Wow Emery and Trestman have been busy this off season. As you all know, I am full on board with their moves and after seeing that dramatic offensive improvement last year (second best scoring unit in the entire league), am excited to see our defense improve this year and getting back to the playoffs.
I am impressed with the patience and smarts Emery has shown in unwinding the Angelo era of awfully structured contracts. The biggest and easiest example to show is the “trade” of Peppers for Allen. Pep’s contract was a disaster to the cap for the Bears, and as I mentioned in a previous comment, it is likely that ANY TEAM would have had to cut him after this year – even if he had 25 sacks. Which he didn’t. Allen’s contract is for 4 years on its face, but the dead money and cap hit go away after 2 – so essentially Allen finishes his career as a Bear after 2015. Unwinding Angelo’s nightmare takes time, and I think Emery knows and understands how current moves affect the future of the team.
With that, a quick summary of what has happened in the last month or so:
Gone: Pepp, Hester, Major Wright, Corey Wootton, Michael Bush, Earl Bennett, and TQWSNBN. Of course Lovie, in his inherent wisdom, gave TQWSNBN $5 million a year and instantly names him the starter. I simply cannot wait to watch that qb put up a total shitshow in Tampa, proving that Trestman and Kromer are the real reason he was successful, not some random fantastic year an old qb had (of course Lovie believes the latter).
Who’s on the roster: We re-signed Tillman, a good move I think. He has a solid year or two left in him and is one of our keys in the secondary. We also picked up Lamarr Houston, a solid D lineman from the Raiders. We desperately need depth at this position and I wouldn’t be surprised to see us draft one or two SEC maniacs to fill up these spots. Tim Jennings got a new deal. Jared Allen is here, of course as mentioned above. We also have Willie Young, re-signed Izzy Idonije for a year and still have Shea in there for situational downs. I am no fan of Shea, but he will always have a roster spot for me for injuring Rodgers. We also brought in a slew of veteran corners and safeties to address our shortcomings there, and also signed Hixon to replace Hester for runbacks.
We re-upped Cutler, and I am happy with it. There will be arguments all over the place on this one, but not one person has yet to show me what “plan b” was that made any sort of sense at all. Until that happens, I am happy. We have a good quarterback – we just need to keep him upright.
I am excited to see what is up the front office’s sleeve for the draft. We don’t have a backup qb yet so I imagine we may draft one there and certainly we should see a d lineman or two. If it is even half as good as last year’s draft, we will be in excellent shape for 2014.
All in all, Trestman is very happy with Emery for sticking to the script and it appears that everyone is working together and making good moves for the betterment of the team, and doing the moves in a prudent manner as regards the cap so we can remain competitive, instead of having one year of greatness and then hitting the skids (many NFL teams have to “give up” some years due to past years cap mismanagement).
Alright, esteemed commenters, lets hear it.