Chicago Bears, Roberto Garza have mutual interest

Chicago Bears center Roberto Garza (63) along the sidelines prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears locked up most of their players in need of new deals last month, and the most notable of those extensions was the one to franchise quarterback Jay Cutler. The team also gave Robbie Gould, fullback Tony Fiammetta, corner Tim Jennings (keeping him was especially important with Charles Tillman unlikely to be re-signed), and the underrated Matt Slauson. As it stands right now, the Bears have James Anderson, Zack Bowman, Nate Collins, Devin Hester, Henry Melton, Josh McCown, Kelvin Hayden, Jay Ratliff, Major Wright, Tillman, Corey Wootton, D.J. Williams, and Roberto Garza as impending free agents (Julius Peppers is expected to be a cap casualty).

That’s a lengthy list, but the list could get smaller if the Bears and their starting center Garza are able to come to terms to a deal before the free agent window begins. They have over a month to get a new deal ironed out, and Phil Emery has definitely shown a desire to re-sign “his guys”, especially if he can get them to sign affordable deals. I think that will be the case with Garza, especially since there seems to be plenty of mutual interest.

According to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs, Roberto Garza “remains hopeful” that he and the Bears can get a new deal done, and Emery also stated that he wants to have the 34-year-old back in Chicago for another year. It will be interesting to see what kind of deal they gave to Garza, but he obviously wouldn’t receive more than two years on his new contract. While Slauson was the team’s best offensive lineman last year, Garza was a pretty close second and did a very good job in pass protection. Jordan Mills is a must-upgrade on the OL, but the Bears should also focus on keeping a solid player like Garza instead of creating a new need by being unable to keep him around. Ultimately, I would be very surprised if a deal isn’t reached before the 11th of March.

Topics: Chicago Bears, Roberto Garza, Rumors

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  • GSH07

    LOL, Mills is a must-upgrade?? Did you watch his run-blocking off the edge and on the flip screens right to Forte?? He was an animal and still just a rookie.. Get your priorities in order. Mills and Long will be solid bookends eventually for years to come..

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I think I got ahead of myself with the “must-upgrade” part, but I also think you are overrating him a bit. He was great in the pre-draft process and has potential, but his run and screen blocking don’t make up for his horrifically bad pass protection. In fact, PFF had him with the most pressures allowed of any OL this past season. He has upside that can be developed, but I am really worried about his pass pro. As for Long, I think he can be a stud OL in this league if he progresses well.

      • GSH07

        Hyberbolic statements like “horrifically bad pass protection” and “must-upgrade” don’t make your story anymore believable. He’s a rookie that will make rookie mistakes but if you fail to miss the upside and positive things he’s brought to the unit, you just not get it. Why not ask Kyle Long, Garza, Bushrod or coach Kromer about Mills? Praise from teammates and coaches mean a lot more than your flawed opinion, sorry. The fact is, you portray Mills in a negative light to make a point about Garza and that is lame.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          I didn’t criticize Mills’s poor pass protection with the intent of making Garza look better. I did it because I believe Mills had some major issues in pass pro last year.

          Yes, teammates and coaches definitely know more than I do about Mills, but they aren’t going to give any criticism at all of him. If you trust everything coaches and players say, then just about every player will seem flawless in that light.

      • Big Swede

        While I agree you got ahead of yourself with the “must upgrade” part, you were right about PFF’s assessment of Mills… PFF states the following:

        “Dud: It’s always harsh to label a rookie a dud but Jordan Mills (-31.1) gave up way too many hurries (78 combined quarterback disruptions) and will need to fix this issue in Year 2.”

        Here’s to hoping he’s getting better every day.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          Great assessment, and I’m with you on that. I screwed up by saying “must-upgrade” and should have said “must-improve”, because he’s set to start next season and has the upside to develop into a quality starter. Thanks for dropping by.