Taking Stock of Free Agency; Day Two............
From the top of the mountain with yesterdays articles that had the Bears on the inside track to Mario Williams to the depths of realizing that money is the only factor he's considering. If he'd rather play in relative obscurity in Buffalo than in the NFL's second biggest market for a team with the defensive legacy of the Bears then I call "bullshit" on his "it's not only the money". He may be looking for other suitors but methinks the price tag has gotten so steep that few if any other teams could even come close to what the Bills are offering. I don't think Buffalo was his first choice but at his asking price they may well be his only choice. He's well beyond us now.
So what have we accomplished? Less than I would have hoped for so far and on top of that is the false alarms about MWill and Forte and the Bears coming to terms. I'm not sure who to pin that on but somebody needs to get realistic soon or I'd offer him up for a 1st and a 3rd in the draft. No RB is irreplaceable not even Matt Forte.
Two ST stars and two of our own, Jennings and Davis, is not where I hoped we'd be right now but it appears Emery has been trying. He has Mincey committed until a last minute boost in their offer kept him in Jacksonville. Maybe that's for the best anyway. Jason Campbell was probably a good move. That assures that we have an NFL starting caliber QB in reserve and a decent clip board carrier and scout team QB backing him although McCown may not make it out of camp if we find a good young prospect.
If we are truly out of the MWill sweepstakes then I'm somewhat disappointed in Emery's lack of progress in making an offer to David Hawthorne and learning why Kelvin Hayden hasn't been signed yet since we wanted him last year before he re-signed with Indy. If we're not on the attack for others FA then why haven't we locked up Okoye or do we intend to let him go? He was the only one of JA's first round rescue attempts to pay off and we need two 3t DT's for the rotation so if MWill is off the menu why the delay in locking up a productive member of our own defense.
For all the hoopla about how active we'd be in FA I'm not seeing any block buster deals or solutions to our needs for a pass rusher and a CB outside of Jennings. Maybe I'm expecting too much too soon but it seems to me that if we're swearing off MWill that we could have done better than we have. I guess I'm not completely unhappy but I'm not thrilled either. I'd sure like to see some other decisions reached before the week is out.