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WindyCity


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:55 pm    Post subject: Mock Offseason Feb 9th Reply with quote

The new salary cap estimates put the salary cap at close to 130 million, which would mean the Bears have about 15 million dollars right now.

Releases [3.8 million Saved]

P Adam Podlesh [1 million]
WR Eric Weems [1 million]
RB Michael Bush [1.8 million]

Cap Space: 18.8 million

Re-Signings [16 million Spent]

C Roberto Garza 1 year 1 million/1 million guaranteed [1]

A veteran signal caller for a young and growing line I doubt he looks for a raise and he will be happy with another year at his current level.

LB D.J Williams 1 year 1.5 million/500K guaranteed [1.5]

A veteran presence that can allow the Bears to have a competent MLB while the young guys sort themselves out in training camp.

DT Jeremiah Ratliff 1 year 2.5 million/1 guaranteed [2.5]

He can provide valuable size and reps on the inside and is a very good run defender.

DE Corey Wootton 2 years 6 million/2 guaranteed [2]

Big, versatile, and young he fills the rotational and part time starter role of Izzy.

Year 1: 1 million base/1 million guaranteed [2]
Year 2: 3 million base/1 million guaranteed [4]

QB Josh McCown 2 years 3 million/1.5 guaranteed

He is the perfect back up in this system and with Jay's health question marks he is worth every penny and he wants to stay here as he is in the perfect situation.

Year 1: 500k base/.5 million guaranteed [1]
Year 2: 1 million base/1 million guaranteed [2]

CB Zackary Bowman 2 years 3 million/2 guaranteed

He played well enough to be the #3 CB and keep the seat warm for a drafted player.

Year 1: 1 million guaranteed [1]
Year 2: 1 million base/1 million guaranteed [2]

CB Sherrick McManis 2 years 2 million/500k guaranteed

Year 1: 500k base/500k guaranteed [1]
Year 2: 1 million base [1]

1 Year Deals [6 Million Spent]

S Anthony Walters [750K]
C Taylor Boggs [ERFA] 480K
LB Blake Costanzo [750K million]
OT Eben Britton [1.5 million]
S Craig Steltz [1 million]
LS Pat Mannely [1 million]
P Tress Way [500K]

Extensions/Restructures [10.8 Million Saved]

WR Brandon Marshall [1 year 9 million remaining] 3 years 39 million/24 guaranteed [4 years 48 million/24 guaranteed]

Marshall has 4 good years left with his size and a game not reliant on speed and the Bears can still afford to extend Jeffery in 2 years, by extending Marshall again like they do with Briggs. This duo needs to be together till the wheels fall off of Marshall and I am willing to sacrifice in other areas down the road.

Year 1: 6 million guaranteed [6]
Year 2: 8 million base/6 million guaranteed [14]
Year 3: 7 million base/6 million guaranteed [13]
Year 4: 9 million base/6 million guaranteed [15]

DE Julius Peppers [18.3 million cap hit] reduced to 10.5 million by cutting base salary to 6 million for 2014.

Cap Space: 13.6 million
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Free Agents [9 Million Spent

S Jarius Byrd [Buffalo] 5 years 45 million/20 guaranteed

The Bears have not had a safety worth talking about since Mike Brown and it has left their defense unable to do some of the things that modern NFL teams are doing on defense. The Bears should finally solve the safety issue by signing a proven superstar. I would much rather have Wootton and Peppers starting at DE than I would Conte and Wright at S. I would also rather have Paea starting at DT than have Conte and Wright back. Byrd will allow the Bears to blitz more, play more man coverage and will give the pass rush an extra second to get to the QB as QBs will be less likely to test our back end.

Year 1: 6 million guaranteed [6]
Year 2: 4 million base/5 million guaranteed [9]
Year 3: 5 million base/5 million guaranteed [10]
Year 4: 6 million base/4 million guaranteed [10]
Year 5: 10 million base [10]



DT Clinton McDonald [Seattle] 4 years 16 million/6 guaranteed

The Bears need better depth on the interior of the line after the injuries last season. McDonald is a versatile player who has the strength and explosion to play the 1 gap NT spot, and can provide reps at DT if Donald is not ready to play full time. McDonald provides more interior power than players like Melton and Paea.

Year 1: 2 million guaranteed [2]
Year 2: 2 million base/2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 2 million base/2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 6 million base [6]



RB Anthony Dixon 2 years 2.5 million/1 guaranteed

A big powerful short yardage back that can provide a change up to Forte and will be cheaper and more consistent in the goal line area than Michael Bush. Dixon is also a special teams stand out which only increases his value.

Year 1: 1 million guaranteed [1]
Year 2: 1.5 million base [1.5]



Cap Space: 4.6 million
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Draft

1[14] DT Aaron Donald [Pitt] 6'1" 290lbs.

The Bears need a 3 technique that can be disruptive as we saw what happens when that is missing in the defense. I think Melton will get a bigger offer in free agency than the Bears will want to match with his health question marks. Donald may not have ideal size and it may limit his versatility, but he is an elite inside pass rusher, his statistics are ridiculous, and he answered a ton of questions about whether he can match up with the big boys at the Senior Bowl. Donald has Geno Atkins type potential.



2[52] DE Jeremiah Attaochu [Georgia Tech] 6'3" 252lbs.

The Bears restructure Peppers and re-sign Wootton to give them solid starting DE tandem, but they need more pass rush from the DE spot. Even though McClellin failed I think that Emery wants a LEO type pure pass rusher that can play in rotation. Attaochu does not have the greatest size, but he has a nice burst, he has a very good inside move, and he looks dynamic when stunting. He has the power and burst to attack the OTs shoulder and accelerate to the QB. Attaochu will become the pass rush specialist that McClellin was suppose to be.



3[84] S Ahmad Dixon [Baylor] 6' 210lbs.

By signing Byrd the Bears have their center fielder that can QB the defense and allow the Bears to be creative on defense. What the Bears are still missing is a SS that can intimidate people, play the run, and blitz when called upon. Dixon may have some coverage liabilities, but he is one of the biggest hitters in the country and can immediately step in and provide more physicality in the secondary.



4. CB Terrence Mitchell [Oregon] 6' 190lbs.

Size, speed, and experience in a passing league give Mitchell starting potential down the road. Mitchell can come in and compete with Bowman opposite of Jennings. This is one of the weak positions that will remain on the defense, but with better safety play behind them and better pass rush in front of them the Bears should be able to survive some learning at 1 CB spot.



5. C Marcus Martin [USC] 6'3" 310lbs.

A big, squat C that has the size and base to hold up against the bigger DTs in the NFC North. Martin will compete with Boggs to be the C of the future while providing interior depth across the interior of the OL. Martin needs to continue to work on getting his body up to the NFL level and he will have the year to do that as Garza starts.



6. TE Richard Rodgers [Cal] 6'4" 245lbs.

An athletic TE that did not pull it all together in college, but he was on a bad team with bad QBs. Rodgers can provide depth behind Bennett and replace Rosario with a higher upside young player at the flex TE spot. There is a lot of potential with Rodgers.



6. WR Tevin Reese [Baylor] 5'10" 175lbs.

A pure speed player that can add a speed element to the WR core and possibly to the KR game. Reese does not have to provide anything right away and can simply add weight and develop like Wilson this season.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depth Chart

QB: Cutler, McCown
RB: Forte, Dixon, Ford
FB: Fiametta
WR: Marshall, Bennett
WR: Jeffery, Wilson, Reese
TE: Bennett, Rodgers, Onubon
LT: Bushrod
LG: Slauson
C: Garza, Martin, Boggs
RG: Long, Brown
RT: Mills, Britton

RE: Peppers, Bass
DT: Donald, Paea
NT: McDonald, Ratliff
LE: Wootton, Attaochu, Washington
SLB: McClellin, Costanzo
MLB: Williams, Bostic
WLB: Briggs, Greene
CB: Jennings, Bowman/Mitchell, McManis, Frey [NB]
FS: Byrd, Conte, Walter
SS: Dixon, Steltz

Passing Downs

RE: Peppers
DT: Donald
NT: McDonald/Paea
LE: Attaochu
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WindyCity wrote:
Draft

1[14] DT Aaron Donald [Pitt] 6'1" 290lbs.

The Bears need a 3 technique that can be disruptive as we saw what happens when that is missing in the defense. I think Melton will get a bigger offer in free agency than the Bears will want to match with his health question marks. Donald may not have ideal size and it may limit his versatility, but he is an elite inside pass rusher, his statistics are ridiculous, and he answered a ton of questions about whether he can match up with the big boys at the Senior Bowl. Donald has Geno Atkins type potential.






I like Aaron Donald A LOT. My hope is that he does not rocket up draft boards between now and the draft. If we could get good value in the first and he fell to us in the second, I would be absolutely ecstatic.

Although some player rankings show that as possible, I think he will be a riser. I still think that trading back a little bit later in the first round and gaining a late rounder might get him. I don't think for a minute that Phil will be temped by him at 14, though. There are too many others that will be on the board that more closely resemble what he looks for in a prospect.

Although I hated to lose that game to the Packers, we really gained an excellent advantage from it. We have more possibilities based on how things fall as the draft progresses. I just hope that our picks more closely resemble last year's success than 2012's success, or lack thereof.

I also hope that at some point a QB falls to us that the team covets, even if it is a late rounder. I look at how well McCown did...and he was formerly NOTHING special and then I see how well Palmer did in limited play and it excites me to think of what could be done to build a future QB, one that does not force us to mortgage our future for what could end up being a huge bust.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donald isn't an Emery guy physically. Phil goes Hageman or Jerrigan before Donald. I like Donald all the same.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KG1187 wrote:
Donald isn't an Emery guy physically. Phil goes Hageman or Jerrigan before Donald. I like Donald all the same.


Jerrigan all of 1" taller and 4lbs heavier...

Emery wants explosive athletes...Donald is about as explosive a pass rusher as a DT gets...

The notion that Donald isn't quality at the POA is purely down to his size...watching him play he is very good against the run even when he isn't hitting guys in the backfield...

Another thing I've noticed is the comparisons to Geno Atkins aren't really accurate...Atkins is more powerful and a better bull rusher...Donald is much more agile in his upper body...I hate comparing someone who has never played a snap in the NFL to a HoFer but the way he is able to slip his shoulders through blocks at the line of scrimmage is similar to John Randle…on some plays he just makes Olinemen completely miss there punch…it’s a unique ability.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Madmike90 wrote:
KG1187 wrote:
Donald isn't an Emery guy physically. Phil goes Hageman or Jerrigan before Donald. I like Donald all the same.


Jerrigan all of 1" taller and 4lbs heavier...

Emery wants explosive athletes...Donald is about as explosive a pass rusher as a DT gets...

The notion that Donald isn't quality at the POA is purely down to his size...watching him play he is very good against the run even when he isn't hitting guys in the backfield...

Another thing I've noticed is the comparisons to Geno Atkins aren't really accurate...Atkins is more powerful and a better bull rusher...Donald is much more agile in his upper body...I hate comparing someone who has never played a snap in the NFL to a HoFer but the way he is able to slip his shoulders through blocks at the line of scrimmage is similar to John Randle…on some plays he just makes Olinemen completely miss there punch…it’s a unique ability.



I take Donald at #14 no dought about it with every other DT on the bored still. That is only if the Bears let Melton go.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Dallas might make a move for Melton with Marinelli running the defense there... wouldn't surprise me one bit.

Donald is a heck of a player but depending upon what we do schematically, will he be a fit?

Windy it's good to see you've backed off hating on this kid, but I think his value lies somewhere between each end of the spectrum. His pure value is in a one-gap, disruptive scheme.
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McClellin is simply not very good. He is not big enough or strong enough to play at the NFL level. The Bears should move on.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Bears must keep Melton even if he was called out in the press conference and is coming off knee surgery. There's just no way Chicago can cut Pep and let Melton walk and expect the D to magically improve. Inking Melton is risky but letting him go is far risker especially if he gets a Cliff Avrill type deal. I think there's very little chance the Bears go to a full blown 3-4 in next season so they need to keep Melton no matter what. If he comes back 100 percent next season DT will be fixed for the most part regardless of the DT's performance. If he walks or is a shell of his former self DT will be a problem next year short of hitting the lottery in the draft or free agency.
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