Newest Chicago Bears Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod introduced at Halas Hall (Photo courtesy of AP)

Chicago Bears Introduce Free Agents Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod

Phil Emery was like a proud papa on Wednesday, showing off his latest acquisitions when he introduced free agents Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod.  As he stood at the podium, you could sense the excitement in Emery’s voice.  He reiterated the goal, as he always does when he speaks, is to win championships.  Not win.  Not win a champion.  Win championships, plural.

You can say what you want about Emery, but at the very least, he sees the same things that we as fans see.  He doesn’t stand up there and talk down to us pretend that what we’ve been watching isn’t real.  These signings are a perfect example.  The Bears had a clear need at two key offensive positions and Emery and the Bears addressed them.

Last season, the Bears needed a #1 wide receiver, so Emery pulled off the Brandon Marshall trade.  This season, despite seemingly zero salary cap room, Emery and Cliff Stein found a way to bring in two guys who perfectly fit what the Bears need.

Bennett showed the “flaky” personality that outsiders warned us about, but listening to him speak at the presser and then on local radio appearances afterward, you can tell this guy likes to work hard and play hard.  He is serious about his craft and just wants to WIN.  So what if he calls himself “the black unicorn” and like bears second only to dinosaurs.

Bushrod, on the other hand, showed a quiet confidence and humility that is the polar opposite of Bennett.  Yet when he took to the lectern, before issuing a stack of “thank yous” he admitted he Bennett would make for a good locker room.  He is focused on getting better and winning.

Two guys with very different approaches but the same mentality.  The same mindset as the GM – winning championships.

What do you think Bears fans?  Are these winning moves to put the 10-6 Bears over the hump and lead them to championships?  What other moves would you like to see the Bears make?  Let’s see your comments.


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  • John Mack

    Rehire Lovie Smith…SAID NO ONE EVER!!!! lol

    I’m still wondering if there’s something about Bushrod that we don’t know.

    Was New Orleans cap space that tight? You just don’t release a 28 year old
    tackle coming off two consecutive Pro Bowl seasons. *Scratches head*

  • Tim Flores

    How about this –

    Trade Forte for picks.

    Ok – before you all think I’m off my rocker think for a second.

    1) Would open up 7+ mil of cap space.
    2) Get us those well needed extra picks.

    3) Eddie Lacy (#1 RB in the draft from Alabama) is projected to last
    until late round 1 and is just as dynamic and versatile as Forte.
    4) Allows us to get more rookies and influx of talent through picks and cheaper UFAs.

    5) If NE, NO, GB, & SF has shown us anything – Running backs by
    committee works just as well if not better than the one guy approach.

    6) We still have Michael Bush – who got dinged up last year – but is
    still cheaper and can act as the 3rd down guy if we want or can handle
    the bulk of the load (if healthy) as he did in Oak everytime McFadden
    went down.

    Trade Forte