As we all know by now (I’m obviously not breaking news here) Rex Grossman, Alex Brown, and Dez Clark recently inked short-term extensions. And yesterday, Kyle Orton signed a one-year deal, keeping him with the team through the 2009 season. Brown is extended to 2011, Clark through 2010, Orton to 2009, and Grossman is signed to just one year.
Listening to the radio discussion, I have to laugh, hearing some people complain about “how can they bring back Grossman!!!” to “Orton is clearly a star” to the veritable “this is all just because the McCaskey’s are cheap!!!” I love that one, although I’m not a huge fan of the Bears organization, the “McCaskey’s are cheap and won’t pay the players” ran out not too long after Michael gave Wilber Marshall and Willie Gault away for that reason. And we’re talking 20 years ago now.
Anyway, what were the Bears supposed to do? Who would have replaced Grossman if he didn’t sign a little one-year deal? Daunte Culpepper or Josh McCown, since they were so fantastic with the juggernaut Raiders? Todd Collins, the 13-year veteran that had 3 good games in his career?
Hey, I don’t like it any more than anyone else that the Bears offense has sucked for probably 80 of their 88 seasons, and these moves don’t change that. There is a price to pay for investing draft picks in Cedric Benson’s, Mark Bradley’s, and sorry to say, Rex Grossman’s.
I don’t see this turning around soon, but the team is doing all it can, in these little deals before free agency.