Could the Chicago Bears Add Branden Albert AND Barrett Jones?
January 01, 2013 11:40 PM EST
Branden Albert and Barrett Jones aren't household names to many football fans. To a team like the Chicago Bears they are the concrete needed to rebuild a long-since crumbled offensive line.
Phil Emery Knows His New Coach Will Need a New Offensive Line
The Bears and their fans haven't even cooled down from the news of losing Lovie Smith before GM Phil Emery put the next phase of his plans in motion. While finding a new coach is priority one, many analysts already want to look ahead to what Chicago must do to fix their maligned offense. Despite a presence of playmakers at wide receiver and a streaky quarterback who can take over games at times, Emery freely admitted they lacked any consistency at tight end and of course on the offensive line. The 2013 free agent class and draft crop will grant him the chance to make up for the fact he didn't upgrade either last season in favor of finding a pass rusher and better receivers. Early mock drafts are almost never accurate since collegehttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png All-Star games haven't happened along with Pro Days and the Scouting Combine. Too many things can change between now and then. That hasn't stopped some from pondering. Many fans have a faint hope star linebacker Manti Te'o will fall to them at the 20th pick so he can take over for franchise staple Brian Urlacher. Most however stay focused on the offensive side with a range of tackle names coming up. On the other hand, they may have an opportunity to make a serious upgrade at not one but two spots.
Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs About to Unload Some Underrated Talents
Offensive talent doesn't belong in the vocabulary of the Kansas City Chiefs lately. Their quarterbacks are atrocious and, aside from Dwayne Bowe, they have no serious receiving threats. One of their guards just retired and their right tackle had a minor meltdown when Chiefs fans cheered as Matt Cassel came off the field with a concussion. The only steady force the team has up front is left tackle Branden Albert. After some struggles early in his career, the 26-year-old quietly developed into a solid pass protector. His contract is up this year, and, given the many problems Kansas City has on offense, they may not have the money to keep him, unless they use the franchisehttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png tag. Another big name slipping through media nets is Alabama center Barrett Jones. A four-time academic All-American, three-time athletic All-American and Rimington Trophy winner, his versatility has created an almost mythical status down in Crimson Tide country. In 48 games, Jones played 25 at guard, 10 at left tackle and 13 at center. During that period, Alabama has won two national titles and is gunning for a third. He even played the SEC championship game against Georgia with a hobbled foot that later required a cast. That kind of athlete doesn't come around often on the offensive line, and because he's a center is unlikely to go in the top 15 picks. This puts him in range for the Bears, and given their salary cap flexibility, they have a chance to nab him and Albert in the space of a month.
Barrett Jones is far more possible for the Chicago Bears while Branden Albert will take serious negotiation depending on how the tackle market looks. Either way, Phil Emery can't afford to play it safe. If he has a chance at both players, he must take it. The potential rewards are beyond far-reaching.
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