Just when some of us were about to resort to our usual pounding of Jerry Angelo and the Bears front office, the transaction continue to come in fast and furious. The bears resigned Caleb Hanie, Corey Graham, Nick Roach, and nailed down 1st rounder Gabe Carimi. On the other hand, they left Olin Kruetz twist in the wind, which could turn out be a mistake to some.
No one seems to be very happy about the signing of WR Roy Williams, and you can include me in that group as well. The Bears also signed RB Marion Barber who was cut from the Dallas Cowboys, and Center Chris Spencer from Seattle. From 2007-2009 Barber posted 24 TDs, 2471 yards, and 3.8 yards per carry. Last year however, Barber only played in 10 games and ran for only 374yards. Barber however is very good in tough yardage situations, and has a nose for the end zone.
Williams only has one great year to speak of which was season 2006. In 06, Williams caught 82 balls for 1310 yards and 7 TDs. Ironically, Mike Martz was the offensive coordinator that year in Detroit. The 6'4, 210lbs receivers last three years in Dallas were absolutely nothing to write home about. The Bears should still give Malcom Floyd a look or perhaps even sign Braylon Edwards who the Jets just parted ways with. With Edwards you know what you're getting in turns of a tall big-play wide-out that would be a major weapon in the red-zone. However, Edwards comes with a little luggage. Malcom Floyd has tremendous upside, and may be either resigned in San Diego or scooped up fast by another team.
Last year when we signed Julius Peppers, we knew what we were getting in terms of a "sure" All-Pro who delivered in spades in 2010. This year the Bears have yet to obtain a sure talent that will get the fan-base excited, and looking forward to positive things in 2011. Instead, we are once again rolling the dice on players who "could" be good, but may turn out to bring the problems that got them cut from their former team to Chicago.