Judging by some of the posts on here earlier, there hasn't been this much fan reaction to the departure of a seventh-round pick in a long time.
No one reacted like this when safety Mike Green was sent packing a few years ago and he actually started 45 games in a Bears uniform over five seasons.
Kirk Barton was waived Wednesday because the Bears deemed it necessary to bring in an offensive tackle with experience and it cannot be disputed Fred Miller has a better working knowledge of the offense. The Dolphins were the only team to submit a claim for Barton, meaning 30 other teams didn't see enough on his game tape to make a play for him.
Barton was the sixth-to-final selection of the draft, putting him in the same zip code as Green, who wore the title of Mr. Irrelevant. Green was the exception to the rule. It's not often you find seventh-round picks who pan out as steady offensive tackles. Remember, offensive tackle is one of the most sure-fire positions when it comes to first-round picks. That's got to be somewhat comforting when considering Chris Williams, who is working his way back from back surgery.
*** Agent Drew Rosenhaus is in town to schmooze with some clients. He currently represents six players on the roster. It doesn't look like there is any big business on the horizon for him here unless he adds to his stable, which is always possible.
He's recently done deals for linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive tackle Tommie Harris. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye is signed through 2009. Tight end Greg Olsen is in the second year of a five-year contract and fellow tight end Kellen Davis is a rookie. Linebacker Darrell McClover is in the final year of his contract but will have to be a standout on special teams to warrant attention.
*** Interesting nugget courtesy of Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald. Of the 32 offensive play callers in the league, Ron Turner is in the minority. Twenty-three of the play callers do their work from the sideline, a list that obviously includes the head coaches who control that duty for their teams.
A look at the list, broken down by conference:
On the sidelines (23)
AFC: Baltimore OC Cam Cameron, Buffalo OC Turk Schonert, Denver HC Mike Shanahan, Houston HC Gary Kubiak, Indianapolis OC Tom Moore, Jacksonville OC Dirk Koetter, New England OC Josh McDaniels, Pittsburgh OC Bruce Arians, San Diego HC Norv Turner, Tennessee OC Mike Heimerdinger.
NFC: Arizona OC Todd Haley, Atlanta OC Mike Mularkey, Carolina OC Jeff Davidson, Dallas OC Jason Garrett, Green Bay HC Mike McCarthy, Minnesota OC Darrell Bevell, New Orleans HC Sean Payton, N.Y. Giants OC Kevin Gilbride, Philadelphia HC Andy Reid, San Francisco OC Mike Martz, Seattle HC Mike Holmgren, Tampa Bay HC Jon Gruden, Washington HC Jim Zorn.
In the press box (9)
AFC: Cincinnati OC Bob Bratkowski, Cleveland OC Rob Chudzinski, Kansas City OC Chan Gailey, Miami OC Dan Henning, N.Y. Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer, Oakland OC Greg Knapp.
NFC: BEARS OC Ron Turner, Detroit OC Jim Colletto, St. Louis OC Al Saunders.
Thanks to Darin for passing along the information.