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Smith says Ogunleye done in Chicago

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The decision was among the hardest of his career, but Lovie Smith said the signing of Julius Peppers signals the end of Adewale Ogunleye's tenure with the Bears.

"That was a tough day. That was one of my harder days as a coach, for the Bears, because Adewale was a real man. He was there every day I've been there," Smith said of Ogunleye, whom the club traded for in 2004. "That was a tough call. He's family. He's a friend for life, and to call him and let him know we were going in a different direction. I know you have to do it, but that was personal right there."

Smith said he believes Ogunleye, though, will get another NFL job.

"He'll get on with someone else," he said, "and I still feel like he can play."

Ogunleye is 32 years old, and he had 6.5 sacks in 2009.

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He is 32 now but will be 33 when the season starts. Solid player for the Bears the last 5 years. Been a fun ride and he should be proud for what he has done for Chicago not only as a player but a person as a whole.

Surprise no, but will be if he doesnt get signed befor mini camp starts. I think he might land in Tenn. might who knows.

Should us fans realy be surprised though Creighton has been saying Goon was going to get cut after the 07 season so... In a way he was right write rite..... whatever.
Congrats Creighton on your first prediction that came true.

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He is 32 now but will be 33 when the season starts. Solid player for the Bears the last 5 years. Been a fun ride and he should be proud for what he has done for Chicago not only as a player but a person as well.

Surprise no, but will be if he doesnt get signed befor mini camp starts. I think he might land in Tenn. might who knows.

Should us fans really be surprised though Creighton has been saying Goon was going to get cut after the 07 season so... In a way he was right write rite..... whatever.
Congrats Creighton on your first prediction that came true.

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Im sorry Lovie, but Ogunleye is done. It is this shortsightedness that is killing your coaching tenure. I respect the personal relationship you had with him, but...well...he's done.

The day Lovie Smith flew down to the Carolina's to get Julius Peppers was the greatest tell tale sign Ogunleye's days in Chicago were pretty much coming to an end. You also gotta add in the fact Chicago put up a 2nd round tender on defensive end Mark Anderson. A 2nd rounder is pretty high, that kinda proves Chicago wants Anderson back.

I look for the Bears to use Alex Brown and Mark Anderson on the right side, and Julius Peppers and Isarel Idonije on the left side. It should be interesting either way GO BEARS!!

LOVIE SMITH IS A FOOTBALL MAN, HE KNOWS THAT OGUNLEYE WILL MAKE IT WITH ANOTHER TEAM, THE BEARS COULDN'T AFFORD HIM ANYWAY, THEY HAVE PEPPERS, EVERYONE HAD A BAD YEAR ON THE DEFENSIVE FRONT ANYWAY!
OGUNLEYE IS A GOOD CITIZEN, HE WILL BE GOOD FOR THE LOCKER ROOM WITH THE YOUNGER PLAYERS, THE RAMS COULD USE HIM, TAMPA BAY, BUT DON'T BE SURPRISED IF ISN'T IN NEW ENGLAND, THEY LOVE VETERANS!

I feel Ogunleye will hook up with a team as well. He was finished here but there's always a team in need of experience.

Yea, a second for Anderson, now that was surprising. I would think a 3 at best but it would have hurt more to replace him. Is that an indictment of the entire team though? maybe?

The Bears made the correct decision regarding Ogunleye, but I respect how Lovie publicly recognized this player's character and past contributions to the organization. I think he'll be playing for New England next season as well. They know he's got at least two seasons left in the tank and could get him for less than he is really worth due to their team's allure.

Ogunleye was a stallion, and a great football player. hands down one of my favorite bears players over the past 10 dismal seasons. Seemed like a classy dude, always leading with the right attitude. as a fan, i am sad to see him go.

Cheer up, everyone. We still have Dan Bazuin.

Too bad that Ogunleye won't be returning, but I guess it would cost too much money to have three DEs that could be starters (Brown, Peppers, and Ogunleye). So whos's the backups gonna be? Anderson's one of them, but who else? Gilbert? Melton? There's no point in even mentioning this, because the writer is an idiot, but we don't have Dan Bazuin, Blaxico Purress. I even feel stupid saying that, 'cause you're obviously just making a stupid joke. Really. No one wants to hear stupid sarcasm.

Ogunleye never earned his big money. He had a big mouth and couldn't back it up on the field. What's so hard about cutting that chump?

Adewale was a wrecking machine for us. Drawing double teams and pushing the edge on the corner. He will always be a bear in my eyes. Don't let Alex go too.

Based on their posts, I surmise that WeezleBeezle is probably a liberal and Power Eye is probably a conservative.

you bought a defense that carried you for four years because you didn't compliment it with a compotent quaterback and aging offensive line. Of course the defense is wore out because it had to overwork in the first place. Took a return man in hester took away his effectiveness as a punt returner when you could of got a veteran reciever. Should have got Brandon Marshall, get Terrell. McNabb needs to be the veteran backup to challenge Cutler. Get rid off wolfe and andrian peterson since you play them inappropriately. Olsen showed get improvement with cutler when the opportunities presented themselves. Now when something is developing you'll probably let him go because martz wants more spends. Money distribution is needed to develop a team. The bears need to use common football logic but that doesn't happen with this franchise.

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