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Bears casting a wide net in search for offensive line help


The Bears may be “hot onPhil Loadholt, but that doesn’t mean they’re cool on everyone else.

According to Alex Marvez of, the Bears are looking at Jake Long and Jermon Bushrod as well, in hopes of clearing up a long-standing line problem.

Whether that’s instead of or in addition to the Loadholt talk from earlier today (which may be a way to jack up the price on the Vikings for a right tackle), the one thing that’s clear is how intent the Bears are on giving Jay Cutler better protection.

They’ll have competition for Long (likely from the Rams), while Bushrod comes with familiarity to new Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.

Either way, the Bears seem intent on spending some money on blockers and upgrading over J’Marcus Webb.

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27 Responses to “Bears casting a wide net in search for offensive line help”
  1. scoops1 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:48 AM

    Wayne Hunter is available….

  2. germanstingray says: Mar 12, 2013 11:49 AM

    It would be 100% sickening if the Bears didn’t try to sign Eric Winston to bolster their offensive line. His addition would also allow Winston to instruct the Chicago fans on how to properly cheer during football games.

  3. chad504boy says: Mar 12, 2013 11:50 AM

    There’s a Cutler Longs for a Bushrod joke somewhere around here.

  4. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 12, 2013 11:53 AM

    They need the help, I could see them settling on Long as a fallback. He is an above average tackle at this point.

  5. calhounlambeau says: Mar 12, 2013 11:55 AM

    The ROI with FA offensive linemen in the NFL is usually pretty bad, but when you get nothing that pans out via the draft you have no choice. Good luck with Loadholt, hopefully that big body doesn’t crumble down his prime stretch.

  6. homelanddefense says: Mar 12, 2013 12:00 PM

    They should be looking at Volmer too

  7. moeman79 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:00 PM

    dosn’t Eric Winston have off the field issues? if not they should. Jake Long hasn’t had any back or knee issues just a pulled bi and tricept, and the tricept last season explaines alot about his bad play last season, however when looking up these injuries i could not find if there was a lingering or long term effects. If he wants to money hungry bushrod will be a good second, look at it like this to Longs brother is a top gaurd in the draft what if the deal was they will take him in the draft if at all posible, be a fun situation for the to brother to play side by side LG LT but that is a huge what if senerio.

  8. bears4life says: Mar 12, 2013 12:01 PM

    RT isn’t the pressing issue. Webb and Scott can handle that. If re-signed Louis can handle RG. We need a LT, LG and C! Long is breaking down and wants too much money. Sign Bushrod who is a 2 time Pro Bowler under Aaron Kromer. Draft a LG in the 2nd rd (Warford or Kyle Long) and pick up a Center in the later rounds, ND’s Braxton Cave? Cut Garza, he graded out around 30th in the league last year and would give us some cap relief!

  9. troybulletinboard says: Mar 12, 2013 12:01 PM

    sign one OL, draft an OL, and fit the pieces according to value. garza can play guard or center, so it opens up the possibilities.

  10. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 12, 2013 12:09 PM

    sucks they’re doing this…after they fired Lovie. He coulda used that years ago.

  11. footballfather says: Mar 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    “Bears casting a wide net in search for offensive line help”

    That’s why their offensive line sucks now – because they cast their nets too wide before! They need to diagnose the specific issues and go after specific replacements. They need to use a fishing pole, not a huge frickin’ net.

    Not that I care. I’m a Lions fan. I hope the Bears suck.

  12. lightcleric says: Mar 12, 2013 12:11 PM

    As a Saints fan I would say caveat emptor with Bushrod. He’s made much better by the fact that Brees gets rid of the ball so fast(which is not exactly Cutler’s strong suit lol) and having a VERY strong line along with him(his 1 Pro Bowl was the year Nicks and Evans were both the 1st-team All Pro Guards).

    I think he’s serviceable and probably an upgrade from Webb but he might struggle going from a solid line to a crappy one.

  13. metalhead65 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:17 PM

    they need help across the line so just because they sign 1 guy in free agency does not mean they should ignore it during the draft. if any of the top line prospects like warmack,fluker,cooper or davis are there when they pick at 20 they should pick them. who cares if the experts say it’s to early and a reach to take them. the wait until the late rounds and sign the undrafted guys along with other teams rejects is the reason the line is such a mess today.

  14. maxbelmont says: Mar 12, 2013 12:18 PM

    I’m not sure how the Bears can sign a prime OL along with others without restructuring a few contracts. I doubt they do anything of note without either releasing Webb or Garza.

  15. hatesycophants says: Mar 12, 2013 12:20 PM

    They also need a franchise quarterback.

  16. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    Cutler leads the league in sacks taken…gets hurt in the NFC Championship game…and two years later they get him some offensive line help…After they had already promoted the offensive line coach to offensive coordinator.

    This team is seriously backwards.

  17. joetoronto says: Mar 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    It doesn’t matter who they sign, that little bitch is gonna cry anyway.

  18. metalhead65 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    hey football father the bears will never suck as bad the lions! look up the word failure in the dictionary and you will see the lions as a definition.

  19. larryboodry says: Mar 12, 2013 12:39 PM

    The whole line needs upgrading, but if the Bears can retain Louis while adding at least two new bodies to the mix, that would help a lot.

    FA: Jake Long, Jermon Bushrod, and/or Eric Winston
    Draft: Kyle Long, and a center in the later rounds.

  20. mizzousooner says: Mar 12, 2013 12:50 PM

    If the Bears are serious about protecting Cutler they will NOT sign Winston. The guy is a matador. Ole!

  21. larryboodry says: Mar 12, 2013 1:12 PM

    How ’bout this…

    LT – Jake Long
    LG – Lance Louis
    C – Barrett Jones or Mario Benavides
    RG – Gabe Carimi
    RT – Kyle Long

  22. jblandbeardown says: Mar 12, 2013 1:15 PM

    Kyle Long is NOT JakeLongs brother. He is Chris Longs brother.

  23. johnnyballgame7 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:18 PM

    Leave the line the way it is,Cutler gets killed, Bears are better off.

  24. larryboodry says: Mar 12, 2013 1:26 PM

    @johnnyballgame7, hatesycophants, and joetoronto…Go troll your pathetic comments somewhere else…Thank you.

  25. itguy76 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:53 PM

    Wow no talk about Andre Smith, I know he wants big money, like 9 Mil per year and a lot of teams will not pay that for a RT, especially when there are so many cheaper options and the Draft has several that could start this year. But I am still surprised that I have seen nothing, no team other than the Bengals that are interested in him. Are teams so afraid of him that they don’t even consider him? What do you think Andre Smith will get?

  26. chi01town says: Mar 12, 2013 2:09 PM

    Emery the Bears need a LT FIRST..
    Long would be nice. then go after more O-linemen.. the more the

  27. chi01town says: Mar 12, 2013 2:11 PM

    The more O-linemen Chicago bring
    in the better. LT is the real need. then build on that

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