Bites on the Bears and others – Sims, Bulger and Olsen

Two days after the one-year anniversary of the Jay Cutler trade, the latest, biggest blockbuster deal of the year went down in the form of McNabb to the Redskins for a 2ndrounder. While the dominoes from that trade are starting to fall around the league, Bear Nation remains fixated on any pre-draft player movement. Here’s a rundown of the latest news regarding some potential comings and goings…

Seahawks trade G Rob Sims to…the Lions?

Some media outlets were reporting the Bears were in the final running for the Seahawks starting guard in ‘09. But it was the Mo-town Puddy Tats who ended up sending a 5th rounder to SEA for the services of Sims, who started 14 games last year. The Bears pursuit indicates they’re interested in upgrading the guard position, so it could be a spot they try to address with their 3rd round pick.

Rams release QB Marc Bulger.

Lovie recently mentioned that adding a veteran QB to more or less be a tutor for Cutler “wouldn’t be a bad thing.” And Bulger could be the perfect guy to serve in that role. He knows Martz’s offense after chucking the pigskin around following Kurt Warner’s departure from the Rams in 2004. If Bulger agrees to hold the clipboard for Cutler rather than pursue other potential starting opportunities (e.g. Arizona), this could be a sweet pickup.

Tight end trade chatter.

Profootballtalk.com hypothesized that Desmond Clark could be the odd man out in Chicago’s TE carousel. Nonsense! If anyone is going to go, I still think it has to be Greg Olsen. Regardless of how much smoke Lovie blows up our hineys, G-reg is not a fit in Martz’s offense. And his talents could bring a 2nd round draft pick in return, which the Bears could use to address the glaring hole at free safety.

Bears’ pre-draft visits and workouts.

According to Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have recently worked out the following prospects…

  • Iowa cornerback Amari Spievey, a junior who recorded 2 INTs last year. The good news is he has more size – 5’ 11” – than recent Bears CB draft picks like DJ Moore and Trumaine McBride, who were both under 5’9”.
  • Utah free safety Robert Johnson who earned first-team All-Mountain West after snatching 6 picks last year.
  • UNLV center/guard Joe Hawley, a projected mid- to late-round pick.
  • Buffalo wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt, the school’s all-time leading receiver. The 6-foot, 190-pounder had 70 catches for 954 yards last year. He had 100 catches two years ago.
  • Virginia defensive tackle Nate Collins, who had 44 solo tackles and 6 sacks last year.
  • Two other defensive tackles – Kansas State’s Jeffrey Fitzgerald and Rutger’s George Johnson.

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