With a lot of little bits of info trickling out throughout the week during the offseason, I’ll be putting together a weekly post called Bear Buzz which will bring some quick hitters to get you up to date.
- Word over the weekend that starting right tackle John Tait is thinking retirement. This leaves ‘rookie’ Chris Williams and undrafted free agent Cody Balogh as the only tackles signed to the roster. Methinks free agent tackle John St. Clair’s price tag just went up.
- The Bears cut ties with wide receiver Marty Booker and veteran safety Mike Brown. Book was largely ineffective in his return to the Bears last season, but did make this highlight reel catch against the hapless Lions earlier this season:
- Meanwhile the oft-injured Mike Brown spent more time in recent years on the sideline than on the gridiron. I’ll never forget the back-to-back INT returns for scores in overtime games back in 2001. I was at the Cleveland game and had all but given up. Check out this Best of Brown list here. Thanks for the memories Brownie!!
These departures highlight a few of the areas where the Bears need to add depth during this offseason. Hopefully GM Jerry Angelo can make better adjustments to his draft plan than his coaching staff can make to their game plans. If not, it could be a rough 2009 season.
- Meanwhile, over on the Free Agent QB carrousel, add former Buc Jeff Garcia to the mix. I’ve never been a fan of Garcia from back in his days in San Francisco and the journeyman signal caller certainly is not the long term answer, but if he’s looking for a place where he could start right away…
- Over at the Tribune, David Haugh suggests including face-of-the-franchise middle linebacker Brian Urlacher in a trade to get Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin here. A few years ago, I probably would have gotten in my car and driven down to Tribune Tower to slap David silly. It’s not such a crazy idea now, but I guess my only thought is that the Bears might be selling low. ‘Lach for Boldin straight up – take it and don’t look back. Urlacher and their first round pick for Boldin and I might be more hesitant.
I’ll be “out of the office” for a couple of days as Mrs. Boomer will be delivering the newest Bears fan within the next day or two, so most likely the next time I check in, it’ll be as “Papa Bear” Boomer. Wish us luck!