Bears Release Mark Anderson, Sign Charles Grant

The Bears finally ended the Mark Anderson experiment on Tuesday.  After such a promising start with 12 sacks in his rookie year, the Bears cut the underachieving defensive end who has never come close to repeating that type of production.

This season marks the second time that Anderson was basically handed a starting defensive end job.  After his rookie year, he was handed Alex Brown’s starting defensive end job.  That ended with Anderson being sent to the bench and Alex Brown at his rightful place.

This offseason, the Bears cut Brown so they could give guys like Jarron Gilbert, Israel Idonije, Corey Wooten and Anderson more time.  How’d that work out for ya?  Gilbert couldn’t get out of camp and now Anderson is on the street, Wooten hasn’t dressed for a game yet.  I’m not taking any shots against Izzy because he’s a solid special team contributor and has always done what the Bears have asked him to do, but he’s not a starter in this league.  Not for a team with playoff aspirations.

Meanwhile, Brown is starting for the world champion Saints.  He’s not exactly setting the world on fire for the Saints, with 9 tackles through 4 games but it would be great to see what a real defensive lineman could do opposite Peppers.  Tommie Harris is a shell of his former self and as a matter of fact, Anderson hasn’t been the same since Tommie was creating havoc up the middle.  Brown wasn’t spectacular, but he was always a steady, consistent performer who knew his assignments and just got the job done.

To take Anderson’s roster spot, the Bears signed former Saints defensive end Charles Grant.  Grant was recently released by the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.  Yes, you read that right.  The Bears just signed a guy off the street who got cut by a UFL team.  Here’s what Brad Biggs had to say about it:

Grant cleared waivers in the UFL, meaning the league’s other four teams passed on him, according to UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue. Otherwise, the Bears would have had to pay a fee of $150,000 to the UFL and be granted permission to sign away Grant during the league’s season.
Grant was the fifth defensive end for the Nighthawks and did not start, but played in the rotation. The defensive line includes former Bear Dusty Dvoracek.

You know what’s worse?  The Bears thought he was better than a guy on their current roster who they had pinned such high hopes on that they cut a solid, reliable and professional in Alex Brown.  This defensive line is a mess and Grant isn’t the answer.


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  • http://MSN rodman

    Wow that is sad he couldn’t start in the UFL. Well Mark Anderson has never been any good against the run and hasn’t been that good at pass rush so we’re not losing much thats for sure, but Grant is 32 and if he’s not a starter in the UFL well thats pretty scarry also, he’s probably better than Anderson but definitely not the answer.

  • Mr. Pickles

    Wait….wha??? I hated the Alex Brown move and this is seriously rubbing salt in that wound. Can he play guard or tackle? Cause that would be cool, this is just kind of a kick in the balls.

  • windy Cynic

    So elemental….. you invest in Cutler, you have to address protection.

    You invest in Peppers, you have to have another presence on the opposite side of the line.


    Alex Brown made plays without help. He and Briggs made ALL the plays. We wasted money on the Chargers second string TE, released Brown and fantasized that Anderson could transcend himself. Coaching or player development, who knows.

    We don’t offer either.

    Or General Managment.

    I’m not bummed to see Anderson go. I’m not excited to see Grant come. I’m not excited to see Alex in a Saints uni.

    Please someone text Ogunleye. Or is he in Lovie’s doghouse too?

    Everyone in this organization is “accountable”. Lovie is all about “accountability”.

    Just not for him, JA, Ted Phillips, Marinelli, babich….. seriously boys, insert George W instead of Lovie, Dick C instead of Jerry, etc, etc.

    Teflon from criticism or from responsibility for bad decisions. Complete secrecy and NO GAMEPLAN.

    You can’t make this shite up…..

  • Ronman

    So let me see if I’ve got this straight….The Bears release their best DE from last year, Alex Brown, because they want to go with the younger, and presumably cheaper, Mark Anderson. New Orleans, the Super Bowl champs immediately sign Brown and out him in the in starting lineup. Then tree games into the season, the Bears release Anderson, PAY HIM 1.7 MILLION FOR THREE GAMES, and sign some clown that New Orleans cast off. Given Jerry Angelo’s history, all this somehow makes perfect sense. It is also a perfect indicator of why the Bears are in the shape they are in.

  • Ben

    Bears please help me understand this move. As a Bear fan I’m trying to be loyal but u make it very hard. Jerry you have to do better.