Breaking News: Bears sign Brian de la Puente

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    Yeah, that's what puzzled me. But how do you sit a top 10 C and let a bottom 5 C play instead? Especially when you can save 2/3 salary at the same time! Like I said... a head scratcher
     
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    I love the move...but I want him to start! And if you want him to start when garza retires...why just 1 year?
     
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    This makes perfect sense and it's a sharp move on both sides. The Bears now have their replacement for Garza in place and that's one less position to worry about in the draft and de la Puente has put himself in a position to learn the offense in a backup role and take over next year. Like Slauson, I don't think there's much doubt that they won't extend his deal later this year or early next. In the meantime the Bears get a versatile and experienced backup on the cheap side.

    I kind of wondered why he hadn't signed elsewhere and why the Bears weren't pursuing him when he hadn't. My guess is that like with Britton, he was told of their interest and that when the time was right they'd make good on it. Playing for Kromer again had to be a big attractor in the process. They guy isn't old for an OC so next year at age 30 he could easily be in line for a more lucrative 3-4 year deal. This was another nice move on Emery's part to close a hole in the depth chart.
     
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    You say he is the starter to keep his value at whatever level it is at.... to try and trade him.
     
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    Best player should play or you may have issues in the locker room. I know Garza is a captain but this could be interesting, maybe reading between the lines is they still plan on starting Garza as long as he doesnt get beat out by La Puente:10 4 4v[1]:
     
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    It may turn out the other way around since both can also backup at OG. Emery is making damn sure he has enough vet depth at as many positions as he can especially when he can buy it on sale. Getting this guy for a league minimum was a true bargain.
     
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    Would you give anything for a 35 year old #28 rated C? If that is the strategy, it's not well thought out
     
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    That thought had crossed my mind. Play de la Puente and have Garza back him up. I like that, but that's not what they say the plan is, and a starter making 1/3 of his backup won't sit well either. My brain hurts trying to make sense of this one.

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    Nobody wants to join the Pussycats. :D
     
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    You're not getting a bag of potatoes for garza.
     
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