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WindyCity


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:37 pm    Post subject: Bears Offseason: The Big Picture Reply with quote

Re-signings

DT Henry Melton [Franchise Tag]
RB Armando Allen [RFA Tender]
DT Nate Collins [1 Year Minimum]
CB Zack Bowman [1 Year Minimum]
OT Jon Scott [1 Year Minimum]
CB Kelvin Hayden [1 Year Minimum]
QB Josh McCown [1 Year Minimum]

Releases/Loses [5.25 million]

TE Kellen Davis [2.5 million]
TE Matt Spaeth [1.6 million]
DT Matt Toenia [1.125 million]

LB Geno Hayes [Jacksonville]
LB Nick Roach [Oakland]
CB D.J Moore [Carolina]
LB Brian Urlacher
QB Jason Campbell [Cleveland]
OG Lance Louis [Miami]

Restructure/Extension


Free Agents

OT Jermon Bushrod [New Orleans] 5 years 35.9 million/17.5 guaranteed


A solid upgrade at LT that allows the Bears to shift Webb to RT and gives them a consistent performer at LT. He also allows the Bears to permanently move Carimi to OG and gives them depth at OT for the first time in a long time. Bushrod is not Ryan Clady, but he fixes a massive problem for the Bears.



TE Martellus Bennett [NY Giants] 4 years 20 million/9 guaranteed


The Bears get a 6'6" 265lbs. athlete that has every tool an elite TE needs to be dominant and he was very good when finally getting out of Dallas and being allowed to be a #1 TE. Bennett is also a strong blocker and gives the Bears a complete TE for the first time in a long time.



DE Turk McBride [New Orleans] 1 year 700K

The Bears sign a veteran back up DE that should come cheaper than Izzy and fill the role of depth that does not play. McClellin will be the primary back up and pass rush specialist so I can only see McBride playing a couple of reps a game and maybe on klick teams.



TE Steve Maneri [Kansas City] 2 years

A big [6'6" 280lbs], physical blocker who is a converted OT and will give the Bears a short yardage TE, 24 year old developing back up and a huge special teams presence.



LB D.J Williams [Denver] 1 year 900K [1.75 potential earning]

Williams has had some suspension issues with the league, but when on the field he has been solid and brings a physical style to the Bears. He has played a number of different LB positions and he cans till run, which is important in the zone defense the Bears look to feature.



S Tom Zbikowski [Indianapolis] 1 year 700K

The Bears add an elite special teamer and hard nosed player with starting and back up experience that can provide depth and an upgrade over Steltz. A fighters attitude could be infectious on special teams.



LB James Anderson [Carolina] 1 year

A fast outside LB that can play the SLB position and cover he seemed to be lost in the shuffle at LB with Thomas Davis, Jon Beason and now Luke Keuchly. He is a starting LB in the NFL and has multiple 100 tackles seasons to prove it.



OG Matt Slauson [NY Jets] 1 year

Big [6'5" 320lbs.], durable [48 straight starts], cheap and a good pass blocker [0 sacks allowed] Slauson gives the Bears a starter at OG and allows them to fill a desperate need with a starting caliber player.



Depth Chart

Not included are players with little chance to make the roster.

QB: Cutler, McCown, Blanchard
RB: Forte, Bush, Allen, Rodriguez
WR: Marshall, Jeffery, Bennett, Weems, Anderson, Hester
TE: Bennett, Adams
LT: Bushrod
LG: Slauson, Brown
C: Garza, E. Williams
RG: Carimi
RT: Webb, Scott

RE: Peppers, McClellin
DT: Melton, Collins
NT: Paea
LE: Wootton, McBride
SLB: Anderson, Costanzo, Trahan
MLB: Williams
WLB: Briggs, Thomas
CB: Tillman, Jennings, Hayden, Frey, McManis, Lewis
FS: Conte, Hardin
SS: Wright, Zbikowski, Steltz
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The excitement I gained from the Bennett signing was quickly derailed after finding out what we gave Bushrod. I hope it get better but right now I give us a C grade.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaMike wrote:
The excitement I gained from the Bennett signing was quickly derailed after finding out what we gave Bushrod. I hope it get better but right now I give us a C grade.


Tough crowd. We filled all our needs and didn't overpay by a ton, can't go wrong with that.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaMike wrote:
The excitement I gained from the Bennett signing was quickly derailed after finding out what we gave Bushrod. I hope it get better but right now I give us a C grade.
I say B. Sometimes little changes can produce big results and, as Windy pointed out, this gives us a lot of flexibility on the line and improves our blocking from two positions. Mundane but very important stuff.

We can also not worry about getting one of the top 3 tackles (they will be gone) and take the best G/C or DT available at 20. I don't believe any other positions have players worth that pick so it could well be traded.
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Landru wrote:
DaMike wrote:
The excitement I gained from the Bennett signing was quickly derailed after finding out what we gave Bushrod. I hope it get better but right now I give us a C grade.


Tough crowd. We filled all our needs and didn't overpay by a ton, can't go wrong with that.
You can go wrong with that. Not saying it was a terrible signing but Bushrod isnt a great pass protector and we just invested a lot of money in him. I hope it pans out but I felt there were better options.
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DaMike wrote:
Landru wrote:
DaMike wrote:
The excitement I gained from the Bennett signing was quickly derailed after finding out what we gave Bushrod. I hope it get better but right now I give us a C grade.


Tough crowd. We filled all our needs and didn't overpay by a ton, can't go wrong with that.
You can go wrong with that. Not saying it was a terrible signing but Bushrod isnt a great pass protector and we just invested a lot of money in him. I hope it pans out but I felt there were better options.


We paid him average OT money.

My guess is Loadholt, Baker, Cherilus got similar money and we know Beatty got similar money.
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WindyCity wrote:
DaMike wrote:
Landru wrote:
DaMike wrote:
The excitement I gained from the Bennett signing was quickly derailed after finding out what we gave Bushrod. I hope it get better but right now I give us a C grade.


Tough crowd. We filled all our needs and didn't overpay by a ton, can't go wrong with that.
You can go wrong with that. Not saying it was a terrible signing but Bushrod isnt a great pass protector and we just invested a lot of money in him. I hope it pans out but I felt there were better options.


We paid him average OT money.

My guess is Loadholt, Baker, Cherilus got similar money and we know Beatty got similar money.
Its still a lot of money though. I just hope we have an out with his contract.
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DaMike wrote:
WindyCity wrote:
DaMike wrote:
Landru wrote:
DaMike wrote:
The excitement I gained from the Bennett signing was quickly derailed after finding out what we gave Bushrod. I hope it get better but right now I give us a C grade.


Tough crowd. We filled all our needs and didn't overpay by a ton, can't go wrong with that.
You can go wrong with that. Not saying it was a terrible signing but Bushrod isnt a great pass protector and we just invested a lot of money in him. I hope it pans out but I felt there were better options.


We paid him average OT money.

My guess is Loadholt, Baker, Cherilus got similar money and we know Beatty got similar money.
Its still a lot of money though. I just hope we have an out with his contract.
do you seriously doubt the powers of cliff stein?
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We paid Bushrod average LT money, and he's much cheaper than what Jake Long wanted per season. I don't understand the Bushrod hate. He's was a starting LT for an offense that threw the ball A LOT. From 2009 to 2012 he gave up 7.5, 6, 3, and 4.5 sacks. In 2012 Drew Bree's threw the ball 670 times, in 2011 it was 651 times plus 106 in the playoffs. That's an average of 41 and 40 pass attempts a game. I'd also point out those two season's he gave up the least amount of sacks. I believe he will excel in Trestman's system because I don't think we will be throwing the ball 40 plus times a game and he's a great run blocker.

Just some thoughts to ponder fellow Bears fans.
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SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
We paid Bushrod average LT money, and he's much cheaper than what Jake Long wanted per season. I don't understand the Bushrod hate. He's was a starting LT for an offense that threw the ball A LOT. From 2009 to 2012 he gave up 7.5, 6, 3, and 4.5 sacks. In 2012 Drew Bree's threw the ball 670 times, in 2011 it was 651 times plus 106 in the playoffs. That's an average of 41 and 40 pass attempts a game. I'd also point out those two season's he gave up the least amount of sacks. I believe he will excel in Trestman's system because I don't think we will be throwing the ball 40 plus times a game and he's a great run blocker.

Just some thoughts to ponder fellow Bears fans.


Exactly! The equation is pretty simple when you do the math. Now take those numbers and stack them up next to Webb's numbers and someone tell me he's not a sizeable upgrade worth the investment. As many have pointed out here, the flexibility it brings in terms of the draft can't be neglected. I'm a fan of both signings today. Can't say I'm surprised though, I've liked everything Emery's done since he got here.
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#22dabears wrote:
SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
We paid Bushrod average LT money, and he's much cheaper than what Jake Long wanted per season. I don't understand the Bushrod hate. He's was a starting LT for an offense that threw the ball A LOT. From 2009 to 2012 he gave up 7.5, 6, 3, and 4.5 sacks. In 2012 Drew Bree's threw the ball 670 times, in 2011 it was 651 times plus 106 in the playoffs. That's an average of 41 and 40 pass attempts a game. I'd also point out those two season's he gave up the least amount of sacks. I believe he will excel in Trestman's system because I don't think we will be throwing the ball 40 plus times a game and he's a great run blocker.

Just some thoughts to ponder fellow Bears fans.


Exactly! The equation is pretty simple when you do the math. Now take those numbers and stack them up next to Webb's numbers and someone tell me he's not a sizeable upgrade worth the investment. As many have pointed out here, the flexibility it brings in terms of the draft can't be neglected. I'm a fan of both signings today. Can't say I'm surprised though, I've liked everything Emery's done since he got here.


It took Emery 2 seasons to do what Jerry Angelo could NEVER do get a #1 WR and a LT. Very happy with how today went, Bennett and Bushrod are great additions to the Bears! Can't wait for the draft.
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SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
#22dabears wrote:
SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
We paid Bushrod average LT money, and he's much cheaper than what Jake Long wanted per season. I don't understand the Bushrod hate. He's was a starting LT for an offense that threw the ball A LOT. From 2009 to 2012 he gave up 7.5, 6, 3, and 4.5 sacks. In 2012 Drew Bree's threw the ball 670 times, in 2011 it was 651 times plus 106 in the playoffs. That's an average of 41 and 40 pass attempts a game. I'd also point out those two season's he gave up the least amount of sacks. I believe he will excel in Trestman's system because I don't think we will be throwing the ball 40 plus times a game and he's a great run blocker.

Just some thoughts to ponder fellow Bears fans.


Exactly! The equation is pretty simple when you do the math. Now take those numbers and stack them up next to Webb's numbers and someone tell me he's not a sizeable upgrade worth the investment. As many have pointed out here, the flexibility it brings in terms of the draft can't be neglected. I'm a fan of both signings today. Can't say I'm surprised though, I've liked everything Emery's done since he got here.


It took Emery 2 seasons to do what Jerry Angelo could NEVER do. Very happy with how today went, Bennett and Bushrod are great additions to the Bears! Can't wait for the draft.


That's what having a real talent evaluator will do for you. We're not contenders yet but at least we're back on track. I just find it sad for guys like Urlacher, Tillman & Briggs that Angelo's dismissal didn't occur earlier... we wasted so many good years chasing our tail around ! Then again, Emery might not be here today to sort out the mess JA left behind on the OL, so the point is moot. Here's hoping it's not too late for Tillman or Briggs to get another shot at a ring before retirement. That would be poetic justice, especially if it was the offense that carried them to it.
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Landru wrote:
DaMike wrote:
The excitement I gained from the Bennett signing was quickly derailed after finding out what we gave Bushrod. I hope it get better but right now I give us a C grade.


Tough crowd. We filled all our needs and didn't overpay by a ton, can't go wrong with that.
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SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
We paid Bushrod average LT money, and he's much cheaper than what Jake Long wanted per season. I don't understand the Bushrod hate. He's was a starting LT for an offense that threw the ball A LOT. From 2009 to 2012 he gave up 7.5, 6, 3, and 4.5 sacks. In 2012 Drew Bree's threw the ball 670 times, in 2011 it was 651 times plus 106 in the playoffs. That's an average of 41 and 40 pass attempts a game. I'd also point out those two season's he gave up the least amount of sacks. I believe he will excel in Trestman's system because I don't think we will be throwing the ball 40 plus times a game and he's a great run blocker.

Just some thoughts to ponder fellow Bears fans.
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You gotta love what this Bears front office is doing right now in the offseason.
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