Tackle Kevin Shaffer to sign with Chicago Bears

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Offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer spent the last few days picking the brains of anyone he knew with ties to the Bears .
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ShamWow

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Mar 26, 2009
 

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So often, we all (justly) expose and ridicule Angelo and the Bears for their personnel decisions. So it's only right that we actually say something positive when they do something that looks like it will be a decent move!! I like the idea of someone- anyone-- with experience starting at RT for us this season. Let's hope there are more moves to come!
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#23
Mar 26, 2009
 
Very good signing. Not sure what Cleveland is thinking taking St. Clair for more money instead but whatever...Nice move Jerry Angelo. I've been very critical of JA but I like the Glenn Earl signing and this one for Shaffer is a very good signing. Now the interesting question is what happens with the draft? I shudder at the thought of the Bears going for a wide receiver - the success rate isn't great - maybe another solid defensive end or linebacker could be in the cards?
the truth is out there

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#24
Mar 26, 2009
 
nice bears thats what i want to hear
WI Bear

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#25
Mar 26, 2009
 
ShamWow wrote:
So often, we all (justly) expose and ridicule Angelo and the Bears for their personnel decisions. So it's only right that we actually say something positive when they do something that looks like it will be a decent move!! I like the idea of someone- anyone-- with experience starting at RT for us this season. Let's hope there are more moves to come!
Good post. Welcome, Kevin Shaffer!
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#26
Mar 26, 2009
 
Creighton wrote:
Almost forgot, if Omiyale, Garza and Shaffer all start, those are 3 Atlanta draft picks and cast offs that the Bears have signed. Looks like Angelo will always be chasing after Rich McKay's garbage. Guy can't scout so he goes after his old bosses players. Thats just sad.
Actually, Angelo is a great judge of OL talent. Picking up Garza off the scrap heap was great move.
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#27
Mar 26, 2009
 
val wrote:
Anybody know why the Browns wanted to get rid of this player?
I really want to know what we got.
If he was doing his job well, why would the browns pick up an older player in St.Clair with less experience at tackle and pay him more as well?
This is really too fishy to consider him as the answer for the right tackle position.
St. Clair is older but has fewer miles on him. He's been a backup most of his life. It could be that Shaffer is a better fit for the Bears than St. Clair.
Just Steve

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#28
Mar 26, 2009
 
Art wrote:
Very good signing. Not sure what Cleveland is thinking taking St. Clair for more money instead but whatever...
We can only assume Cleveland believed they were not getting enough illegal procedure calls on them and needed a player they could count on to stall a drive at least once a game.

St Claire fills that gap perfectly.
Makes Sense

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#29
Mar 26, 2009
 
Super Bears Super Bowl!
Sharp Shooter

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#30
Mar 26, 2009
 
Good deal for the Bears? I'm not sure, after all he wasn't good enough for the Browns.
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#31
Mar 26, 2009
 
Good signing given the hole on the right side.

The Bears need a WR, but NOT in the 1st round. They can pick one or two up in the 3rd round and up. They need to go DEFENSE first. They were marshmellows last year, with a weak pass rush and soft DBs. Can't count on Tommie Harris as an every down player. Can't count on Alex Brown and Ogunleye to get to the QB. Mark Anderson? They need to go D-Line in first round, DB in 2nd.
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#32
Mar 26, 2009
 
Can he play? I've never heard of the guy but I don't pay much attention 2 OL.
Bleed Cubbie blue

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#33
Mar 26, 2009
 
For the people who are asking what the Browns were thinking, or that he "wasn't good enough for them," you should know that he was a cap casualty, nothing more. They wanted him at a lower price, and even tried to re-sign him after cutting him. They finally saw that they couldn't get him back, so they decided to go with a cheaper option in St. Clair.

We should not bemoan this move. After Tait retired, and St. Clair bolted for the Brownies, there was a severe lack of depth on the offensive line. This signing adds not only depth, but also gives the line the veteran presence that was suddenly gone once Tait and St. Clair left us. Not to mention the fact that Shaffer is younger than St. Clair. He just turned 29 this month, while St. Clair turns 32 this July. Shaffer also only gave up 4.5 sacks last year, compared to Tait's 6. And St. Clair allowed 9.75 sacks. Shaffer can play both tackle positions, too. The way I see it, we just got younger, better, and more versatile on the O-line. Be happy, people! This was a really good move!
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#34
Mar 26, 2009
 
What the heck's wrong with this picture? John St. Clair wants no part of the Bears, even though the Bears made it clear they wanted him. So he does what? He bolts to the lowly Browns, rather than play for the Bears. And what's the Bears answer to this humiliation? They sign the Browns castoff, the castoff the Browns didn't want, because the player the Bears wanted chose to play for the lowly Browns, thereby creating a castoff. So to make the long story short. The Browns get the player that apparently both teams wanted, so the Bears get the prize in box #2.

Second best, hand me downs, rainy day specials, the discount bin, get em cheap, keep the cap low, stadium sellouts, and have the largest profit margin. If the fans don't like it, they can find someone else to root for.

The life of a Bears fan whether we want to admit it or not.
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#35
Mar 26, 2009
 
James wrote:
Good signing given the hole on the right side.
The Bears need a WR, but NOT in the 1st round. They can pick one or two up in the 3rd round and up. They need to go DEFENSE first. They were marshmellows last year, with a weak pass rush and soft DBs. Can't count on Tommie Harris as an every down player. Can't count on Alex Brown and Ogunleye to get to the QB. Mark Anderson? They need to go D-Line in first round, DB in 2nd.
I'm thinking along the same lines - something tells me Angelo is targeting D-line, maybe one of the top D-tackles if they fall to him. Not a bad move, since T. Harris is a shell of his former self, Dvoracek will be on the bubble to even make the team and we are really pretty thin in the interior, as well as without a real pass rushing threat. Building up the O and D lines and getting a stud receiver will be the fastest way to become a serious competitor in the conference.
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Mar 26, 2009
 
Bleed Cubbie blue wrote:
For the people who are asking what the Browns were thinking, or that he "wasn't good enough for them," you should know that he was a cap casualty, nothing more. They wanted him at a lower price, and even tried to re-sign him after cutting him. They finally saw that they couldn't get him back, so they decided to go with a cheaper option in St. Clair.
We should not bemoan this move. After Tait retired, and St. Clair bolted for the Brownies, there was a severe lack of depth on the offensive line. This signing adds not only depth, but also gives the line the veteran presence that was suddenly gone once Tait and St. Clair left us. Not to mention the fact that Shaffer is younger than St. Clair. He just turned 29 this month, while St. Clair turns 32 this July. Shaffer also only gave up 4.5 sacks last year, compared to Tait's 6. And St. Clair allowed 9.75 sacks. Shaffer can play both tackle positions, too. The way I see it, we just got younger, better, and more versatile on the O-line. Be happy, people! This was a really good move!
Kool.
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#37
Mar 26, 2009
 
Bleed Cubbie blue wrote:
For the people who are asking what the Browns were thinking, or that he "wasn't good enough for them," you should know that he was a cap casualty, nothing more. They wanted him at a lower price, and even tried to re-sign him after cutting him. They finally saw that they couldn't get him back, so they decided to go with a cheaper option in St. Clair.
St. Clair signed in Cleveland for 3 years, between $9-10 million. Shaffer was signed by the Bears for a 3 year,$8 million contract which is incentive laden. Where's the savings for the Browns by signing St. Clair? Either Shaffer really didn't want to go back or the Browns didn't want him back.
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#38
Mar 26, 2009
 
This is the first off season signing that makes sense.
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#39
Mar 26, 2009
 
I hate to bash Angelo because I sure as hell wouldn't want his job, but this is just ironic. Depth is Depth, but isn't this just an example of picking up scraps? I don't know anything about Shaffer, so I have no idea. For all I know, he might end up being a mauler.
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Mar 26, 2009
 
Creighton wrote:
Wait your not going to say anything bad about a team that just gave you 8 million dollars? Really? What a shock. All I know is the Browns would rather have St Clair and even payed him more. I could care less what he has to say about the Bears. It's what the Browns actions say about him that worries me.
Could you maybe care more?
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#41
Mar 26, 2009
 
Bearsnut wrote:
Now that they beefed up the o-line we should be able to watch Kyle do what he can and thats win football games for the Bears! All we need now is a hungry WR and were off to the races, Oh I mean Super Bowl! Kings of the NFC north
I agree with you, if KO has good protection and weapons around him he will prove all these idiots wrong. oh wait, all those KO haters will do what they do best when KO starts to shine, they will jump on the band wagon

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