I haven’t had the chance even in my own mind to run through everything the Bears have done in the first three days of free agency, so here’s a recap.
First, the Bears traded for Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall. They we find out Marshall had “slugged” a woman just two days prior. Great. Marshall has posted five straight 1,000 yard receiving seasons, and the Bears haven’t had a single one since 2002. Now if only he can keep from getting suspended for much of the 2012 season.
In for visits have been Raiders RB Michael Bush, G Anthony Herrera and CB Kelvin Hayden, but no further signings have been made as of Thursday. Today, Bears General Manager Phil Emery said the team is currently taking a breath.
The Bears were rumored on Monday night to be the favorite team to land DE Mario Williams, this year’s big catch in free agency. Williams has since signed with the Buffalo Bills.
I do trust (but still hope) the Bears have a plan here. Getting a defensive end not named Israel Idonije is still a huge priority. It has been reported that Jeremy Mincey was all but signed by the Bears before he made the last-minute decision to stay in Jacksonville. So Chicago still must find a quality player there. They also must get one more corner since they only have three currently on the roster.
And according to Emery in his press conference, the Bears won’t be looking to add a new starting offensive lineman, meaning we’re probably stuck with J’Marcus Webb at the critical left tackle spot for another year.