NFL  > Chicago Bears  > With the lockout about to end, what do you think the Bears should do in Free Agency?
July 18, 2011, 01:54 AM
Supposidly the lockout is in it's final 3 or 4 days. After it ends, teams should have 3 days to sign our own players and then Free Agency begins for ALL eligible players. Even though no one yet knows who exactly will be available yet. With "supposidly $28 Million" that the Bears MUST SPEND!!!, who and what positions do you want the Bears to improve on? The obvious choice is Offensive Line but how many and who? Or do you think the Bears will be happy with just adding OT Gabe Carimi from Wisconson and signing our own Free Agents? (Kreutz (C), Adams (DT), Manning (S) and a few others we could possibly lose!!!) Plus there are other positions that could be improved too. One thing, I want to mention is LRT's article in the Windy City Gridiron 07-13-2011, "Why we should wait til 2012 to get a WR." I'll jump in as this goes on so nothing from me yet. Go BEARS!!!
July 18, 2011  06:20 AM ET

If I were them I'd want to pick up Plaxico Burress .. they need a high quality, number one reciever. Knox is good but he's not an elite reciever. And Hester, let's face it, is a return man not a reciever.
If not Plaxico, then another wide reciever with high skill (Terrel Owens, maybe?) I really think that Plaxico wood be a good fit in Chicago though. I'm not privy to what offensive lineman will be available in the free agency, but I'm doubting there's any real good talent that's going to be available there ..

July 18, 2011  07:59 AM ET

The best OLmen are OGs Carl Nicks from New Orleans, and possibly Logan Mankins from NE. Both of whom are recent probowl players and there are several other possibilities just not as good.
Questions about Plaxico are, character/maturity (Shot himself in a bar! [With the money these people make, and the risks they take, shouldn't they pay for a body guard, and not carry guns!]), age (32,34?[How long could he play if we do sign him?]), and layoff time (2 years in prison [Is he in shape what about his reflexes? The age clock goes faster for a WR than for QB so don't compare him to Vick]).
I wonder if the Bears aren't thinking, that if they give Cutler time, the WR's we have will be able to prove themselves. Which they really can't do if Cutler is sacked 52 times. Just give Knox 5 to 10 more receptions and he would have broken 1,000 yards.
The problem with this type of thinking, is that the Bears are using the "Pearl approach" to save money. That means you build a team one layer at a time SLOWLY but surely. The problem with that type of thinking, is that they are taking one year to solve a problem. Meanwhile one or two other problems have hit them on the head like a 2"x4"!
I don't know what the solution at WR is this year. That's why I put in the bit about the article in Windy City Gridiron. One thing they do NOT mention is the draft, but I do think, if we get a WR this year it will be Rice from Minn., but ONLY at the right price and "IF" he is healthy.
With them HAVING TO spend $28million, the percentages of adding a WR or someone like Asomugha (CB) increase dramaticly. I think they need to improve all three positions. What does worry me is if they lose Adams (DT) or Kreutz (C) then they would have to spend more money at those positions. Sorry about the book, but I had alot to say, GO BEARS!!!

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July 18, 2011  12:39 PM ET

Donovan McNabb would solve their problem at QB.

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July 18, 2011  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

In the right Offense, he would do a nice job for the 31 other teams too...

I believe he is only 33 years old. Is that correct?

July 18, 2011  02:17 PM ET

McNabb will be 35 in November. I've long wanted him as a backup/mentor for Jay. What I read was 4year contracts with the 5th an option for the Clubs. That's for 1st round picks. Everyone else I don't know. Same thing as to who will be declaired a free agent this year. The only thing I read about franchise players was the players only want a team to be able to use it once on a player. Nothing on how many franchise players per year.

July 18, 2011  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Donovan McNabb would solve their problem at QB.

Maybe he would, but their OL is really terrible. McNabb would need better pass protection at his age.

July 18, 2011  04:30 PM ET

What problem at QB? The Bears are lucky to have a young quarterback like Cutler. Is he elite? No. But he's better then half the quarterbacks in this league ... to get rid of Cutler and nab Mcnabb (pun intended) would be a dumb move.
As for Plaxico, I have high hopes for him. I believe he'd be better then Knox at number one. But, you're right, who knows? He could still be a punk and he's probably a bit rusty.

July 18, 2011  06:50 PM ET

If they are looking for offensive linemen I think Patriots, Logan Mankin and Matt Light might be available. Mankin might be a trade piece if he gets the franchise tag....

July 18, 2011  10:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

McNabb will be 35 in November. I've long wanted him as a backup/mentor for Jay. What I read was 4year contracts with the 5th an option for the Clubs. That's for 1st round picks. Everyone else I don't know. Same thing as to who will be declaired a free agent this year. The only thing I read about franchise players was the players only want a team to be able to use it once on a player. Nothing on how many franchise players per year.

McNabb would never accept a role as a back up. He still thinks that he is an elite talent, even at his age.

July 18, 2011  11:43 PM ET

Things are heating up around the NFL especially in Chicago.
Now there's things being said about Steve Smith WR Carolina possibly wanting to come Chicago. He is 32 same age as Plaxico. Hmm, do we really want all these old time WRs? He may be mighty mouse now but for how long? However he fits Martz's preferences perfectly. Food for thought.
McNabb is a realist and a smart man. Thus he knows if he is going to win his FIRST Super Bowl, his aged body isn't capable of lasting a whole season. So he needs to go someplace where he can be a backup for part of the season, and then come in. With Chicago's line problems and how OL's gell and get better over the season it makes sense for him to think of coming here. Plus he is from Chicago so this is home, and who doesn't like/want to come home? Anyone remember Jerrome Bettis? Just my opinion but to me it's logical.

July 19, 2011  01:36 PM ET

I bring to people's attention Sporting New's top 100 free agents list of 2011. Some are not listed such as our DT Anthony Adams and the Saint's guard Carl Nicks. I don't think this list is complete since all the specifics of the Collective Barganing agreement are not yet known. Interestingly mentioned, Tommie Harris. My favorites CBs Asomugha and Ike Taylor from Pitt. Even though I know offensive linemen are a bigger need for the Bears.

July 19, 2011  03:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I bring to people's attention Sporting New's top 100 free agents list of 2011. Some are not listed such as our DT Anthony Adams and the Saint's guard Carl Nicks. I don't think this list is complete since all the specifics of the Collective Barganing agreement are not yet known. Interestingly mentioned, Tommie Harris. My favorites CBs Asomugha and Ike Taylor from Pitt. Even though I know offensive linemen are a bigger need for the Bears.

Asomugha is rumored to be interested in Green Bay or Detroit.

July 19, 2011  03:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Asomugha is rumored to be interested in Green Bay or Detroit.

Nope. Eagles or Houston. Price tag is to high for the teams you mentioned.

July 19, 2011  05:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Asomugha is rumored to be interested in Green Bay or Detroit.

I live in Green Bay and this was reported in our local newspaper. I hope he signs with the Packers but Ted Thompson is known to be very frugal concerning free agents.

July 19, 2011  06:26 PM ET
QUOTE:

The price tag is the same for all teams.

Yes, but there's a little thing called cap space. Which is not the same for all teams.

July 19, 2011  06:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I live in Green Bay and this was reported in our local newspaper. I hope he signs with the Packers but Ted Thompson is known to be very frugal concerning free agents.

Woodson wants him there (and to be honest I would be very afraid if he was on one side with Woodson on the other). But while it may be where he wants to play, I agree that Thompson won't pay that price.

July 19, 2011  08:38 PM ET

My hope would be Offensive line, offensive line, offensive line, offensive line as to how they spend their money. Then if i want to get greedy i'll hope for a corner, and a replacement for Tommie Harris.

Not really concerned about WR. Yes Pax would be a perfect fit for Cutler, unfortunately though we have Martz so we aren't going to get any big wr threat unless they have the grace of a balance and can run the routes required in his offense.

 
July 19, 2011  09:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Things are heating up around the NFL especially in Chicago.Now there's things being said about Steve Smith WR Carolina possibly wanting to come Chicago. He is 32 same age as Plaxico. Hmm, do we really want all these old time WRs? He may be mighty mouse now but for how long? However he fits Martz's preferences perfectly. Food for thought.McNabb is a realist and a smart man. Thus he knows if he is going to win his FIRST Super Bowl, his aged body isn't capable of lasting a whole season. So he needs to go someplace where he can be a backup for part of the season, and then come in. With Chicago's line problems and how OL's gell and get better over the season it makes sense for him to think of coming here. Plus he is from Chicago so this is home, and who doesn't like/want to come home? Anyone remember Jerrome Bettis? Just my opinion but to me it's logical.

If he want's to win a Super Bowl, Chicago is the wrong place. In fact, any team that would need/want McNabb is in no position to win a Super Bowl.

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