Chicago Bears Corey Wootton says he wants to stay but will likely test market

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  1. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    they should all test it, that way they will know their real value, just like Brian, apparently we would have overpaid :)
     
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    Without Wootton we are pretty thin at DE and if we cut Peppers aswell it's more than thin. Bass+FA+FA+Washington+Draft pick? Unless we sign Bennett our DE corpse will be pretty bad.. I don't expect Bass or Washington to explode like Jeffery did this year.
     
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    Dear god, of course we will sign a DE, dont worry
     
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    You think so huh? Will it be a guy or guys who can replace a future HOF'er and a young guy who was just breaking out in 2012 or more of Phil's one year bargain basement specials and guys who decide to retire right before camp begins.

    I just posted on Wootton in another thread and yeah in this article he talks about rehabbing and getting ready for the season but without a new deal on Friday that all ends at Halas Hall. The get kicked to the curb and can't return unless Emery re-signs them and that goes for Melton, Collins and any other Bears player not under contract whose been using those facilities for any reason and currently there are 20 of them, many of them defensive guys.

    Let's look at reality OK. There are only two starting level DEs in FA. Both will be looking for $35-$40 mil deals and these guys aren't even the best of the best as far as pass rushers go but the demand is high and the supply is low so they'll get it. After Clowney there isn't one DE prospect worth the #14 pick and two or three have fallen back into the late first or early to mid second rounds because they aren't impact pass rushers who can come in and make a difference at RDE. They're mostly LDE types and we have one of those already but we're letting him hit FA. Actually even FA Michael Bennett is far more of a LDE than a RDE so that leaves us with just one FA RDE, Michael Johnson. and no highly ranked RDE draft prospects.

    Maybe Pep collects his $14 mil after all. As a RDE even at his age he's at least as good as the alternatives. Like they say there's no sense in panic before it's time to panic but there's no saying about high anxiety prior to the onset of panic. I think it may be time to get a little anxious.
     
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    Agree with all you said. This is a big reason I was proposing we need to resign Pep at $6M or so a yr. for 2 yrs to get some back up plan. Pep is not totally over the hill and with some help I think he may be ok providing we rotate a little more with him and other players. Ealy is the only draft pick outside of Clowney that could be a 43RDE. The others are tweeners or more like Truitt 34DE. Kareem Martin from North Carolina could be an interesting prospect in rd 4 or 5.
     
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    The problem with "Tweeners" is that they will be "Projects" and the Bears need "NOW" players not projects.
     
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    Relax guys...go grab a beer, it's 5:00 somewhere.:13_4_9[1]:
    This will take care of itself. :)
     
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    LOL I did too much of that in the past brother and had to settle down. For awhile there it wasn't just 5:00 somewhere, it was 5:00 everywhere, especially wherever I was. I had a 24 wall clock that read nothing but 5:00. My liver was threatening to divorce me and with two ex-wives already I couldn't afford alimony a third time. :(

    It will take care of itself but how is what I'm concerned about. As it stands I have more faith in my own ability to fix that defense than I do Emery's and that's scary! :eek:
     
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    Let's just say that we're pretty much screwed if he signs elsewhere.
     
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