Chicago Bears Free Agent Rumors - Day 1

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Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) is sacked by Houston Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell (92) and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) during the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Looking at Texans DT Earl Mitchell

The Bears must have a thing with Mitchells because this is the second one whose name has been linked to the Beloved.  Earl is a young, durable DT.  At 26 he’s only missed one game in his NFL career.  After bringing back Jeremiah Ratliff and keeping Stephen Paea, both of whom have had injury problems of their own, the Bears could stand to bring in someone durable.  With Hank Melton still a question mark, Mitchell could be an interesting and more affordable option.

Jordan Palmer Could Replace Josh McCown as Jay Cutler’s Primary Backup

With Josh McCown drawing interest around the league, there’s a question about who will replace him as Cutler’s backup.  According to ESPN’s Michael Wright, the best choice might be in house:

The logical choice is Jordan Palmer, who spent the last nine games with the Bears in 2013, and likely wouldn’t command more than the veteran minimum in 2014. Palmer is familiar with Chicago’s system, and Bears coach Marc Trestman was impressed by how quickly the quarterback learned the offense … Remember, during Josh McCown’s stint as the starter, Palmer served as the primary backup. So there’s somewhat of a comfort level there.

I think he was atop my list of possible backups the Bears should consider too.

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  • John Vassar

    I am with you on all but Sporles. I like Sporles (had him on my fantasy teams) but he is a luxury the Bears can ill afford right now. You got Williams and Ford as return men, really don’t see the fit offensively. Maybe in a couple of months when the dust has settled, they might reach out to him. Now … no way.

  • ManGod

    While Sproles may be a very interesting piece to add to the mix…the Bears don’t really need Sproles. Michael Ford is cheaper, younger and knows the system and his role is clear. Sproles to me, sounds like another M Busch experiment and another option that the Bears clearly do not need at this point in time or the foreseeable future. Chicago has established a very good offence and needs to concentrate on fixing the defense thru free agency and this years draft. Hit fast and hard in free agency and trade out of the first round and acquire a 2ndd and 3rd pick for the 1st round pick at 14. Take the added pick and continue to add depth and quality players at key positions on defense.

  • bearisity

    The offence was good but not complete. A short yardage running back is still needed. Possibly another tightend (that can block and catch) to perfect the offence.
    As for the defence…… I don’t know if that many new personnel can gel in one season. We might be in for something like last season.