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Bears low-ball Martz, risk his departure

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08:00 AM ET 04.26 | Perhaps the Bears didn't quite think this one through. A source told the Sun-Times that offensive coordinator Mike Martz, like special teams coordinator Dave Toub before him, recently turned down a one-year extension offer because it didn't include a raise. With the draft coming up Thursday and the Bears selecting in the first round, the team ought to be reminded it leveraged its future to get quarterback Jay Cutler. Anything that makes Cutler work is a good thing, be it adding a fresh new offensive lineman or two or locking up the play-caller who helped Cutler achieve his first winning season and first playoff victory. ... What happens if Martz, who turns 60 in May, decides he doesn't need the $1 million he is scheduled to make in 2011?

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April 26, 2011  08:02 AM ET

Lockout is over (maybe) and this is what we get?

April 26, 2011  08:02 AM ET

The Bears don't always make the best decisions

April 26, 2011  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Bears don't always make the best decisions

When those decisions are based on the dollar and not the value of the commodity, rarely are the best decisions made.

April 26, 2011  08:25 AM ET

anything to help jay with his decision making....I mean seriously...who actually asks a crackwhore to marry them??? so disappointed.

April 26, 2011  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Bears don't always make the best decisions

that's because our owner squeks when she walks...

April 26, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Losers think price. Winners think value.

April 26, 2011  08:31 AM ET

One million dollars. Why am I reminded of Doctor Evil?

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April 26, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Yeah, when we get old, we all get lowballed. That's gravity.

April 26, 2011  09:00 AM ET

I'm laughing so hard, I think I peed a little!

April 26, 2011  09:07 AM ET

"Low- balled"....don't see that in a title too often....the mods may delete it

April 26, 2011  09:10 AM ET
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"Low- balled"....don't see that in a title too often....the mods may delete it

...Like the phase "Low-Blow!"

April 26, 2011  09:12 AM ET

I love the Jay Cutler coughing up the ball picture!

I give it two thumbs up!

April 26, 2011  09:39 AM ET

What does it mean to the Chicago Bears if Martz leaves?
It means bears are gonna suck!
I hope smarter heads prevail, Cutler is a good man, but he needs tools,
Players added....just saying

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April 26, 2011  10:41 AM ET

http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/827305-stormys-official-2011-nfl-mock- draft

April 26, 2011  11:17 AM ET

are the Bears the Bengals of the NFC regarding being cheap?

April 26, 2011  12:03 PM ET
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are the Bears the Bengals of the NFC regarding being cheap?

Not quite. They do throw the $$$ occasionally, but Jerry Angelo tends to gravitate toward the Blue Light Specials in the FA period. He did make some nice acquisitions a year ago, but I think that had more to do with securing his job than anything else. It would be nice if more of his draft picks amounted to something while they were still in Chicago.

April 26, 2011  12:10 PM ET
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What does it mean to the Chicago Bears if Martz leaves?It means bears are gonna suck!I hope smarter heads prevail, Cutler is a good man, but he needs tools,Players added....just saying

Dave McGinnis could testify to the Bears' history of not thinking things through.

 
April 26, 2011  12:32 PM ET

And where would Martz go, exactly? It's not like teams were beating Martz' door down trying to hire him...

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