NFL free agency officially starts on March 10th, but the street free agents are able to sign with a new team at any time. Street free agents are players that aren't coming out of an expiring contract, but rather were released by their previous team prior to the league year end.
Two such players were cut yesterday and both play a position the Chicago Bears would be looking to fill.
The Bears are in the market for an ILB as they transition to a 3-4 defense and a proven back up running back is something every team could use.
I think the Bears should pass on both players, but I wanted to get some insight from or sister sites, Acme Packing Company and Pride Of Detroit.
First from APC on Hawk:
...as the second half of the 2014 season went on, Hawk was used less and less. He was off the field for only twelve snaps between weeks two and 11, but played fewer than 50% of the snaps afterwards, bottoming out with just 8 of 68 snaps in week 13 against Atlanta.
I think Hawk has had a solid NFL career so far, but I don't think he was very good the last couple years. There aren't many Packer fans sad to see him go.
Now from POD on Bush.
The other big reason behind this decision is that Bush's play no longer matched his contract, which was set to pay him $3.25 million this year and $3.75 million next year. It wasn't just a matter of needing to create cap space; Bush simply was no longer worth the deal he signed in 2013. Back then, he was viewed as the missing piece to the Lions' offense, and he ran for more than 1,000 yards and added more than 500 yards as a receiver in his first season in Detroit. Last year, however, Bush struggled with injuries and had only 550 total yards from scrimmage. His contributions were greatly diminished, and he was passed on the depth chart by Joique Bell.
Lion fans mostly feel the same way about Bush, as Packer fans feel about Hawk.
I think both players will catch on somewhere and the change of scenery may do each well. I'd just rather them not be on the Bears in 2015.
What do you guys think?