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Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by jackiejokeman, Jan 15, 2014.
Ski actually thats an FA-18.
The Bears on Thursday signed defensive end Trevor Scott to a one-year contract.
The 6-5, 260-pounder has appeared in 76 NFL games with 18 starts over six seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2008-11), New England Patriots (2012) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20-13).
Scott has registered 94 career tackles, 16.5 sacks, 21 tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup as well as 20 tackles on special teams.
Scott was selected by the Raiders in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Buffalo. His best season came in 2009 when he recorded 37 tackles, seven sacks, 11 tackles-for-loss, 12 quarterback hits and six special-teams tackles while playing in all 16 games with six starts for Oakland.
Scott was released by the Buccaneers last Oct. 24 after appearing in four games, all as a reserve.
Devin Hesters record-breaking career with the Bears is over.
The team thanked the 31-year-old return specialist for eight great seasons while informing him that he will not be re-signed. Hester will become an unrestricted free agent March 11.
"For the past eight seasons we have been honored to have Devin Hester as a part of our organization," Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. "While Devin has redefined the pinnacle standard of the return position in the NFL, the memories and contributions he has given us cannot be measured by stats or numbers.
"Not only is Devin a special player, he is also an exceptional person. He is a great teammate, husband and father. Devin represented the organization off-the-field as well as he did on it. When his career is over, he will always be a welcome member of the Bears family. We thank him for his dedication and wish him and his family all the best."
In eight seasons with the Bears, Hester became the NFL's all-time leader with 18 kick return touchdowns and 13 punt return TDs. He also tied Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' career mark of 19 return touchdowns, which includes punts, kickoffs, missed field goals, fumbles and interceptions.
Selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2006 draft out of Miami (57th overall), Hester was voted to three Pro Bowls, won 13 special teams player of the week awards and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s by the Associated Press and ESPN.
Hester acknowledged his departure from the Bears on his Facebook page, writing: "To all my Chicago people, I can't thank you enough for my time in Chicago. I've always said I wanted to retire a Chicago Bear but sometimes things don't work out the way we would like. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart and if I am fortunate enough to break the return record, we will have all broken it together no matter where I am. Thank you again and God bless."
Hester made an immediate impact with the Bears, setting an NFL single-season record with five kick return touchdowns as a rookie in 2006 and then eclipsing the mark with six TDs in 2007.
Hester enjoyed a magical rookie season. He returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown in a 26-0 win over the Packers in his first NFL game; lifted the Bears to stunning 24-23 comeback victory over the Cardinals with a late 83-yard punt return TD; and set a single-game franchise record with 225 kickoff return yards in a win over the Rams, including TDs of 94 and 96 yards.
Hester then capped the year by becoming the first player in NFL history to return the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl for a touchdown, dashing 92 yards in an eventual loss to the Colts.
After a two-year touchdown drought on special teams in 2008-09, Hester returned three punts for scores in 2010 and two punts and one kickoff for TDs in 2011. The past two seasons, however, he brought back only one kick for a score, an 81-yard punt return last season in Washington.
In 2013, Hester ranked sixth in the NFL in kickoff returns with a 27.6-yard average. He leaves the Bears as the franchise's all-time leader in punt return yards (3,241), kickoff return yards (5,504), total kick return yards (8,745), punt returns (264) and kickoff returns (222).
After playing sparingly at cornerback as a rookie, Hester was switched to receiver in 2007. Over the next six seasons he caught 217 passes for 2,807 yards and 14 touchdowns. His most productive season as a wideout came in 2009 when he had 57 receptions for 757 yards and three TDs.
Hester was not part of the offense in 2013, playing exclusively on special teams.
Former Bears center Olin Kreutz praised the performance of the team's revamped offensive line this past season during an appearance Wednesday night on WSCR-AM 670.
The Bears retooled their line last offseason, adding left tackle Jermon Bushrod and left guard Matt Slauson in free agency and right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Jordan Mills in the draft.
The four newcomers gelled quickly with veteran center Roberto Garza—the only returning starter—and served as a catalyst for a record-breaking offense in 2013.
"That was a great offensive line," Kreutz said. "I played with Bushrod for a little while in New Orleans and he's a pro's pro. Everybody knows how I feel about Roberto Garza. Slauson, and Long and Mills, that was just unbelievable the way they performed as rookies.
"I had my doubts when they took Long [in the first round], but he proved us all wrong, all the guys who doubted him. He was amazing to watch; a big, tough offensive lineman."
The line helped the Bears rank second in the NFL with 445 points and set team records with 6,109 total yards, 4,450 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, a 96.9 passer rating and 344 first downs.
Kreutz, who was voted to six Pro Bowls in 13 seasons with the Bears from 1998-2010, remains close friends with Garza, his teammate in Chicago from 2005-10.
"You can't get a better pro than Garza; someone who is really just here for the team and here because he wants the team to win, and he's always been that kind of guy," Kreutz said.
"He's a guy who came from [having] no ACL where teams wouldn't even touch him. We gave him I think the league minimum back in 2005 and he's just worked his butt off. He's always been a good ballplayer. It's just that people doubted him. He does everything right every day and you can't get enough of those guys in the building."
Kreutz, who appeared on WSCR-AM with Zach Zaidman and longtime Bears teammate Patrick Mannelly, also discussed the bullying scandal involving Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.
"For anybody to try to relate their story to what was going on down there after all the reports have come out, I think that was a Miami Dolphins problem," Kreutz said. "I think that it was maybe the perfect storm for those two guys to be together and something like that was going to happen.
During his Bears career, Kreutz was a well-respected team leader who some viewed as an intimidating presence. Asked if he regretted anything he did, Kreutz said: "I don't know.
"I know there were times that I got out of line and there was a chain of command [of] people [to] tell you to knock that stuff off, whether it was 'Big Cat' Williams or Lovie Smith or Dick Jauron or Jerry Angelo or Brian Urlacher, even Pat [Mannelly] pulling me aside and saying, 'Maybe that was too much.' That's maybe what they were missing down there [in Miami], but like I said it's hard to say when you're not there.
what do you think
DT AARON DONALD
S JIMMIE WARD
QB ZACH METTENBERGER
DT CARAUN REID
DE KAREEM MARTIN
CB CHRIS DAVIS
TE CROCKETT GILMORE
I would be ecstatic about that draft
I would to, Kareem Martin is considered a 2nd pick, to get him in the 5th would be the steal of the draft.
FA will shed light on this draft for us. I have a weird feeling (hopeful) that we land Byrd or Bennett. The DT market is pretty bad so I would expect that must be a high pick but even if we shore up de, we have the flexibility to take a harder look at C-D over a DT. If we land Byrd we are very likely to go DT in round one. It will also give us a trade back option if all 3 big dts are on the board at 14. Can't wait for Tuesday.
Some discussion on NFL network this morning (Sat. 3/8) that San Francisco is interested in Bennett. Some say it is a smokescreen to drive his cost up to Seattle and others think it helps them and weakens a division foe. Either way it probably makes it more expensive for the Bears..
F.A. is going to be a shedwater experience for us , Emery has to take helm of a non existant DEFENSE.
As you stated about Frisco/Seattle , whos getting over on who ?
On Tuesday , everything is in play ... are we there?
One thing that has to come out of it ... the F.A. vs. the DRAFT.
CONCERNING CHICAGO BEARS.
This has to make our team for the next 2-3 years.
Lets look at where we draft at and whos in F.A.
At the most outside of who we are : Bennett in F.A. or Jernigan in the draft?
Lets remember somthing here ... you can move money to get Bennett ... Jernigan or any of his ilk in the draft may not be there.
Gets interesting doesnt it ?
Too bad we dont have a countdown clock somwhere on this board for the beginning of F.A.
I know it happens at 3:00 o'clock and Im guessing that means 3:00 o'clock EST.
Its going to shape our draft so we better be prepared for whatever happens.
Alot of guys named Bennett on the same team ... we can hope.
I believe it is 4 est