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Old 16.04.2006, 09:16 AM
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Anthony Fasano to me has no pace from the line and his not the best run blocker, watch out for the mix man
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Old 21.04.2006, 10:36 PM
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Bears on Friday signed restricted free-agent cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. of the Carolina Panthers to an offer sheet. Terms were not disclosed.
The Panthers have seven days to match the offer sheet. If they choose not to, Carolina would receive the Bears' third-round pick in next weekend's NFL Draft as compensation.

An aggressive hitter who possesses excellent speed and quick feet, Manning has appeared in all 48 games with 26 starts in three seasons with the Panthers.

Ricky Manning Jr. has never missed a game due to injury in three NFL seasons.
The 5-8, 185-pounder was selected by Carolina in the third round of the 2003 draft (82nd overall), 14 picks after the Bears chose linebacker Lance Briggs.

With the retirement of Jerry Azumah, Manning seemingly would be the ideal fit as a nickel back and also as an experienced veteran who could push starters Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman.
This is great news, i love this signing... and its very unlikely panthers will match the offer ;D ;D
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Old 22.04.2006, 12:28 AM
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yeh now if we can get Briggs signed as well,then we can concentrate on gett a st round TE in the draft ;D
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More details on the deal (hopefully makes it difficult for Panthers to match).

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Bears sign Panthers' Manning to $21M offer sheet
Posted: Friday April 21, 2006 8:21PM; Updated: Friday April 21, 2006 8:35PM

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears signed restricted free-agent defensive back Ricky Manning Jr. to an offer sheet Friday, with his agent saying the deal is worth up to $21 million over five years.

The deal includes about $7.5 million in guaranteed money in the first year of the contract, agent Jim Ivler said.

Manning spent his first three seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who eliminated the Bears from the playoffs last season. The Panthers have until April 28 to match the offer or receive a third-round draft pick from the Bears.

"Ricky is obviously thrilled and he would be happy to be a Bear or a Panther," Ivler said.

Carolina general manager Marty Hurney wouldn't indicate whether the team plans to match it.

"We'll take some time and look and evaluate it," Hurney said. "We have a week to make a decision."

Carolina previously signed free agent Reggie Howard as a potential replacement for Manning at nickel back.

Manning has played the last three seasons with the Panthers, but lost his starting job prior to the 2005 season to free-agent pickup Ken Lucas. Manning has nine career interceptions in the regular season and four more in the 2003 playoffs.

"He's a physical player and has some ball skills," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

Manning would give the Bears depth in the secondary where they lost Jerry Azumah, who retired.

"That's definitely one of the things we would like to get taken care of, any time any time you lose a player like Jerry," Smith said.

Behind starting cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Nate Vasher, the Bears have unproven Chris Thompson, Alfonso Marshall and Daven Holly.

The Bears had been considering taking a cornerback in the first round of the draft with the 26th pick.

"It obviously would change our direction if we did, in fact, do that," general manager Jerry Angelo said about successfully getting Manning onto the roster.

Angelo also said the team will continue contract talks next week with the agent for Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs. The Bears want to lock Briggs up to a long-term deal and prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March of 2007.

Having those 3 guys on the rota terrifies me.

Don't care if we over pay for this guy just get him in.
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Old 22.04.2006, 02:01 PM
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Published April 22, 2006


Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said Friday he planned to resume negotiations with agent Drew Rosenhaus on a long-term extension for linebacker Lance Briggs.

Rosenhaus spent two days in negotiations at Halas Hall last week, leading to optimism a deal could get done. Talks broke off when Rosenhaus sought a deal that would exceed Brian Urlacher's nine-year, $56.65 million deal.

"We'll revisit that in the next few days, week, what course we're going," Angelo said. "Nothing has come to fruition, but we've had good talks with [Rosenhaus]. We went to him because we wanted to reward [Briggs] based on what he did. We came in with a good-faith offer."

Briggs, named to his first Pro Bowl in 2005, would be an unrestricted free agent after the 2006 season if an extension can't be reached. He is scheduled to make $721,600.

Linebacker depth is expected to be a priority in the upcoming draft no matter what happens with Briggs.

"We are going to stay with the best player," Angelo said. "If it's a linebacker, it's a linebacker. He wouldn't be starting. We have three starters. Whoever we take is going to have to come in here and compete for a job. He's going to have to beat somebody out."
good news that there still negotiating for an extension on the deal but no way i would sign himif he wants more pay then Brian Urlacher! still i wouldnt panic yet if no deal is made soon.
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When you look at the deals Witherspoon and Peterson have just signed you can understand why Briggs wants top dollar.

Maybe the Bears restructure Lac's deal as well.
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[quote author=Lord Quinn of Pants link=board=1;threadid=5453;start=1005#msg454711 date=1145717855]
When you look at the deals Witherspoon and Peterson have just signed you can understand why Briggs wants top dollar.

Maybe the Bears restructure Lac's deal as well.
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Hi SAFCBear,
thats the problem..if we give Biggs more money than Lac,then ofcourse Lac is going to wont more than Briggs... :
so really its a no win for Da Bears coaching staff.....dont be surprise if we go for a LB in the first round..
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Dont like that jones swap much????
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[quote author=terry link=board=1;threadid=5453;start=1005#msg454996 date=1145783893]
Dont like that jones swap much????
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Here's some more of it not to like as well mate.

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A Jerry bad idea

April 23, 2006

BY MIKE MULLIGAN Staff Reporter

Proceed with caution. That's the advice to Bears general manager Jerry Angelo now that word is out that the team is considering a trade of running back Thomas Jones to the Indianapolis Colts. Why the Bears would trade a player who accounted for 36 percent of their offense -- a ratio second only to Tiki Barber in the entire NFL last year -- is something of a mystery. It's even more confusing when you consider the Colts are thought to be offering only a late third-round pick and a second-day selection.

Why the Bears would trade a player whom the coaching staff clearly values and wants back is even more puzzling. How badly does coach Lovie Smith want to keep his top rusher? When asked point blank if Jones was attending the team's offseason workout program, Smith carefully worded a misleading response.

''He's been here,'' Smith said. ''He reported to the offseason program like most of our guys.''

Technically, that's true. Jones has been to Halas Hall. He did report to the program on time and met with coaches. What Smith omitted is that Jones has since pulled out of the program and no longer attends the ''voluntary'' workouts, according to his new agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Jones wants to be traded, according to Rosenhaus, who is slowly, but surely, gaining a big-time presence in the Bears' locker room. You remember Rosenhaus. He had Terrell Owens creasing himself with laughter during the infamous ''Next question'' news conference in Philadelphia last year. That's the same Rosenhaus who represents linebacker Lance Briggs, whose contract the Bears were hoping to extend last week before talks broke down. Rosenhaus also represents defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, defensive tackle Tommie Harris and special-teams ace Brendan Ayanbadejo.

If the Bears acquiesce to one player's trade demand, then who is next to dictate his departure? What happens if Briggs doesn't get the offer he wants and refuses to report to training camp, a tactic Rosenhaus has threatened with previous clients

Rosenhaus, who has represented Jones for less than a week, insists he's not the one fueling the trade talk.

''This is something that has been ongoing for a much longer period of time than when I was involved,'' Rosenhaus said. ''These are discussions that have been taking place. It's not like it just started when I just became Thomas' agent.''

If Rosenhaus is right, then you have to suspect that Jones became interested in being traded when he found out a deal was in the works.

''The guy is a consummate pro,'' was how offensive coordinator Ron Turner described him. It's an apt description. Jones, who will turn 28 in August, is a reclusive type who spends all his waking moments working out and breaking down tape. He is excellent in the locker room and a good teammate. He's reliable, focused and always puts the team first.

The only way a player like that suddenly becomes disgruntled is if he realizes he's losing his job for no reason. That is not the case, according to Smith.

''When you have a fourth pick in the draft, eventually you have to let them have a chance to prove why you drafted them,'' Smith conceded. ''But at the running back position, there are a lot of carries, a lot of pounding that goes on.

''You just look at what Kansas City was able to do when they kept two running backs together, a Pro Bowler and a first-rounder. They kept them together for quite a few years, and that worked itself out. That is always the case. Our goal is to have good players at whatever the number is that we keep at a position. We don't want there to be a big difference between the two. If something happens, an injury, there is not a dropoff.''

The Chiefs used a first-round pick on Larry Johnson (No. 27) in 2003 because they were worried that Priest Holmes would be unable to return from a hip injury. Holmes regained his form, and Johnson basically sat and watched for 2-1/2 years, complaining and whining bitterly all the while. When Holmes went down last year, the Chiefs plugged in Johnson and found not only a replacement, but a better player.

The Bears' offense had next to nothing going for it last year, outside of Jones and the running game. The Bears ranked 29th in the 32-team NFL on offense and were tied with the Houston Texans for 26th in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Only the San Francisco 49ers converted fewer third downs than the Bears' 62, and only the 49ers and Texans averaged fewer yards per play than the Bears' 4.4.

Jones was a godsend, finishing ninth in the NFL with 1,335 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 314 carries and another 143 yards on 26 catches. He's also one of the top blocking running backs in the league.

''It all starts with the running game, and we feel great about our depth there,'' said Turner, who insisted no one has talked to him about the possibility of losing Jones, even though there was an Internet report of a potential trade more than a week ago.

If the running game was the strength of the team last year, then the projected strength this season is continuity on both the roster and coaching staff. The Bears are in the unique position of returning all their starters from last season, when they won the NFC North with an 11-5 record. They will field the same offense for the the first time in four years.

''There is no reason to [change],'' Smith said when asked who would be his starting running back next year. "Thomas is our starter, 1,300 yards last year -- you go from there.

"We haven't looked to trade Thomas Jones at all. Just like Tommie Harris and all our good players, you would like to keep them all here.''

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Old 23.04.2006, 05:31 PM
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Dont like that jones swap much????
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why not..Da Bear do it all the ******* time..look what they did the A-train :

If Jones does go,then Benson better step up or get out IMO
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