Aug 9, 2008; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan (5) looks down field as tackle Devin Clark (62) and offensive tackle Jason Fabini (69) block Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jason Jefferson (98) and defensive tackle John McCargo (97) in the third quarter during a preseason game at FedEx Field. Washington won 17-14. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Bears Add Defensive Tackles McCargo and Pressley


The void at DT has Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune speculating that Tommie Harris could get a look at a comeback with the Chicago Bears.  After leaving the Bears, Harris made a stop in Indianapolis before ending up in San Diego, where he actually had a decent season in a limited role.  Harris was never the same since his leg fell apart, but he might have been a decent option as a 4th tackle in a rotation.

But it appears the Bears may have gone another direction by signing two other defensive tackles on Thursday, John McCargo and DeMario Pressley. 

The Bears are hoping to catch lightening in a bottle for the second straight year.  Last season, they were able to get a strong season from former first round draft pick Amobi Okoye when they brought him in as a free agent.  Since he bolted for the Bucs, the Bears will hope that former Bills first rounder John McCargo can step in and do the same thing.

McCargo was the 26th overall pick by the Bills in ’06 while Pressley was a 5th round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2008.

The Bears did not address the defensive tackle position in free agency and took a pass on drafting a DT.  With the departures of the aforementioned Okoye and Anthony Adams, the Bears need to find some warm bodies to take all those snaps that walked out the door.  Before adding McCargo and his former NC State teammate DeMario Pressley, the Bears only had Henry Melton, Matt Toeina and 2nd year man Stephen Paea to anchor the middle of the line.

What do you think?  Do the Bears have enough depth along the defensive line, and the DT position?  Would you bring back Tommie Harris?

BEAR DOWN!!!

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  • jrstaples1

    I’m a little puzzled about why we let Amobe Okoye leave for TB. He was certainly affordable at 1 year/$2 mil, and when you add him to Melton, Toeina and Paea you have a pretty stable group of guys. Then, you can bring in these other guys to compete for the 5th tackle spot. I just hope they’re not going to be relying heavily on the league’s former first round cast-offs every year.