NFL  > Chicago Bears  > Free Agency 2012 Phil Emery's Dilemma
March 6, 2012, 04:19 AM
This is it. The time is here. This is what we have been waiting for. Will the Bears add a WR (Vincent Jackson $10M, Marques Colston$7M???)to help Jay? Or will DE (Mario Williams $10M+++)get the big money? What about CB (Cortland Finnegan $7M)? And don't forget that Matt Forte was just franchised and we will have to spend at least $7M on him. All the above are possibilities for the Bears. Which ones at what prices to make the best team in both $ and ability is Phil's dilemma.

Personally I hope for Mario Williams who could be around for about 8 years if we can get and keep him. Opposite Julius they would be the scourge of the NFL for about 4 years, and then we could skimp on the CB some, hopefully leaving enough for Jackson or Colston. Of course Jackson is better/preferable, but what are the best options for this team? Jay needs help, but our D MUST STOP Rodgers and Stafford BOTH of whom can beat teams with just their arms and recievers.

So now we FINALLY get the 1st real test for Phil to see what his grand plan is for our beloved Bears. Many of us will not like all his answers. But we aren't the ones who's life and job are riding on the decisions. I hope for the best, but will give him a few years to put it all together, whereas IF he had unlimited money he would sign them all for $34M!! Only $6M over our possible spending limits, And we have other needs too. Plus don't forget the draft either. This is it, the time is now, it's kick **** time for Phil to make the Bears in his image. I for one will be watching closely. GO BEARS!!!
March 6, 2012  08:54 AM ET

I'm just hoping the Bears trade a few old veterans for some high draft picks. It looks like rebuilding time here in Chicago.

March 6, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Just watch what Colbert/Khan/Tomlin do in Pittsburgh... they've been dealing with this situation for years.... hey! maybe you could give us a #1 for Mike Wallace?

March 6, 2012  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Just watch what Colbert/Khan/Tomlin do in Pittsburgh... they've been dealing with this situation for years.... hey! maybe you could give us a #1 for Mike Wallace?

I'd rather not. He's a speed guy which we have plenty of. I want a redzone target. Agreed bearsfan?

March 6, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'd rather not. He's a speed guy which we have plenty of. I want a redzone target. Agreed bearsfan?

Hey....just sayin' ;)

March 6, 2012  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'd rather not. He's a speed guy which we have plenty of. I want a redzone target. Agreed bearsfan?

I wish the Bears would sign Matt Flynn. Cutler keeps getting injured and makes bad decisions when he is playing.

March 7, 2012  02:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'd rather not. He's a speed guy which we have plenty of. I want a redzone target. Agreed bearsfan?

We need a big redzone target yes, but he also needs to be above average in speed and blocking too. Jackson and Colston have to be the favorite FA WR's. There are about 4 or 5 in the draft that would fit too. Hopefully we get one of each!!! Keep Mike Wallace. But how about a #2 or #3 pick for Ike Taylor? That's just about as fair as your proposition. GO BEARS!!!

March 7, 2012  09:12 AM ET

The Bears should try and sign Colston and Flynn. Wallace doesn't impress me.

March 7, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

We need a big redzone target yes, but he also needs to be above average in speed and blocking too. Jackson and Colston have to be the favorite FA WR's. There are about 4 or 5 in the draft that would fit too. Hopefully we get one of each!!! Keep Mike Wallace. But how about a #2 or #3 pick for Ike Taylor? That's just about as fair as your proposition. GO BEARS!!!

Ike Taylor....u mean Mr. "Hands of Stone"? Unfortunately for both parties, he's locked up for awhile contractually....

March 7, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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I wish the Bears would sign Matt Flynn. Cutler keeps getting injured and makes bad decisions when he is playing.

I disagree. Cutler was having a decent year last year and really clicked at times. I think Cutler can succeed with Tice calling the plays because he'll have to do less and the pressure won't be on him. As long as Forte performs anywhere near what he did this year the Bears will be a solid team. They need to get younger on defense through the draft though. Urlacher can only play at a high level for so long and Briggs doesn't want to be here in anymore it seems like.

March 7, 2012  10:42 AM ET

Tillman isn't getting any better or younger either.

March 7, 2012  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

We need a big redzone target yes, but he also needs to be above average in speed and blocking too. Jackson and Colston have to be the favorite FA WR's. There are about 4 or 5 in the draft that would fit too. Hopefully we get one of each!!! Keep Mike Wallace. But how about a #2 or #3 pick for Ike Taylor? That's just about as fair as your proposition. GO BEARS!!!

It will be interesting who they will draft if they do indeed pick up a big named FA WR. They won't draft a WR for sure. I'd look for a CB personally.

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March 7, 2012  10:52 AM ET
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I disagree. Cutler was having a decent year last year and really clicked at times. I think Cutler can succeed with Tice calling the plays because he'll have to do less and the pressure won't be on him. As long as Forte performs anywhere near what he did this year the Bears will be a solid team. They need to get younger on defense through the draft though. Urlacher can only play at a high level for so long and Briggs doesn't want to be here in anymore it seems like.

Cutler lacks toughness and throws too many picks but I agree that the team should get younger on defense.

March 7, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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The Bears have a few holes, and you need to fill them with the best available player...If Michael Floyd is available, and they have already signed Vincent Jackson, they still must draft Floyd.If an impact DB is available...yes, draft him...They need to get 2 CB's in Free Agency and move Tillman to safety, and pair him with Conte.

The Bears have more than just a few holes to fill and it looks like a major rebuilding program. Just adding a WR and DB won't get them to the Super Bowl.

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March 7, 2012  06:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Bears have a few holes, and you need to fill them with the best available player...If Michael Floyd is available, and they have already signed Vincent Jackson, they still must draft Floyd.If an impact DB is available...yes, draft him...They need to get 2 CB's in Free Agency and move Tillman to safety, and pair him with Conte.

That would be a nice combo.

March 9, 2012  03:43 AM ET
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Cutler lacks toughness and throws too many picks but I agree that the team should get younger on defense.

cutler has been sacked over 100 times in the past two years and hasn't complained. Don't question his toughness

March 9, 2012  03:44 AM ET

cutler has been sacked over 100 times in the past two years and hasn't complained. Don't question his toughness

March 9, 2012  01:00 PM ET
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Cutler lacks toughness and throws too many picks but I agree that the team should get younger on defense.

Some good Q.B.'s has thrown some picks during their careers and went on to have success as I think Cutler will as well. I don't question his toughness at all and actually surprised he survived Martz's offense especially given the W.R.'s he's had to work with and the O-Line. 7 step drops with a shoddy O-Line and no big W.R.'s to speak of is crazy IMO and any Q.B. would have suffered.

Eli Manning threw 25 int's in 2012.
Dan Marino threw 23 Int's in 86 and 87.
Brett Favre threw 24 in 93, 23 in both 98 and 99 and 29 in 05.
Drew Brees threw 22 in 2010.
Peyton Manning Threw 23 in 01.
Philip Rivers threw 20 in 2011.
Just a few Q.B.'s around the league that has thrown a over 20 picks in a season and are what I would call pretty good Q.B.'s that had an off year here and there due to different circumstances.

 
March 9, 2012  01:06 PM ET
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Every team has holes, and The Bears can match up with anybody in the league.Now they might get out coached every week, but we have to live with that, at least for this year.The Bears major problem has been the schemes...Mike Martz liked 7 step drop, and that was getting the QB killed....Lovie Smith likes playing Cover 2 prevent, and lost at least two games with that, which cost them a playoff birth...A healthy Bears team would have competed just as well as the Giants or 49ers in the playoffs. Now if you add 5 impact players, I expect them to win the division, if Phil Emery does his job, and Lovie Smith limits his Cover 2 shell.

The prevent defense Lovie goes into way to early in games, he plays not to lose rather than to win. He defiantly cost the Bears the Denver game last season and every team that plays against the Bears does know exactly what they are doing on defense, to predictable IMO and why I agree Lovie get's out coached.

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