Is Secondary Top Concern?
I rarely agree with David Haugh but if it’s true that Jerry Angelo’s primary concern is the secondary – or more specifically the pass defense – then Angelo is a smart man. But I don’t think Angelo’s concern should only be the talent at the corner and safety positions, especially if the starters remain healthy. The concern should also be the Bears inability to get to the quarterback with consistency once opponents commit a double or triple-team to stop Peppers. This concern will leave the land of the hypothetical, however, as the Bears open the season with three of the best passing teams in the league: Atlanta, New Orleans, Green Bay.
Bears Waive Fullback, Clear Roster Space
The Bears released fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou Tuesday, causing a Twitter speculation on who they were targeting to fill his roster space. Most believe it will be a linebacker but how can the New York Giants allow any linebacker capable of fundamental tackling leave the open market for any other team? They already had one of the worst units in the league and have lost two-thirds of it to season ending injuries. (How much of an injury liability must Lofa Tatupu be if the Giants haven’t thrown a buck of money at him this afternoon?)
Forte Contract Talks on Hold
Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo told WBBM in Chicago that the Bears and Forte’s representatives have agreed to put off contract talks until after the season. There were recently reports that Forte was getting offered a deal with roughly $13-14 million guaranteed. Clearly, that wasn’t enough to close a deal.
Am I crazy or is Forte overplaying his hand a bit here? Is he much better than I think he is? Forte is a reliable runner/receiver hybrid and will thrive in the Mike Martz offense this season but is he really worth crippling your salary cap over? I don’t think so.
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