We figured the Chicago Bears were done making idiotic moves that alienate pretty much any and everyone when they canned former general manager and Matt Millen clone Jerry Angelo.
Apparently, we were wrong.
Although current general manager Phil Emery is clearly a step up from the bumbling Angelo, he’s still managed to pull off some of the biggest gaffes of the offseason thus far.
Example 1: The handling of the Matt Forte situation.
Forte, the Bears best player, got the franchise tag when the offseason began after clamoring for a new, well-deserved contract last season. Instead of making signing Forte to a long-term deal their first priority, the Bears went out and made several other moves. Some of them looked good, until the team signed running back Michael Bush.
On the surface, the move looks great for Chicago. Bush is a starting-caliber back as he proved last season, running for 977 yards and seven touchdowns. Bush did the bulk of his damage after starter Darren McFadden went down with an injury, putting up seven games of 70 yards or more. He also had more than 400 yards receiving.
Bush came relatively cheap too. His deal is for $14 million over four years.
So what’s the problem? The deal further alienated Forte and he let it be known publicly via Twitter.
There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last…
for the record I’m not mad at the signing of another running back. This is 4th time that’s happened. I embrace competition as well as help
But as for not taking care of ur own and undervaluing a player under his market value is another story! #twitterrant”
We understand signing Bush gives the Bears insurance should Forte play under his one-year tender and leave the organization next year, but they’re constantly saying Forte will remain with the team. Why not make him happy before signing another back? The market was set when Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster signed their contracts this offseason.
Example 2: The Brandon Marshall trade.
We were fairly impressed when the Bears traded for receiver Brandon Marshall just as free agency began. Marshall gave the Bears a weapon they haven’t had since Jay Cutler has been on the team — someone who might actually be considered a No. 1 receiver on another NFL team.
Sure, the luster came off when Marshall was accused of hitting a woman in New York, but if he isn’t suspended, Marshall is still a weapon. Of course, it turns out the trade now looks pretty stupid. Why?
The Dolphins, his former team, were going to release Marshall, according to their owner. The Bears could have had him for nothing instead of the two third-round picks they surrendered.
Team owner Steve Ross reached out to at least one of those upset fans Thursday night, calling protester Jason Lawrence, a Dolphins’ season ticket holder for more than 20 years.
“[Ross] said they had been shopping [Marhsall] for a couple weeks,” Lawrence said. “Nobody would return their phone calls about getting him. If Chicago didn’t take [Marshall] … they would have ended up cutting him very shortly after that, and got nothing.”
Emery had something stupid about the changing landscape of free agency to say when he was asked why the Bears rushed into the trade.
All we could do was laugh.
We’re going to sit back and assume the Bears will be better this season if everything goes right. Of course, that looks like a big if right now.