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Bears add long snapper J.J. Milan as precaution

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The Bears signed long snapper J.J. Milan this morning as a precaution and to get a look at someone with Pat Mannelly sidelined with a minor hip injury.

Mannelly underwent an MRI and the results were positive so there is not concern that he will miss a prolonged period of time. He's going into his 12th season and the opportunity to look at someone like Milan, in training camp and even in a preseason game or two, would give special teams coordinator Dave Toub a good evaluation in the event he has an in-season emergency. Mannelly has missed only three games in his career, the last coming in 2002.

Milan has spent time in camps with Oakland and Indianapolis previously.

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Mannelly underwent an MRI and the results were positive

Is a positive result from an MRI a good thing?

Pat Mannelly has been a good long snapper for Chicago since 98, his position and value to the team is underrated. Hopefully he'll be fine, but it is a good idea to have a backup plan, especially with Mannelly getting long in the tooth.

I see on the twitter the Jets are gauging trade interest in Thomas Jones. Already? Kind of makes you wonder about the guy when he was with Chicago and what really went on behind the scenes with him and Benson, not to defend Benson. But Jones does seem like a me guy, oh well, we got Forte now. Thank you Jerry Angelo GO BEARS!!

Kevin,

Are you shiatting me? Jones is entering his 10th season in the NFL and had a career year despite the fact that 2nd-string RB Leon Washington was one of the most dangerous players in the NFL. The Jets want Washington to take over the starters role. Right now, TJ is at his highest peak as far as trade value and is only on the roster for something like $900k. The Jets are looking to get value out of him NOW instead of having him being a depreciating asset and trying to cut or trade him next year when they get little to no value.

Seriously, what does being a "me"-guy (which Jones was not if you believe any teammate NOT NAMED Cedric Benson) have to do with the current state of the New York Jets?

// There are 31 other teams in the league you may want to get familiar with ...
// A business management course at the local community college couldn't hurt either ...

By Kevin Armstead on August 11, 2009 5:49 PM
I see on the twitter the Jets are gauging trade interest in Thomas Jones. Already? Kind of makes you wonder about the guy when he was with Chicago and what really went on behind the scenes with him and Benson, not to defend Benson. But Jones does seem like a me guy, oh well, we got Forte now. Thank you Jerry Angelo GO BEARS!!

God Kevin you are just swinging for the fences of late. So Jones who is considered one of the best guys to have in the locker room in the NFL is now a bad guy? Angelo loved Jones, but because he had Benson his first round pick a true me guy if ever there was one. A guy he let go of last year when Jones was not on the team Kevin. So much for your theory. You remember Benson you where saying the Bears should cut him last year, in favor of Forte and because of his attitude. Now it's Jones who has not been with the Bears for two seasons. Jones made a deal with Angelo, he kept his end of the bargin and was released. He should have been the starter but because of Bensons draft status he had to give it to him even though he never beat Jones for the job.

Every guy who has played with him and every coach that has ever had him has said nothing but good things about the guy. Not to mention all the writers who have said good things about him. Now you think he is a bad guy because the Jets want to trade him. Do you even know why they want to trade him? Because they need to cut salary and they have Washington and they think Greene is good as well. Jones is the oldest of the three and makes the most money. He only makes 900,000 this year but has a 3 million dollar roster bonus. Jones is also seeking more money with 2 years left on his deal after leading the AFC in rushing last year.

The trade rumor has him going to SEA. Mike Lombardi wrote about this, he said if they trade Jones now they will be able to complete Washingtons contract. The other trade rumor is Jones for Boldin.

Wow either way that means we get to play against him, fun. Just what we need a smart RB who knows our offense on a team like Arizona.

It would be strangely ironic to me for Jones to end up back in Arizona. Back into a mix where Hightower and Wells are the guys, and he would be a rotational guy.

Jones may or may not be a good teammate, but he is a terrible businessman. Every time he does something good, he pushes for a new contract. He never offered to give any money back when he wasn't playing a full season, or wasn't cracking 700 yards or 150 carries and being paid as a first round draft choice, but when he has a solid season, he thinks he deserves more money. Despite his impressive physical conditioning, he is a running back on the wrong side of 30, and the Jets do not see the value in re-working his contract to give him more money. So they are exploring what to do with him. There are probably teams that would take him (The Browns could emerge as a surprise contender for his services...perhaps Braylon Edwards could be on the way to New York?), but the value he provides is more as a complementary back rather than a feature back. You put Thomas Jones with Jerome Harrison and Jamal Lewis, and you have a dynamic rushing attack. But if you put him there as the only guy, I don't think he makes it through a full season. He has been most effective in his career when he has a partner in the backfield.

The Jets are struggling at the receiver position, with Cotchery as the only known commodity, and the Browns have two young draft picks in Massaquoi and Robiskie, and enough pieces to get by, especially with what Jones can bring to the table in the receiving game. Mangini also may have a liking for Jones, who knows his system, and can be a safety net for Brady Quinn.

Damn Creighton, I wish I could get you to defend the Bears current players the way you took the time out of your night to come at me with this Jones nonsense that I could care less about. Calm down, I was just kidding about Jones. I'd take him over Benson any day. But thats not saying much.

Bottom line is, Bears GM Jerry Angelo did a heck of a job handling the whole Benson/Jones saga. Even you got to admit that Creighton. Yes, Benson was a bust, but at the time when Angelo had both him and Jones, Benson avg 4.0 yards a carry and was a 1st rounder. Angelo did the right thing letting Jones go and get his pay day [when he was REALLY at his highest peak as far as trade value goes, yes Coach I'm talking to you], and then giving Benson his shot. Benson didn't work out, give Angelo one off-season and he brings in Matt Forte who is hands down better than either Jones or Benson.

Da Church of Da Coach, sorry I upset you so much with my farking comment on farking Jones. I was just farking kidding. I didn't mean to get you all up in arms with my farking Jones comment. Also Da Coach, I don't need a farking junior college degree to know a 10 year vet is at his highest peak as far as trade value.....because tell me how many team are gonna give a whole lot for a 10 year vet?? Are you shiatting me with the great Thomas Jones being at his highest trade value in his 10th NFL season shiat?? Again Da Coach, I was just kidding with my Jones comment.

Now, allow me to get Creighton and Da Coach going with a couple more questions? How did Thomas Jones [the guy who gets along with everybody] and former Packers QB Brett Favre get along last season?? Also guy's, yes, Rod Marinelli is gonna have an impact on the Bears d-line. Even though he can't make an all-pro d-lineman from scratch. Because I do agree with both of you guys on the fact Marinelli never made an all-pro d-lineman, the last guy to make an all-pro d-lineman was Dr. Frankenstein, I'm being serious guy's. Can't wait for the response and Kevin Bumstead stuff, now GO FARKING BEARS!!

Creighton & Da Church of Da Coach, don't take what I said in my above blog serious, I'm not about making any enemies, especially with other Bear fans. I was just clowning with you guy's. I had just got out of work and both of you guys came at me with this Jones stuff so I simply retaliated. But, in my defense, I was just doing what you guys like to do on this board, coming after someone who has a different opinion than your own, as far as my second blog goes. And the Thomas Jones thing is just that, an opinion.

As far as Jones goes, heres where I'm coming from. You guys both bring up good points about Jones and the current state of the Jets. And I agree, Jones is a talented running back and was very popular in Chicago's locker room. But just because your a popular player doesn't mean you aren't a cancer in a locker room. My thing is this, how come in the past couple seasons Thomas Jones has been a part of two different locker room problems with two different teams? One with Cedric Benson in Chicago and then now with Brett Favre in New York last season. Say what you want about Benson or Favre, but you can't take away the fact that Jones name gets mentioned twice in two different locker room situations. Also, whats up with the "show me the money" thing every where he goes? Read Joe Felicelli's above blog, he brings up some very good points about that.


Thomas Jones got upset with Chicago when they brought in Cedric Benson. Why? What was the problem? Chicago was only doing what was right for the team when they took Benson. They had the #4 overall pick and took the best player available. And don't give me any BS about Benson was a bust, because 90% of everybody was happy with the pick. Benson was a stud coming out of Texas. When you pick that high, you take the best player available, even if you already have a solid player at the draft picks position. Chicago had Jones at the time of the pick, but Jones had durability problems throughout his career and was already in his 6th season when Chicago took Benson. If Jones was a team player he would of took Benson under his wing and helped the guy. Jones and Benson could of become a hell of a one two punch for Chicago had they been able to coexist. And don't bring up Benson, Benson was very immature, 6 years younger than Jones, and the guy was an airhead. But had Jones been the mature one about the whole situation, who knows what could have been. Instead, Jones was all about #1 [a me player]. Jones wanted to be the #1 back, Jones wanted the pay-day, and heck, this was Jones locker room. So Jones made life hard for Benson, and Jones being popular in the locker room probably had something to do with that whole thing.

The two made a good combo, especially during the Super Bowl run. But in the off-season, Angelo knew that Jones and Benson would never be able to coexist, so he gave Jones his chance to get his pay day. And kept Benson who had a 4 yard avg, was younger, and because of that seemed to have more upside. Benson didn't work out, but at the time keeping Benson was the right move.

Now, Jones goes to New York, gives them back to back 1000 yard seasons, last season leading the AFC in rushing. And now all of the sudden they want to trade him, why? You think maybe the problems Jones brought on with the whole Favre thing, and the fact theres no way Jones could coexist with the younger, and with more upside player in Washington? You think New York might of seen what went on the last time Benson was with a younger up and coming back, and the problems Jones brought in the locker room last season might have just a little bit to do with why they want to deal him, again, just my opinion. Again Creighton & Da Church of Da Coach, I don't have a problem with either one of you guy's, but theres no need to get up in arms when another blogger has a different opinion than yours now GO BEARS!!

Kevin,

"Da Church of Da Coach, sorry I upset you so much with my farking comment on farking Jones. I was just farking kidding. I didn't mean to get you all up in arms with my farking Jones comment. Also Da Coach, I don't need a farking junior college degree to know a 10 year vet is at his highest peak as far as trade value.....because tell me how many team are gonna give a whole lot for a 10 year vet?? Are you shiatting me with the great Thomas Jones being at his highest trade value in his 10th NFL season shiat?? Again Da Coach, I was just kidding with my Jones comment."

And then ...

"Now, Jones goes to New York, gives them back to back 1000 yard seasons, last season leading the AFC in rushing. And now all of the sudden they want to trade him, why? You think maybe the problems Jones brought on with the whole Favre thing, and the fact theres no way Jones could coexist with the younger, and with more upside player in Washington? You think New York might of seen what went on the last time Benson was with a younger up and coming back, and the problems Jones brought in the locker room last season might have just a little bit to do with why they want to deal him, again, just my opinion."

So which is it? Were you "kidding" or "a farking moron"? You're talking out of the both sides of your arse with the speculation. If you can't see the busines side of the deal - the only side as far as the Jets are concerned - then why bother posting? As far as Jones and Favre? How many Jets players have told how big of a d-bag they thought Favre was and his complete primadonna attitude towards his own teammates?

// Not up in arms ... just call bullshiat when I see it.
// BULLSHIAT!
// Your post needs more "fark" in it ... just sayin'

Dc of Dc, how does having my own opinion of Jones make me a moron? Is it because I don't agree with you on Jones, so yeah, that makes me a moron for not sharing your opinion on Jones. Also, what does the business side of the Jets have to do with anything? It does in your OPINION, but in my OPINION, I still think Jones is a ME guy. I was talking about Jones, not the Jets. You keep bringing up the Jets, because your a Jones fan, thats your way of defending him. All I did was make a simple comment, you didn't agree with it, so you come at me trying to make me look dumb going on about the business side of the Jets.

As far as Favre, you still can't take away the fact Jones caused problems in another locker room. That was my whole point. Two different locker room problems, both had Jones in them.

To answer your 1st question, I was just kidding at first, I didn't mean to offend anyone. But when you attack another blogger for simply having a different opinion [that blogger being me] I retaliated. Yes, I have always thought Jones to be a ME guy, but I didn't mean to stir anyone up, like I obviously did you. You said it yourself best Da when you said this "SPECULATION," because thats all it is by either one of us. Do you work for the New York Jets or something? You know for sure the business side is why they want to deal Jones? You, in all of your wisdom, can tell me without a doubt that your 100% sure that is why the Jets want to deal Jones, or are you just being a speculator on the whole situation, like me? So no Dc of Dc, you weren't calling BS, you were coming after me for having a different opinion on Jones than you do. Jones is a me guy, my opinion. Now GO MARINELLI!! and GO BEARS!! mother farker!!

Kevin,

For the love of all that is HOLY ... Are you still talking? Your opinion of Jones as a "ME-guy" has nothing to do with the Jets. If you cannot see that a 10th year player off a Pro-Bowl season is valuable then you are a moron. Leon Washington is their future. He is the feature back this season. The Seahawks are in desperate need of a running back and Jones fits the bill. You would have to be Jerry Angelo buck stupid to not look to get the most out of an aging asset.

Here is what the Jets look at:
If Jones plays this season, he gets 10-15 touches per game TOPS. At the end of the year he'll be an 11-year veteran and worth about a 7th round pick IF THAT.

If they trade Jones to a team in need, they can pickup a 2nd or a 3rd and 5th for him to a team that is in desperate need of a running back. Leon Washington is their future not Jones.

Which part of "me-guy" factors into their decision? It's like playing poker with my brother's kids or something you nerve rackin' SOB!

Kevin,

Also if you feel "attacked" that is valid. I have an opinion and you see it A LOT. When we disagree I tend to ramp it up. It's not personal because I actually do value you as a contributor. But when I disagree vehemently I do so with gusto. Don't take it as a slight ... take it as a compliment ... You have my full attention and I am VERY passionate and (somewhat) knowledgeable about the Bears. As are you. Sometimes my responses are a little over the top but that doesn't mean I don't respect the person I am arguing with ... You have any idea how many times I've called Creighton a retard and yet I love his posts as I do yours.

It's the internets. Thick skin required!

Good Luck,
DCoDC

Da Church of Da Coach, point taken. Like I said above, I have no problem with you or Creighton. This back and forth stuff on this board helps make the off-season fun for us Bear fans, in the end, its all in fun GO BEARS!!

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