Exodus Continues, Ex-GM Draws Up Free Agent Deals, Collins, Watson, and Other Bears Bullets

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Exodus Continues, Ex-GM Draws Up Free Agent Deals, Collins, Watson, and Other Bears Bullets

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Nothing says I need a wardrobe update like realizing the only green shirts I have are Christmasy.

•   Khalil Mack is leaving. So are Tarik Cohen and Eddie Goldman. Others could join the mass exodus, so stay tuned:


•   The Bears are undergoing an overhaul with new GM Ryan Poles calling the shots. A new league year begins on Wednesday. But the new era of Bears football is already taking shape. And yet, I’d feel better if there was more about guys the Bears could bring in (as opposed to the ones getting away). But that is just where I am right now.

•   Mike Tannenbaum is a former NFL general manager who often cosplays as one in his analyst role at ESPN. With that being said, I’m very much into this piece on the players he would sign in free agency. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill ex-GM plays decision-maker bit, either. Tannenbaum highlights five players he would sign and how he would draw up their deals. It makes for an interesting bit of perspective. Especially since there are some names that could draw interest from the Bears.

•   For example, Tannenbaum cooks up a five-year deal worth $117.5 million (with $55 million in guarantees) for left tackle Terron Armstead. We recently discussed Armstead as a Bears target. And because stud left tackles don’t hit the market often Armstead figures to be the type teams throw gobs of cash at — even if he is entering his age 31 season not having played a full, healthy season in his career. Taking the lack of durability into consideration, maybe center Ryan Jensen is a better fit for a Bears discussion. Tannenbaum’s three-year, $39 million deal ($22.5 million in guarantees) is a far more palatable deal — even if center isn’t as important as left tackle on the positional hierarchy chart. Tannenbaum raving about Jensen’s intangibles piques my interest, especially since the Bears could use someone in the trenches who plays with an edge.

•   If the Bears don’t want to go the free agent route for linemen, a trade option recently became available:

•   One day after reports surfaced surrounding the Cowboys shopping La’el Collins, the new buzz is that their starting right tackle has been given permission to seek a trade. As Robert Schmitz points out in the tweet above, Collins’ contract would be far more team-friendly to a team with cap space (*cough*Bears*cough*) than it is to a team that is up against it like Dallas. I wouldn’t entertain the idea of sending one of the Bears’ Day 2 picks to take on Collins and that contract. But maybe a Day 3 selection and future considerations? I’d consider it at a lesser price. After all, I’m not here to do the Cowboys any favors.

•   There are some names here:

•   And let the record show that signing players who have been cut won’t count against the compensatory draft pick formula. So while that pick wouldn’t convey until 2023, every little bit helps. Just keep that in mind.

•   The Bears got a new running back in Darrynton Evans. But let’s not forget about the one currently leading the stable of ball carriers:


•   Something to keep tabs on, even if the Bears won’t be in on this sweepstakes:

•   Obvious Shirts is still 30% off everything in the store through this weekend. So if you haven’t yet, you should jump on it.

•   The surest sign that spring is jut around the corner is when these tweets make their annual appearance on my timeline:

•   I’m glad they stacked wins when they did, because the Bulls’ schedule down the stretch is rough:

•   A questionable defense-first signing when the offense is lacking is the kind of signing I’d expect from Ryan Pace. Nevertheless, the Cubs made a move on Friday:

•   WELP:



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.