Bears Were The Highest Spender in Free Agency

I saw this graphic from the awesome site “Over the Cap” that highlighted spending on free agency in the offseason.  I was surprised to see that the Bears were the top spender!  It doesn’t seem that we’ve picked up that much talent in the off season, but I guess Glennon cost a lot of money (not a lot for a QB in the grand scheme of things) and then we had just a ton of other pickups, as well.

It doesn’t seem like we really added a lot of game changing players, but since the roster has almost no talent except for offensive linemen, running back and linebackers (like it is 1985 or something) – we had an immense amount of holes to fill in order to improve the team.

I was joking with Dan about our expectations for the Bears and he said that the goal was “to not be a laughingstock” which was hilarious and an apt description of my feelings, as well.  I think maybe it is a candidate for the masthead of this site.

One thing that this points out (again) is that the Bears may be a terrible team that hasn’t won in 30+ years (OUCH) with a front office that is awful at drafting and brings zero innovation, but they are NOT AFRAID TO SPEND MONEY.  We all have heard about how cheap Papa Bear was but we should shed that stereotype and replace it with a new stereotype which is that

The Chicago Bears spend big, have the worst stadium, terrible coaching, no innovation, draft poorly, and are locked in a cycle of failure.  We celebrate wins that are over 30 years old and know in our hearts as fans that we will never be a competitive franchise.  Win or lose, we will booze.

I think that sums it up.  Oddly enough, spending money is about the ONLY thing the Bears are good at.

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4 responses to “Bears Were The Highest Spender in Free Agency

  1. Penny wise and pound foolish. OMFG.

    “The Chicago Bears spend big, have the worst stadium, terrible coaching, no innovation, draft poorly, and are locked in a cycle of failure. We celebrate wins that are over 30 years old and know in our hearts as fans that we will never be a competitive franchise. Win or lose, we will booze.”

    At this point, I would rather watch the Chicago Fire and Passion with tickets purchased from a scalper than pay regular season prices to watch this upcoming tire fire of a season. If the Bears are where i think they’re gonna be after the Packers game, I’m going to write to Steve Rosenbloom, Dan Bernstein, and every other prominent Bears beat writer and ask them to suggest that Bears fans take a year-long sabbatical from this team…and everything else related to the NFL.

    Seriously. This franchise is run by people who are stubbornly resistant to change. They’re not headed for Chapter 7 or Chapter 11, so they can throw away money like poring water down the drain. AS long as they’re getting TV revenue from the NFL and march sales from the ’85 Bears, who cares if Soldier Field is less than half full?

    • Dan from Madison

      As long as they sell all the tickets and parking passes, I imagine they want as few fans as possible coming to the game and making a mountain of garbage for them to clean up.

  2. Dan from Madison

    “Spending” in free agency is a bit of a misnomer as many of the guys they signed on 1 year deals won’t even make the team. We are sort of spit balling but that is what you do when you are in this type of situation. Still the general thrust is correct. The Bears are a lot of things, but they ain’t cheap (when it comes to paying for players).

  3. Folks,

    I truly feel that the Bears have sucked the fun out of football for us. What was pointed in that chart is nothing new. The Bears have always been big spenders. Of course, as implied, it’s not being spent wisely.

    Football isn’t a sport where a team builds from free agency. That just doesn’t cut it. Sure, some free agents can be nice additions. But those are for teams already in contention for a Super Bowl (see: Patriots, Packers, etc.).

    The Bears will continue to be a tire fire and the laughingstock of the NFL until someone with a decent mindset on the game of football is the general manager. People wanting the McCaskey’s to sell are never going to get their wish. We have to pray that they luck out and find someone who can build this team the right way.

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