Sunday, March 02, 2008

Briggs In, Berrian Out

Lance Briggs resigned with the Bears. He signed a 6 year, $36M contract with about $13M guaranteed. It was essentially the same contract that he could have gotten last year. The fact is that he is a good system linebacker and a sound tackler, but he is not a huge impact guy. He doesn't get sacks and he doesn't get interceptions. I'm glad he is back.

Bernard Berrian somehow convinced the Vikings that he was worth 6 years and $42M ($16M guaranteed). I think he is a poor route runner and he has suspect hands. But, he does have speed. The Bears would have never paid him that much and I'm glad they did not franchise him. I think he is a strong Number 2 receiver, perhaps a 1A, but he is not a Number 1 receiver - at least not yet. I think the Vikings are going to find that out.

The Bears have to address their wide receiver depth issue. I like Mark Bradley, but he is unproven. Devin Hester will get more touches, but he had trouble learning the offense. The Bears have money and will find a way to make it work. I still hope they upgrade their offensive line first.

5 comments:

j, k, and s's d said...

I don't think there was the market that Briggs thought there would be for him. Once he realized he had lost his leverage, he signed quickly with the Bears. Probably best for all parties involved.

Agree that Berrian got way too much and best to let him go. The issue now is that the Bears have no proven WRs on their roster. Hester could be the deep threat but he doesn't seem to be the best route runner or have the best hands. Bradley is unproven. They will be asking a lot from these two guys. Given that they have question marks at O line, RB, and QB it will be interesting to see how their offense gels in the coming year.

Rob said...

I agree that the offense will have to prove itself. However, I think they will sign a proven wide receiver in free agency. They will also draft some depth at running back and WR, but the key to it all is going to be the guys up front - on both sides of the ball.

In the wind and cold in Chicago in late December the defense has to play big and stop the run, and the offense has to be able to run the ball. We need beasts up front to open those holes on offense and close those holes on defense.

j, k, and s's d said...

There are just a lot of questions marks/holes that need to be filled on that offense. It will need a lot of revamping. Most of the starting offense from 2007 will be replaced. We'll see if they can gel and get the whole thing together. It will be asking a lot out of the players and coaches to get that thing moving.

Good luck with all of that.

Rob said...

I'm not worried about it. The Bears will be fine. The offense was ranked near the bottom last year. They have nowhere to go but up. I mean really, it cannot be much worse.

j, k, and s's d said...

That is true. Good way of looking at it.