Archive for July, 2012

Jerry Angelo’s 5th Worst Acquisition

Kordell Stewart-QB-Free Agent 2003: Probably anticipating that he would be drafting a quarterback, and with the release of veteran starter Jim Miller, Angelo was in the market for the standard veteran quarterback to guide and tutor the rookie. So free agent Kordell Stewart was signed. Stewart had a very up-and-down career with the Steelers. Drafted […]

Jerry Angelo’s 6th Best Acquisition

Roberto Garza-G-Free Agent 2005: Garza was signed as a free agent by Angelo prior to the 2005 season. At the time the Bears were grooming 2002 third-round pick Terrence Metcalf to take the starting right guard job, and the signing of Garza was widely panned as Garza had suffered knee injuries and was missing cartilage. […]

Jerry Angelo’s 6th Worst Acquisition

Frank Omiyale-OL-Free Agent 2009: Angelo steadfastly refused to build the offensive line through the draft during his tenure. Granted, his very first pick was an offensive lineman (Marc Colombo in 2002). But aside from 2008 first-round pick Chris Williams, Angelo only selected linemen in the mid to late rounds of the draft, and rarely at […]

Jerry Angelo’s 7th Best Acquisition

Robbie Gould-K-2005: I’m so enamored with this player that looking back, maybe this should be higher. This was absolutely one of Jerry Angelo’s best finds. Kickers are certainly important. When a team finds a great kicker, they can be critical to a team’s success. When a kicker is bad, it greatly impacts the team’s fortunes. […]

Jerry Angelo’s 7th Worst Acquisition

Roy Williams-WR-Free Agent 2011: At least the Bears didn’t do what Dallas did when they gave up first and third-round draft picks for the enigmatic receiver. Williams had enjoyed success in Detroit under Mike Martz, making the Pro Bowl in the 2006 season. He was a flop in Dallas, and when the Cowboys released him […]

Jerry Angelo’s 8th Best Acquisition

Ruben Brown-G-Free Agent 2004: Former Bears guard Chris Villarrial was a fixture at the position from 1996-2003, but he was entering unrestricted free agency in 2004, and the Bears chose not to match the Buffalo Bills’ big-money offer. Instead they chose to sign Buffalo’s castoff at the position, Ruben Brown, who had played in eight […]

Jerry Angelo’s 8th Worst Acquisition

Brandon Manumaleuna-TE-Free Agent 2010: The boneheaded signings of Chester Taylor and Manumaleuna in 2010 went hand-in-hand. Manumaleuna ostensibly was demanded by offensive coordinator Mike Martz when he came to town, the tight end having been drafted by Martz in St. Louis. Manumaleuna was nothing more than a third offensive tackle to block for Martz’ frequent […]

Jerry Angelo’s 9th Best Acquisition

Muhsin Muhammed-WR-Free Agent 2005: Following his departure from the Bears in 2008, Muhammed uttered a famous quote that “Chicago is where receivers go to die.” Until 2012 at least he may be correct, but even prior to the opening of free agency in 2005 Angelo pounced to sign Muhammad after his release from the Panthers […]

Jerry Angelo’s 9th Worst Acquisition

Chester Taylor-RB-Free Agent 2010: Taylor was second on the list of three successive failed players at the backup running back position. Because former Lion Kevin Jones couldn’t stay healthy, and starter Matt Forte was coming off a somewhat disappointing sophomore season, the Bears threw $7 million guaranteed at Taylor when he became a free agent. […]

Jerry Angelo’s 10th Best Acquisition

Ricky Manning Jr.-CB-Free Agent 2006: The Bears returned to the playoffs for only the second time in eleven years in 2005. They hosted one of the NFC Divisional Playoff games that season, and in this one appearance they were shocked at home in a loss to the Carolina Panthers. The main reason? Carolina receiver Steve […]