Stop me if you’ve heard this before – the Bears are interested in another team’s castoff player, one with ties to a member of the front office. The latest Fresh Start Program candidate is Seahawks castoff, linebacker Lofa Tatupu. According to ESPN Chicago, there is a mutual interest.
Tatupu, 28, is a three-time Pro Bowler and played a major role in taking the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl appearance during his rookie season in 2005.
But he struggled with injuries the past few seasons and has seen a decline in production. He missed most of 2009 after tearing a pectoral muscle. Last season he played in all 16 games, but his 88 tackles were the lowest of his career in a full season, and he needed surgery on both knees in the offseason. Tatupu’s prime was his first few seasons when he recorded more than 100 tackles and went to the Pro Bowl each year between 2005-07.
Lofa asked for his release after being asked to take a pay cut. There is also interest from the Raiders and Redskins.
If the Bears can bring him in, it would bolster a strong linebacking corp. Could you have too many Pro Bowlers?