This might be old news to some of us, but if you're curious about where the Bears' new players' contracts stack up, ESPN Chicago's Michael Wright put together a comprehensive list. Your eyes don't deceive you - the highest amount for the new additions belongs to... Punter Adam Podlesh at a $2.9 million cap hit. Please tell me that's a typo.
Other numbers on that list include Marion Barber's $2.25 million, Amobe Okoye making more than Gabe Carimi ($1.382 million to $1.282 million), and the Matts (Spaeth and Spencer) each making more than Gabe Carimi ($2.33 million and $2.25 million, respectively.)
Other Sunday news bits after the jump...
The recently bulked-up Henry Melton has been getting the first team reps at Tommie Harris' old spot, the three-tech. According to Jerry Angelo...
"The plan is for him to play more, and hopefully be a starter," Angelo told ESPNChicago.com at the NFL owners meetings. "Everything we saw this past year we liked. The arrow's going up. We feel, physically speaking, he's got everything you want in terms of size, speed, toughness. Now it's just a matter of learning the position that will come with the repetition of more plays."
And Lovie Smith...
"Everything you're looking for in a defensive lineman... I'm talking about quickness, speed, strength. He's gotten his weight up. He's a good pass rusher inside. I just think he has everything that you're looking for," Smith said. "Right now he just needs to play and continue to get reps."
So physically, he's what you want, and he just needs to get reps. Got it, folks.
Meanwhile, Sanzenbacher Sickness continues to grab hold of Bourbonnais, as the hyped Mike Hass V 4.0 has been all over the place, even taking first team slot reps away from potential starter Earl Bennett. Receivers coach Darryl Drake:
"Seeing is believing ... You can't minimize the fact he's done some good things. I'm not. You know, this game is based on production. The opportunities are based on production. Now, he's got to go out there in the preseason and prove it against other people, but he's going against some pretty good guys now. ... I'm trying to put him in the most stressful situations I can put him in."
... "Are we ready to crown him? No... But we do see something there and so we are just going to continue and help him develop."
Roberto Garza's been with the first team at center, while Chris Spencer works out with the second team; also, Tim Jennings is making a play for the second cornerback spot.. For more from yesterday's sessions and continuing updates, check out Laurence Holmes' blog at CBS Chicago.
But Jennings isn't the only cornerback fighting for that spot - Josh Moore added ten pounds of muscle this offsesaon after the coaching staff felt he didn't have the upper body strength necessary.
If you've heard anything else on the Twitters that you want to discuss tonight, have at it. So what do you think?