Chicago Bears Signings Necessary Due to Past Personnel Failures

March 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Chicago Bears painted it as a red-letter day.
There are two ways to look at it, of course. It was both a day to be positive about the future, and a day to remember the horrors of the past.
When defensive end Julius Peppers, running back Chester Taylor, and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna signed free agent contracts Friday worth about $121 million total, including $91.5 million for Peppers, there’s little doubt Chicago got a talent boost in areas of need.
However, it also underscored past failures of this personnel and coaching regime.
“One thing that we’re mindful of, you know, March is when you build,” general manager Jerry Angelo said. “You don’t win in March, you build in March.”
Or you spend in desperation in March, which the Bears just did. As a result, there’s no doubt they overpaid for Peppers, if not Taylor.
Certainly the Bears needed more pass rush production at defensive end. Adewale Ogunleye hit double figure sacks only once in...

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