Found March 19, 2014 on cover32 - Bears:
The Bears have lost a few key players on the defensive line over the last few days. Julius Peppers is in Green Bay and Henry Melton is now in Dallas. Melton headlines this week of questions in the mailbag.   Did the Bears make a huge mistake by letting Henry Melton go? -Anthony in River West    Not really Anthony. They sit in a good spot in the first round of the draft to replace Melton with a better and cheaper player. For as good as he was, he just had too many questions marks to give him a ton of money and commit long term. It’s tough losing a player like him but the Bears made the right decision in the long run. Melton’s knee is still an issue, his legal battles are ongoing and he’s never given 100% effort on the field.   Why did Charles Tillman come back. Wasn’t he a shoe in for Tampa Bay? -Tammy in St. Louis It sure looked like he was on the way out and a reunion with Lovie Smith sounded like a match made in heaven. The Bucs likely didn’t want to offer Tillman a ton of money c...

Green Bay Packers: Needs at DE?

With the addition of Julius Peppers and yesterday Letroy Guion from the Minnesota Vikings, Ted Thompson and the Packers have shown a dedication to improving the defense, especially the defensive line. Guion and Peppers are both veterans in this league, and both will add a leadership aspect that was really missing from the defensive line. Clay Matthews is certainly the leader of the...

Packers: Please Pass the Peppers

When Packer Nation woke up on Saturday, they woke up to the news that Ted Thompson and the Packers had signed one of the most feared pass rushers of the past 10 years. For a defense that’s lacking playmakers and veteran leadership, the Peppers signing is a slam dunk by the Sly Silver Fox.At the age of 34, Peppers is no longer the dynamic player he once was. He’s coming of a season...

By the Numbers: How much did the Bears defense improve?

With most of the big free agent signings already over with and team’s focusing on the draft, it’s worth wondering how much better the Bears are right now than when they concluded the 2013 season. At least one famous Chicago writer speculated that the Bears aren’t really much better at all. Chicago Football’s Hub Arkush doesn’t think Lamarr Houston is an upgrade over Julius...

Chicago Bears: Expectations for Alshon Jeffery in 2014

The Chicago Bears have the best wide receiving duo in the NFL in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, and are expected to have yet another big season this coming  year. Jeffery took the league by storm last season and became one of the best big play wide receivers in the game. That brings up the question, what are realistic expectations for Jeffery next year? Jeffery played in all...

Report: Bears to release WR Earl Bennett

The Chicago Bears are expected to release wide receiver Earl Bennett after he declined a request to take a pay cut, reports Bennett took a pay cut in 2013, lowering his salary by $1 million. Bennett is scheduled to count $2.45 million against the Bears’ cap in 2014 and earn a total of $2.45 million. Bennett finished last season with 32 receptions for 243 yards...

The Smaller The Better

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported weeks ago that the Packers were going to get smaller and more athletic on the defensive line. A week into free agency, that seems to be the case. While newly-signed Julius Peppers (287) and Letroy Guion (305) aren’t exactly tiny, both have linear builds than make them appear almost […]
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