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TAIT MIGHT RETIRE, PUTTING BEARS IN A BIND

Veteran tackle John Tait isn’t expected to return to the Bears in 2009, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
If that happens, the Bears would have only one tackle under contract for next season.  That would be Chris Williams, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2008.
Per Biggs, agent Ethan Lock declined to comment on Tait’s future.  He has one year left on his contract, at a salary of $4.8 million.
Thus, a retirement by Tait would free up $4.8 million in cap space for the team.
Maybe they’ll use it on a quarterback.  Based on their recent history at the position, look for Brian St. Pierre to join the team.

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12 Responses to “TAIT MIGHT RETIRE, PUTTING BEARS IN A BIND”
  1. packerswin says: Feb 14, 2009 12:55 PM

    Brian St. Pierre would still be an upgrade for Chicago, wouldn’t it?

  2. dabayrz says: Feb 14, 2009 1:24 PM

    packerswin says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    Brian St. Pierre would still be an upgrade for Chicago, wouldn’t it?
    ~~~~~
    Let me know when the packers have a QB with a winning record is on their team… I’m still waiting…….waiting… oh hell, I give up..
    pretty sure packer fans have bigger fish to fry right about now.. like how their QB chokes when the games on the line.. doesn’t really matter.. they kept the right QB last year….

  3. kevlar says: Feb 14, 2009 1:33 PM

    Wow, nice shot Florio…..

  4. theVIC says: Feb 14, 2009 2:20 PM

    Kyle Orton is a good QB and will win you some games if you give him an offensive line, some receivers, and a decent offensive system/playcalling…..Oh, wait.

  5. Pantherfan105 says: Feb 14, 2009 2:49 PM

    The “first round” Qb’s suck this year anyway. Stafford is a late 1st rounder and Lopez is a 2nd rounder at best. Always better to get an O-line to protect a QB first in my opinion.

  6. SpartaChris says: Feb 14, 2009 4:25 PM

    >>dabayrz says:
    February 14th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
    ~~~~~
    Let me know when the packers have a QB with a winning record is on their team… I’m still waiting…….waiting… oh hell, I give up..
    pretty sure packer fans have bigger fish to fry right about now.. like how their QB chokes when the games on the line.. doesn’t really matter.. they kept the right QB last year….<<
    Pretty sure Rodgers doesn’t play defense. He had plenty of come from behind leads only to watch the defense give the lead back up. Granted he could have done better, but he’ll get there. One season doesn’t make a career, but I digress. His stats were far superior to any QB you’ve had in the past what, 5 years?
    So yeah…

  7. wyrdawg says: Feb 14, 2009 6:03 PM

    dabayrz says
    pretty sure packer fans have bigger fish to fry right about now..
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Hahahahaha… haha.. ha.
    I tell ya though.. that defensive change is scaring me.. like in about 2012.

  8. SirSuperSouthern says: Feb 14, 2009 6:11 PM

    The Bears are screwed. Chris Williams is a total bust (so far), and now they lose Tait… ouch! Who ever they put under center is a dead man…

  9. cygnus x-1 says: Feb 14, 2009 7:14 PM

    what is this obsession you have with bashing the bears qb’s?in case you have not noticed the real problem is the bears don’t seem to realise offense is part of the game.they don’t use what weapons they have in greg olsen,yea let’s throw to him 2-3 times a game no matter how many yards or td’s he scores and of course we can never run a play that works more than once a game.this just get a lead and let the defense hold it along with the awful play calling is what is wrong the offense.manning or brady could not with that offense.they have no line or recievers but we still must only draft defense.

  10. Gerald Keefer says: Feb 14, 2009 10:15 PM

    This is actually a good thing that Tait is gone. It forces the Bears to immediately get younger on the offensive line. Tait was solid but certainly not a stand out during his tenure in Chicago.
    As far as Kyle Orton being a good QB…come on, he can’t throw an accurate pass over 10 yards. He would be a good back up. Hopefully the Bears are serious when they say he is the starter going into ’09 since that pretty much insures we won’t make the playoffs. And that almost certainly guarantees Lovie and Angelo get shown the door.

  11. toonsterwu says: Feb 15, 2009 1:51 AM

    Tait isn’t a guarantee to be back, to begin with. The Bears, by all indications, were negotiating with John St. Clair on a return. St. Clair had a solid season and is likely shifting to LT. I think the Bears will pursue a veteran tackle even if they bring back St. Clair, as Williams is essentially a rookie and St. Clair’s coming off basically his first solid year since getting drafted. I think they’ll likely draft a guy that might be a guard/RT type for depth. The savings will likely be spread around. I still believe the Bears will pursue a WR in FA, rather than drafting someone. A veteran QB signing also seems likely.
    I think Nathan Vasher may be on thin ice as well, and Mike Brown is another tough decision. Olin Kreutz probably stays another year simply because Roberto Garza is declining, and completely overhauling the OL this offseason isn’t likely to be a strong desire. They probably won’t cut Garza, but they may bring in competition.

  12. tshanno says: Feb 15, 2009 10:33 AM

    Go lord, Florio, aren’t things bad enough without you putting ideas into Angelo’s head? Now we’re going to have Brian St. Pierre wince and look away from.

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