In the most recent edition of his weekly mailbag, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune was asked if the Bears were still in on the Larry Warford sweepstakes – the very sweepstakes we’ve been following closely since the beginning (hours after Warford was released by the New Orleans Saints, a report surfaced suggesting the Chicago Bears would pursue the free agent guard, but one day later, another report came out painting them out).
Well, Biggs provides an update regarding the Bears position, though it’s not one fans of Warford will likely enjoy.
When asked if the Bears were still interested in Warford, Biggs responded: “Not that I am aware of, but the Bears did express interest shortly after the Saints terminated Watford’s contract.” But later in his answer, Biggs added he “wouldn’t rule out anything with Warford on the market” … but I also don’t want to give the sense the Bears are actively pursuing him.”
Biggs’ response is an almost frustratingly layered one, though that seems necessary considering the situation.
For starters, the Bears showed an interest in Warford shortly after he was released. So while the team might not be actively pursuing him at the moment, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to believe the team could re-engage a pursuit down the road. Biggs makes mention that Warford’s reported contractual demands could have been a hangup in Chicago’s pursuit. If that’s the case, it isn’t a stretch to think the Bears’ original interest was only bringing in Warford at a discounted price. From a team perspective, I don’t hate it. Finding values on the market at this time of the year should be a front office’s priority.
However, Warford clearly doesn’t have an interest in playing at a salary that isn’t on par with what he was slated to get from New Orleans before he was released. That’s not unreasonable for a three-time Pro Bowler. But if Warford lingers on the market for a while, perhaps his contractual demands will come down and perhaps that’s where the layers come in. Should it get to that point, then I could see the Chicago getting back in on the Warford derby. Otherwise, I imagine they’ll bring in a potential upgrade at guard if the price is right.
You can check out more of Biggs’ mailbag, which features thoughts on David Montgomery’s sophomore season, offensive line nuggets, and that Deshaun Watson tweet below:
– What to make of Deshaun Watson's tweet that the team never talked to him?
– Is Larry Warford in the mix?
– Can David Montgomery carry the load at running back?
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) May 13, 2020