If you're following the blog of Richmond McGee, the logical next logical step is for the Bears to have the free-agent punter take the roster spot created by the retirement of Glenn Earl.
The veteran safety Earl, a Naperville North and Notre Dame product, informed the team he plans to retire on Tuesday, and an official announcement will likely come today. Earl's departure drops the Bears' roster to 79 players, giving them one open slot. Although cornerbacks Charles Tillman will be placed on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) on Friday, it's the active PUP list teams can use in training camp. That will not create an additional roster spot.
Instead of bringing in an additional defensive back (the Bears have eight cornerbacks not counting Tillman and six safeties without Earl), the Bears could sign McGee. He believes the Bears are going to, at least at some point in the very near future.
"Nothing is official until I sign next month,'' McGee wrote on his blog. "But they are offering me a one-year contract.''
The Bears put McGee through a workout on June 9 along with NFL veteran Derrick Frost. They were two of seven punters the team rolled through during the spring as it searched for a camp leg. The nice part about McGee, who was a member of Texas' national championship team in 2005, is that he also has the ability to kick. So he'll be able to spell Brad Maynard and Robbie Gould during camp. The Bears were going to wait, probably until next week to get McGee on board, but that might happen sooner now that an opening has been created.
After working out for the Bears, special teams coordinator Dave Toub shipped McGee six footballs to work out with. The Bears did well with Zac Atterberry in camp last summer. Toub looks long and hard to find a developmental player and someone he could potentially call on in the future. McGee's titles his blog "NFL Pursuit 2009.'' It sounds like that pursuit will lead him to Bourbonnais, Ill. Soon.