As I bring you this poll, I, like the rest of the football fans, am filled with joy with the end of the lockout. This is such a great day. With that being said, practice facilities will open tomorrow and free agent signing will begin on Friday. However, teams can start negotiating with free agents tomorrow and can start signing draft picks and their own free agents tomorrow. That being said, let's review the results from the last poll:
Easy choice considering the fact that he is the emotional leader for the Bears and was the only good pass blocker for the Bears last year (hopefully that will change this year). Although his best days are behind him, there is no good replacement at this time.
After Kreutz, there is still a list of names that the Bears would like to bring back. Who should they focus on re-signing after Kreutz? Here's a list:
NOTE: I have decided to remove Brad Maynard from this list, as the Bears have clearly made it official that they dont intend to re-sign the 37-year-old punter.
Danieal Manning(SS/Kick Returner) 5-year veteran. All 5 years with the Bears who drafted him in 2006. Over those 5 years, he has played in 77 games starting 56 of the 77. Has recorded 278 tackles with 2 sacks, 24 passes defended, 7 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles. But his real value is on special teams. Took over on kick returns for Devin Hester midway through the 2008 season and lead the league in kickoff return yards from that point on while ranking among the league leaders the next 2 years.
Pisa Tinoisamoa(LB) 8-year veteran. Spent his first six years as a solid linebacker with the Rams before the Bears signed him in 2009. Played in just 2 games that year due to a knee injury, but the Bears still decided to re-sign him. In 2010, played in 12 games, starting 10 of them. In '10 recorded 33 tackles(40 total) with 1 sack, 1 pass defended, and 1 forced fumble.
And added to the poll:
Anthony Adams(DT): 8-year veteran. Spent his first four years with the Niners before coming to the Bears in 2007. Has played in 52 games (36 starts) for the Bears over 4 years. His numbers in those 4 years: 104 solo tackles(128 total tackles), 4.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
Corey Graham(CB/Special Teamer): 4-year veteran. Spent all four years with the Bears. While he has mostly only been used for special teams he has made the most of it, and it payed off big last year as he was among the league leaders with 25 solo tackles on special teams. Matt Bowen said that re-signing him should be a priority, and his production would be hard to replace and losing him would hurt our special teams.
Poll voting will likely end Tuesday at 10:30 pm
Due to a bit of shortage on votes, poll voting will continue through the night and into the morning. Poll voting will end 6:30 am Wednesday(still subject to change)
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After Olin Kreutz, which free agent should the Bears be focused on retaining?
Danieal Manning (19 votes)
Pisa Tinoisamoa (5 votes)
Anthony Adams (62 votes)
Corey Graham (17 votes)
Other (5 votes)
108 total votes