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Sep 11, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (91) celebrates his sack of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (not pictured) in the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Falcons 30-12. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Bears GM Phil Emery Says Okoye "Going in Different Direction"


Every few days, you’d see a tweet come through about Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye scheduling a free agent visit with the Bengals or Bucs.  He hasn’t been offered a contract anywhere else yet, but Bears GM Phil Emery indicated his days in Chicago could be numbered.  In a special conference call with season ticket holders, Emery was asked about Okoye’s status:

“Right now, Amobi is trying to decide which direction he is going,” Emery said. “We’ve had conversations with him. So far, we have not been able to work out a deal. Amobi is probably going in a different direction.”

It’s a shame if they let Okoye walk, because he did a really nice job in the under-tackle role spelling Henry Melton.  He came here on a one year deal last offseason and might have been the best free agent from the 2011 class, unless you’re looking for a wanna-be drug kingpin or a wide receiver who can’t catch very well.

If Okoye does walk, it’s yet another hole for the Bears to try to fill in the upcoming draft.  It’s becoming clear that they are in the market for a defensive end, linebacker and cornerback at a minimum.  That’s not to mention some help on the offensive line and the obligatory safety that they’re sure to draft.

What do you think?  Should the Bears try to sign Okoye, who seemed to finally “get it” when put in the right role as the 3-technique in the Cover-2?  Do you think they can find someone as good or better in the draft?

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  • Phil_X

    Sign him.

  • Phil_X

    Hey Boom…what do you think of Brian Quick in the 2nd or 3rd round?
     

  • BearGogglesOn

     @Phil_X Need to do my homework on him, but I’m thinking the Bears might be done with WR’s unless there’s a HUGE value sitting there.  They have Marshall, Bennett, Hester, Devin Thomas, Weems and Johnny Knox as locks, even if Knox might start on the PUP list.
     
    I’ll be writing about this in the days/weeks to come, but it seems like the Bears are going to be very defensively focused in the draft.  With Okoye leaving, they may be adding DE and DT in the draft.  And that’s not to mention wanted some LB depth and a S.  Oh, and don’t forget OL too.  And let’s be honest, how many of their draft picks beyond the 3rd round (or in Rounds1-3 for that matter) are going to be impact players?

  • BearGogglesOn

     @Phil_X Might be a money issue.  Okoye might have valued himself higher.  He played on a 1 year deal last season with the hopes of showcasing himself with a fresh start to get a bigger payday.