After a signing frenzy on Friday by the Bears, they continued by adding three more players on Saturday. Re-signing was special teams leader Corey Graham to a one year deal. Graham led the Bears in special teams tackles last year.
Also signing was former Houston Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye to a one year deal. But the catch of the day was another former Dallas Cowboy, Marion Barber (RB), who signed a two year deal.
Although Barber’s numbers have gradually declined in the past few years, this is an excellent addition to the Bears backfield. From 2006 to 2009, Barber had 4,562 total yards with 44 TDs. Last year however, he only had 423 yards and 4 TDs. Don’t look for those numbers to be any better running behind Matt Forte and Chester Taylor, but Barber is a threat to catch out of the backfield in third down situations and will definately be a good back-up.
However, the news concerning the return of Olin Kreutz is not so good. It is being speculated that negotiations between Kreutz and the Bears are not going well. He is looking for a multi-year deal while the Bears are asking for a one year deal. Kreutz has stated that he would like to finish his career in Chicago but that does not appear likely now.
While the Bears continue to prepare for their first pre-season game, look for the Bears to continue to sign free agents. Only 43 days until the start of the regular season.