Davis, Spaeth Out; Viking Payback?

Martellus Bennett and Jermon BushrodWith the signing of dual-purpose (receiving and blocking) tight end Martellus Bennett, the Bears released tight ends Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth. Without adding any commentary (COUGH…Davis was a waste of money in 2012), Davis was allegedly a pass catcher and Spaeth primarily a blocker.

While I’m still curious to see the Bears’ updated cap situation to evaluate where the space came from, I figured that the roughly $4 million in savings for these two would be a good place to start. Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina will also reportedly be cut. Toeaina’s cap savings will be under $1 million.

To me this means the Bears will be active in the draft for another talented tight end. I hope not in the first round, though.

Also in the news yesterday was word that Brian Urlacher has been talking to the Minnesota Vikings, among other teams. I wonder if the speculation that the Bears intentionally forced up the price for tackle Phil Loadholt had Minnesota seeking revenge? If the Bears did intervene with Loadholt simply to drive his price up on the Vikings, I love it!

I remember the spring of 1994 when Brett Favre was a restricted free agent for the first time, coming off two seasons as a starter. He would have been allowed to negotiate with any team but ultimately the Packers would have been in the driver’s seat to get him back. I always wondered why the Bears didn’t at least do some bidding against their rivals to drive up the price. Would have been smart, but the rest is history.

2 Responses to “Davis, Spaeth Out; Viking Payback?”

  1. I kind of doubt that the Bears go for another TE in the draft, at least not before the 5th or so round. They drafted Rodriguez last year, and supposedly the front office is still high on him (not sure about the coaching staff, they may not have had a good chance to evaluate him yet). The 3rd TE is probably not a big concern at this point.

    If I were going to guess on the direction of the Bears draft, it would be LBs, DL (can always use rushers), and interior OL. Those seem like the areas where you could really use an infusion of young talent. Maybe CB too (Peanut’s getting older).

  2. Ken-You got me-I totally forgot about Rodriguez, so you could be right. However, I’m betting that Trestman’s offense is seriously going to use a fullback that can block and catch, so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear he’s going to stay there. But agreed, if Rodriguez is moved back to TE officially, there wouldn’t be an early need.

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