Should Bears Take Risk on Reclamation Project Bryant McKinnie?

Could Julius Peppers and Bryant McKinnie be competing against each other in practice?

The Bears offensive line has been the focus of the last few days of camp, most notably the departure of Olin Kreutz.  Not surprising since the O-line was the biggest area of concern heading into camp after a horrible 2010 campaign, giving up a combined 56 sacks.

One of the other storylines for the Bears has been the array of reclamation projects that they’ve taken on in Free Agency ranging for Vernon Gholston and Amobi Okoye on defense to Roy Williams on offense.  Could the Bears take their “fresh start” campaign to try to help plug a huge hole on the offensive line?  The Vikings released OT Bryant McKinnie on Tuesday.  Could the former Pro Bowl tackle, another high first round draft choice, be the Bears’ next project?

McKinnie was drafted by the Vikings with the 7th overall pick in the 2002 draft.  He’s a monster listed at 6-8, 335.  There’s a connection to Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice, who coached the Vikings from 2002 – 2005.

He reported to Vikings camp way out of shape, leading them to put him on the non-football injury list at the start of camp and eventually leading to the scrap heap.  Could Mike Tice round him into shape?  Could the Bears take another flyer on another teams’ trash?  Could they stash him on the PUP list or on injured reserve with a mysterious foot injury as insurance in case Gabe Carimi or J’Marcus Webb don’t pan out?  Would it make sense to bring him in to slide inside to guard?

The way this Free Agency season has gone for the Bears, don’t dismiss it too quickly.  They’re dumpster diving and this big fella is at the bottom of the dumpster scrounging for leftovers.

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  • Mr.Pickles

    A high draft choice not playing up to his potential? A connection to someone on the Bear’s coaching staff? This might have some legs…

  • Mr.Pickles

    A high draft choice not playing up to his potential? A connection to someone on the Bear’s coaching staff? This might have some legs…

  • Blympie

    @bearsbuzztap YES!!!! IT CAN NOT HURT

  • Blympie

    @bearsbuzztap YES!!!! IT CAN NOT HURT

  • ThirsteeTurtle

    @bearsbuzztap if they did get McKinnie he would also be re-united with his old coach in Mike Tice

  • ThirsteeTurtle

    @bearsbuzztap if they did get McKinnie he would also be re-united with his old coach in Mike Tice

  • talon474

    @bearsbuzztap only if he comes cheap, has injury clause, and performance incentives, on & off the field…

  • talon474

    @bearsbuzztap only if he comes cheap, has injury clause, and performance incentives, on & off the field…

  • flowermike

    Just released, Orlando Pace’s agent has sent an email to all 32 NFL teams that his client is in fantastic shape and interested in resuming his career!

  • flowermike

    Just released, Orlando Pace’s agent has sent an email to all 32 NFL teams that his client is in fantastic shape and interested in resuming his career!

  • PJDiaries

    @TheVikingAge Is Tice still on that shit hole team? It would make sense?

  • PJDiaries

    @TheVikingAge Is Tice still on that shit hole team? It would make sense?

  • KurtWerner

    I seriously love the term used for the Bears’actions during this FA: Dumpster diving.

  • KurtWerner

    I seriously love the term used for the Bears’actions during this FA: Dumpster diving.

  • Obnxs1

    Wish it had the legs to just walk on out of here. But I’m sure Angelo will find some reason for bringing in another out of shape POS. @Mr.Pickles

  • Obnxs1

    Wish it had the legs to just walk on out of here. But I’m sure Angelo will find some reason for bringing in another out of shape POS. @Mr.Pickles

  • Mr.Pickles

    At first I sorta liked this idea but Vikings fans hate, I mean HATE, this guy. Getting down to whatever weight he needs to be to be good again is probably out of the question at this point. @Obnxs1

  • Mr.Pickles

    At first I sorta liked this idea but Vikings fans hate, I mean HATE, this guy. Getting down to whatever weight he needs to be to be good again is probably out of the question at this point. @Obnxs1

  • JerryRichardson

    Only if Tice thinks he can be productive and play at least well enough to be productive at some point in the season. Mike Tice has a very strong sense of player potential and ability and I would trust his oponion and choice. Linemen reporting to camp out of shape and overweight is nothng new in the NFL and is not a serious problem in itself if the player has the heart and desire to play.

  • JerryRichardson

    Only if Tice thinks he can be productive and play at least well enough to be productive at some point in the season. Mike Tice has a very strong sense of player potential and ability and I would trust his oponion and choice. Linemen reporting to camp out of shape and overweight is nothng new in the NFL and is not a serious problem in itself if the player has the heart and desire to play.