Chicago Bears Top 100: #90 Phillip Daniels

Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of University of Phoenix Stadium as reflected in a Chicago Bears helmet during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Bears 2014 season kicks off.  Thanks to Bear Goggles On contributor and the fine editor of Blackhawk Up Keith Schultz’s suggestion, we’re going to do a Top 1oo list of the all time Chicago Bears.  It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down memory lane.

The next stop on our countdown of the Top 100 Chicago Bears brings us to #90, defensive end Phillip Daniels.  Daniels was drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks out of Georgia.  He was signed by the Bears as a free agent in 2000 and spent four seasons with the Bears.  I’d say Daniels was the first of a handful of free agent defensive ends the Bears brought in to try to rekindle the memories of Richard Dent.  The Bears weren’t able to draft consistent, difference making DE’s. so they kept overpaying in free agency.

Daniels appeared in 59 games for the Bears and did a solid job in the early days of the Brian Urlacher era, playing alongside Ted Washington, Keith Traylor and Bryan Robinson.  He collected 23 sacks, 17 passes defended and 156 tackles in the Navy and Orange before moving on the Washington Redskins as a free agent.  Daniels went on to play another 6 seasons with the Redskins before moving on to become their Director of Player Development.

What do you think of the ranking?  Too high?  Too low?  I guess you’ll have to check back to see who finished ahead of him to judge for yourself.  We’ll be counting down a different person each day as we inch our way to the September 7th season opener.

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