New Bears defensive end Kyle Moore
Bears sign 3 free agents: Defensive End Kyle Moore, Defensive Tackle Andre Fluellen, & Center Taylor Boggs - It had been quiet on the free agency front for the Bears over the last few weeks, and that's very understandable, given their activity early in the offseason and given their small amount of cap space to work with.
But on Tuesday, the Bears made not one, not two, but three free agent signings. The most notable of the moves was the signing of defensive end Kyle Moore.
Moore, 26, played in 12 games for the Buffalo Bills in 2012, starting seven of those games. He finished the season with 24 tackles and three sacks. The 6'6", 263-pounder played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009 and 2010, before joining the Bills in 2011. He was a fourth-round pick in 2009.
The Bears signed another veteran to their defensive line in Andre Fluellen.
Fluellen, a third-round pick out of Florida State in 2008, spent 2008-2012 with the Lions, and finished 2012 with the Miami Dolphins. The 6'2", 302-pounder has started six games over his career, and has two career sacks.
The Moore and Fluellen signings would appear to lower the chances that free agent Israel Idonije returns to the Bears, but I still wouldn't completely rule it out. If he can be had at a relatively cheap price, it would really be nice to bring him back as he's a capable starter at defensive end, can swing inside on passing downs, and has always been a solid player on special teams.
The Bears also signed center Taylor Boggs on Tuesday. Boggs, 26, was an undrafted free agent signed by the Jets in 2011, and hasn't played in an NFl regular season game yet. I consider center a position of need or the Bears, as Roberto Garza has been pretty bad the last couple years and isn't going to get any better in his mid-30s. But Boggs is still a long shot to make it past the first round of cuts or so. (ChicagoBears.Com)
Center transition on Bears' horizon- Kevin Seiftert of ESPN agrees with me in regards to the Bears and the center position. Seifert adds that the Bears are bringing in California guard/center Brian Schwenke for a visit today. (ESPN Chicago)
Bears interested in JaMarcus Russell? - Matt Eurich examines the rumor that the Bears are interested in signing former No. 1 overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell to complete for a backup quarterback spot.
Many people will react quite angrily to that, but I think it's an intriguing idea. If Trestman (a quarterback guru) thinks there's something he can work with to get JaMarcus playing anything like the quarterback people thought he'd be out of college, I'm very much on board with taking a flier. (Chicago Bears Huddle)
Brandon Marshall, Bears 'embracing the change' - Sean Jensen with a very nice article on how the Bears are reacting to the coaching and player changes this offseason. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Devin Hester: Can the swagger return? - Boomer at Bear Goggles On with a great look at Devin Hester's return to the, well, returner's role solely. (Bear Goggles On)
Will the Bears extend anyone this offseason? - T.J. Shouse of Windy City Gridiron examines some potential extension candidates for the Bears... but wonders if -any- of them will get a deal done this offseason. (Windy City Gridiron)
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