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Cullen Jenkins looks like a target for Bears

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The Bears don’t have a lot of key free agents to re-sign when free agency hits.  Defensive tackle Anthony Adams looks like a priority according to John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, but that’s practically it.

While we don’t expect another Julius Peppers-type splash in free agency, the Bears have more work to do on the defensive line.  Mullin believes the team will target Packers versatile defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.

“The Bears have their targets identified for whenever free agency opens.  Green Bay’s Cullen Jenkins projects as the priority,” Mullin writes.

Later in the same article: “Consider Adams along with Jenkins the top two signing priorities, ahead of center Olin Kreutz in some organization thinking.”

Jenkins is a bit of a risk because of his age and injuries, but he’s been one of the more underrated linemen in the league for the last few years.  Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith have a solid track record squeezing production out of veteran linemen, and Jenkins would be a worthy guy to go after.

If nothing else, it would piss off a lot of Packers fans.

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  1. airraid77 says: Apr 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    it doesnt fit…..while it steals from the packers…..playing either the three technique or de in that system requires numbers, something NOT REQUIRED, and in fact demonized in that lebeau/capers system.

  2. medtxpack says: Apr 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    another NFC north team trying to take away packer talent…quit copying the Vikings, ya stinkin bears…

  3. bigd9484 says: Apr 6, 2011 11:33 AM

    Ya, thats true. However, try to consider how many championships the vikings have won with all of the packer cast-offs. Longwell, Favre, Sharper. There were some crappy lineman and linebackers they picked up too a few years back if memory serves. Cullen doesn’t have as much in the tank to warrant giving him mega-money, which is the reason the Pack are going to shy away from him in the first place. He’s going to end up getting overpaid and/or injured. Another smart move by TT, in the lane of Marco Rivera getting big bucks from the Cowboys.

  4. buckybadger says: Apr 6, 2011 11:40 AM

    Well now I have to put a bag of flaming poo on his doorstep. OK no one do that otherwise they will trace this post.

    Actually wish the Packers would try to attain him as he seemed like a pretty good guy and a good player. He isn’t a TT draftee so I guess he had little chance. So far I think only Woodson got a deal but a great team leading CB is harder to replace.

    Wish Jenkins well and wish him a healthy career wherever it is, just don’t play well if its the Bears or Vikings [can't condemn the Lions, thats just mean].

  5. baxman89 says: Apr 6, 2011 11:52 AM

    Well I wouldn’t be suprised if the Vikes target him too. Their line showed age last year and who knows where Ray Edwards ends up. I’m sure James Jones gets attention from those teams too. Has no one learned to build through the draft? I expect this from Minnesota, but the Bears too? Go Lions?

  6. maatopdogg32 says: Apr 6, 2011 11:54 AM

    You can add the Redskins to that list as well.

  7. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 6, 2011 12:08 PM

    He got his ring, now he wants to get out of that horrible place.

  8. packfannchitown says: Apr 6, 2011 12:09 PM

    Da Bears will suck with or without Jenkins, they’ll NEVER win a Super Bowl with Cutler at the helm.

  9. randolph32 says: Apr 6, 2011 12:14 PM

    I don’t see the Bears overpaying him, why would they?

  10. rpiotr01 says: Apr 6, 2011 12:16 PM

    Cullen has been a really nice player for GB and it hurts to lose him. However, it’s just one of those situations where you have a lot of good players to sign coming up and you have to make decisions. Can’t keep them all.

    I wouldn’t blame him for going to the Bears, I suppose. Sucks, but a 4-3 is a better fit for him. Despite his excellent level of play, there is an injury risk with him so if da Bears want to take that on, best of luck to them.

  11. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 6, 2011 12:20 PM

    That last line is hilarious. Trust me – nothing the lame Bears do, will ever piss off Packer fans, LOL.

  12. voiceofrealism says: Apr 6, 2011 12:29 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Apr 6, 2011 12:08 PM
    He got his ring, now he wants to get out of that horrible place.

    Funny how nobody that plays for the Packers ever feels that way. Just jealous fans of lousy teams. C’mon, Tucker, you obviously can’t beat us, so join us.

  13. p4ck3r5 says: Apr 6, 2011 12:30 PM

    i agree that the pack should try to retain him, he did good for the pack. i also dont want to see him causing havoc with peppers.

  14. pervyharvin says: Apr 6, 2011 12:40 PM

    Viking don’t want him. He offers us zero upgrade.

  15. packerrube13 says: Apr 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    Sucks to see him go, but he is a legit first class guy so no hard feelings from either side I assume. He will be paid nicely, and the Packers have depth behind him to make it not worth overpaying. But God I don’t want to see him in a Bear’s uni.

    Thanks Cullen for the great years and constant hard work and consistent improvement every year.

  16. tramonisland says: Apr 6, 2011 1:20 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Apr 6, 2011 12:08 PM
    He got his ring, now he wants to get out of that horrible place.
    ———————————————————
    You mean before he wins 2 more SB’s?
    Jealousy is a horrible thing tucker.

  17. froncezk says: Apr 6, 2011 1:34 PM

    Sounds about right: he’s 30 and the Bears are always looking to get older..

    How great was that when Cullin did up the Mr. T mohawk and chops for the Halloween game against the Jets. Although oft injured, he certainly does have a good sense of humor.

  18. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 6, 2011 2:09 PM

    Where is the link to the PFT Terms of Service? My posts keep getting deleted. I must be offending someone, or violating the Terms of Service.

    I wonder if PFT tracks IP and MAC addresses, LOL?

  19. dragonfly99 says: Apr 6, 2011 2:28 PM

    It sounds like the Bears are taking a trick from the Vikings organization. They can’t beat the Packers so let’s just try to steal their talent. I can easily see the Bears overpaying Cullen just to try to stick it to the Packers.

  20. packerfan12 says: Apr 6, 2011 2:32 PM

    As a Packer fan I love Jenkins, but the fact is TT can’t pay him big bucks only for him to get injured right away in the season. He’ll find somewhere that’ll pay him the kind of money he wants, but to me his health is just too much of a concern.

  21. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 6, 2011 2:45 PM

    “I can easily see the Bears overpaying Cullen just to try to stick it to the Packers”.

    Well … we all know what happens when people try to “stick it” to the Packers. Ask Favre and the Vikings how well that worked out for them, LOL. Stupid losers. Longwell tried as well. His dumb wife may have gotten more places to eat than Applebee’s in Green Bay, but her husband still has no Super Bowl ring.

  22. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Apr 6, 2011 2:52 PM

    pervyharvin says: Apr 6, 2011 12:40 PM

    Viking don’t want him. He offers us zero upgrade.
    ———–
    Apparently you haven’t looked at your defensive line lately.

  23. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 6, 2011 2:52 PM

    voiceofrealism says:
    Apr 6, 2011 12:29 PM
    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Apr 6, 2011 12:08 PM
    He got his ring, now he wants to get out of that horrible place.

    Funny how nobody that plays for the Packers ever feels that way. Just jealous fans of lousy teams. C’mon, Tucker, you obviously can’t beat us, so join us.
    ____________________

    That’s funny, I seem to recall that the fondest desire of the greatest quarterback in Packer history (you know, the one you named your son after) was to play for the Packers’ biggest rival.

  24. dfensfelix says: Apr 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    @medtxpack

    “Quit copying the Vikings”? What are you, 5 years old? Yeah that’s the Bears intent by going after Cullen Jenkins. We’re gonna copy them. Christ…

    Here’s one for you: stop “copying” the Buffalo Bills and win a Superbowl. Know how you do that? By getting to one.

  25. carlgerbschmidt says: Apr 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    voiceofrealism says:
    Apr 6, 2011 12:29 PM
    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Apr 6, 2011 12:08 PM
    He got his ring, now he wants to get out of that horrible place.

    Funny how nobody that plays for the Packers ever feels that way. Just jealous fans of lousy teams. C’mon, Tucker, you obviously can’t beat us, so join us.

    ———

    Tucker, we don’t need ya. The bandwagon is full. Enjoy the (vikes) season.

  26. schemefactory says: Apr 6, 2011 3:50 PM

    amazing how many thumbs down pervyharvin gets on a consistent basis, though he still tries. much like the vikings themselves, he just loves beating his head against a wall.

  27. goombar2 says: Apr 6, 2011 3:57 PM

    Most Packer fans don’t get angry because a player leaves for a rival. We’ve lost plenty of players to rivals. Edgar Bennett left for chitown, Longwell and a bunch of other left for vikeland.

    I’ve done nothing but wish them the best, just not against my favorite team. Most all those athletes finished their contracts in good faith and performed to the best of their abilities.

    The only player that left GB where the fans hated him was Favre. but Favre never finished his contract in good faith, didn’t deal with the Packer franchise in good faith, nor the Jets.

    By all accounts, Cullen Jenkins lived up to his end of the contract. The Packers have decided to move in a different direction and haven’t offered Jenkins any kind of extension. Why in the world would us Packer fans hold anything against this man earning a living and taking care of his family?

    When you say stuff like, “it would piss off a lot of Packers fans”, you just come off as an idiot Rosey.

  28. stavreafavre says: Apr 6, 2011 4:01 PM

    Tucker – Bart Starr went and played for the Bears?!? Wow, I must have been in a coma and never heard…

  29. teal379 says: Apr 6, 2011 4:29 PM

    That assumes TT lets him go (less likely with Jolly in the slammer) and Cullen actually wants to leave.

    I can see the Pack and Cullen coming to terms on something livable for both where Cullen gets to remain, paid a good/decent wage and GB gets a class guy who helped win a SB on a defense that lost what, 11 guys last year?

    It wouldn’t piss off Packer fans tho – we like the guy and if he goes to Chicago, so be it. Doesn’t mean they’ll turn around and spank us next year. Cullen Jenkins is no Favre and Favre couldn’t do it – I fear the Bears not…

  30. wafflestomp says: Apr 6, 2011 4:31 PM

    I’m not completely sure we have seen the last of Cullen in a Packer’s uniform.

    Ted’s reasoning is spot on. Let him test the waters of free agency.
    Obviously there will be a contract Green Bay can’t afford to match.
    But, you never know, with the draft occuring before the free agent period this year, how much a team is willing to leverage the money/age situation of Jenkins.

    I, for one, would love to see him come back. When healthy, he can sure be a beast. If they can swing a deal for a reasonable price, it would be great for at least contunuities sake.

  31. wafflestomp says: Apr 6, 2011 4:32 PM

    *continuities even.

  32. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 6, 2011 4:42 PM

    teal379 –

    Remember the NFC championship game when the division champion Bears almost beat the Packers with a 3rd-string QB no one ever heard of? You might consider fearing the Bears a little bit, despite the fact that they’re a mediocre team.

  33. teal379 says: Apr 6, 2011 4:59 PM

    Tucker – “almost” is for 13 year old boys and the neighbor girl.

    Moral victories and not actual ones are for losers. People who hang their hat on such things are destined to remain losers.

    Guess what – those Super Bowl rings will be delivered when done. Not “almost” delivered….

  34. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 6, 2011 5:12 PM

    stavreafavre says:
    Apr 6, 2011 4:01 PM
    Tucker – Bart Starr went and played for the Bears?!? Wow, I must have been in a coma and never heard…
    ________________

    Apparently you went into a coma in 1968 because things have changed a bit since then. At least you missed those 27 years of misery when your team was the most irrelevant in the league.

  35. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 6, 2011 6:05 PM

    I get a kick out of Packer fans who believe they’re on the cusp of a dynasty because they got hot in the playoffs. You finished second in the division, you almost lost in the playoffs to something called…I still can’t remember his name, you lost to the Lions, you needed two blown calls by the officials to beat the Vikings at home, and Carl Gerbschmidt is your prototypical fan. Is your future really that bright?

  36. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 6, 2011 6:09 PM

    tuckercarlson – You’re a blithering idiot. No one named their kid Brett, you ignorant fool. We named them Lynn, Don, and Aaron. Three Packer QB’s who never wore panties and started “Ted Revenge Stick-It Epic Failure Wars”, LOL.

    F you and F Favre, too. How many Super Bowl MVP’s did he win? Oh that’s right – none. F him.

  37. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 7, 2011 1:29 PM

    ilpackerbacker says:
    Apr 6, 2011 6:09 PM
    tuckercarlson – You’re a blithering idiot. No one named their kid Brett, you ignorant fool. We named them Lynn, Don, and Aaron. Three Packer QB’s who never wore panties and started “Ted Revenge Stick-It Epic Failure Wars”, LOL.

    F you and F Favre, too. How many Super Bowl MVP’s did he win? Oh that’s right – none. F him.
    ________________

    Three minutes of research determined that between 1995 and 1997, 567 babies in Wisconsin were named Brett. Each year, that name was in the top 43 baby names. No other state was even close, with that name not being ranked in the top 100 in almost every other state.

    If you’re going to say Lynn Dickey and Don Magicowksi are better than Favre, I’m not sure I’m the blithering idiot. I really dislike Favre now, but I don’t pretend I didn’t like him when he was doing good things for my team.

    How many Super Bowl MVP’s did Lynn and Don win again?

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