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Report: Bears, Tatupu have mutual interest

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Three days ago, the Seahawks and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu parted ways.  And with Tatupu looking for his next job in the NFL, there’s a chance he could land in Chicago.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports that mutual interest exists between the Bears and Tatupu.  On the surface, it makes sense, given that former Seahawks G.M. Tim Ruskell has Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo’s ear at Halas Hall.  But if Tatupu is looking to continue to be a starting middle linebacker, Chicago isn’t his best option.

Then again, playing second fiddle to Brian Urlacher could be Tatupu’s only option.

If it happens that way, the question will become whether he left more on the table in Seattle on a reduced salary than what he’s ultimately getting with a new team.  It wouldn’t be the first time that a player ended up getting even less elsewhere after he refused to take less than he was supposed to get with his former team.

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35 Responses to “Report: Bears, Tatupu have mutual interest”
  1. ctoale says: Aug 3, 2011 9:25 AM

    Bears don’t need him. Need more O-lineman instead.

  2. alexmcclellan says: Aug 3, 2011 9:30 AM

    Perfect pick up for my Eagles… immediate starter who could bolster our LB crew… why settle for being a back up? Let’s get it done!

  3. packfannchitown says: Aug 3, 2011 9:31 AM

    Don’t do it Lofa, choose a winning team instead…

  4. jtam963 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:31 AM

    Would be a decent signing. Briggs-Urlacher-Tatupu

    Pretty good tandem with Roach and Iwuh as backups.

    Bear DOWN!

  5. stinkfingers says: Aug 3, 2011 9:34 AM

    The so called “Dream Team” is pretty thin at LB. You should take a look, Lofa. You wouldnt have to play second fiddle there, and you’d have a chance to win.

  6. vdogg says: Aug 3, 2011 9:35 AM

    Not a bad group of LB’s if he signs in Chicago….

  7. richardmb52 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:38 AM

    He’s a middle linebacker, we don’t need him, get a O Lineman

  8. aberystwyth2 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:41 AM

    i’d like to see the Chiefs pick him up personally.

  9. minnesconsin says: Aug 3, 2011 9:42 AM

    He’s a big injury risk at this point, coming off double knee surgery and missed most of the 2009 season as well. Not sure how he’d translate to the 3-4, but I wouldn’t mind the Packers taking a low-cost flier on him to bolster their inside linebacker group, which is pretty thin after losing Barnett, Poppinga, and Chillar.

  10. seehoxrun says: Aug 3, 2011 9:43 AM

    Why would eagles want him? Im sure they watched the sea ny game last year when tatupu bounced off of jacobs they few times he took snaps…goodluck

  11. snowpea84 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:44 AM

    Have they added more than 1 rookie O-lineman to one of the worst 5 lines in football?

  12. stinkfist5 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:46 AM

    I would think the Ravens would love to have him beside Ray, but with the cap situation here in Baltimore it doesn’t seem possible. Ellerbe and Co. aren’t the answer.

  13. 4dabears says: Aug 3, 2011 9:51 AM

    and yet another Seattle connection.

  14. sprtsfan1 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:56 AM

    Wouldn’t be a terrible pick-up by the Bears. It would be good added depth at linebacker.

  15. richm2256 says: Aug 3, 2011 10:04 AM

    Had mad skills, belongs in New England ……. HELLO, last name “Tatupu”?????

  16. blueintown says: Aug 3, 2011 10:05 AM

    Can he play left tackle?

  17. duncanthecat says: Aug 3, 2011 10:13 AM

    The Eagles want him only if he can play backer and punt.

  18. toonsterwu says: Aug 3, 2011 10:15 AM

    Huh? This one is odd? Why would Tatupu go there? I’m not sure I really love the idea of Tatupu as a SAM backer covering TE’s either. If Tatupu can’t find a starting MIKE job in a 4-3, he should try and find a team that may use him inside in a 3-4, where questions about his ability in space would be less significant.

    As a side note, I noted this on another Bears post. Tice wants J’Marcus Webb at LT, and after his job last year coaching up that group, he’ll be given every chance to have Webb at LT. Omiyale likely kicks inside to guard, but he’ll likely also be the backup LT option. Carimi’s set at RT, and Garza’s solid at one guard spot.

    I’m not saying this is a good line. J’Marcus Webb had horrible grades at RT in pass pro from profootballfocus. Omiyale should fare better inside than outside. Carimi is an unknown, although most anticipate he’ll be fine.

    What I think, though, is that the Bears are more liable to pursue someone on the inside. That said, with Spencer/Garza/Omiyale/Chris Williams, along with three youngsters Tice likes (Asiata/Edwin Williams/Lance Louis), plus having backup options at OT in former OT’s Omiyale and Chris Williams, I’m not sold that they are going to pursue the OL that heavily. If a guy comes cheap, perhaps.

    Only time will tell.

  19. jimmysee says: Aug 3, 2011 10:15 AM

    Tatupu’s interest = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$+

    Bear’s interest = desperation

  20. jbl429 says: Aug 3, 2011 10:25 AM

    I don’t understand why the Giants wouldn’t give him a look. They are weak at LB and he could probably start.

  21. svcfilmguy says: Aug 3, 2011 10:41 AM

    I can understand their interest, but at some point this team just has to invest in offensive linemen. Don’t they? If he signs, it could be a great insurance policy. But I wouldn’t fork over anymore than backup money for him.

  22. oreo51 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:15 AM

    He should have taken the pay cut from the Seahawks and kept his starting job. If he holds up physically this year, he would have gotten another deal next year. I would bet he is pretty close to the end of his career, however.

  23. comeonnowguys says: Aug 3, 2011 11:16 AM

    Slow middle linebacker.

    But since he played for Seattle, Ruskell will overpay for him.

  24. lrt79 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:21 AM

    I think the front office knows, even if Lovie and Martz are in denial, that the offense is going to be horrid again. To counteract that they need to sign as many defensive studs as they can…. unfortunately, all they’ve managed to bring in are busts (who may turn it around in Chicago) and rookies.

    I was so freaking optimistic just a week ago. I should have known better.

  25. illiniftw says: Aug 3, 2011 11:41 AM

    I wish the McCaskey’s would try to spend near the cap instead of padding their already deep pockets…

  26. azbearsfan says: Aug 3, 2011 11:42 AM

    Not as many people writing the bears off this year as last year.

  27. asublimeday says: Aug 3, 2011 12:21 PM

    Jerry angelo is the worst thing to happen to chicago since the great Chicago fire.

  28. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 3, 2011 12:22 PM

    Best of luck to lofa. As a seahawk fan, he’ll always be one of my favorites. But he’s just not starting caliber anymore. Maybe a change of scenery will re-ignite him.

  29. thevza says: Aug 3, 2011 1:47 PM

    Da’ Bears reportedly still have $20 mil in cap space left. They can sign Tatupu, find an interior offensive lineman, and still have enough to pave the end zone at Soldier Field in gold.

  30. sfkforever says: Aug 3, 2011 5:59 PM

    Tim Ruskell stunk it up in Seattle and it looks like he is going to leave a stentch in Chi-town…this front office is a joke O-line has went from bad to worse…no back up QB…3rd string WR picked up to be there number 1 WR…but they are vesting there interest in blowing money on an downhill MLB for back up??? how do these people get jobs in high places…7-9

  31. number1hawkfan says: Aug 3, 2011 8:13 PM

    Another reason to believe in Pete Carrol. Sick of hearing idiot seattle fans whining about all the moves this year. If Tatupa had anything left he’d still be in Seattle. P.S. Tavarius Jackson is a bridge to our next QB while the O-line and rest of the team gets built.

  32. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 4, 2011 1:19 AM

    @number1hawkfan… Where are you hanging out that you see Seattle fans whining about all the moves? Seattle fans are ecstatic about most of the moves this offseason. PC and Shneider are digging us out of the gaping hell hole that Ruskell put us in and any Seahawk fan I’ve seen is completely thrilled about it.

  33. majorseahawk says: Aug 4, 2011 12:15 PM

    Lofa, Lofa, Lofa……..if your plan is to go to the Bears then you would have been much better served to just take the pay cut.

  34. rexsuperbowl06 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:45 PM

    THE BEARS are the Best team in football you kiiding me. It’d be biggest thing in this guys life to wear the Bear uniform. We were one play away from a superbowl you fans have no clue whats going on in the NFL if you dont see the Bears as being a top team.. We have only gotten better. We went up and down on Green Bay with our 3rd string Qb and GB had a bout 5 yards that game in the second half and more help from the refs than I seen all year. OPEN YOUR EYES…ITS NOT HARD TO SEE WHOS TOPS IN THE LEAGUE..Also we have most wins in the history of the game..Just to let you know

  35. madamschefter says: Aug 16, 2011 2:42 PM

    Any word on his status? He can’t just be sitting at home not talking to any teams…

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