Why I Don't Mind Not Having Number One Picks
Gerald McCoy is waiting for Sam Bradford to sign. Ndamukong Suh and the Lions haven't even begun speaking. NFL franchises are about to invest huge percentages of their salary caps into unproven commodities who most likely won't be able to make an on-field impact until the middle of the season. As a Chicago Bears fan, it's simply one more possible conflict averted. It's almost reassuring to know that the Bears roster will have been together, in its entirety, through every short camp and from day one in Bourbonnais.
The Question of T.O.
A.J. Smith has denied any San Diego Charger interest in Terrell Owens. That makes him about the twenty-fifth general manager in the NFL to do so. Owens has been a pain in the ass for three organizations but last season he had 829 yards and 5 touchdowns for one of the worst collections of quarterbacks assembled on one roster in league history. I find it hard to believe there isn't a single franchise that could use his presence on the outside. As a matter of fact, I root for one that could.
Roster Open on Specials?
Brad Biggs has an interesting fact in his new faces on defense column:
The Bears are missing three of their top eight special teams players from last season in terms of playing time. Jamar Williams (2nd), Darrell McClover (6th) and Adrian Peterson (8th) have all departed.
The Bears have - for the past five years - been a bit willy nilly when it comes to protecting their most viable asset, special teams. Each year Dave Toub has stepped to the plate and produced. 2010 will be another test.
And finally, congrats to Steve McMichael on his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.