger space and free up the coverage guys behind him, which gives more support to the pass rush on the other side.

          • Big Mike

            hicks can get side to side unbelievably for his size. sometimes the bears will be in the 2-5-4 defense. All of that is up to Fangio.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Don’t like Ferguson or Houston in there. Got to be the draft pick, guy yet to be signed or even Terry Wiiliams (but that essentially puts 3 NTs on the line).

      Rolle over Quartey-Jones? Happy to let that one play out in camp. We look to be another season of FA and drafting away from the Lombardi squad. The perfect storm should be the season after this one.

      • Big Mike

        Ego is a good ball player. There will be a rookie in the mix. But even if they pick a DT at 11, I don’t think he beats Ego out, at the start of the year. That’s the beauty of rookie DTs. They don’t have to start to make an impact and cut their teeth. Quartey-Jones (heretofore referred to as “dash”, was pressed into duty and didn’t look ready.

        This is where a lot of people, myself included, thought we were in the 2nd year of the trestman era. Thinking was ok, this year we get to the playoffs and build from there. $#%#@)@!#_(* . Little did we know his koom by yah approach was sapping the manliness out of our team. His lack of leadership set the bears back 2-3 seasons.

        I like the trajectory. Lombardi competition starts with making the playoffs. Nothing is guaranteed after that.

        • Irish Sweetness

          ‘Dash’ works. Or ‘double barrel’.

      • Ososfan

        Irish, it’s actually “Jones-Quartey” I don’t want to diss any of you guys, just saying sir.

        • Johnnywad

          It is isn’t it? I vote we just refer to him as “Q”. His name just has too many moving parts for me.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I do that. Akiem Nicks, etc. Thank you, sir. And apologies to his mother-father for whichever person I mistakenly attributed to shotgun in their attempt to elevate themselves to British landed gentry.

    • MB30SD

      what are the colors/numbers mike?

      • Big Mike

        PFF grades

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Our new ILB is not a Coby Fleener fan.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25516324/ex-teammate-blasts-coby-fleener-for-shots-at-colts-thats-what-little-girls-do
    ““Fleener, he didn’t have the [guts]. That [bleep] pisses me off. And he must’ve been looking in the mirror when he did the interview.
    “I despise guys like that. That’s what little girls do, talk about you when you’re not around. I’m a grown man. If I see something I don’t like, I’m going to go have a face-to-face convo with that player/players and we are going to get an understanding! I feel like I had a hand in building what’s over there [in Indianapolis], so he’s [bleeping] on me, too.
    “That’s a bitch move.
    “You can print all that, brotha!””

    I really like this guy.

    • The GP Experiment

      He called Fleener a pussy and a bitch.

      • MB30SD

        i saw the same thing on the field

      • Now u know why i call him girly thor jr, but he’s taking it to another level

    • Scharfinator

      He’s pissed. I hope he is perpetually mad. THAT’s what I want from a LB.

  • Frank Schoenburg

    Rob Housler resigned!

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Well, we have Housler under contract.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Brandon Boykin, please? Thank you, Mr. Pace.

  • The GP Experiment

    So is this the 1st and 10 line up for the D on opening day (pre-draft)?

    Hicks-Goldman-Unrein

    McPhee-Trevethan-Freeman-(Houston or Acho)

    Fuller – Rolle – Amos – Porter

    Looking at that, we want a safety in at least the 2nd round.

    • Sactowns#1

      A) We have $20+ million to spend, I imagine we will see a few more players get picked up in FA
      B) If Shaq Lawson falls to us then Unrein will be #2 behind the rookie. And if that happens then I don’t care who the hell our DB’s are.

      • The GP Experiment

        Amos to Strong?

        Can Vonn start Day 1?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVKhHzfpv2E

        • MB30SD

          maybe, but taking him @ 11 is a serious stretch pick… he’s consensus being taken at the very back of the 1st right now, and could easily slip into top 5 2nd.

          • The GP Experiment

            I would like to go for him in 2, if he was still there.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I’d buy that for a dollar.

          • Usually, a top 3 safety falls to the 2nd where we’re at.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And if Henry was on the board?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Why would we draft more safeties? We have two promising young safeties already.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          He’s kinda small, isn’t he? Not even 200lbs?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fuck that. Not at 11, not anywhere.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Shaq Lawson is 6’3. No likey. Small DE.

    • That Guy

      Young also in the mix at OLB

      • Irish Sweetness

        Young top-sacker with McPhee last season.

    • Houston is a DE if i remember correctly

      • Ososfan

        Ego is too, he was hurt most of the season but supposedly was doing OK and improving.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Houston is listed as OLB on Da Site.

    • SC Dave

      I like Unrein at FB

    • Irish Sweetness

      Nah, Amos and QJ not good enough. Rolle’s there. Witht he pass rush / fron 7 we’ll have going, the DBs will look great. Amos and HQJ are another year in the system, they’ll be fine.

  • The GP Experiment
    • That Guy

      If the draft plays out that way, I’m down with that pick.

    • The Bears would be smart drafting Dline, but with the upgraded lineup, it might come down to if they like Washington and Sutton more at DE then the guy on the board.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Man, fuck those guys already.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      It works for me

    • Ososfan

      I hope so!!!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      “He can rush from the inside and outside and will let the defense have more variety up front.”

      That all sounds very desirable as does 6′ 7″ and 287.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t get how people call him a DT at 6’7 and 287? But if we draft him, then that’s where he’ll be, and we’ll be in the playoffs. We win the NFCN for sure. And if we get Henry in the 2nd somehow, fuhgeddaboutit.

  • MB30SD
    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i thought he wanted to go to a contender?

    • RenoBear

      Would’ve been nice to have him.. But I don’t know 4yr/26.5 million? I know he’s a badass, but seems a bit high for guy on wrong side of 30… Fuck it we can draft whoever we fuckin want now

      • Sactowns#1

        Yeah, he would have taken too much of a chunk out of our FA money. Hopefully we can pick up one O lineman and one more D lineman.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He raped the Ravens. That’s silly money.

    • Johnnywad

      Pace’s FA policy doesn’t appear to include old dudes. I’m fine with that. If Weddle was the only missing piece, that’s different.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis
    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Fuck Raji!!!

    • willbest

      Sort of sad. He bet on himself and lost. Probably would have been 16 million richer if he had taken the extension he was offered instead of getting hurt and ending up making half as much and then barely making league min. Still he made $23 million (gross) and has a super bowl ring and a trip to the pro bowl, so it was a successful NFL career.

      I hope he can manage the next task, shedding down to the sub 230 lb category of a non athlete.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I’m betting he heads the other direction. Just a guess.

      • Irish Sweetness

        If $23 million isn’t enough ….

    • AlbertInTucson

      He says he’s taking 2016 off and is keeping the possibility open to return in 2017.

      He was a 2009 draft pick.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        may be a smart move. Fully heal up and sign a couple of 1yr deals in 2017-2020.

        • AlbertInTucson

          He must be hurting. NFL radio says he walked away from a decent offer from the packers for 2016.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I’m actually surprised more guys don’t do it. Maybe you lose your momentum, out of sight out of mind with teams, etc.
            A nutritionist, a massage therapist, a personal trainer and chef and that Michael Jackson oxygen chamber that Forte uses and he’ll be all good. Just stay away from the Taco Bell man, damn.

      • BillW

        In the meantime Ted Thompson has no use fro any of the free agents out there.

  • Trac

    Magical Season anyone?

    Ok boys, it’s time to hitch a tune to Jeff’s “Magical” theme, take your pick and the floor is open to suggestions.

    So far: Magic Bus, Magical Mystery Tour, Magic Man.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pdmbc20Mw2k

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qM0tzshqCb4

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mXOO7QVHgXs

    Tee Shirts idea’s?

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse
    • Trac

      Hahaha

  • AlbertInTucson

    Steelers’ Martavis Bryant is staring down the barrel of aa 1 year, unpaid vacation from football.

    • The GP Experiment

      he fucked up

      • AlbertInTucson

        Big time.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      like taking gasoline and match to millions of dollars.

      • willbest

        Better than having your wife do it.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          very true, but Grimes is already PAID. Bryant has 4th rd money and a weed problem which means he’s pretty much broke already.

          • MB30SD

            why in god’s name wouldn’t he take her aside and say, SHUT THE FUCK UP!! YOU’RE KILLING **OUR** MARKETABILITY AND EARNING POTENTIAL!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            haha, mang, Miko gives no fucks.

          • I could never for the life of me understand why some men marry loud mouth women.

            I mean, I know crazy bitches are by far the BEST in the sack, but you don’t marry them.

            But, it’s addiction, really. Poon addiction. You know she’s destructive. You know it’ll end badly. But who else will fuck you like she does outside whore houses?

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    I don’t think he’ll be there and I know we all hate switching around positions on guys but does Myles Jack at StrongSafety/Hybrid LB arouse any of you? I watch that guy and it looks like he’s a dad playing with all of his sons and their friends. faster, better body control, better instincts, etc. I think that guy is going to be a baller. I’d like him to be a Bear.
    Then I think DE or Rush LB and I confuse myself.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Let’s see what he looks like at Pro Day. Darron Lee gives you the same thing and he’s not coming off the meniscus tear. Also, Packers are interested in Lee, and I’d like to take their candy for once.
      And like you said, he will most likely not be there – Lee most likely will.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        very interesting sir.

      • Packers were also rumored to covet Shea…

        • Big Mike

          Oh man, that would be great.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          One can argue he was a better fit for their D at the time to begin with.

    • I feel exactly the same about Jack.

      I normally shy away from “smaller” LBs (like Kendricks) in the 1st.

      The book says Jack will be a PB WILL LB in a 4-3.

      BUT, Jack looks like he can tear that book up with his bare hands, eat it, then shit out a football player who would start over Shea.

      He looks very explosive. Elite level. The “quick twitch” that jumps off tape and makes scouts salivate. On top of that, he’s instinctive, aggressive, intelligent and clutch. Oh, and extremely athletic and versatile. I mean, he excelled at RB, S, Rush AND CB. CB!

      With the moves we made in FA, and undoubtedly continuing to ugprade the Dline through a deep class, I feel we can take a gamble on Jack. Our D on paper right doesn’t look dominant, but solid.

      Every team needs that guy to take it to the next level. A Von Miller, Urlacher, Matthews type, and Jack COULD be that guy for us.

      Jack shares a lot of those aforementioned traits with those dudes, and personally I would be totally pumped to have him on the team.

      At worst he’s like a Buchannon for us. At best he’s some sortof hybric badass that wreaks havoc and makes OCs pee in their pants.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        If he’s healthy (which should show tomorrow at Pro Day), he won’t be there at 11. If his knee is balky, he will be, but do we want to go through that again?

        • I’m not entirely sold that he’ll be a top 10 selection.

          ILBs rarely go top 10. They have to be absolute bad asses with no red flags.

          For instance, Kuechly who was perhaps the cleanest draftee since Von Miller and Lach still “only” went #9.

          Jack has two (albeith small) red flags. His knee like you mentioned and his size (and maybe even his true position). That might be enough to scare some teams off in the top 10.

          The medicals no one can say. Even teams disagree with each other.

          But IF his knee does clear by a majority consensus, then I say for sure pull the trigger at the very real possibility that he’ll be there for us.

          However, if a guy like Ramsey slides to us, that would be a great dilemma to have.

          (Now that I think about it, any blue chip player that slides to #11 might raise an eyebrow. )

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            If either one of those guys is there at 11, win-win.
            I’m just going to be shocked if that’s the case unless something drastic changes between now and end of April. Both are generally getting projected as top-5 guys.

          • ILBs are always projected higher in mocks. Then, GMs get really conservative when they’re on the clock.

            ILBs have to be ‘prototypical’ for them to go top 10 most of the time

            Then again, bad teams usually draft top 10, so you never know.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I’ve seen him projected as an OLB exclusively, but I get your point. If it’s him and Ramsey, I take Ramsey. No question.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Repeating myself but, Jack’s knee issue was cartilage, not a tendon, which, I’m told is the lesser of two evils.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I did not know that. I thought it was an ACL.

          • AlbertInTucson

            According to one of my local afternoon radio guys, it was “just cartilage”. He’s had knee surgery and he says cartilage vs. tendons is a whole different ball of wax.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Heard Jack say that he’s ready to and would have gone to the combine if it were up to him.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I wouldn’t cry if we draft him. He could play OLB. Nanny or Willie could be spelled, outplayed. Why not have the best LB corps in the NFL? I could live with that.

    • Trac
    • Irish Sweetness

      If I was looking for a project safety, he’d be 6’3 or 6’4, same as the guys he’s covering.

  • bearfacts

    Two top ten starting ILBs, a monster 5 tech DE/NT, a starting caliber RT, and the retention of his own best CB and for all five those deals total $76.5 mil with $34.25 mil guaranteed while Malik Jackson’s deal alone is for $85.5 mil with $42 mil guaranteed. So who got the better deal here Jax or the Bears?

    Now that’s the correct way to go about restocking your team!

    • Big Mike

      Yes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    R.I.P. Keith Emerson.

    Looking like a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    “Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends.
    We’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside.

    There behind the glass stands a real blade of grass.
    Be careful as you pass, move along, move along.”

    • Big Mike

      His music still feels fresh… First concert ever was at Soldier’s Field. ELP was the headliner, Foghat, Montrose, and I can’t remember who else played that day. Part of something called Summerfest, or Summer Jam

      • CanadaBear

        Was the Red Rocker singing for Montrose?

        • Big Mike

          No it was the Bob James era. Jump on it was their new release.

          • CanadaBear

            I figured it was probably a later edition. Man Ronnie Montrose could play.

          • Big Mike

            It was an amazing day of music.

    • Trac

      1. The show, she does.a. end, 2. I’m sure he was glad for a while, 3. How prophetic, 4., Be careful, very careful.

      • SC Dave

        Prophetic?? Lol

        • Trac

          Jess, as opposed to fake? 😉

          One day all the chillin’s will be crying because all the grass will be gone. He he.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    Who knows what this kid is going to turn into. He’s part machine now. Let’s hope it looks like this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpNVPq2XUKo

    • Big Mike

      Was rated as having more upside than amari cooper. Raw technique. Should have polished it with a bit relative to last year. Question is where is his speed after the injury.

      He was rated at 6.95 (6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player) 3rd fastest time in the draft, Tied for most reps at 225 for WR. (23). Of note.. this is 4 more than OPS/Chicken Dinner/Shea McClellin did) SMH

      http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/kevin-white?id=2552422

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        so the speed part is an unknown but the comforting part is that he’s a fucking huge dude that has strong hands and seemingly a great attitude. Even if he lost some speed he could focus on the craft and he’d still be an imposing figure out there against tiny DB’s and slower LB’s.

        • Big Mike

          He’s a stud. Paired with Jeffery. That’s going to be better than if Marshall was here. If Wilson continues to develop and royal can contribute and lend his moxy to the group. Bazinga

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Marshall was a technician and while things were good with him it was fun to watch. Then they all got hurt in the beginning of 2014 and it all went downhill. Remember when they all got leg injuries in game 1? haha, worst luck ever. Marshall played on legs that would keep most of us in bed.

          • Big Mike

            Marshall was very tough. On the field everything you could ask for. Never had the speed that White has. Which is why White has the potential to be a better complement to Jeffery. Or so they say..

          • Irish Sweetness

            if he walks like a stud, gets rated like a stud, drafted like a stud … and he has AJ on the other side of the field ….

          • Big Mike

            That’s the promise. Langford/White much faster, younger and cheaper than Marsahll/Forte. How that translates will determine a lot about the Bears.

      • SC Dave

        And exactly how does combine reps correlate to NFL success? Slightly better than jumping out of swimming pools?

        • Big Mike

          Not much at all. SC Dave, I was just citing the stat to bash on Shea a bit. There are about 10 exercises that would be a better measure of functional strength for the NFL. More importantly different position groups should have a portion of the combines/work out days on tests that are specific to the requirements of their positions. Hand speed, foot speed, having the big guys run a 20 yard dash, drills that measure punch, vs press and so on.

      • Irish Sweetness

        There are OL/DL guys that can’t do that many reps. That’s insane.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Bears’ Great “White” Hope?

    • The GP Experiment

      I was hoping that video could drop more N-bombs.

      I was like, “this rap is okay, but it needs more n-bombs per second.”

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        I require at least 25% Nbomb saturation with my rap.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          same here especially rap used in player highlight videos.

          • Ososfan

            Deforest Buckner’s highlight actually has Christian rap. I didn’t even notice, it’s pretty good.

          • Irish Sweetness

            DMX ‘My Nigga’. Ai’ight?

      • Ososfan

        Lmao! Y’all are too much! Hahaha

      • Irish Sweetness

        Quentin T is working on it.

  • Philosophical question of the day. Do paradoxes exist? If so, does that mean that reality in inherently irrational and therefore, random and forever mysterious.

    Or are paradoxes an illusion, exposing only our insufficient power of intelligence or imagination to properly understand them?

    • beninnorcal

      Here’s a paradox for you. If god is all-powerful and his abilities are limitless, can he make a corn dog so big that even HE couldn’t eat it?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Trick question – I’m pretty sure the doctor won’t let Ditka eat corndogs anymore.
        Damn nitrates.

        • The GP Experiment

          Ditka v Trump in a cage match. Tony Clifton is the ring MC.

          Who wins?

          • Bender McLugh

            The audience

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            +1968 blog points.

          • SC Dave

            Nice. Like the Barbary pirates one i did 🙂

      • Ah, the stone variation.

        I think some porn stars can eat a bigger corn dog than god.

      • MB30SD

        how long is a piece of string ben

        • BillW

          Good one. And others, like “Can you dig half a hole?” And exactly how many whiskers do you need to remove before you no longer have a beard?” (Probably a special edition of that one for Neckbeard Orton)

          • AlbertInTucson

            How high is up?

        • beninnorcal

          Damn good question, MB.

        • Irish Sweetness

          The distance between one end and the other. BOOM!

          Answer, yo.

          And which came first, the chicken or the egg? The egg, obviously. Unless chickens just appear out of thin air.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Inspired by a George Carlin routine from the classic comedy album, CLASS CLOWN.

        “Uh fodda, if gawd is all powerful could he make a rock so big dat he, himself could not lift it?”

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I’ll take, “Shit that Marc Trestman used to write on the chalkboard at halftime for $1000, Alex”.

    • Trac

      The only 2 things you need to know is A) Always pay your taxes on time and B) One day you will die.

      It may be possible to get around A., but B. is a certainty.

      • BillW

        B may be sooner if you ignore A.

      • The GP Experiment

        C) if you take enough Quaaludes, Cosby will rape you.

        • Trac

          The life of an intern really needs to be examined doesn’t it?

      • Bender McLugh

        Tell that to Walt Disney’s servered head, say in about 30 years

        • Trac

          Hmm..jess, King Tut might agree with you.

      • willbest

        I was reading a story the other day that said if you are under 40 years old there is a good chance the technology will exist that you could live forever.

    • BillW

      Paradoxes clearly exist. But remember they are “defined” by humans – who always look to label stuff we don’t really understand to begin with.

      In fact, it’s one of those words that I assumed I understood until I tried to define it or come up with examples. I found I really couldn’t – and even in Wiki, the only ones I understood to (in their paradoxicitty) were the probability ones.

      Others, like saying “This statement is false” are really just limitations in words.

      Of course, it all comes doen to what your definition of is is.

      • SC Dave

        First paragraph is why gods exist in human mythology. Even the monotheistic ones.

      • Irish Sweetness

        My favorite one : could God create a rock so great that even she couldn’t move it? A limit to her power either way. Sweet.

    • Bender McLugh

      It’s both, hence paradox

    • Irish Sweetness

      One thing I feel in my waters, but cannot prove, is that singularities are total and utter bollocks.
      It’s a codeword for ‘we don’t know’.

  • The GP Experiment

    Is Ted Thompson doing NOTHING this FA season?

    Cheesy?

    • Bender McLugh

      What have we told you about feeding the damn Trolls!

      • SC Dave

        Cheesy is not a regular troll. He’s sorta ok. Sometimes.

        • The GP Experiment

          He’s transcended regular asshole-dom into a paradoxical state that only Hawking could describe, and even he would just use equations.

          It’s where an asshole collapses into itself and comes out the other side. It’s like a garden variety prolapse, but much more metaphysical.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            metaphysical prolapse. I think I saw them at the Riv.

          • The GP Experiment

            they opened for Balloon Knot.

          • MB30SD

            ooohhhh, they’re good!

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            whose drummer and lead guitarist got their start with Dirt Star playing clubs down in central florida circa ’92.

          • The GP Experiment

            And Dirt Star was the Packers QB in Super Bowl I.

            Way to bring it full circle, Waffle!

          • MB30SD

            burst asshole… as my uncle likes to call them

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      You have to say his name two more times before he appears.

    • Trac
    • BillW

      Raji decides he’s taking a year off, and Ted Thompson continues to say “that’s OK, we have Aaron Rodgers.” The guy who gets 15 yard penalties called on the other team when they brush his face mask even though he can’t be a passer since he already passed the ball once.” When you got officials making up rules to keep you in the game, you don’t need any free agents.

    • willbest

      Packer fans I have talked to are hoping to snag Bennett.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        I would really enjoy watching Rodgers reaction to Bennett making the wrong read on an option route. I’m sure it will go well.

      • can’t we just IR him again if we hear he’s going to GB?

        Fuck that guy.

        Trade him to the Browns for a conditional sandwich

    • TBC

      Mike Daniels 4/$42!

  • The GP Experiment
    • MB30SD

      LC hands down. By virtue of bigger boobies alone. I would have wore linda’s ass like a hat… probably even up until a about 10-15 years ago.

      Check this out… had a date with a girl yesterday (a hot sistah), fun date. She texts me this today:

      “Happy Monday!” http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Steak+and+Blowjob+Day

      • Big Mike

        The wonder woman now is missing some parts.

      • Cormonster

        When my brother was engaged, he got that day once a month. After he got married, I never heard about that again.

      • CanadaBear

        You guys might be interested in this.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUf18L6_cJQ

        • MB30SD

          wtf are those impact stickers. fucking my shit up

    • Irish Sweetness

      Lynda was my girl – and she’s still beautiful.

  • Shady

    It’s Miller time ya’ll! Two mo’ years!

    • Trac

      Knew it. He tested the waters and yup, it was too cold out dare.

      • Shady

        Can’t blame him for trying.

        • Big Mike

          absolutely not. While I was employed, I’d often try to get offers to encourage HR to move me up.

          • MB30SD

            whore

          • Shady

            Now you’re projecting.

            Mike is just leveraging his position by getting his paper on the street maaaaaing.

          • Big Mike

            Ha. I was at a University. They had so many rules about how to get a raise, promotions were tough.. The easiest way was an offer from somewhere else. I didn’t want to move at the the time. Traded it in, to start my own business. Haven’t held a job since. Started, Bought, sold a couple companies. At it again one more time..

    • Big Mike
    • Big Mike

      nice snag shady.

      • Shady

        Tanks coach.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      I like that deal. It gets him some well deserved coin and gives him a chance to make a ton more with PRODUCTION. It’s fucking MILLER TIME.

    • willbest

      Now we just need to get something for Bennett. Turn one of those 6th rounders into a 4th at the very least.

      • That Guy

        That’d be nice. There’s a lot of talent in the middle rounds of this draft.

    • AlbertInTucson
    • Phew.
      Going from Bennet and Miller to Rosario and (fill in the blank) would’ve been a blow.

      I’m also happy that the Bears made a competitive offer to Gresham (who’s a stud blocker, and would’ve complemented Miller well) while ignoring girly thor jr and not paying outlandish $ for Allen.

      Steelers got some good value in Green though.
      That O is gonna be ridicules.

      • Johnnywad

        Khari Lee. Dodged a bullet there.

        This is like some kind of bizarro Bears world where our GM looks at the team and says “You know what? We really suck at ILB. I think I’ll go get one. What the hell, I’ll get two.”.

        It’s so much better than just trotting out pieces of shit year in and year out with some kind of bullshit rationale attached.

        • Irish Sweetness

          We have Sinclair Gannon (6’7) and Rob Housler too.

          Anyone follow Missouri? What’s that Marcus Lucas kid like? He’s huge for a WR. Sitting on the bottom of our roster. 6’4, 235.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            There’s probably a reason he’s at the bottom of the roster.

  • MB30SD

    GP, probably the only Drakkar machine I’d happily be seen in public in: http://uncrate.com/stuff/1971-lamborghini-miura-sv/

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    I was starting to get nervous about Miller there…. Whew.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse
  • That Guy

    Three trade scenarios for Marty B.

    Cleveland: Browns need a TE and have a ton of draft picks including two in the fourth round. We send Marty to Cleveland plus a sixth for one of their fourth rounders (111 or 115). Biggest issue is that Marty will likely not want to go to Cleveland.

    Denver: Marty would love Denver I’m sure. Broncos have two fifth round picks. We take an extra fifth rounder for Marty straight up. If the Broncos don’t want to offer a 5th straight up, we could do a conditional 2017 7th from the Bears if Marty doesn’t stay on their roster a second season.

    Atlanta: Schottenheimer at OC means the Falcons have some ability to deal with large egos and can make Marty agree to the trade. The Falcons don’t have much in the way of extra picks, but they would also be good candidates for taking a Bears 6th in exchange for a 4th or maybe even a 3rd. Dream scenario, but unlikely, would be trading Marty plus two 6th rounders for the Falcon’s high 3rd rounder.

    • Broncos are kinda tight with their $, and no doubt Marty wants to get paid. Elway seems like a frugal douche. They gave up a 6th for Davis, and that might have soured the milk.

      Browns make the most sense. NO ONE want to go over there. No one likes Marty. Seems like a match made in heaven. Also, the Browns are reeling right now. They lost so many in FA, getting Marty might be a moral booster (man, how horrible is that?)

      Can Marty reject any trade though?

      Atlanta is a long shot, IMO.

      Maybe the Rams since they lost out on Miller? L.A. Zany. Marty likes the sound of his own voice, and promoting himself whenever possible.

      He’d fit right in over here.

      • The GP Experiment
      • willbest

        No Bennett cannot reject a trade however

        1) The team will want to extend him in order to maximize their value out of him

        2) If he isn’t happy he isn’t likely to be particularly productive.

        • That Guy

          The nice thing about Marty is that he’s all about the money. He’ll take the bigger contract over the better win/loss record.

          Would love to turn our sixth rounder into a second day pick. The Browns need a headline to finish off FA. This wouldn’t be a bad move.

      • Big Mike

        Bitch is under contract. He can be unhappy here. He won’t sit out of training camp. If Bears can’t trade him, that sets his market value. I don’t see POX letting him go for nothing. In fact his value goes up the longer they wait.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          This.

    • willbest

      Cleveland has Gary Barnkowski they don’t really need a tight end.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Send his ass to Cleveland, I like it. We have to start packaging those 6th rounders. Nobody wants to end up with a bunch of 6th round picks.

    • AlbertInTucson

      He’s established himself as a malcontent. I think everybody will just wait for the bears to release him.

  • Doesn’t this seem like multiple jabs at Bennet, or am I just misinterpreting…

    “I’ve always enjoyed going to Zach,” quarterback Jay Cutler
    said last season. “He’s one of those easy guys where you always know where he’s going to be and he’s a friendly target and he’s a smart player. He used to be a quarterback, so he knows tempo things, knows when to gas it a little bit. I’ve never really second-guessed throwing him the ball.”

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-agree-to-terms-with-Zach-Miller/ffef3868-0305-4c64-b2e8-e3ba3dcc0013

    • Irish Sweetness

      “Uhhh … y’know …. Marty doesn’t know his play book, and he’s pretty fkn stupid … so I just can’t trust him.”

      • Big Mike

        and he’s a selfish prick

  • TBC

    Obligatory farewell to everyone’s favorite fat man.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BstxpbRzZhw

    Rest easy you sweet, beautiful bastard.

    • I too miss Chris Farley.

      • Cormonster

        When I was in college in Madison, a friend of mine went to a big house party and Farley was there (he was from there). He told me Farley was a wild man party animal that night, and did a lot of funny shit similar to what he did on SNL like falling down on a coffee table and breaking it. I always regretted not going with him to the party that night.

        • That would’ve been an epic night, I’m guessing.

          • Cormonster

            He couldn’t stop talking about it the next few times I seen him. It must have been epic.

  • That Guy

    Would like to see Jeff revise his “needs” column close to the draft given our active FA week.

    Seems like the top needs now are Safety and DE or OLB. We still need bodies all over given thin depth everywhere.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wow, no love from anywhere for our safeties? They’ll automatically look better this year. More experience. Better pass rush.

      DE …then OT ….maybe an OLB for depth … WR.

      But my overall draft boner is if we can somehow make Derrick Henry a Bear. And if we get Elliott, we can use one of the others as trade bait.

      • Johnnywad

        Why would we draft Henry and Elliot? I think you’re losing your marbles Irish.

        If Pace thinks Henry is the next Adrian Peterson minus the whipping of children’s testicles, fine, grab him if he’s still there. Short of that, I hope they don’t spend the 11th pick in the draft on a running back. Drafting backs early is a waste of a pick barring generational talent. Even then, the injury risk at the position is too great for my taste.

        But let’s say we did get Henry. Why the hell would we turn around and get Elliott? The Bears are not hurting at RB. In fact, they’re in pretty good shape.

  • Last year Arizona ranked 3rd in runs off RT, 1st in runs around the RE. – Andy

    That’s assuring. Massie by most accounts was a strong run blocker, but so-so pass blocker.

    The Cards also used a slower Chris Johnson, a banged up Ellington and David Johnson (the real deal).

  • wow. 9ers suck. This is a mexican showdown here.

    FOX Sports’ Mike Garofolo reports “no one (is) in any rush” in the Colin Kaepernick trade talks.

    Per Garofolo, the situation has become a “total standoff.” He also insists the 49ers have no plans to cut Kaepernick, and are even willing to keep him through April 1, where his $11.9 million salary becomes guaranteed. We’d consider that very unlikely. It would be surprising if there wasn’t a resolution before the end of the week. – Roto

  • Seems like the Jets are worried about Forte breaking down too. They have a lot curiously invested at RB (maybe because they have no QB). reminds me of a few years back when the Panthers had a trio that got them nowhere.

    Matt Forte told reporters the Jets view him “as an every-down back.”

    New York’s actions after signing Forte paint a different picture. The team re-signed third-down back Bilal Powell to a three-year, $11.25 million deal and took a flier on early-down grinder Khiry Robinson in free agency. Powell, who is not making much less than Forte, should steal some passing-down snaps, and Robinson is the best bet for short-yardage work if he sticks on the roster. A workhorse in Chicago, Forte will likely see his touches diminish with the Jets. – Roto

    • The GP Experiment

      Forte’s ability to split out into the slot, run crossers and reliably make over the shoulder catches on fly routes and endzone corner routes vastly extended his career. He’s got Marshall Faulk like hands, and he’s a threat at multiple positions.

      • I agree. Forte is a 3 down back, no doubt. All u really need is a short yardage basher to complement him, and maybe some 3rd HB spry special teamer.

        But Forte should get a bulk of the work. That’s why I think it’s odd that the Jets paid two other HBs decent $. Makes no sense unless they’re worried about Forte finally breaking down.

  • More perusing. I remember the Jets snag him before us. I say we kick the tires on him at vet min. Throw a pencil on the pool table and have him, Washington, and Sutton battle it out.

    Free agent DE Quinton Coples is visiting the Rams on Monday.

    Coples had a physical with the Panthers in early March, butthe two sides did not work out a deal. Miscast as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Jets, the former No. 16 overall pick would be a good post-hype signing for a 4-3 defense. The Rams could use some depth at defensive end after cutting Chris Long. – Roto

  • Walter digging POX.

    “Bears re-sign TE Zach Miller (2 years, $6 million): A Grade

    The tight end market was crazy earlier in free agency. Coby Fleener
    signed a 5-year, $36 million contract, while Dwayne Allen was given a
    4-year, $29.4 million pact. Even Marcedes Lewis was overpaid at three
    years and $12 million, and all he can do at this stage of his career is
    block. It’s been inexplicable how much these mediocre players have been
    overpaid, but based on this signing, it appears as though things are
    going back to normal, proving once again that waiting is the key to
    finding great bargains in free agency.

    This is a terrific deal. Zach Miller proved to be a great weapon for Jay
    Cutler down the stretch this past season, catching 34 balls for 439
    yards and five touchdowns despite barely doing anything prior to Week 9.
    Miller grew stronger as the year progressed, logging 18 receptions in
    his final three contests. I thought he would get a much bigger deal,
    especially after seeing what his peers were paid, but Chicago is
    retaining him for an incredible bargain. The one downside with Miller is
    that he’ll turn 32 in October, but the Bears aren’t taking any sort of
    risk with this move.
    Read more at http://walterfootball.com/freeagentsigninggrades.php#fWA0Gd0EjGYROdhO.99
    —————————————

    Bears sign ILB Jerrell Freeman (3 years, $12M; $6M guaranteed): A- Grade

    Think the Bears wanted to upgrade the
    inside linebacker position this offseason? They signed Danny Trevathan a
    few days ago, giving him a $24.5 million contract over four years, but
    weren’t done, inking the best-available inside linebacker Saturday
    afternoon.

    It’s crazy that Jerrell Freeman was signed so cheaply. A contract
    featuring $4 million per season and $6 million guaranteed is fine for an
    above-average starter, yet Freeman is much better than that. He was
    terrific last year, being forceful against the run and playing well in
    coverage for the Colts. The one downside is that he turns 30 in May, but
    Freeman should still be able to play well for at least a couple of
    seasons. If so, he and Trevathan will be major much-needed upgrades for
    Chicago’s defense.
    Read more at http://walterfootball.com/freeagentsigninggrades.php#fWA0Gd0EjGYROdhO.99
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    Bears sign ILB Danny Trevathan (4 years, $24.5M; $12M guaranteed): A- Grade

    When the news broke that Danny Trevathan agreed to terms with the Bears,
    I assumed that he signed for a boatload of money. After all, he was
    going from the defending Super Bowl champion and to a team that hasn’t
    enjoyed much success in recent years. As it turns out, the Bears signed
    him to a very fair deal.

    I actually like this move quite a bit. It’s a good bargain for Chicago,
    as the team is paying him a bit more than $6 million per year, while
    Derrick Johnson has earned $7 million per season from the Chiefs. I
    graded that signing highly, so the same applies here, given that the two
    players are right next to each other in my free agent linebacker
    rankings. Also, there won’t be any sort of transition period for
    Trevathan, who played in John Fox’s defense earlier in his career.

    Read more at http://walterfootball.com/freeagentsigninggrades.php#fWA0Gd0EjGYROdhO.99

    • Trac

      Is this your make-up paper? Your assignment was due on Sunday.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Somebody might have posted this below or referred to the stats, but in relation to Massie, wow.

    Andrew Dannehy ‎@ChiBearsAD
    Last year Arizona ranked 3rd in runs off RT, 1st in runs around the RE.

    That’s where it becomes important to grab a like Henry when they come along.
    If you get into the next level … business decisions are made.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Shit, okay, about 4 inches below, sorry.

    • Big Mike

      Langsford will do just fine there with his speed. The point was about Massie.

  • The GP Experiment

    Arthur Arkush, Hub’s kid who now writes for USA today on the NFC North beat (I’m sure that pays big) – and who looks vaguely like Sesame Street’s muppet idea of a hipster, said on the radio waves thaht Khari Lee has all the same skills as Martellus Bennett.

    He said that.

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