We've got a handful of questions since Wednesday about Laveranues Coles after he agreed to leave $6 million guaranteed on the table in exchange for the right to become a free agent.
Would he fit in with the Bears?
Sure, he would probably be able to help out any team but let's not make him out to be someone he isn't right now. Coles has turned in just one 1,000-yard season in the last five years. That right there would qualify him for the Bears, right?
But let's do the prudent thing here in evaluating a move like this--follow the money. If Coles--who is represented by a veteran agent in Roosevelt Barnes--walked away from $6 million guaranteed at age 31, the thinking here is he might have something lined up already. I don't think anyone is going to leave that kind of coin on the table if they don't have something in place already, or have a darn good idea where they're going to improve upon that deal. Coles could have played one year, collected that $6 million, and then been a free agent.
So, it's probably safe to assume that Coles already has a destination in mind. Maybe Miami? That's where his favorite quarterback Chad Pennington is these days. It's probably safe to assume Coles isn't thinking about Soldier Field, but who knows, we could be wrong. The bottom line is Coles doesn't roll the dice like this unless he has an idea what numbers are going to come up. If the Bears are still jaded by the Muhsin Muhammad experience, count them out of the Coles sweepstakes.