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Bears Release Starting LT Charles Leno


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True class act. I read a story where he slept at a fellow players house on an air mattress bc he didn't know his future when he first arrived to Chicago. 

He welcomed the new guy with open arms and sent a nice shoutout to Chicago for giving him a chance. 

 

Sign him for Darnold and let Christensen learn behind a vet. Just not too long....Christensen will be 25 in September.

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I guess if he comes as a cheap insurance policy, but according to my friend who is a Bears fan, this dude sucks.  And the fact they released him after drafting a rookie LT tells me I dont think this was just cap related.

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3 minutes ago, Proudiddy said:

I guess if he comes as a cheap insurance policy, but according to my friend who is a Bears fan, this dude sucks.  And the fact they released him after drafting a rookie LT tells me I dont think this was just cap related.

Fair points... I don't think anyone should see Leno as the "answer" at LT, but I would feel a lot better if we signed someone like Leno or Okung for one more year to have an established veteran presence while Christensen and the other young guys continue to develop.  I like Irving for his versatility, but I would feel much better having someone who is an established LT

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2 hours ago, BrianS said:

Not sure it will be good for us.  He was making 9+ per season, and the dude is 29.  That generally isn't the type of player we've been signing in the Rhule era.

It would be a 1 year rental.  Just to take the pressure off starting the rookie. 

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We need to add an experienced, capable LT to this roster. Scott isn’t the answer. Little is a complete wild card. Christensen is a rookie. 
 

Not sure if they have any plans for Moton at LT. They’re paying him a bunch of money on a franchise deal. It’d be nice if he was able to make the permanent move. 
 

But if not I think you have to sign someone like Leno who was a cap casualty more than a performance casualty. The Bears were a dumpster fire with Trubisky and Leno was still within the top 10 tackles in the league as far as sacks allowed. Gotta assume some of those sacks are on MT. Bring him in on a one year deal. Let one of the young guys develop behind him. 

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8 minutes ago, unicar15 said:

We need to add an experienced, capable LT to this roster. Scott isn’t the answer. Little is a complete wild card. Christensen is a rookie. 
 

Not sure if they have any plans for Moton at LT. They’re paying him a bunch of money on a franchise deal. It’d be nice if he was able to make the permanent move. 
 

But if not I think you have to sign someone like Leno who was a cap casualty more than a performance casualty. The Bears were a dumpster fire with Trubisky and Leno was still within the top 10 tackles in the league as far as sacks allowed. Gotta assume some of those sacks are on MT. Bring him in on a one year deal. Let one of the young guys develop behind him. 

I wouldn't be surprised if they let Moton walk after this year. 

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7 minutes ago, Soul Rebel said:

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It would as bad as rescinding the franchise tag on Josh Norman in 2015 or how badly the team handled the departures of Smitty and Cam...

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When a starting LT who is decent to good just gets cut for cap reasons, you have to wonder two things:

 

1: Is there an injury or off field issue that hasn't come to light yet?

2: If the player is fine health and issues-wise and is still ready and willing to compete, what is the paycheck demand going to be? LTs aren't cheap, reliable ones are downright expensive and great ones are ludicrous. This guy would rather try the market after the draft than renegotiate his contract? 

You might get a very good guy for your team. You might get someone with a hidden health issue. You will probably over pay for them.

Maybe we pass on this and see what shakes out in training camp for our guys.

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I am a bit confused--this guy is average, and we have Scott, who was pretty average and probably would be this year.  We have Irving, and he is what he is--probably a notch below average, and we have a developing LT we hope to start asap.

At what point does bringing in another LT hurt your development in that area?  I know we do not have Joe Thomas on the left side, but we have a blocking TE/FB/HB, as many as 5 WRs who can ball, a TE who can catch, and we get CMC back.

It got better, and we need to develop Christensen, not extend average careers. 

I see where people are calling Irving trash--not accurate.  He has been shuffled around at every position on the OL, played in different systems.  OL is a chemistry experiment, so often when the LG looks bad, it is because the C missed a call or the LT did not squeeze down.  Or the LT looks bad because the LG doubled down on the nose, thought the MLB was blitzing, etc. and did not cover the DE's inside move.

We have to fire our bullets before we reload the gun.  Let's see how this pans out.  Yes, there is talent out there  would take in a minute, but this guy aint it.

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