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Bears Chairman on free agency: Money won’t be an issue

George McCaskey AP

New Bears G.M. Phil Emery spoke at his introductory press conference about building the Bears through the draft.

But there are competing interests in Chicago. It feels like another “win or else” season for Lovie Smith. Defenders like Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Julius Peppers are deeper into their 30’s. This group may only have so many runs left in them, and there has to be a temptation to find quick fixes.

“The bottom line, and Phil knows this, if there is someone we want — and it makes sense — money is not going to be an issue,” Bears Chairman George McCaskey said Thursday via the Chicago Tribune.

We’ve heard other suggestions in Chicago that the Bears are ready to make a splash on the open market.

This is becoming a running theme on PFT, with the Bucs and Cowboys among the other teams that seem particularly eager for free agency to start.

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30 Responses to “Bears Chairman on free agency: Money won’t be an issue”
  1. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 17, 2012 8:33 AM

    Where have I heard this before… oh right the Redskins.

  2. cappa662 says: Feb 17, 2012 8:34 AM

    The Bears were pretty cheap in 2011. I hope they do better in 2012. They should have made a play at Brian Waters, Bryant McKinnie, Jared Gaither, or anyone half decent offensive lineman!!!!!!!!

  3. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Feb 17, 2012 8:36 AM

    Money, not a problem.

    Defensive backs, offensive line, receivers, constant firing of coordinators … a big problem.

  4. Exiled1 says: Feb 17, 2012 8:36 AM

    Money may not be an issue but competence in the front office might be.

  5. packattack1967 says: Feb 17, 2012 8:36 AM

    Dan Sneider / Playoff Victorys? nuff said..carry on Chicago

  6. crazycane says: Feb 17, 2012 8:49 AM

    Silly Redskin fans. Only difference is the Redskins were trying to go from bad to good with free agency. Bears were 7-3 before Jay got hurt so what the bears needs are a few players to fill some holes and they’ll be scary good.

  7. mitchitized says: Feb 17, 2012 8:59 AM

    All I can think of when I see that photo is:

    “Mustache or chocolate glazed doughnut?”

  8. ogre2010 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:08 AM

    When you say money won’t be a issue, means it WILL be a issue

  9. lrt79 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:09 AM

    If they wouldn’t have been so stubborn and cheap last season, they could have gotten some players to fill the holes. Then, maybe when their two star offensive players were injured there might have been enough on the team to get at least two more wins.

    Two more wins, and they’re in the playoffs instead of the Lions. They would have gotten Cutler and Forte back by that first playoff game.

    They likely would have gotten creamed by New Orleans just like Detroit did, but they still could have made a run at it.

  10. skimbell says: Feb 17, 2012 9:13 AM

    “…We’ve heard…that the Bears are ready to make a splash on the open market…”
    ’bout time. Making a BIG splash in the FA market is the ONLY way to do it!
    Just look at how the Eagles took over the league last year after they…

    Oh, never mind.

  11. clayton43 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:17 AM

    They wont beat Green Bay anytime soon and certainly wont win a division anythime soon with the Lions getting better. Nothing against the Bears, just dont think with or without Cutler… Urlacher is overrated… Peppers has a few left in the tank but wont be enough. Bears will be 3rd to 4th best in that division for awhile.

  12. icanspeel says: Feb 17, 2012 9:24 AM

    Money isn’t a problem unless your name is Matt Forte and if it is, then.. Money is a problem.

  13. jmatthew1985 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:26 AM

    Is that a moustache or did lil Phil just take a big swig of chocolate milk?

  14. clavette says: Feb 17, 2012 9:30 AM

    I personally think they should try and get wes welker if the pats don’t franchise him. I think welker would tear it up with cutler moreso than a guy like colston or vjax on the outside.

    Another possibility would be jermichael finley. Great tight end and it would hurt the packers at the same time.

    They just need a few offensive playmakers to make them a legitimate contender

  15. ditkadontbutkus says: Feb 17, 2012 9:31 AM

    Is that John Cleese?! That would explain why the Bears are kind of a stale joke. . . .

  16. purpleguy says: Feb 17, 2012 10:02 AM

    This is the first time the phrase “money will not be an isue” and the word McCasky have been used in the same sentence.

  17. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 17, 2012 10:06 AM

    The mustache is alive and well in Chicago!

  18. jjohnson154 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:10 AM

    Hello leverage, my name is Matt Forte, pleasure meeting you.

    ….As a Bears fan, this is the DUMBEST thing he could have said. Now if Forte doesn’t get paid, it’s gonna get UGLY.

  19. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Feb 17, 2012 10:21 AM

    “Is that a moustache or did lil Phil just take a big swig of chocolate milk?”

    That’s George McCaskey not Phil Emery. But I’ll go with the chocolate milk theory ;)

  20. bubbaone says: Feb 17, 2012 10:25 AM

    The Bears will probably sign a few more FA’s like Chester Taylor and Mana-Mana-Luau thus delaying the inevitable while retarding the development of younger players.
    Hmm, Bears and retarding in the same sentence…WORD!

  21. capitaloffense says: Feb 17, 2012 10:33 AM

    crazycane says:Feb 17, 2012 8:49 AM

    Silly Redskin fans. Only difference is the Redskins were trying to go from bad to good with free agency. Bears were 7-3 before Jay got hurt so what the bears needs are a few players to fill some holes and they’ll be scary good
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    Now explain the Eagles…

  22. souldogdave says: Feb 17, 2012 10:40 AM

    What’s up with that mustache? He is grey, and he dyes his mustache? Just the mustache?

  23. illiniftw says: Feb 17, 2012 10:49 AM

    @souldogdave He’s rich so he can do what he wants. Have you seen the Raiders owners “hair”??

  24. ernie ernie says: Feb 17, 2012 11:34 AM

    Ok so I walk into a car showroom and scream. don’t talk discounts, I’m loaded, charge me the full sticker price!
    I wonder how many free agents will let this guy off cheap?

  25. jbcommonsense says: Feb 17, 2012 11:52 AM

    The Bears need a go-to WR.

  26. toonsterwu says: Feb 17, 2012 12:11 PM

    The Bears off-season won’t be that hard to figure out. In random order, besides addressing the Forte situation in some manner (franchise or long term), their main positional concerns are OT, WR (particularly with Knox’s situation), CB, and DE.

    They need to make a determination at LT. That said, Mike Tice is still around, and he likes J’Marcus Webb. The top OT’s will likely be off the board, so it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Webb is given another go. He had some decent moments at times, but still struggles in pass pro at times.

    I could see them make a push at WR or DE. It might be hard to justify a 2nd big ticket FA at DE, but Mario Williams can’t be ruled out. That said, my guess is that they pursue a veteran FA big WR target like Vincent Jackson(or Dwayne Bowe … I still have doubts that Colston leaves New Orleans but if he does, he’d definitely be an option), and then use either their top pick or 2nd pick on a DE/CB combination.

    I’ll be fairly surprised if those areas aren’t the main focus of the off-season. I mean, it’s possible Tice adds a better TE weapon, but that’s probably on the backburner. A backup QB is needed, but again, probably backburner. All the other areas are more depth/competition, whereas WR/DE/CB could use a starter.

  27. brennankm46 says: Feb 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    Exiled1 says: Feb 17, 2012 8:36 AM

    Money may not be an issue but competence in the front office might be.

    ___________________________________

    Glad you possess the omnipotence to know that the new GM (going on his 20th something day) is incompetent.

    /palm to forehead

  28. chiadam says: Feb 17, 2012 12:35 PM

    The Bears always say money isn’t an issue, right up until money is an issue. They’re cruise ship magicians when it comes to spending: let the right hand distract you from the left. They sign Peppers and launch Brown. They pay Cutler but saved themselves the salaries that would have been paid to the two first rounders they traded away to get him. They promote one or two big signings and hope no one realizes they are paper thin because the roster is loaded with 7th rounders and undrafted free agents. Six or seven guys stars get paid and the rest of the roster is cheap and disposable.

  29. shorttracknews says: Feb 17, 2012 1:49 PM

    Six or seven guys stars get paid and the rest of the roster is cheap and disposable.

    DUH…sounds like every NFL team

  30. gshfootball says: Feb 18, 2012 11:08 PM

    clayton43 says:
    Feb 17, 2012 9:17 AM
    They wont beat Green Bay anytime soon and certainly wont win a division anythime soon with the Lions getting better. Nothing against the Bears, just dont think with or without Cutler… Urlacher is overrated… Peppers has a few left in the tank but wont be enough. Bears will be 3rd to 4th best in that division for awhile.

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    This is just plain nonsense. You know how long as Bears fans we’ve heard about you so called sports people talk about Urlacher being over rated???? I’m so sick of this. All players that are over rated get picked as the defensive player of the year right????? I mean how many guys can play like him? Didn’t the Bears win the division last year even with the wild card Packers winning the SB? Anything can happen. Your telling me the Lions would have finished ahead of the Bears if cutler wouldn’t have broke his thumb?? Where do you get these thoughts?? Are you a Packer fan that posts in Bears pages? Let me guess if you are that Matthews is the greatest LB ever. Well here you go, Matthews has not been the defensive player of the year yet and it has to be seen that he even will be.

    The awesome mr Matthews had a whopping 41 tackles 2011 to Urlachers 86 at 33 years old, Matthews is 25. Urlacher also has 3 int’s which is the same as the younger fast Matthews. In Urlacher’s first two years he had 60 or so more tackles in all of Matthews career, tackling is a big part of a LB’s job isn’t it? Compare the stats before you open your mouth about this. Urlacher also had more tackles and int’s than Patrick Willis who is 26 in 2011. I think everyone can agree that Willis and Matthews are among two of the best LB’s in football today and Urlacher still competes with these young guys at a high level every single game. The guy is a serious beast and gives it his all every game. He is not over rated, your just a hater and whoever you are a fan would have loved to have had him on your team his whole career.

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