With 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.