Bears sign tight end Michael Gaines

Bears sign tight end Michael Gaines

There are 130 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 11, 2009, titled Bears sign tight end Michael Gaines. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Last week, veteran tight end Michael Gaines figured the best financial situation would determine his NFL future.

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Dominic

United States

#1 May 11, 2009
The BEARS are building for an offense that resembles the 06 squad. Except without all the turnovers, Forte and Jones along with Wolfe will do better than (Benson, Jones, and Peterson). As for the tight ends passing and blocking threats will surpass anything that position did in 06. The O-line must ground and pound. THE DEFENSE must return to that 06 form if we even want to discuss Super Bowl aspirations!!
Mike

Harwood Heights, IL

#2 May 11, 2009
Not sure I understand this signing. We're gonna carry 4 Tight Ends this year????
Jose

Pineville, KY

#4 May 11, 2009
If they do what i think they want to do. It is to have good blocking for Forte, along with a short yard pass option. I still think that it is up in the air how the WR core will be for Cutler this season??:(
bumsteer

Schaumburg, IL

#5 May 11, 2009
Just because somebody is signed doesn't mean they make the roster, so they're just hedging their bets. Contract doesn't kick in until the final roster is set, so we'll see how the TE slot plays out.
ldc

Champaign, IL

#6 May 11, 2009
How is anyone complaining about this?

He's a blocking TE who has some ability to play an H-Back/FB role.

Every team needs such a player, and before the signing, the Bears didn't have one.

And yes, the team can carry 4 TEs. Many teams do so, because TEs are valuable in short-yardage, and can play a variety of roles on special teams.

Realistically, I cannot see the team carrying four RBs this season, especially if Jones is healthy, so that is where the spot would come from on the roster.

So I don't think Davis is at risk. It's most likely Peterson or Wolfe.

And if Wolfe doesn't demonstrate he can be useful on offense, he's the one that needs to go.

At least AP can give you a few solid carries a game and start in a pinch.

Wolfe is a little boy.
the one i monster

Albuquerque, NM

#8 May 11, 2009
trade clark and a d-lineman to az for boldin.
Max

Milwaukee, WI

#9 May 11, 2009
This is a good signing. The Bears have nothing to lose, but alot to Gaines....lot the play on words begin. In all seriousness, Gaines does bring some versitility and could be key in the red zone. Imagine, Gaines lining up in the backfield on the goal line blocking for Forte.
Domino49

Hickory Hills, IL

#10 May 11, 2009
Not to be the one to throw snowballs at the Bears Christmas Tree...BUT...
I wonder how many yards the Lions had rushing last season, because of their "All-World" BLOCKING TE?

Jus Sayin',

Domino49

PS.

I think this "signing" is what you call getting enough warm bodies at camp.
Dominic Fernandez

United States

#11 May 11, 2009
I cant LIE! I cant wait for the BEARS go to Green bay to open up the Season and Spank that cheese!!
kjl

Elmhurst, IL

#12 May 11, 2009
Domino49 wrote:
Not to be the one to throw snowballs at the Bears Christmas Tree...BUT...
I wonder how many yards the Lions had rushing last season, because of their "All-World" BLOCKING TE?
Jus Sayin',
Domino49
PS.
I think this "signing" is what you call getting enough warm bodies at camp.
Right. So every player on that team is a waste of space and should not be on any other team ever. Good call.

Idiot.

Why is it most of the posters here are stupid than rocks?

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#13 May 11, 2009
kjl wrote:
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Right. So every player on that team is a waste of space and should not be on any other team ever. Good call.
Idiot.
Why is it most of the posters here are stupid than rocks?
I think most of us realize that, with Cutler under center, the Bears are geared up for the downfield threat, and NOT the short play action!

I mean, we are more than set at TE, but I don't see anything convincing for WR. Who the heck is Cutler going to pass to??

I also think the Devin Hester as No.1 receiver experiment is over.
pimpin

Glendale Heights, IL

#14 May 11, 2009
well experiment called hester needs good qb to be fully evaluated in my opinion
unreal

United States

#15 May 11, 2009
the one i monster wrote:
trade clark and a d-lineman to az for boldin.
I think that might be why we made this move.
History Repeats

Saint Charles, IL

#16 May 12, 2009
4 tight ends, ZERO wide receivers

run, run, pass, punt....
run, run, pass, punt....
run, run, pass, punt....
run, run, pass, punt....
run, run, pass, punt....
run, run, pass, punt....
run, run, pass, punt....

Since: Oct 08

Dane, WI

#17 May 12, 2009
remember everybody this is May! the Bears are putting together a bunch of guy to compete with each other and let the chips fall, this team has won with worse..........
Bill

Palatine, IL

#18 May 12, 2009
Otis wrote:
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I think most of us realize that, with Cutler under center, the Bears are geared up for the downfield threat, and NOT the short play action!
I mean, we are more than set at TE, but I don't see anything convincing for WR. Who the heck is Cutler going to pass to??
I also think the Devin Hester as No.1 receiver experiment is over.
.

Signing Gaines caught me by surprise also.

However, does it open the possibility of moving Olson outside??..(Until the youngsters develop.)..... He DOES have the speed.

If Angelo also signs a FA WR, we'll be in VERY good shape.

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Bill

Palatine, IL

#19 May 12, 2009
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Or Gaines could be put at FB... THAT's a thoroughly useless running position anyway.

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Bill

Palatine, IL

#20 May 12, 2009
Otis wrote:
<quoted text>
I think most of us realize that, with Cutler under center, the Bears are geared up for the downfield threat, and NOT the short play action!
I mean, we are more than set at TE, but I don't see anything convincing for WR. Who the heck is Cutler going to pass to??
I also think the Devin Hester as No.1 receiver experiment is over.
.

Then again,..... The Bears' PR people are trying a new attack this year.

They're issuing articles about each of the drafted WR's which quote "a teammate", "a coach", or "a mother-in-law" raving about how the Bears' "got a steal" in the draft.

If THAT's the case, ALL of our drafted WR's will be All-Pros this year !!

So, why are we all concerned about the WR position??..... Buy your tickets for the Super Bowl, NOW.

Halas Hall must believe that all Bears' fans were born yesterday !

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Dagot

Ottumwa, IA

#21 May 12, 2009
Kickoff return wedge???

(NOT Eric Wedge, the Bears are big enough losers!)
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#22 May 12, 2009
More ex-Lions......yea.

Can we please sign Mike Shanahan head coach as the offensive coordinator? Then I'll get excited.

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