Good thing post #1000 over the four years this Chicago Bears Blog has been active is chock full of news, and not just drivel.
Deep breath…exhale…trying to cover everything in a busy Bears Friday news day.
First round draft pick Gabe Carimi has signed. No Curtis Enis/Cedric Benson holdout here; thankfully with the new labor deal those should be a thing of the past.
It continues to be reported that wide receiver Roy Williams is a Bear, but I have yet to see any details on terms.
Speaking of former Cowboy wide receivers, the Bears have also signed Sam Hurd. I would guess this is to fill Rashied Davis’ special teams spot, because I doubt the Bears went specifically looking for a receiver that can’t catch the ball.
Defensive tackle Anthony Adams, linebacker Nick Roach and quarterback Caleb Hanie have re-signed.
Wow, if Roy Williams is a reclamation project (I’d still like to know how much the Bears are spending on Williams), their hope to squeeze production out of Vernon Gholston may be akin to raising the dead. Gholston was the #6 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, and registered 0 sacks in three seasons with the Jets. I’d love to see him become dominant or even good across from Julius Peppers. We will see.
Finally, a quick nugget. I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see that the Bears have signed rookie free agent running back Dan Dierking from Purdue. As a freelance sports reporter for Sun-Times Media and the Daily Herald for a few years, I had the opportunity to cover Dan a few times at Wheaton-Warrenville South in 2005 and 2006. Dierking seemed like a great kid and was a fantastic high school running back. His father played in the NFL, and I’d love to see him somehow beat the odds and make it, despite not having many stats from college. I wish him all the best, he really seems like a great guy.