Jumping back into Four Down Territory, our first of what will be four installments this week. We'll run a Q&A each day through Thursday this week. Here we go:
Q: Any possibility the Bears would consider moving Brian Urlacher to free safety since he played safety in college? It seems that with the choices in free agency it might make some sense and extend his playing career, enabling him to fulfill the four years left on his deal. Does he make too much money to play safety? Does he still have the speed? Would it be easier to find a starting middle linebacker to replace him than a starting free safety?
Also, is Kirk Barton under contract with the Bengals or is he a free agent? I thought he showed some potential before he was waived. Is there a chance the Bears would trade a low pick for a back up right tackle like Barton to eliminate the glaring need before the draft?
One more thing, have the Bears considered offering Mike Brown a coaching job? Given his knowledge and leadership, keeping him around to help develop unproven (unidentified) talent could really help the secondary and if the players they get to replace him don't pan out or get injured, he could be reinstated to the roster.
John O., Shorewood, Minn.
A: We usually have a one question per e-mail rule, but we're short on questions tonight.
1. There is zero possibility Urlacher will be moved to safety. If his range is deteriorating at middle linebacker, he certainly wouldn't have it to play safety. It's not even an option.
2. Barton is under contract with the Bengals, and finished the season there on injured reserve after spraining an ankle in practice. He went from the Bears to Miami, San Francisco, back to Miami and then the Bengals. That means three teams gave up on him and one did so twice. There is zero chance the Bears will look to trade for Barton.
3. Why would you offer a coaching job to a man who doesn't want to coach? Brown plans to continue his playing career and most likely will have an opportunity or two to consider after the draft. I'm not sure it's a good idea to try and involve someone who was just a peer with the players in the locker room immediately as a coach, either. Sorry, you're 0-for-3 with these ideas.