Good Sunday to you. As always, the NFC North teams wave news pinot. Chicago Bears made the first big splash in this round NFL free agency, agreed to implement safety Brandon Marine Weather on the day after the New England Patriots released him unexpectedly.
Weather Marine is 27 and two-time Pro Bowl player. And 'athletic career of Prime Minister, and who presumably did not walk a dead end job, which is what the Bears would seem to have with veteran Chris Harris and second-year player, the more Wright blocked from the roles.
So I think one of two things happened here:
The bears are less enthusiastic about Wright, have failed and we have no guarantee that you will re-sign Harris, whose contract ends this season.
Wright has missed more than his share of tackles this preseason, but coach Lovie Smith is always looking to provide security along young. There was no public indication that his job is in danger, but Meriweather would sign with the Bears, if he thought he would not get to start?
This brings us to Harris, who plays in the second half of last season was one of the reasons the Bears closed the NFC North. There were no signs of deterioration of skills from him this summer, but you never know what the Bears are his plans after this season.
Meriweather received a one-year contract, so there is no guarantee that the Bears could hold on him next season if they do not re-sign Harris. But a year into their system would probably give them the upper hand at least. Via Twitter, Harris said he does not know how Meriweather fit in. "I just work here," Harris tweeted.
The second possibility is that Meriweather is not all that he would have liked.
According to this theory, it would fall into the category of defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, receiver Roy Williams and defensive end Vernon Gholston - pick former first-round draft with the Bears long look in training camp. (Okoye and Williams in the final 53-man list.)
When the Patriots are a veteran available, either via trade or release of the rest of the NFL becomes suspect. They have one of the most respected in the league system for the evaluation of players and is not often that coach Bill Belichick has dismissed a player who is after his success in New England.
As Mike Reiss and ESPNBoston.com points out, there were indications throughout the summer, the Marine Weather station with the team had suddenly become wobbly. He will report to training camp under questionable circumstances, he is more than many starters in the preseason, and not a great match with a greater number of armed men reportedly play the Patriots this season.
The Bears are not at their traditional Tampa-2-system, as often as advertised, but they would not be considered primarily a man defense, either. Any concerns about coverage man Meriweather will be mitigated in their diet.
From the outside, this seems a move Bears strong and relatively risk free. They made a small effort to bring the player who is at the top of his condition in the last two seasons. If he manages to oust Wright, which makes them a better team. If all you need to supply the depth of this season, have a higher than normal level of reserves should be the starter injured. And if it is a long-term replacement for projects in Harris, the Bears have an offseason not to respond.