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Bears interested in free agent linebacker David Hawthorne

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Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Bears are interested in free agent linebacker David Hawthorne.

A run-stuffing middle linebacker in Seattle, Hawthorne would likely play strong-side linebacker in Chicago’s defense. If signed to a long-term contract, Hawthorne could begin his Bears career outside and eventually replace Brian Urlacher, who turns 34 years old in May.

Hawthorne has been a dynamite run defender with the Seahawks. He’s averaged 113 tackles per season over the past three years. Hawthorne has also intercepted seven passes during that span, produced six sacks, and forced five fumbles.

Hawthorne earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in early December of 2011.

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15 Responses to “Bears interested in free agent linebacker David Hawthorne”
  1. We'reFineThere says: Mar 11, 2012 8:22 PM

    Come to Philly, where you don’t have to change positions…or you can if you want to because all 3 are available.

  2. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 11, 2012 8:33 PM

    This dude had 21 tackles against the Vikings a couple years ago.. he’s got the potential to be good

  3. richieab says: Mar 11, 2012 8:59 PM

    One more thing too consider.Hawthorne has two bad knees.

  4. chrismatthewsucks says: Mar 11, 2012 9:00 PM

    Dude smashes on people on D, ask bradshaw of the Giants how he got rocked when he played against seattle.. I would say he would be an upgrade over urclaher.

  5. don365 says: Mar 11, 2012 9:14 PM

    Philly wont sign a high priced LB, they will pick up a second tier LB to a one yr deal on the cheap, to try and quiet the natives….

  6. mialto says: Mar 11, 2012 9:48 PM

    Smoke screen the Bears will draft a LB in rd 2 or 3.

  7. palazzoloc says: Mar 11, 2012 10:35 PM

    Hawthorne isnt going anywhere… mark my words, the hawks will re-sign him. They wouldnt let their most productive LB go, specifically because there isnt much to replace him. Move on Chicago, nothing to see here.

  8. berniemadoffsides says: Mar 11, 2012 11:30 PM

    Giants need a true MLB badly.

  9. elchapoguzman82 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:33 PM

    Sorry but “The Heater” won’t be going anywhere!

  10. GG Eden says: Mar 12, 2012 8:33 AM

    Come to the Raiders ;)

  11. savannahrose44 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    Sorry GG Eden but there is no way The Heater wants to play with Curry again…Dream on Bears Fans. He’s going to stay right where he is.

  12. GG Eden says: Mar 13, 2012 7:59 AM

    I’ve been a huge fan of Hawthorne since his days in TCU. So he’ll be courted by many teams. A personal favorite player in the NFL, so obviously love to have him in Dennis Allen’s defense.

  13. rcllive says: Mar 13, 2012 12:22 PM

    would rather see Da Bears sign Super Mario (Williams that is) and draft a LB

  14. bearsbuiltnfl says: Mar 13, 2012 11:45 PM

    Up-Grade over Lach, huh??? Yeah, you’d need a freakin’ cyborg to do that my friend. Sure he’s lost a step, but that’s what happens over the years, we get slower. His instinct and first step though, above reproach. And at the risk of purveying some Bear-homerism, I’ll take a gheriatric Lach over just about any LB in the show. Go Bears, see you on Bourbon St. boys!!!!

  15. mrseaballs says: Mar 14, 2012 7:18 PM

    Why in the hell the Seahawks don’t resign him I just don’t figure. He is the #1 playmaker on defense. Played hurt all last year and still did great. I remember him limping top speed 75 yards on a pick-6 . All this “We take care of our own” talk in Seattle and only 4 players out of 22 have been resigned. The front office talks a good game but They have a vise-grip on the wallet. It isn’t right. Hawthorne came in and played his rear off when Lofa got hurt. A undrafted FA, played dirt cheep for 3 years. Now they should step up & pay him.

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