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Ogunleye won't be back with Bears

Adewale Ogunleye was acquired by the Bears via trade in training camp of 2004, and immediately signed a six-year contract.

That he lasted the entire deal qualifies the move as a success for the Bears.  But the O-Gun show will no longer be held in Chicago.

Bears coach Lovie Smith told Ogunleye they would be going in another direction after the team signed Julius Peppers.

“That was one of my harder days as a coach, for
the Bears, because Adewale was a real man. He was there every day I’ve
been there,” Smith said. “That was a tough call. He’s family. He’s a friend for life, and to call
him and let him know we were going in a different direction. I know you
have to do it, but that was personal right there.”

Ogunleye is turning 33 years old this year and is coming off a broken leg. He figures to get some interest when he’s fully healed.

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19 Responses to “Ogunleye won't be back with Bears”
  1. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 24, 2010 5:15 PM

    see u in Oakland

  2. Staff Sergeant Bandazewski says: Mar 24, 2010 5:26 PM

    To me Ogunleye was one of the best “Bears” the team ever had. He was always there on Sunday much like Alex Brown has been and continues to be.
    In essence, Peppers was brought in for the exact reasons Ogunleye was brought in only Peppers comes with a longer track record of success.
    Tough to see a team captain go but Ogunleye will get on with someone else like Lovie Smith said. I’ll be rooting for the guy to have a few more good years because he was a professional and overall good guy.

  3. Rex Grossman says: Mar 24, 2010 5:27 PM

    I will greatly miss his 5 sacks per year.

  4. Midway Monster says: Mar 24, 2010 5:39 PM

    Good luck Ogunleye. Thanks for the years of service.

  5. kpweaver27 says: Mar 24, 2010 5:46 PM

    Having gone to Indiana, Ogunleye would be a welcome acquisition in Indianapolis backing up Mathis and Freeney. He could start somewhere, but the allure of a ring might be nice for the 33 year old with an injury.

  6. Cambodian Breast Milk says: Mar 24, 2010 6:01 PM

    San Diego will be a good fit for him. Ron Rivera is pretty loyal to his former players.

  7. CdnMike says: Mar 24, 2010 6:04 PM

    I hope Isreal Idonojye gets more reps now. Representing University of Manitoba!!

  8. d3murf says: Mar 24, 2010 6:06 PM

    Man the Bears had the best rotation at end in the league! Bears fans, whatever happened to Mark Anderson? That dude was the Truth his rookie yr a few yrs ago….Alex Brown is serviceable…I think they still might need to draft a DE. Greg Hardy time

  9. dolphinfiegl99 says: Mar 24, 2010 6:32 PM

    Adewale Ogunleye Come Back To Miami!
    We Need A DE!

  10. BKILBY13 says: Mar 24, 2010 6:35 PM

    As a Dolphins fan it was great to see Adawale get after Tom Brady on the other end of the D Line from Jason Taylor, so I was disappointed when he was traded. I hope he catches on somewhere that can use him as an end in a 4-3 scheme, because he still has some left in the tank.

  11. danno1212 says: Mar 24, 2010 6:42 PM

    Ogunleye, was a GREAT Bear! Good luck to him!

  12. LighTsouT says: Mar 24, 2010 7:11 PM

    @Rex Grossman
    He sacked you 5 times a season when you were on his team?! I guess he was just scared of big men who really wanted to hit him on the other team!

  13. Little Tommy says: Mar 24, 2010 8:08 PM

    The Bears are going in a different direction alright but nobody know what the hell direction that is!

  14. Little Tommy says: Mar 24, 2010 8:10 PM

    Having gone to Indiana, Ogunleye would be a welcome acquisition in Indianapolis backing up Mathis and Freeney. He could start somewhere, but the allure of a ring might be nice for the 33 year old with an injury.
    ********************************************
    The only ring he’s going to pick up in Chicago is a bathtub ring. The Bears are clueless and his career will be better for leaving.

  15. lifelongphinfan says: Mar 24, 2010 8:46 PM

    good luck to you o-gun your a hell of a football playe r& thanks for the good years in miami.

  16. hnirobert says: Mar 24, 2010 10:43 PM

    Dude made a pretty penny playing opposite 99 in Miami.

  17. Howie Handles says: Mar 24, 2010 10:52 PM

    “To me Ogunleye was one of the best “Bears” the team ever had.”
    Best 1000? Don’t get me wrong, he was a pretty good player, but no way in hell was he one of the best.

  18. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 24, 2010 11:57 PM

    Gonna miss him.

  19. DozenDeuce says: Mar 25, 2010 4:35 AM

    “That he lasted the entire deal qualifies the move as a success for the Bears.”
    Absolutely false. The only reason the Bears held on to him for so long is that they were still waiting to get their money’s worth. In 2004 the Bears traded away draft picks & the only Pro Bowl reciever they’ve ever had in Marty Booker, the only wideout in franchise history to hit the 100 rec/season mark. Chicago’s passing game is till trying to recover from that loss in the passing game.
    Ogunleye recieved a big contract (well, big at the time) because his 1st 2 years starting he had racked up 25 sacks in Miami. But as usual, the Bears talent evaluators dismissed that lining up opposite Jason Taylor was the real reason Adewale was so productive. They were supposedly getting a steal, a young DE just coming into his prime. Someone who could be counted on to anchor the pass rush & continue to average 10+ sacks/year.
    But Ogunleye only hit 10 sacks once in 6 relatively injury-free seasons. He’s average 6.91 sacks during that time which, simply put, means his time with Chicago should be realistically classified as “Failure”. While he may be a great person, his play on the field was average & when you consider what was given up and the contract that was doled out “The Prince” was NOT supposed to be average.
    Everyone seems to be crying about Peppers disappearing for 2-3 games at a time, well Adewale would disapear for 2-3 SEASONS at a time.

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