First was the re-signing of Nate Collins and Jordan Palmer. A bit later the word came out that Michael Bennett was all but sign sealed and delivered and that on Tuesday he would be on a jet plane. Toss in the chatter the Bears were making a move on Michael Johnson made for a fun and encouraging evening. This morning, McCown went on the radio and discussed (as much as he is legally allowed) what his world looks like. With that flurry now quieting down let's take a look at the reality of if all.
Nate Collins back in the fold. While this re-signing looks like nothing more than a depth signing at DT, there could be more than meets the eye. 2013 looked like a breakout year for Nate. He had a good preseason and in the five games he played in, he actually outplayed Melton. Then like Melton, he had an ACL injury and that was that. The Bears seem to look at Collins as a key part of the DT package, and re-signing him was important. The issue now is how well he bounces off that injury which is never easy for a lineman. With that uncertainty, the Bears still need to find another DT either through UFA or draft. There has been no more word on where the stand with Earl Mitchell (HOU) but then again there has been no news on Mitchell with any team yet.
Palmer: I know most yawned when this was announced but it too is fairly important. Granted, the brother of Carson, has done little over his career and hasn't take a game snap since 2010. However, he was McCown's backup over those five games McCown started. The Bears didn't bring in a vet, they stayed with Jordan. That is a clear signal that Trestman likes the guy and sees him as a realistic backup. Not saying he is THE backup, but Trestman has to have a level of confidence in him. No matter what happens with McCown we have QB that knows the offence and is ready to go. I am sure the Bears will secure a vet backup, if not McCown, someone else. There are plenty out there. So while this sounds mundane, it is an important re-signing.
McCown: He was on the radio this morning and mentioned four, undisclosed teams were talking to his agent. Bears, Jets, Bucs and Texans were believed to be those teams. He stated the only way he leaves if he has a shot at starting QB. I still contend the Jets are out. The have made a commitment to Geno and it sounds like his starting role is not really in play. The Bucs? I've said enough on this. He wants to go there, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Texans might be a good place for him. They seem to be in QB disarray, and probably would get a legitimate shot, but it would be only for one year as they will draft a big name. So who knows, but it was speculated late last night that the talks with the Bears were not going well. Meaning, he wants too much money. I put McCown returning at 25%, for one of those teams will overpay. Especially with what Henne and Cassel just got.
Michael Bennett: Last night it all but sounded like it was a done deal by the supposed sources, that were close to the conversations. This morning, things have calmed down and Michael is saying he has to keep it suspenseful. So the Season of Lies grinds on. I am sure we are one of the front runners and to do any deal with him means Peppers is gone. So we just have to do the waiting game on this. One thing I do believe is he will sign quickly. It was also reported the Bears were making serious inquiries on Michael Johnson, but I think there is a long line for him. Update: It is being reported that Bennett will resign with Seattle and an announcement could be made this afternoon. It would not be a total surprise for why leave a Super Bowl team? It makes sense, but it's not over yet, so stay tuned. Last Update: Michael has decided to stay in SEA. I will write on this tomorrow but in a way I am glad he did. On to the next one ...
No news on Tillman or Bowman or any DB for that matter. Michael Mitchell news was that the Eagles and Redskins had push the Bears off the radar, then it got quiet. I wouldn't take too much stock in that for it looks like the Jets, Eagles and Redskins are running around talking to every DB out there. So far, too much smoke. Update: Rumors have tied Tillman with the Panthers, due to his past relationship with Ron Rivera. I suspect this is a six degrees of separation rumor as would be TB. It is also being reported that the Bears are talking to Donte Whitner of the 49'ers.
The word on Melton has been quiet too. Other than the expected, several serious inquiries, nothing much has been said.
That is all for now, will update this post if anything breaks, and thanks for reading.