Today marks a historic day for Bears' fans. Maybe there is hope for next season after all.
As stated above, this is a great sign of hope for Chicago. According to NFL and ESPN sources, your Chicago Bears have spent big today. Here's the goods.
Julius Peppers | Signed to six-year contract worth that is worth $13.3 mill annually. Also, Chicago's new premier rusher is slated to receive another $40 million in his first three years.
Chester Taylor | The earliest deal made today from our Bears was another household name. Taylor's contract is stated to be a four-year deal, worth $12.5 million with $7 million guaranteed. Chester has been a backup to Adrian Peterson, but has been noted to have good hands out of the backfield.
Another signing has been former Charger tight end Brandon Manumaleuna. There has not been any report of his contract details yet. He fits well into Martz's system as Brandon is a great blocker. Martz formally uses his tight ends as blockers.
The biggest name in free agency this year was Julius Peppers. Peppers was rated the number 2 defensive lineman prior to the 2009 season.
The eight-year veteran has 81 sacks in his career, 10.5 coming off a stellar 2009 season. With Peppers around the outside and Tommie Harris up the gut, someone is going to be double teamed. therefore, another lineman is going to be free. This should create match-ups heavily in Chicago's favor.
Overall, in the first day of free agency, the Chicago Bears have made a giant leap forward in terms of their reputation. Peppers should create some problems in the backfield for Chicago, and Forte has a good complimentary.
If the Bears could get a free safety (possibly Rolle,) and a big time receiver, our Chicago Bears could possibly make a run before the "lockout."