Bears Free Agent signings
I have already posted about the signing of the Dallas wide receivers, Roy Williams and Sam Hurd, as well as our new punter (Podlesh) and blocking tightend (Spaeth) but the Bears had a few more signing on Friday.
First the familar faces. The Bears came to an agreement on two year deals for both Anthony Adams and linebacker Nick Roach. Both are expected to be starters on defensive this year at DT and strongside linebacker respectvely. They also came to terms on one year contracts with restricted free agent Caleb Hanie, who is expected to be the primary backup to Cutler this season, and exclusive rights free agents running back Kahli Bell and Edwin Williams, who some are viewing as the center of the future. The final familar face is fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou who spent last season on the practice squad who signed for one year.
The on interesting name on the list of signings on Friday was former 2008 6th overall pick Vernon Gholston. The Jets drafted him and moved him from DE in 4-3 to a linebacker in a 3-4 and then back to end in the 3-4 defense and his next sack will be the first of his career. Over his three seasons he has almost as many tackles as games played. The Bears are going to give Vernon the chance to play as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense just like he played at Ohio St.
I personally have no problem with the Gholston signing. He is a project and at 25 is worth the risk, They didn't have to give up anything to get him, like they did with Gaines Adams, and he may greatly benefit for working with coach Rob Marinelli. They are fairly deep at defensive end with Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton and Israel Idonije but you can never have enough pass rushers. If it pans out it may very well be the best move of the whole offseason.
In other training camp news and notes: Matt Forte decided not to hold out, Olin Kruetz remains unsigned and Roberta Garza will be the starting center at the first practice of training camp Corey Graham is expected to resign with the team Saturday and be there in time for practice.