Dec 11, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber (24) sits on the bench after a fumble during the game against Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Two Veterans the Chicago Bears Must Cut

We’re getting geared up for Free Agency and we’ve already touched on the Chicago Bears’ free agent class and projected the status for each but there are a couple of vets that are still under contract for the upcoming season that need to be given the boot.  They haven’t produced and their 2012 salary cap figures makes them especially expendable.

Marion Barber

This is as much of a slam dunk as you’ll find.  Barber completes the trifecta of failed Cowboys free agents along with Roy Williams and Sam Hurd.  He may have single-handedly cost the Bears their season with his miserable performance in Denver.  His $2.875 million 2012 cap figure should make it that much easier to send the Barberian back from whence he came.  On the bright side, Broncos fans adore him.

Jan 2, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears offensive tackle Frank Omiyale (68) blocks during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Frank Omiyale

New Bears GM Phil Emery will be wise to dispatch another of Jerry Angelo’s free agent mistakes from a couple of years ago.  Frank Omi-god has been a colossal failure for the Bears.  He’s never been able to be even serviceable along the offensive line.  The Bears have tried to plug him in at various spot on the line to try to plug holes due to injury or just plain lack of depth and he hasn’t been up to the task.  His price tag of $2.9 million for 2012 is a great reason to put him on the next bus out of town.

What do you think?  Are either of these guys worth keeping around?  Anyone else that the Bears should cut ties with before the Free Agent Frenzy hits in a few weeks?


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  • Charles Pierre Paul

    Cut Roy Williams and Kellen Davis as well.

  • Phil_X

    CPP – I disagree, you keep Kellen Davis. Roy “alligator arms” Williams on the other hand….should have put him in Angelo’s trunk when he left town.

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  • RocklovesPuma

    …One person’s opinion…Boomer-I believe you are coming down WAAAAAAY to harsh on The BarBEARian…only GOD will judge…:)

  • BearGogglesOn

    @RocklovesPuma On my website, I will be judge, jury and executioner.

  • BearGogglesOn

    @Charles Pierre Paul Both are free agents. Williams is gone but I expect Davis could stick.

  • flowermike

    Barber could have been released and left behind in Denver.

    Williams should never have been signed.

    Omiyale, Brandon M, Chester Taylor…. notice a pattern?

    How bout Meriweather and Hurd?

    Release Kellen Davis and then what? How many spots on our line could be upgraded? 4?

    Knox is knocked out. Hester is sliding and Earl Bennet is our #1?

    D-line is Peppers and some guys. Briggs and Urhlacher and Peanut. Anyone else look promising? Major Wright just broke his finger responding to that question… out for 8 weeks.

    This is a depleted roster aging and the coaching staff is stocked with Lovie’s losers.

    One Mc Caskey looks more inbred than the others.

    Emery has his work cut out for him.

  • stujoe1966

    If they get rid of Barber, they better make a short yardage/goal line back a priority acquisition in free agency. Forte has proven that he cannot do that job and I don’t trust Bell.