Aug 15, 2010; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) catches a pass as cornerback Brandon Carr (39) defends during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Tag Watch: Saints and Chiefs Could Offer Options for the Bears

A couple of potential free agents that might be interesting to the Bears have already gotten their franchise tags.  The Philadelphia Eagles dropped $9.4 million in DeSean Jackson’s lap as their franchise players while the Atlanta Falcons tagged cornerback Brent Grimes.  A lot more tags, including the Bears’ own Matt Forte, are expected to be issued before Monday’s deadline.  A few interesting things to keep an eye on from teams with multiple tag candidates after the jump.

Sep 18, 2011;New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks over the Chicago Bears defense before a play at the Louisiana Superdome.Offensive linemen are guard Jahri Evans (73), center Olin Kreutz (50) and guard Carl Nicks (77). Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE

There are a couple of teams that come to mind which have multiple players that they’re considering to tag.  Since each team can only use the tag once, there will be some players likely to hit the free agent market.

Consider the New Orleans Saints, who are in a game of chicken with Drew Brees and also have guard Carl Nicks and wide receiver Marques Colston entering free agency.  If the Saints can’t come to terms with Brees, they’ll have to tag him, which would put Nicks and Colston on the open market.  That would be a nice package deal for the Bears.  Colston and Nicks would immediately improve two areas of need for the Bears.

Another team with a tag crunch is the Kansas City Chiefs.  There have been numerous reports that Dwayne Bowe will get the franchise tag from KC.  You know what that means?  Cornerback Brandon Carr would hit the market.  The Bears have a need for a young corner to pair with Peanut Tillman and eventually succeed the veteran corner.  Carr is a big physical corner who could help the Bears chase around the big receivers who litter the NFC North.

We’ll be keeping an ear to the ground all weekend for more franchise tag info, especially for Forte.


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  • Beardownone

    They need to stay away from the saints castoffs first you don’t want to overpay for a guard no matter how good he may be. If he was a tackle I would be with you and second Colston may be the next Alvin Harper more a product of the system he’s in and the people he’s around then actual an actual game breaker. Brandon Carr I say go after hard. If the bears can not get a top free agent wide out they need to make a move in the draft towards that and maybe go after the second tier at that point. No matter what it is an area that needs to be addressed.

  • teejaysplace

    Disagree – interior offensive line is not an area of need for the Bears, and certainly not somewhere they should sink the type of money that Nicks will command on the open market.  The players are young and lack experience together, but all played well – not exemplary, but well.  If there are any holes on the O line, they are at left tackle, but at this point, it doesn’t appear to be an area the Bears are intending to address. Carr, on the other hand, might be worth exploring.  The Bears are still not going to throw big money at a CB, at least while they are playing Lovie Smith’s defense, but depending on the market, Carr may prove to be a worthwhile investment for the money.  

  • http://[email protected] mcrann1

    Be carefull of Colston his knees need to be checked out closely

  • BearGogglesOn

     @teejaysplace Are you telling me that we don’t need a Pro Bowl caliber offensive lineman, regardless of where he plays on the line?  Did Chris Williams show you anything yet to show that he’s the answer at guard? 
    I think that Lovie is going to have to change his stance on paying for corners.  He alluded to it when he spoke at the Combine; something to the effect of “you can’t keep putting 5’8″ corners on 6’5″ receivers.” 

  • BearGogglesOn

     @Beardownone I wouldn’t think of it as Saints castoffs.  They’re loaded and can’t afford to keep everyone.  The Bears can take advantage of that.  I’ve been skeptical of Colston, but he may be the best the Bears can get on Free Agent wide receivers.

  • Beardownone

    @BearGogglesOn @teejaysplace
    They have bigger needs then a guard. Plan and simple. Putting a pro bowl guard does not fix the problems on the outside at tackle. That is the weaker part of the line. O tackle pass rusher and receiver are way more pressing then a guard

  • Beardownone

    Castoffs may more apply to Coleston who I think is more a product of the system. But I do think they could spend their money wiser in areas other the interior lineman.

  • http://[email protected] mcrann1

    There is a care to be considered here in free agency, to not over pay, get the value. What are your targeted areas?  Remember you can not get it all done in one year. Leave something that will show growth. So how do you pick a #1 when you need just about everything BPA best player available

  • BearGogglesOn

     @mcrann1 The primary needs I’d like to see the Bears address in Free Agency are Wide Receiver and Cornerback.   I think both of these positions would be bolstered by a veteran presence.