Best of Bear Goggles: Feb 9 – Feb 14

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Aug 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears helmets during the second half against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium. The Bears won the game 20-17 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

I thought I’d try something new here at Bear Goggles.  We’ve added so many new writers and there’s so much fresh content each week, there may be things that you’ve missed.  Or maybe you’re too busy to surf the web during the week  and like to catch up on your reading over the weekend.  So I’m going to try a “Best Of”  post over the weekend so you can catch up on the best and most interesting posts of the week.  Let’s jump in:

Mike Flanery talked about some salary cap casualties who might make sense for the Bears.  There are some interesting names on there.  How would Darnell Dockett or DeMarcus Ware fit in with the Bears if they get axed by their current teams.  Be sure to check the last page of this post to see his Draft coverage.  It’s top notch.

Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bears defensive back Charles Tillman receives the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award at the 3rd NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of free agents, we look at the difficult decision the Bears will face with Peanut Tillman.  It’s not easy to deal with a legend on the back side of his career.  We learned that from Brian Urlacher last season.  We got some interesting comments on this one.

From John Vasser:

"Good article. Tillman may have one more season in him but with recent injuries it has to be a cheap performance based contract. I have had a funny feeling about Tillman all off season. When the season ended and Tucker was under fire, Tillman was quoted as saying some players on the D didn’t buy into the new coach, It is well known he was one of Lovies faves and loyalty on the D to Lovie was strong. I got this feeling Tillman may have been one not to buy in and maybe it is time to say ciao. Look there is good depth at CB in the draft and a couple of guys in the UFA. Not like we can fill the hole. Even Frey showed potential. Might be time to say thanks for the memories."

And from my guy and sorta once in a while staff writer DeCon:

"Boomer…You know where I stand and it has nothing to do with the fact that Tillman is my favorite current Bear and has been for a while. Peanut embodies everything I try to teach my kids both on and off the field. I hope the Bears do the right thing and bring him back to be a leader to the rest of the young players. Since Peppers will likely be gone and even if not, he isn’t a really vocal guy, all the leadership would fall on Briggs and I am not sure if ONE leader on a defense trying to find its way back is enough."

In fact, DeCon was so moved by the Peanut topic, that he started up a Facebook page to convince Peanut to stay with the Bears and show some love to one of the best Bears ever on and off the field.  Head over to his page, give it a Like and post your favorite Peanut memories.