The Bears have two big holes to fill, the Chicago Tribune reports, because veteran safety Mike Brown has been released and right tackle John Tait is expected to retire.
Brown was plagued by injuries during his nine seasons in Chicago, and, according to the Tribune, the team has moved on with other players:
- The decision on Brown was not a shock as general manager Jerry Angelo had made it clear Brown was no longer in the team’s plan. Angelo told the Tribune the Bears couldn’t afford to bring Brown back considering what they wanted to accomplish in other areas, including the development of Danieal Manning.
Tait’s departure after 10 NFL seasons leaves the Bears needing help on the offensive line, but the Tribune reports that the team has plans:
- The team wants to re-sign tackle John St. Clair before free agency starts Feb. 27. Expect the Bears to make a push soon with plans of inserting the unrestricted free agent into Tait’s right tackle spot.
- Chris Williams, last year’s first-round pick, missed half of his rookie season following back surgery. But Williams is expected to start at left tackle.