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In Chicago, Bears viewed as favorites to land Mario Williams

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Two years ago the Bears made a big move in free agency to land one of the NFL’s most talented pass rushers. And they may now be poised to do it again.

With Mario Williams set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon, the Bears are planning a push to sign him, teaming him up with Julius Peppers in what would give the Bears a pair of outside rushers unmatched by anyone in the NFL.

In fact, according to John “Moon” Mullin of CSNChicago.com, multiple NFL sources say the Bears are the favorites to sign Williams, the former No. 1 overall pick of the Texans.

The Bears have plenty of cap space and have made clear that they want to improve their pass rush in free agency. There’s no better way to do that than signing Williams.

Although Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle and played just five games last season, he’s expected to be back to full strength and ready to go this year. If he and Peppers are on the same team, the Monsters of the Midway are going to have a fearsome pass rush.

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  1. hawkitnow says: Mar 12, 2012 7:32 PM

    what a flattering picture.

  2. whatsafairway says: Mar 12, 2012 7:32 PM

    In Tennessee, Titans viewed as favorites to land Mario Williams.

    In Dallas, Cowboys viewed as favorites to land Mario Williams.

    What would you expect Chicago to view this as?

  3. vegaskid21 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:57 PM

    Williams on one side, Peppers on the other, Urlacher running around somewhere in the middle = Bad news for QB’s

  4. icewalker946 says: Mar 12, 2012 7:57 PM

    OK, things are going to get tough for NFC North QBs next year if this happens. Although the Bears don’t have a great secondary these two will cut the time the QB has down a lot.

    Thankfully, Peppers is known to take a lot of plays off.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 12, 2012 7:58 PM

    Forget Manning. He wont sign here. Sign Mario. Draft Tannehill. Start season with Moore. It’s the best we can do at this point.

  6. fishfiletkray says: Mar 12, 2012 7:59 PM

    Looks like Big Ben is the victim on this one. Karmas a bitch!

  7. iced107 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:01 PM

    Awesome picture.

    Looks like Ben is on the receiving end of some rapage.

  8. chrismatthewsucks says: Mar 12, 2012 8:02 PM

    In Chicago, the fans talk about the 85superbowl like it was 3 months ago and that they are the current champs. Chicago sucks.

  9. egetto says: Mar 12, 2012 8:03 PM

    Jacksonville has 40M in cap space (much more than Chi-town) and is probably losing an ok DE, Mincey, to free agency. Addition by subtraction in the AFC South.

  10. jaycutlerisourquarterback says: Mar 12, 2012 8:05 PM

    Da bears!

  11. gdeli says: Mar 12, 2012 8:06 PM

    More bad news for our hapless vikes. good lord.

  12. vikescry1 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:07 PM

    why would want to play for a team that there qb quits in big games? you can thumbs down me all you want but even chicago fans said he quit on them after he was seen walking around the next day with his women. just saying.

  13. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 12, 2012 8:07 PM

    In Mushroom Kingdom, flagpole highly likely to land Super Mario (…within in 199 seconds)

    *yawn*

  14. wicky888 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:07 PM

    I would have loved to see Atl sign him ….. oh wait we gave all that money to that turd Edwards last year ….. nevermind

  15. blackfootkiller says: Mar 12, 2012 8:09 PM

    The Bears should spend some money on one of those newly released Olinemen. Last time I checked their own QB gets sacked a lot!

  16. mob6667 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:10 PM

    Forget Mario! Skins & Boys fans would like to know how much Money Peppers got in an uncapped yr.?

  17. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says: Mar 12, 2012 8:10 PM

    In Cleveland browns are favorites to trade their 4th overall pick to a team who wants a playmaking WR cause we sure as hell don’t……..

  18. stonedolphin89 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:13 PM

    Can you afford to sign two hugely expensive DE’s when your offense needs so much work? Last I checked, Matt Forte needs a long term contract and you’re still lacking an elite receiver for Jay Cutler. But no, lets get another DE.

  19. cannonballdookie says: Mar 12, 2012 8:13 PM

    Yeah, sign more D linemen when your line can’t pass protect, WR’s can’t make plays, and QB can’t stay healthy, that should be the top priority…

  20. castleofcheese says: Mar 12, 2012 8:15 PM

    As a Packers fan, I’d really rather not see this happen. I prefer having Rodgers in one piece…

  21. dbara43 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:25 PM

    Unless the Bears have more money than Paul Allen, good luck (he has $13 billion at last check).

  22. rip4gehrig says: Mar 12, 2012 8:25 PM

    Chicago would be a great fit with Peppers on the other side, dont sleep on Seattle though

  23. staffordsyear says: Mar 12, 2012 8:26 PM

    Will still not stack up against the lions dline if this happens.

  24. flutieflakes says: Mar 12, 2012 8:28 PM

    I still think the bills might make a move for him. Don’t ask me why, they said they wanted to add a difference maker in a position. Who needs rush more than the Bills? I think they’re worth watching.

  25. emoney826 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:31 PM

    In other news, chicagos offense continues to be one of the worst in the entire league.

    Seriously Chicago, its not 1985 anymore. Teams don’t win with JUST defense. Why not try to get a legit receiver or two instead of punt returners? Your team will never keep up with the packers and lions. Big deal, you hold them to 24 points rather than 35 points. It doesn’t matter when you’re lucky to score 17.

  26. diggittey says: Mar 12, 2012 8:31 PM

    This would be a huge signing for Chicago. The article did not say this was the only move the Bears will make to improve there team – and rest assured they will be looking to improve the talent around Jay- thats a big priority between Lovie and Emery.

  27. tommytd says: Mar 12, 2012 8:31 PM

    why would want to play for a team that there qb quits in big games? you can thumbs down me all you want but even chicago fans said he quit on them after he was seen walking around the next day with his women. just saying.
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    I wouldn’t “thumbs down” you for what you’re saying but I would certainly do it for your lack of proper grammar. You need a bit of work buddy!

  28. tformation says: Mar 12, 2012 8:32 PM

    Love to see Mario in a Bears uni, but yeah… a little help on offense might be a good idea too, guys

  29. tformation says: Mar 12, 2012 8:35 PM

    Also, if you were Mario Williams, would you take a few million less to play in Chicago instead of Jacksonville? Better team, better chance of making it to the playoffs, bigger city, more opportunities, etc., etc., etc.

    Sorry, Jag fans, but I’ll believe MW as a Jaguar when I see it.

  30. clayton43 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:43 PM

    Chicago neeeds more work than spending all their money on Williams… they need 2 deccent WR’s and OL to start with… the D isnt really the Bears biggest concerns.

  31. blacknole08 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:44 PM

    I would love to see Mario Williams in a Panthers uniform

  32. rollteal says: Mar 12, 2012 8:46 PM

    Oh I will agree with the big city part and more opportunities but Jacksonville has much better weather and honestly with some work at WR and DE isn’t that far from the postseason plus the division looks better for the Jags compared to the Bears at this moment. .

  33. saintsly says: Mar 12, 2012 8:48 PM

    Williams on one end, Peppers on the other. What would you call them?
    “BOUNTYHUNTERS”

    Goodell would never let this happen….Ha

  34. pecosbob says: Mar 12, 2012 8:50 PM

    Sorry to burst this bubble but Texans will re-sign Williams.

  35. saintsly says: Mar 12, 2012 8:50 PM

    What we have now is not Football………………..

    It’s called…..Goodell Ball

  36. alpha1male says: Mar 12, 2012 8:51 PM

    As a Texans fan, this sucks! Mario now Eric Winston? Now I realize what it feels like to actually have players coveted by other teams. Had such high hopes for next year. Damn!

  37. isuhuskie says: Mar 12, 2012 8:53 PM

    If it were coming from someone other than Moon I might not believe it, but he’s normally reliable. I agree they need a couple WRs, but I just don’t think the guys out there are true #1s. Because true #1s just don’t get released. I would be happy with Williams and a couple 2nd tier WRs and then pick another one in the draft. I just have visions of V-Jax being Moose II once he gets his money.

  38. doug1grohlin says: Mar 12, 2012 8:54 PM

    vikescry1 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:07 PM

    why would want to play for a team that there qb quits in big games? you can thumbs down me all you want but even chicago fans said he quit on them after he was seen walking around the next day with his women. just saying.
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    Still throwing that around? Go to a strip club and buy some attention if you need it that bad.

  39. kismyanus says: Mar 12, 2012 8:55 PM

    You cant polish a turd! Chicago is done for years. It is awesome that the Packers were the team toend their final run in 2010. Seeya in five years bears.

  40. mialto says: Mar 12, 2012 8:59 PM

    Welcome to Chitown! You will look back at this moment when your holding the Lombardi trophy as a Chicago Bear!

  41. bears5683 says: Mar 12, 2012 8:59 PM

    Although I’d rather see the Bears upgrade the receivers and O-Line, if the Bears have a great defense instead of just good with a mediocre offense, but can have a deep playoff run than that’s OK with me.

  42. sirdrinksalot says: Mar 12, 2012 9:00 PM

    Sorry boys and girls. The Bills will be signing super Mario. Williams, Williams, Dareus, Kelsay = Havoc.

  43. bct11554 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:01 PM

    No way you can say its unmatched. I feel even if they Williams they still won’t be a better dline then the GMEN!!!!!

  44. der6495 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:01 PM

    Rodgers might get “discount double-sacked”

  45. garyman1 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:05 PM

    I love my Packers and do not look forward to bookends of Peppers and Williams. Thankfully, the Bears made Mike Tice their offensive coordinator so the Pack will only need to score about 17 points on them.

  46. seatownballers says: Mar 12, 2012 9:06 PM

    Sorry bears fans, its carl nicks that you need, not m. williams

  47. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 12, 2012 9:13 PM

    if the bears got mario williams that might be one of the best moves by any team in this offseason. (coming from a guy who isn’t a bears fan.)

  48. edavidberg says: Mar 12, 2012 9:13 PM

    If the Bears get Mario and Mike Wallace they can address O Line and safety in the draft and have a chance to beat anybody next year.

  49. asublimeday says: Mar 12, 2012 9:15 PM

    I said this a month ago. Book it. Goodnight Rogers and stafford.

  50. binkystevens says: Mar 12, 2012 9:18 PM

    Having a great pass rush is all well and good, but if you have a bunch of pop warners trying to catch the ball on the outside, you’re not going to make a splash.

  51. asublimeday says: Mar 12, 2012 9:19 PM

    Will still not stack up against the lions dline if this happens.
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    Yeah, that same Dline that got tea-bagged the last time the bears and lions played?

  52. asublimeday says: Mar 12, 2012 9:20 PM

    In other news, chicagos offense continues to be one of the worst in the entire league.

    Seriously Chicago, its not 1985 anymore. Teams don’t win with JUST defense. Why not try to get a legit receiver or two instead of punt returners? Your team will never keep up with the packers and lions. Big deal, you hold them to 24 points rather than 35 points. It doesn’t matter when you’re lucky to score 17.
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    We beat the fur off of the lions. It was hilarious!

  53. pecosbob says: Mar 12, 2012 9:26 PM

    Could Chicago afford to have 25% of their total cap in teo DE’s? We’re talking 30 million for two players neither of which are QB’s.

  54. cromartiesforgottenchild says: Mar 12, 2012 9:33 PM

    Good for them but doesn’t Cutler still need someone to throw too? Just sayin……

  55. nfl1818 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:39 PM

    like the Pats, the Bears dont fix their problems – they just reinvest and get better at what’s already good ? If I am Williams, not sure I go to a division where my team still picked to finish 3rd – brutal division

  56. hooks024 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:40 PM

    How quickly we forget about the big blue wrecking crew. No team has had that consistent of a pass rush over the last 5 years. Just saying.

  57. blackhairedlawyerssuck says: Mar 12, 2012 9:41 PM

    why

  58. b3astm0de says: Mar 12, 2012 9:42 PM

    Everyone can quit bashing chicagos offense. The six games before cutler and forte got injured the offense was finally coming together, scoring more than 30 points per game.

    Ofcourse the bears need major improvements on offense, but they are not that far away.

    With the qb’s in the nfc north a pass rush is a major priority. Plus the cover 2 blows without qb pressure.

  59. badhayes says: Mar 12, 2012 9:43 PM

    Jags will push hard to get him. Black and teal next year for M. Williams. Then draft a rookie DE.

  60. blackhairedlawyerssuck says: Mar 12, 2012 9:43 PM

    why do my post NEVER show up??? Is it because I speak the truth ???

  61. oldbyrd says: Mar 12, 2012 9:53 PM

    Im a Eagles fan but, if Im The Bears, this is a no brainer.

  62. forevercorr says: Mar 12, 2012 9:53 PM

    Umm… Peppers and Williams would be one of the best pairs of outside rushers, but the best? Remember, Peppers is aging and Williams is healing.

  63. cheezhead5 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:56 PM

    What a bunch of idiots spending more on d when they have no offence GO PACKERS!!!

  64. radrntn says: Mar 12, 2012 9:59 PM

    wow that is a great pair of ends.

  65. tropboi11 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:07 PM

    That sounds scary, they need this to try to compete against the Packers and Lions big offenses but the Bears need a good WR and some O-Linemen but from what I remember they started the season off good until the injury bug got them

  66. chillyball says: Mar 12, 2012 10:09 PM

    Great. Someone else to beat up Christian Ponder.

  67. deathtoshorty says: Mar 12, 2012 10:15 PM

    Nice, way to go Bears. Sign another free agent and not pay your own homegrown talent. Never mind the fact your best player wont get a deal and your quarterback quits on you. Just go and build that defense and throw the ball to…… ummm …. I guess someone will catch the ball. Oh wait Hester will run back 20 punts and kickoffs and you will win… ya this is gonna be worse then the Aints.

  68. phillysteak24 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:16 PM

    These reports are worthless. Last year the Texans and Cowboys were favorites to land Nnamdi and look where he ended up.

  69. mmcdan133 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:17 PM

    Don’t feel bad, 75% of my posts get deleted in under 10 minutes. I would have no problem with it if I were a basher or in any way controversial, but I just talk football.

  70. mmcdan133 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:18 PM

    And in that vain, I don’t think anyone realizes how close the Bears are to being outright scary.

  71. mob6667 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:24 PM

    Jerry Jones already has Mario locked up! shhhh Mario & Ware …OMG

  72. johntonioholmes says: Mar 12, 2012 10:28 PM

    “With Mario Williams set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon, the Bears are planning a push to sign him, teaming him up with Julius Peppers in what would give the Bears a pair of outside rushers unmatched by anyone in the NFL.”

    Harrison + Woodley = 90 sacks over the last 4 years.

    That’s with Harrison dropping into coverage 60% of the time.

    Of course, Williams and Peppers have never worked together. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did more damage.

    I just wouldn’t go as far to say that they would be “unmatched.”

    Let’s not forget about those guys in New York, either.

  73. paulsmith107 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:29 PM

    I love how little people actually remember from one season to the next. So I’ll remind the idiots on this page before cutler got hurt the bears were prob the most balanced and hottest team in the NFL at that point. They sign both mario’s, Williams and manningham and resign forte and sorry packers fans but we all saw how great your team was against a good pass rush

  74. jamezz23 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:47 PM

    I think that Mario Williams is overrated right now for the price but yikes, him and peppers would be one hell.of a duo.

  75. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2012 10:48 PM

    The Bears better hope he can play WR thats where they need help.

    I can’t believe they continue to ignore that poisition.

  76. gcsuk says: Mar 12, 2012 10:53 PM

    mialto says:
    Mar 12, 2012 8:59 PM
    Welcome to Chitown! You will look back at this moment when your holding the Lombardi trophy as a Chicago Bear!
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    Sorry, but none of us from Chicago call it “Chitown”.

  77. bearsfankarnik87 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:08 PM

    why would want to play for a team that there qb quits in big games? you can thumbs down me all you want but even chicago fans said he quit on them after he was seen walking around the next day with his women. just saying.

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    First of all, Cutler suffered the exact same injury that sidelined Matt Forte for the remainder of the regular season so don’t even bring up that “toughness” bull crap. Cutler gets beaten like a borrowed mule every game because of our bad o-line and he gets up after every hit and shrugs it off. Secondly, name one game where Cutler has quit. His first season here we had Brett Favre and the red-hot Vikings come in and Cutler has a 4 TD game in the final home game well after we were eliminated and leads us to a win. Before breaking his thumb this year he was playing outstandingly well and on the play where he broke his thumb he chases down a corner who picked off the pass. Any other QB would’ve given up on the play and let him score. Thirdly, Williams will be playing with Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher, and Lance Briggs on defense. You really think that doesn’t interest him?

  78. gallopingghost says: Mar 12, 2012 11:27 PM

    Spending on D doesn’t mean you can’t spend elsewhere. Wherever Mario Williams goes his price tag is most likely $14-15 a year. That would leave the Bears($24M) and several other teams with enough room to do business, even before any room from cuts.

    There’s even cap room for a second tier receiver at $5-$8 in the front years of his contract. The Bears plan is most likely to keep players like Hester & Bennett in the slot, then draft and sign bigger outside options. Its better than putting all your faith in one diva with a history of injuries and whining. Why not spend half as much on a young guy like Pierre Garcon, Laurent Robinson, Robert Meachem to grow in a system with the draft pick.

    Add that contract to Williams’ and there’s over $5 left for draft picks and back ups. The Bears may even have room for third prize free agent when you factor in cuts. NFL teams aren’t stupid; they just need to find the right fit. There’s plenty of money and draft picks to commit around half that room to either a receiver or a defensive end. only one would be worth it.

    Those of you saying they shouldn’t spend this money on Williams: do you think they should pay Vincent Jackson the same amount? He is the only receiver we could sign that would limit us from spending $14M on Williams, but he’s not a better investment. His arrow is already pointing down, what do you think happens when he gets paid?

    They can spend the 19th pick on a great young receiver pick a tackle next, or vice versa, and still get a good a corner in the 3rd. Like always the Bears will draft linebackers and secondary in later rounds to run Toub’s special teams, so they may not go to free agency for corners unless they’ve met all their other needs (OL, WR, DE).

    Finally, free agency is not always a good place for offensive linemen. Teams tend to keep the ones who stay healthy. There are exceptions of course, but I think the Bears could get a tackle in the first few rounds of the draft that would fit in better, last longer, and cost less.

  79. chitownborn5434 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:31 PM

    Does he block, catch passes, defend passes and/or score from the goal line? Then he shouldn’t be at the top of our list unless he is gonna sign for relatively cheap. Which he won’t.

  80. brooklynniner19 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:35 PM

    This is great news to me , as long as he stays away from SEA bum a$$, im happy!! ;)

  81. meytonpanning says: Mar 12, 2012 11:47 PM

    “teaming him up with Julius Peppers in what would give the Bears a pair of outside rushers unmatched by anyone in the NFL.”

    Sure they’d be great, but most definitely not the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL.

  82. bo1210 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:56 PM

    Icewalker946, you are a complete idiot.

  83. raidersfreak says: Mar 13, 2012 2:37 AM

    Raiders could use a guy like Mario if they weren’t balancing their overdrafted check book.

    Raiders D needs some TLC man it was tough watching teams and their marching bands go straight to end zone play after play.

  84. andyreidisfat says: Mar 13, 2012 4:37 AM

    IMO Mario is the prize this year NOT manning and any team he signs with is getting a great player. I just hope he signs with a 4-3 team because he is more suited for it.

    My guess is bears or eagles ( just a hunch, when all is quite about a big name player here he seems to sign the next day)

  85. jimmysee says: Mar 13, 2012 5:41 AM

    “Although Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle and played just five games last season, he’s expected to be back to full strength and ready to go this year. If he and Peppers are on the same team, the Monsters of the Midway are going to have a fearsome pass rush.

    The Chicago Bears — the team — is the Monster of the Midway.

    It’s singular, not plural.

    I’d expect you’d know that.

  86. dd393 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:02 AM

    So, best case scenario for the Bears: 0-0 tie every week.

  87. necrondi says: Mar 13, 2012 9:34 AM

    The Chicago Bears — the team — is the Monster of the Midway.

    It’s singular, not plural.

    I’d expect you’d know that.

    0 0

    Actually it’s possessive, not plural or singular. The term is “monsters of the midway.”
    Type in “monsters of the midway” into a search engine and the Chicago Bears website will a top hit and the website provides the back round on the”monsters of the midway.”

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