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CB Hamilton signs tender as exclusive rights free agent

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The Bears have announced that cornerback Marcus Hamilton has signed his one-year tender as an exclusive rights free agent.

Hamilton will earn $385,000 this season.

Strong-side linebacker Nick Roach is the club's only other exclusive rights free agent. He has not signed his tender yet.

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Well...dunno if this is good or not. The only thing I remember about Hamilton was his blown coverage on the last second pass in the Atlanta game. It appears we are set at CB with Bowman being a healthy back up and Vasher returning to some type of normal form for him. Maybe they want him for ST purposes. Guess it doesnt hurt to take him to camp. My guess is that Tillman and Graham will be the starters. I would also not rule out seeing Vasher go in some type of trade. Maybe even a draft day trade.

What happens if he gets cut? Don't we have enough CBs. Can Hamilton play free safety? How about WR? That's what we need, BAD!

he's pretty good

Why? Of course the only play I remember of Hamilton is the infamous Atlanta game. Here's the thing though, did he do anything else last season? If he did I'm blacking it out right now.

Chicago has Vasher, Tillman, McBride, Graham, Manning and Bowman all under contract so why restrict Hamilton? You can always get a camp body later because it would seem CB is full unless they are going to move him to safety ... which is scary considering how hard he bit on that short receiver.

Strass, I like your thinking, Vasher could be trade bait on draft day, maybe with either St. Louis for Holt and Arizona for Boldin.

Stranger things have happened and the Bears now with this signing have a lot of corners a total of six, Graham, Tillman, Vasher, Bowman, McBride and Hamilton.

Something has to give, either one of these guys is getting moved to free safety or may be packaged in a trade of some type of course I would like the trade above for a proven WR.

How about with Arizona, the Bears giving up #18 and Vasher for Boldin and #31.

You could get a very good right tackle at #31 and get value.

Creighton might be right about Graham at Free Safety but I think Graham right now may be the best corner on the Bears?

Remember guys, Tillman did some bad things last year that cost us dearly to! I really do like Vasher. I would hate to lose him! Just wanted to throw this out there.
Go Bears!

"Why? Of course the only play I remember of Hamilton is the infamous Atlanta game. Here's the thing though, did he do anything else last season? If he did I'm blacking it out right now"


Hamilton did have a nice game playing NB against us when we lost to the Bucs in OT last year. He registered (1) tackle, (1) assist and (2) passes defensed in limtited duty.

Once he blew the coverage vs Atlanta he was relegated to the bench. I think that was a bit unfair because they just tossed him out their in crunch time with only being on the team that very week. Babbich or his fellow players should have made sure he understood the defensive call before they broke the huddle on that infamous play.


"so why restrict Hamilton?"


Well they didn't actually restrict him, they just tendered him an offer after the season. Below is the definition of an exclusive rights free agent:

Exclusive-Rights Free Agents (ERFAs) are players who have completed between 0-2 accrued seasons of service whose contracts have expired. If tendered, they have no negotiating rights with other clubs and must sign their tender with their old club or sit out the season.


The kid is only a 2yr pro who had a nice college career at Virginia. He is 5'11" and 190 pounds so he has good speed/size for a CB in our scheme. People shouldn't throw young players to the curb because they make a mistake. If the Bears did that all the time then every player would have been dumped long ago.

Grossman would have been benched after year two (might have been a good thing in retrospect...LOL...), Berrian never would have started after his rookie year plauged by injury and drops, Urlacher would have been traded after his first missed tackle, Hester would already have been cut because of his zero TD returns last year ect... ect.... ect....

Pre-season will dictate who remains and who is let go in the secondary. I think vasher is on a short leash and could be traded/cut if he stinks it up again in camp.

Go Bears !!

Besonsucks: "The kid is only a 2yr pro who had a nice college career at Virginia. He is 5'11" and 190 pounds so he has good speed/size for a CB in our scheme. People shouldn't throw young players to the curb because they make a mistake. If the Bears did that all the time then every player would have been dumped long ago."

I get that part it just seems that we have an awful lot of CBs. Hamilton looks to be like the odd man out based on pay-scale and performance. I realize a team wants to give a young player a chance to develop, I think this team actually gives players too many chances (Grossman, Dvoracek and Metcalf come to mind, but I guess one could counter with Bazuin and Okwo or counter with Manning who's come on very strong at NB and returner after sucking at safety). I just don't see what he provides over the 6 CB already on the roster who are proven. Regardless of Vasher's season, I'd still give him the nod over a 2-yr player who the coaches don't trust.

Having (6) corners on a soon to be 80-man roster isn't all that much. I would venture that the Bears may bring in another one or two via the coming draft / free agency. Once the players begin the pre-season process, the cuts will begin.

I wouldn't mind seeing Angelo sign freshly released Samari Rolle from Baltimore or Ken Lucas from the Panthers. You can never have enough competition at a skill position right ?

Hamilton may improve this year to the point he remains on the active roster and McBride becomes expendable or Bowman is relegated to the PS for the 2009 season. Of course Hamilton could wind up getting cut down the road but it is better to let him compete then not bringing him back at all, it's not like it would cost the Bears anything. Vasher could be traded or moved to FS, unlikely but you never know.

One thing is clear, both Peanut and McBride are recovering from off-season surgery and won't be availabe for next weeks mini-camp and next month's OTA's so the Bears need bodies on the practice feild....


Go Bears !!

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