Izzy re-signed according to Sean Jensen
Izzy re-signed according to Sean Jensen
As long as we didn't overpay (which I doubt we did), I'm happy. The other players love him, and he's at the very least, competent.
Bears not done with signings; Idonije inks 1-year deal
6:34 p.m. CDT, March 15, 2012
Phil Emery said Thursday afternoon the Chicago Bears could sign a few players in the next couple days or turn the focus to the NFL draft next month.
Before the Bears comb the college ranks for talent, they brought back a starter by announcing defensive end Israel Idonije is coming back on a one-year contract.
Idonije, 31, said all season long that he hoped to return, although he recevied a short-term deal that might not have realized his goals in terms of a pay day. Idonije had five sacks last season and said while the statistical production didn’t meet his levels in 2010, he felt he played better.
The Bears attempted to sign Jeremy Mincey on Tuesday but just before he accepted an offer from them he re-signed with the Jaguars for four years. Some speculated the team would monitor the situation with Kamerion Wimbley, who could be released by the Raiders. But now it looks more likely the team will look to select a defensive end near with one of their first picks and work a rookie into a rotation with Idonije and Julius Peppers.
That leaves two more Bears players on the open market that the Bears may be pursuing – safety Craig Steltz and cornerback Corey Graham, both core players on special teams.
“This is a very interesting period because there's been a lot of signings,” Emery said in a conference call Thursday afternoon. “There's still players, our own or UFAs, that we're considering. But it's almost hit that point of, take a breath, sit back and see who has not been signed, re-evaluate what you have and move forward from there.
“Don't be surprised that we add a few more players here in the next few days and don't be surprised if we don't because after we take that breath we may realize that it's best to start focusing on the draft to meet our needs.”
Idonije had a base salary of $2.4 million last season. He signed a two-year extension in 2009 that included $7 million in new money.
Bears not done with signings; Idonije inks 1-year deal - chicagotribune.com
Biggs forgot about Okoye
Let me tell you...Emery is showing himself to be a very savy GM. You protect yourself with this 1yr deal, since you don't know what you can even expect from the talented Wooton next year and you are still in the ballgame for another DE instead of needing 2. Good move keeping a veteran like Izzy. He's a solid guy to have in a DE rotation.
Signing Izzy, who probably wasn't going anywhere any way, is the smart thing to do in order to cover our ass at LDE until we can make a move on a pass rusher either in FA or the draft. The more I see of this the more I think it's gonna be the draft but that's just my hunch. Strictly as a pass rusher it's just as likely a high motor rookie with some moves can get you double digit sacks as it is a grizzled vet and the rookie is millions less expensive.
We'll add to that position before the season starts. We've taken two swings and missed on both but that tells us they're serious about improving the pass rush.
Coples won't make it out of the top 10 unless he robs a 7-11 between now and the draft. That guys has all kinds of potential if he'll use it. He's also the only "big" DE rated in the first round. The others are more like pumped up OLB's and they're rated as both DE's and 3-4 Rushbackers.
Ingram and Perry are the safer bets Mercilus could be an All Pro or a huge bust. A guy really needs to do his homework on him. He wow people with his athletic ability but he lacks some football skills you'd like to see. If he didn't I think he'd be a top 10 pick too. If Perry can keep his weight around 270lbs he can play DE but at 250lbs he more likely to be a Clay Matthews OLB.
One guy whose been quietly rising on the board is Fletcher Cox. He's built more like a DT (6'4" 295lbs is how NFP has him listed) but the scouting reports say that he's got enough quickness to play outside or at the 3t DT spot Melton plays. I think the guy is intriguing and he's got the kind of flexibility that would attract the Bears. If we don't re-sign Okoye we'll need another DT for the rotation and if we do maybe we get him to drop 20lbs and play him at LDE. I've seen a couple of mocks that have us taking him at #19. He should be worth watching as we get nearer to the draft and we see where we stand on the Dline.
Other than that I'd probably like to have Perry as long as he can play somewhere around 260-270lbs.
Edit: Sox is a great guy to corner for an opinion about these guys he spends a lot of time watching them play whereas I'm depending more on scouting reports and opinions from the guru's and semi guru's.