View Full Version : Is it just Chadman?

03-06-2010, 09:27 PM
Or has this season's FA activity been very 'ho-hum' and appear that no team is really making a jump up from last season's talent level so far? The FA class is pretty dull. Starting to think re-signing your own, and grabbing the no-name bargains is the best bet at this point.

Arnaz Battle...could be a role player. Chadman read that the Steelers might have some interest in Tampa's Will Allen to play FS.

03-06-2010, 10:09 PM
I would say the Bears were pretty aggressive on opening day of free agency and have bettered themselves by a lot...

March 5, 2010
Bears land three key players on first day of free agency

By: Larry Mayer

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Bears made a huge splash on the first day of free agency, bolstering their roster by signing defensive end Julius Peppers, running back Chester Taylor and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.

Peppers was widely considered the top free agent available on the open market, while Taylor and Manumaleuna are both ideal fits in new offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s system.

Defensive end Julius Peppers sacks quarterback Brett Favre in a game last season versus the Vikings. In landing Peppers after trading for quarterback Jay Cutler last April, the Bears have now pulled off the NFL’s boldest offseason personnel move in each of the past two years.

A dominant pass rusher who signed a six-year deal, Peppers spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Panthers after being selected by Carolina with the second pick in the 2002 draft.

Peppers has started 120 of 122 career games played, registering 381 tackles, 81 sacks, 41 passes defensed, six interceptions and 30 forced fumbles. His 81 sacks rank third in the NFL during that span.

In eight seasons, the 6-7, 283-pounder has been voted to five Pro Bowls, has started all 16 games five times and has compiled double-digit sacks on six occasions.

Peppers, 30, registered 14½ sacks in 2008 and 10½ in 2009. No Bears player has compiled at least 10½ sacks in back-to-back seasons since Rosevelt Colvin had 10½ in 2001 and 2002.

Taylor, who inked a four-year deal, has played eight NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-05) and Minnesota Vikings (2006-09). The 5-11, 213-pounder served as a complementary back to Adrian Peterson each of the past three seasons. In 2006—the year before Peterson joined the Vikings—Taylor rushed for a career-high 1,216 yards and 6 touchdowns on 303 carries.

"I'm excited," Taylor said Friday at Halas Hall. "It's a great opportunity to get out here and showcase my skills and try to help the team get back to the Super Bowl. We've played [the Bears] ever since I've been in Minnesota and they always gave us problems. I just think it's [a team] on the rise."

Taylor, 30, will bolster a Bears running game that ranked 29th in the NFL last season. Also an adept receiver out of the backfield, he possesses the skill set that Martz seeks in a running back.

In Minnesota, Taylor had 45 receptions for 399 yards and 2 TDs in 2008 and 44 receptions for 389 yards and 1 TD in 2009. His lone receiving score this past season was a 10-yarder from Brett Favre in a 36-10 drubbing of the Bears Nov. 29 at the Metrodome.

Manumaleuna, who signed a five-year contract, has played nine NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2001-05) and San Diego Chargers (2006-09). One of the league’s top blocking tight ends, he has appeared in 142 games with 90 starts, catching 110 passes for 965 yards and 12 TDs.

The 6-2, 295-pounder was a key contributor in Martz’s offense in St. Louis. Bears coach Lovie Smith was the Rams defensive coordinator in Manumaleuna’s first three seasons in St. Louis.

03-06-2010, 11:24 PM
The Bears spending spree was out of necessity, because they suck and already traded away their first and second round draft picks, so they wouldn't be improving themselves much in late April, and therefore had no choice but to throw cash around in early March.

03-07-2010, 03:07 AM
The Bears spending spree was out of necessity, because they suck and already traded away their first and second round draft picks, so they wouldn't be improving themselves much in late April, and therefore had no choice but to throw cash around in early March.

Take a look at the ages of these guys, RB. Peppers should be a solid pickup for them. But they are begging if they think Taylor and Manumaleuna are going to put up numbers any better than a role player.

The Bears may be in for a rebuild sooner than they think.

03-07-2010, 08:46 AM
Obviously the Bears threw aq bunch of money around, but an aging Peppers, a back-up RB & a TE that has never been better than alright is hardly the recipe for success.

Honestly- does anyone think Chester Taylor turns their offense around? Are they suddenly play-off calibre?

And Peppers is the missing link on a defense that went from good one year, to old & crappy the next?

Looks like a whole lot of money for nothing to Chadman.

03-07-2010, 09:05 AM

03-07-2010, 10:18 AM
It is pretty obvious that the two additional years it now takes to become a UFA has changed the game. There can no longer be any UFAs in their mid-twenties. Thus, most players available will be older (late twenties and thirties). Most of these players have peaked and are the downside of their career.