Earlier this week the Chicago Tribune named their worst Chicago sports free agent signings in history in response to the Cubs’ suspension of Milton Bradley. For the Bears, one of their reporters named the 2005 signing of Muhsin Muhammad as the Bears’ worst.
I didn’t agree with that, and Mike Mulligan of the Sun-Times confirms when he rebuts this opinion pretty well. I couldn’t (didn’t have time) to think of who I would name, but Mulligan is probably spot-on when he mentions the 2000 signing of cornerback Thomas Smith. Smith made $8.5 million in one underwhelming season with the Bears. He was cut the following training camp after signing a $20 + million deal with former personnel boss Mark Hatley.
Some others I can think of:
Bryan Cox, of course. Cox became the highest-paid Bear of all time in 1996 with a $13.5 million deal. He lasted two frustrating seasons.
Alonzo Spellman was a re-sign, but since he was on the free agent market I’ll include him. He signed for four years and over $12 million, and by the end of year two was benched and gone in year three.
Phillip Daniels wasn’t as bad as Smith, but he also hit the jackpot with Hatley in 2000, becoming one of the game’s highest-paid defensive ends. He was a solid run-stopping left end, but never earned his $20 + million.
Kordell Stewart? Granted his deal was fairly modest for a quarterback, but his play sucked.
Can anyone say Jonathan Quinn? 2004′s heir-apparent at quarterback was billed as ready to pick up Terry Shea’s offense in a heartbeat, and in a heartbeat he lost the Bears four games. Again, not a big monetary investment but still a bad, bad decision.
So Moose the worst free agent signing of all time? I don’t think so.