Published: February 12th, 2010 | Tags: Aaron Kampman, Alex Brown, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, DeDe Dorsey, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jim Caldwell, Mike Martz, Philadelphia Eagles, Stan Kwan, Torry Holt, Trent Cole
Torry Holt enjoyed some of his best years under Mike Martz‘s tutelage in St. Louis. So now that Holt has been released by the Jaguars and Martz is the Bears’ offensive coordinator, should we expect a reunion in Chicago?
Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune doesn’t believe so. And here’s why:
- Martz has raved about the Bears’ wide receivers. He has said the position could prove to be a “diamond” and already is dropped hints about his plans, including moving Devin Hester to the slot. That would leave Johnny Knox and Devin Aromashodu, two players he has gushed about, and Earl Bennett in competition for starting jobs on the outside.
- How do you fit Holt into that mix? Chances are, the Bears are not going to try.
- They’ve been down that road before, bringing in a veteran wide receiver to help a young group. The feeling is it didn’t do much when Marty Booker came back in 2008. Holt knows the offense, but Martz doesn’t need him to teach it.
- General manager Jerry Angelo has said that the arrival of veterans (particularly those well past their prime) can stunt the development of young players. While this past season was mostly a mess on offense, the Bears did come out of it feeling good about the future of their receivers. That’s why they don’t figure to be inclined to add Holt to the group.
One player the Bears would like to add is Packers LB Aaron Kampman — at least if DE Alex Brown was running the show in Chicago.
Other interesting news on a Friday:
- The Broncos denied rumors that the team is for sale.
- A source told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Vikings CB Antoine Winfield doesn’t need foot surgery and should be OK for training camp.
- The Colts ranked last in rushing this season, but coach Jim Caldwell isn’t concerned about it.
- Eagles DE Trent Cole is adding mixed martial arts to his offseason training regimen.
- Free-agent RB DeDe Dorsey, who gained some notoriety with the Bengals during HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series last offseason, signed a two-year contract with the Lions.
- The Bills hired former Lions special teams coach Stan Kwan as an assistant.