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It's official: Peppers, Taylor and Manumaleuna are Bears

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The Bears announced the signing of defensive end Julius Peppers to a six-year contract, running back Chester Taylor to a four-year contract and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna (Ma-nu-ma-li'u-na) to a five-year contract.

Soon, Bears coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo will address reporters here at Halas Hall, then they'll be followed by the players.

Check back to this blog for updates and key quotes.

Peppers on Rod Marinelli: "I'm open to any suggestions, and any tips he has. I know the guys he has worked with. I've seen his resume. I know he can only help take my game to the next level."

Chester Taylor on Jay Cutler: "I believe he's a tough quarterback. He's the type of quarterback who won't go down. I kind of see a little Brett Favre in him."

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I did not expect this much free agent activity from the Bears.Throwing money around the way they have the last two or three years one would expect them to have a much better team.Maybe next year things will all come together and the Post-season appearances will not be just wishful thinking.I have said repeatedly that the Bears need to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and need to protect their own quarterback much better.Perhaps Peppers and Manumaleuna will solve those problems if they still have some pro-bowl years left.I suspect these signings also suggest that the signers think the Bears are upward bound. Let's hope they are right!!

Peppers is truly the game changer the Bears needed and will make the defense that much better if he can make the game changing plays he has made in the past. With Peppers putting on pressure and if Tommie Harris can revert back to a semblance of his previous performance the Bears line should rank right up with some of the best in the league. The Linebackers already are a formidable group if healthy and Url playing well with the D backs the major challenge particularly in the free safety position. Lets see what the Bears do for that position.

But right now, with Peppers I would rank the Bears a top 10 defense. The signing of Chester Taylor and Manuemaleana will bode well for the offense to, the Bears have leveled the playing field in the division and are now on paper as good as the Queens and Cheese Scum that play in Rush Limbaugh field. The Norris Division will be the best in the NFL next year with Peppers chasing down Favre and Rodgers, they will crying mommy when he is finished with them.

Ya Hoo!!

Despite the signings I am not sold as Lovie as the head coach long term, way too many issues, JA has issues too but they teamed together to get it done, you have to give them kudos for that a job well done, SO FAR SO GOOD THIS YEAR!

That's fine and dandy, but who's going to open holes for Forte and Taylor? Now get a guard, tackle, and safety.

I have to say I was sceptical about the new Suntimes writers, but you guys nailed it today! Go Bears!

Now we get to see what the rest of the division does, these moves upgrade us in two key areas, and have to put the fear of a Chicago revival in the Norris division. The slackers already had o-line issues protecting Rodgers that just got worse with Peppers on board, the Vikings will need to find an adequate replacement for Taylor to fill a key role behind the fumbling but explosive AP....Look for them to make a run at LT or Jones who would love to get back at the Bears....

Now we can focus on the draft with need postions at safety and o-line particularily the interior of the line where there will be good value on the board when our pick comes up in april....Go BEARS

Haha yes! I new the Bears had it in them. I swear were so going to end up in the Superbowel this year its not even funny. We got a sack machine at DE, a big TE whos a proven blocker and pass catcher and a RB taht fits perectly into MArt's system. I haventr been this excited sense the bears got Cutler. You know I've always praised Angelo as one of the better GMs in the NFL. He was able to fing some good D guys in the mid to late rounds of the drafts. Not an easy thing to do. And Lovie is a lot better then people give him credit for. He did coach this team to the big game remember. I just think its funny how all the fair wether fans gave these two a hard time. Not me though. I new better. But man I'm so happy. This season going to be sick nasty! Cutler to Manueluenna....touchdown! Watch talyor break one for 40yards. Oh and donut even get me starteed on Peppers. Can you say tripel sacks games? Oh man its a gfood day.

Brando come here you big lug. I love you man. I love all you guys. GO BEARS!!

Haha yes! I new the Bears had it in them. I swear were so going to end up in the Superbowel this year its not even funny. We got a sack machine at DE, a big TE whos a proven blocker and pass catcher and a RB taht fits perectly into MArt's system. I haventr been this excited sense the bears got Cutler. You know I've always praised Angelo as one of the better GMs in the NFL. He was able to fing some good D guys in the mid to late rounds of the drafts. Not an easy thing to do. And Lovie is a lot better then people give him credit for. He did coach this team to the big game remember. I just think its funny how all the fair wether fans gave these two a hard time. Not me though. I new better. But man I'm so happy. This season going to be sick nasty! Cutler to Manueluenna....touchdown! Watch talyor break one for 40yards. Oh and donut even get me starteed on Peppers. Can you say tripel sacks games? Oh man its a gfood day.

Brando come here you big lug. I love you man. I love all you guys. GO BEARS!!

Creighton, have you been drinking? It's nice to see you happy anyway.

Yeah, this is a good day. Peppers, Taylor & Maunamalooa! Woo-Hoo!

Creighton, I see you have another imposter on the board, I know that 7:16 pm post could not be you.......Let's here what the real Creighton has to say about these moves.....

As for the BEARS the draft is clear and we should be able to shore up the o-line, I'm concerned abot the Free safety prospect because if we get one this year it will come from the draft I don't think we got enough $$$$ left to sign clark from the Steelers.....Go BEARS

Good job Bears. Great signings.

Kinda funny how things work. Lovie and Jerry (not to be confused with Tom & Jerry) were in a "comfort zone" the last 3 years. Nothing they did bad would be held accountable. And thus, nothing was changed for the better.

Now they are out of their comfort zone, and had to do things "outside the box" for the Bears. There hasn't been an offseason like this sice 2004, when they signed Thomas Jones and John Tait, and traded for Ogunleye. And it's only the first day!

Lovie and Jerry both know they are on the hot seat, and they still are. Lovie Smith is really on the hot seat. I would think anything short of a playoff victory would be a disappointment, and render Coach Smith history.

SOmething to watch for would be the trading of Olson. But they may not do that because of the match-up problems he poses. He isn't going to run past anyone or break tackles, but he can go up and get it with the best of them in the red zone. But so can Kellen Davis at 6'7".

The NFC North will be the best division in football next year.
Lions: Added Vanden Bosch and Corey WIlliams to their D-line and they own the 2nd pick. That will be either McCoy or Suh. They might be a 7 to 10 win team.

Vikings: Will be worse than last year, but still real good.

Packers: Unfortunately, might be the best in the conference, and their QB is young and good.

The Bears made some great signings on paper, but they still have their work cut out for them.

3 things that have to be resolved:
1. Cutler must play smarter. They will not make the playoffs with 20+ interceptions.
2. Safeties must be in the right spots, and tackle first. The coverage will be better because of Julius Peppers, but they must tackle.
3. Offensive line must be good. No running game and hurried throws from pressure are killers. Williams is a key here. If he turns out to be good, then the whole O-line will be good.

Go Bears!

"GO BEARS!!"

LOL!! Doesn't that look familiar! Kevin Armstead/Bumstead just outed himself as the fake Creighton. Hahahaha! Gotcha, Kev.

Graham actually Ithink fopr once in Creighton's life he has been exercising!

The wonders those endorphins can do. But yes it seems Creighton is happy for once in his life. Now if he's thinking of hugging anyone I just hope he's not dressed in his pink panties. :(

Great signings!!! Not what about the O line and the safety position? That is your biggest problem! Last year was an just unlucky. There bears are better than 7-9. They should have been 10 and 6 reach is respectable. I feel bad for Davis and wolf. They can only be special teams players at this point.

That sure ain't Creighton. He already posted something in the story's comment section and it was more in line with what I would expect from him. I think it was a great group of signings because it appeased fans who say that the talent level on this team was abysmal. It also shows that they now know that talent will rule the day and middling talent get you closer to the unemployment line.

I see Brando is still have his bizarre Creighton fantasy.

I don't care what they spent on Peppers, its their money, but I am starting to wonder if they could have spent it a lot more wisely, 122 million for these three guys seems pretty steep. Peppers is a stud, but he is also only one player. I actually like the other two signings better than Peppers but they are not going to be that style of impact player.

To begin with they put themselves in a bad situation by being horrible in the draft. Now they were forced to go out and spend huge amounts of money cause they were all bad at their jobs. I don't reacall the last time something like this helped Washington. In fact all the teams that have been winning Super Bowl's have gotten their by drafting well.

Right now I think they spent a lot of money to be mediocre again. Not to mention their was no original thought in this, they just keep trying to copy what the Bucs did in 2001-02. When they signed Simeon Rice, except Rice was three years younger at the time. But still Rice and Peppers are basically the exact same player, with the same set of tools and the same faults. They are still trying to build the 2002 Bucs, problem is we don't have Sapp, Lynch, Jackson or Barber.

Peppers will help but it is not him who I am worried about. Like most fans everyone is expecting Harris to be 100 percent and a big play maker again, you can't count on that. Tillman, Urlacher, Brown, have all been slipping the last year or two. The secondary is still a mess, even Briggs wasn't as good as he has been.

I hope they get a legit Safety to help out, and some O-Line help. I know the Bears got older not younger and that bothers me. I don't see them as a top 10 defense next year without a bigtime playmaking FS. Maybe top 15. Plus I excpect injuries to be a problem again.

I expect Peppers to have a good year, I am just not so sure everyone else is going to. Offense may need to carry this team and right now they don't have the line to do that.

Before get too excited about these acquisitions, let's remember a year ago. The Bears got Cutler, Pace, Shaffer and Omiyale, and Williams was going to start. They had just come off a 9-7 season, and it was perfectly logical to think that with these improvements they would at the very least make the playoffs.

Here are the reasons not to get your expectations too high because of the new aquisitions:

1. The problems the Bears have run very deep, all the way up to ownership and top management. With incompetent people in those positions, signing top players will not a championship -- or even playoff -- team make. For example, instead of Cutler improving the team, the team ruined him. Pace had aged considerably, Williams and Omiyale played the wrong positions, etc. Sometimes superior players can overcome bad management and head coaching, but that's pretty rare and certainly should not be expected. Reason No. 2 explains this in more detail.

2. Gene Autry tried to buy a World Series for L.A. every year ala George Steinbrenner, but he didn't know what he was doing and it didn't work, despite constantly signing top free agents. Daniel Snyder does it every year in Washington, and you can see how far it's gotten his team. A good team is more than just a collection of good players. Merely getting top free agents won't make a mediocre team like the Bears into a good one unless more fundamental problems are fixed, like a team president who's an accountant instead of a football man, a general manger who's clearly in over his head, and head coach who plays not to lose, doesn't have his team properly prepared every week, can't motivate his players, etc.

3. The Bears addressed a big need by getting Julius Peppers, but not so much with the other two. Their needs are offensive and defensive lines and receiver, and these acquisitions do nothing for offensive line or receiver. If Tommie Harris doesn't get back to somewhere near his old form, the defensive tackle position will still be a major weakness, and that's the most fundamental part of the defense. If the offensive line can't open holes or protect the QB, Mike Martz's offense will make Ron Turner look like a genius. If the receivers can't get open and hang onto the ball, the passing game goes nowhere.

This is not to say that these acquisitions won't improve the team; they certainly should. But so should have acquiring Jay Cutler and the offensive linemen they got before the 2009 season, and instead the Bears got worse by two games. Despite his reputation for taking plays & games off and being a malcontent, Julius Peppers is the best defensive end the Bears have had since Richard Dent. I'm as big a Bear fan as anyone and by September I'll be fantasizing about a Super Bowl like I do every year, even in 1969 and under Abe Gibron. But an objective, unemotional analysis leads me to believe that while these new players, especially Peppers, seem to improve the team, there's a strong possibility that it will be just more of the same. Hope I'm dead wrong, we'll see.

Here are some problems I forsee with the Bears.

In order for Lovie's defense to have success you need to win the turnover battle. With the Martz offense you can expect Cutler to throw more TD's and more picks. Something nobody is talking about is that every place he has taken over sense those great two years with the greatest show on turf the turnovers have gone up.

Dan Pompei said that when Martz took over the Rams OC job nobody new who Faulk, Holt, Bruce and Pace were. Which is a lie, Pace was the considered the second best tackle in football, Faulk and Bruce had been to the pro bowl and Holt was a top 10 pick.

The Bears no longer need a Marshall or Fitzgerald type player, they need a Smith or Wayne or both. Quicker, faster recievers who can make quick cuts not big back shoulder guys used in a read and react system.

Greg Olsen if he is still on the team will see his numbers take a huge dip. While some think he will be used as a reciever more, he actually lacks the ability to make the quick cuts required of a Martz reciever and can excpect to see less time on the field sense he won't be blocking on about 250 downs. This is why Olsen is so upset by the way, its not that he cares if he gets paid to sit, but he will trying to be renegotiating his contract next year and if his numbers are down do to lack of use then so is his value and contract. They didn't pay the new guy all that money so he can sit.

Forte or Taylor will see their receptions take a large dip, because one of them will be the third down back and one of them won't.

DA and Knox have speed but they are not Holt or Bruce and their is nobody on this team with Faulks talent. Then their is the line, RT and LG are nothing more than big question marks. I do think Olin will have a better year though. I also excpect Garza to decline some. I would also guess that the Bears will have more negative yards do to a increased number of sacks common with a Martz offense. Will Peppers be enough to make up for the loss of production from Olsen, an increased number of turnovers, and more negative sack yards. Peppers may get the Bears 5-7 more sacks, but we are going to be giving up 15-20 more sacks and probably more picks.

Ask yourself this, how does Cutler react to being sacked and pressured all the time?

DA BEARS!!!!

DA BEARS!!!

DA BEARS!!

Angelo!!! YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!

We got em!!!!!! Man, Isnt it Sweetness????
We have the pieces now all we have to do is draft the holes, OG Safety....and we are in the house!!!
I am wearing my Beras Jersey with PRIDE and people are yelling at me GO BEARS! In Indianapolis!! HOME OF THE DOLTS.....

1. Williams is at his natural position - not sure about Omiyale yet, but Shaeffer did have a serviceable year, he needs Omiyale to push him. And we may get a OG in the draft - We can not say anything for sure on that future unknown. But assume they draft a OG 3 or 4th I would think they could get a decent one right?

2. You can not say the Bears are the Gene Autry Team, - they will win or fail on their own merits not the merits of any other athlete or sports team ever.

3. Chester filled a huge need. We really have had no great second RB here since Thomas Jones and Benson remember what that Duo did? SB, of course it depends on us drafting a OG. Which I feel is inevitable. Manumaleuna is what we need a Blocking TE that knows the scheme.
---Now this is still No. 3....Both Tayor and Manumaleuna add huge blocking capabilities to our offensive line. THey are like adding 2 Olinemen - thats the Genius of the move, Now we can go for the other holes with the rest of our draft picks 3-7...as we just made our 1st 2nd and an extra 4th draft pick! Sweeeeet And (theres more) We got Cutler w/o really giving up our 1/2 draft picks now.


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Another FA of note: Ryan Lilja was just released by the Colts. We should be taking a look at him as a potential solution at guard. That would cinch Omiyale moving back outside and competing, and we could still draft a young player or two to develop behind Garza and Lilja.

I still want Atogwe, but Lilja fits an even bigger need, and he is only 28, so he is a solid player with several years left in him. Not to mention he played in a pretty sophisticated offense, so Martz's offense should not be hard to pick up...

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