Lions' Raiola to Melton: He's a clown

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Lions' Raiola to Melton: He's a clown

Henry Melton made several derogatory comments about Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola on Wednesday, before the Bears defensive tackle was announced as a Pro Bowl starter. Melton said Raiola was old and a dirty player but one who did more chirping than acting.
Hes old and he just talks, Melton said.
And he listens.
Raiola declared Melton a clown in my book, reported Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Raiola mocked Meltons selection to the Pro Bowl over the likes of Detroit teammate Ndamukong Suh and Minnesotas Kevin Williams.
This guy made the Pro Bowl? Raiola marveled. Over Kevin Williams, who worked through injuries all year? Over Suh, whos a better player than this guy? Come on.
Its tiresome, especially from a guy like this, a guy that didnt even play the last two weeks...In my book, hes a clown. Thats all I got.

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

The Bears went into the 2017 offseason with a clear plan to make changes, presumably positive ones, at the quarterback position. The idea was and always is to improve the quality of players at this or any position.
 
With the Bears agreeing to terms with former Jet/Eagle/Bronco/Cowboy Mark Sanchez, as first reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, GM Ryan Pace and the organization are addressing the quantity aspect of the position, if not necessarily the quality. And that should not be dismissed.
 
Sanchez fits the template of a Brian Griese, Jason Campbell and even Josh McCown, veterans with less than auspicious resumes' but with more a David Fales or Caleb Hanie had brought to previous rosters. He gives the Bears a third quarterback under contract; expect another to be added before training camp, most likely through the draft next month.

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It really does not matter that Sanchez, the No. 5 overall pick of the 2009 draft, could not beat out Trevor Siemian in Denver two years ago or Dak Prescott in Dallas last season (while Prescott was still an unknown backup to Tony Romo). The Bears before Thursday had just Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw under contract, and teams typically go into training camps with four passers, if for no other reason than to have arms to spread drill work around.
 
But Sanchez, whose career began with trips to the AFC Championship game his first two seasons in the NFL, represents the kind of backup that teams crave, irrespective of any journeyman status they might have. Sanchez is 30, whose teams have gone 37-35 in his starts, and has experienced winning, albeit less and less as his career has played out.
 
Not that the comparison is particularly notable, but Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley? If Sanchez somehow surprises perhaps even himself and challenges Glennon, the Bears and Glennon are the better for it.

Would the Bears consider selecting Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer?

Would the Bears consider selecting Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer?

Would the Bears consider selecting DeShone Kizer with the No. 3 pick in the upcoming draft?

At what point in the draft should they consider taking a signal caller?

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