On what turned out to be an exciting and eventful day for the Bears, over 14 players were signed today. Heading up the list is former Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams. Terms of the contract are still unknown. Also signing today are Williams’ teammate in Dallas, WR Sam Hurd and former New York Jets DT Vernon Gholston.
The Bears then re-signed some of their own free agents. QB Caleb Hanie, LB Nick Roach and DT Anthony Adams are in the fold. Still unsigned however are C Olin Kreutz, TE Desmond Clark and CB Corey Graham. Kreutz is the key player with interest being shown by the San Francisco 49ers.
Also signing today were all five picks in the April draft. First Round pick Gabe Carimi (T), 2nd Rd pick Stephen Paea (DT), 3rd Rd pick Chris Conte (FS), 5th Rd pick Nathan Enderle (QB) and 6th Rd pick J.T. Thomas (LB) all agreed to terms.
Great news came from camp as well as RB Matt Forte, who had considered holding out, reported to camp. Unhappy with his contract, it was rumored that he would hold out until a new contract could be worked out. He still has one year left on his current contract. But while a new deal is being considered, he has in fact reported and will join the team tomorrow for the first practice of training camp.
There is still much work to be done. The first pre-season game is only 15 days away and there are still many questions left to be answered. Jay Cutler was sacked over 50 times last year and the Bears offense ranked 30th in the league. With the number of servicable offensive linemen still unsigned shrinking by the hour, do the Bears have enough to keep Cutler on his feet? And what about the defense? With questions along the line, with the exception of Julius Peppers, can the Bears maintain the dominant defense we have become accustomed to seeing?
It was a good day for the Bears. Many new faces and a lot of challenges ahead for Lovie Smith, Mike Martz and the Bears. But given their schedule, is it possible that they can repeat as division champions? We’ll soon find out.