The Bears have been making moves this off-season to be in a place where they will draft the best player available, instead of being cemented to a position. With Orlando Pace visiting Halas Hall, it looks like Jerry Angelo may solidify OT without using a high draft pick.
Orlando Pace is 6′-7″, 325 lb, seven time probowler. At 33 he could be productive for a few more seasons and lower the risk the Bears are facing with so many OL starters with so little NFL starting experience.
During his time in St. Louis, Pace blocked for Warner and Faulk (NFL MVPs of 1999, 2000, 2001). If he signs with the Bears he has to be listed the best OT on the team.
A problem I have with his addition is that he hasn’t played a full season since 2005. So to say he will solidify the position is to assume that Orlando will be healthy. In ’06 he played 8 games, ’07 he played 1, and in ’08 he played 14. If they are serious about becoming a legitamite contender, the Bears will need a player that is also reliable. More often than not the teams in the playoffs are the ones with the fewest injuries.
Another concern is in regards to the contract that Pace may want to sign. If he is looking for a big contract that will include multiple years, I think it would just be too much of a gamble.
I would like to see the Bears add both Pace and a rookie draft pick (RT) to the team. That of course would be my dream scenario, but I’m afraid that if the Bears sign him they will use the pick currently slotted for a RT to explore other options (DE).