According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears right tackle John Tait will retire prior to the 2009 season. This means the Bears will need more urgently to draft another tackle. Not that they shouldn’t have anyway, with Tait nearing the end of his career. Biggs states that it “meshes with Jerry Angelo’s philosophy of building through the line.” Not sure what that means: in 7 drafts with the Bears, Angelo has only drafted linemen in the first three rounds 3 or 4 times.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure reports that the Bears have officially told Mike Brown he will not be returning to the team. Brown will be missed, by no fan more than this one, but it’s not like he made a positive impact at any time since 2005 and 2006, when he missed significant games. As if the Bears didn’t already need one safety badly, now they need two.