Post-Lockout personnel moves
My preliminary take so far:
Re-signing Kreutz (esp. since he's agreeable to a one-year only deal) has to be the biggest no-brainer out there. I know he's not what he used to be physically, but A) he's desperately needed for his leadership & knowledge/experience/continuity with the system and B) it is not like JA has an immediate upgrade lined up. I like the pickup of Linnenkohl as an UDFA (thought he could have been a late-round pick for us), but he's at least a year from significant PT in the best case scenario. The Bears signed their big-WR on the cheap in Roy Williams, so PAY KREUTZ THE EXTRA $500K HE WANTS IMMEDIATELY.
I would have preferred Floyd (figuring Sidney Rice was way too pricey for JA's taste), but I can live with Roy Williams. He's got history with the coaching staff so hopefully he can recapture some of his 2006 magic. If he reverts to his Dallas disappearing, ball-dropping act, then this will be another classic example of how cheaping-out can be so expensive in the long run. Losing RDavis was a bit of a ST blow but replacement help is available there. I like the other down-the-depth-chart possibilities brought in.
Does anybody have any idea why virtually NOTHING has been done here??? Given the glaring obviousness of this hole, its baffling...
I'm very disappointed in the Olsen trade. He was Cutler's only big go-to guy and Martz-not-liking-receiving-TEs or not, he should have been kept around. I'm fine with Spaeth as a replacement for Brandon Bust Manu, but not for Olsen. The only consolation in this bonehead move is that the 3rd round pick we got will likely be at the top of the round since he went to the Panthers. Not much, I admit...
Lost Manning, but generally we look to be ok.
We should be strong here. I hope Gholston and/or Okoye can contribute something.
Forte needs to be locked down with a deal he deserves. He's one of the more unsung and under-rated O players in the league. Chester Taylor totally sucked last year, so cut his overpaid ass loose unless he clearly beats out Barber in preseason for the #2 job.
Re-signing Roach was vital. I like what I see here and have high hopes for the future in JT Thomas.
Maynard was slipping big time, so the move was warranted.
I was afraid that Martz was gonna pull some anti-Hanie move off here, so I'm glad we re-signed him. Dear Coaching Staff, please remember that Hanie is the absolute #2 QB if needed.
IS THERE ANY HOPE (AND HELP) FOR THIS O-LINE???