Archive for the 'Chicago Bears History' Category

Jerry Angelo’s 2nd Best Acquisition

Julius Peppers-DE-Free Agent 2010: The Chicago Bears organization over the years has been known as a cautious one. Rarely does the organization rush to sign the top free agent of any given year, thus setting the bar for the NFL. Much more frequently they proceed with caution, only signing known commodities to team-friendly contracts. In […]

Jerry Angelo’s 2nd Worst Acquisition

Adam Archuleta-S-Trade 2007: Archuleta was a first-round draft pick by Lovie Smith during his first year as defensive coordinator in St. Louis. He was an All-Rookie selection in 2001, and a solid safety for the Rams through the 2005 season. In one of their usual free agent signing binges, in 2006 the Washington Redskins signed […]

Jerry Angelo’s 3rd Best Acquisition

John Tait-T-Free Agent 2004: Throughout Jerry Aneglo’s Chicago Bears tenure as General Manager, from start to finish, he had a track record of tinkering with “projects” at the critical position of left offensive tackle. The left tackle on the offensive line is the most critical position, as this is the lineman that needs to seal […]

Jerry Angelo’s 3rd Worst Acquisition

Gaines Adams-DE-Trade 2009: The fact that Adams died tragically of an undiagnosed heart condition following the 2009 season is not a consideration here. This was still an awful move when Angelo sent Tampa Bay a second-round draft pick in 2010 for Adams, who had underwhelmed on the field despite being the fourth overall pick in […]

Jerry Angelo’s 4th Best Acquisition

Thomas Jones-RB-Free Agent 2004: Jerry Angelo arrived in Chicago just months after his predecessor Mark Hatley made Michigan running back Anthony Thomas the team’s second-round pick. Despite Thomas leading the Bears’ offense that year and becoming the team’s first Offensive Rookie of the Year since Gale Sayers, Angelo stated after the season that he didn’t […]

Jerry Angelo’s 4th Worst Acquisition

Jonathan Quinn-QB-Free Agent 2004: Rex Grossman had showed promise at the end of the 2003 season to be the Bears’ quarterback of the future. His injury history to that point was clean, so the position of backup quarterback wasn’t thought to of urgent focus. When Angelo signed Quinn, Kansas City’s backup quarterback, the reason was […]

Jerry Angelo’s 5th Best Acquisition

Adewale Ogunelye-DE-Trade 2004: Lovie Smith’s defensive system demands a pass rush, and a pass rush usually requires at least one stud pass rusher. In 2004 the Bears invested heavily in tackles Tommie Harris and Tank Johnson in the first two rounds and later Claude Harriot in the fifth, but Alex Brown wasn’t going to cut […]

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 […]