Believe it or not, I’m not talking about the heat. What I am referring to is the past few weeks of trades, signings, and the all-out frenzy that followed the announcement of the end of the NFL lockout. I hate seeing players released, traded, and waived. I become anxious with the signing of free agents. I can’t help it. I feel when you don a Bears jersey you are a Bear for life. Okay, my life.
So excuse me if I freaked out when Olin Kreutz was not re-signed. Olin has been a fixture at center for 13 years and is the leader of this team. He is a a six-time Pro Bowler, 4-time All Pro and considered one of the best offensive line leaders. But the Bears organization broke off negotiations and let him go. Just like that. And this coming on the heels of the Greg Olsen trade, which I’m also still bitter (as of yesterday, Olsen was still unable to save his team changes to his Twitter profile page, so as far as I’m concerned he’s still a Bear). I know he doesn’t fit into the offensive scheme of Martz, but he’s talented, ambitious and a great community leader. Carolina will reap the benefits and I’m sure Bears fans will be shaking their heads well into the season.
And other reasons for head shaking? Try the signing of Roy Williams. According to ESPN, Williams dropped 8.2 percent of passes targeted to him over the last three seasons. Oops. But, I’ll remain hopeful he will return to his Pro Bowl caliber under the familiar guidance of Martz and Drake.
But it’s not all negative. I do like the signing of Marion Barber to add depth to the backfield, but feel it will impact Taylor’s playing time. And I like Amobi Okoye, recently acquired from the Houston Texans. And I’m very excited about first-round pick Gabe Carimi.
So, I guess it isn’t all bad. I just need to learn how to let go. Let me give this a try.
Good-bye, Rashied Davis. After six seasons, it will be hard to picture you in that funny blue and silver. Best of luck.
So long, Olsen. Enjoy your route to the Promised Land via Carolina.
And Kreutz…dang it, I just can’t do it. You’ll forever be a Bear in my eyes.