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Okoye would consider discount to stay

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Okoye would consider discount to stay

Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye wasnt satisfied with how 2011 played out. No Bear was. But in his first Bears season after four as a Houston Texan, Okoye has found a situation enough to his liking that hed considering paying a little something to hold onto it.

Okoye is an unrestricted free agent after signing a one-year deal last offseason to play for coach Lovie Smith and coordinator Rod Marinelli. Playing part-time, he finished with 4 sacks, 27 quarterback pressures and 27 tackles and his arrow was clearly pointing up with coaches as the season was winding down.

I love the city, everything, Okoye said, then launched into an impassioned assessment of the Bears defensive scheme. Its not a good fit. Its a perfect fit. Everything here isnt good; its perfect. Perfect system for me, perfect guys to play with.

He is expecting a multi-year offer from the Bears with the understanding that he can then shop his talents on the market but that the Bears definitely want him in 2012 and beyond.

So would he consider a home-town discount to stay with players and a system he loves?

You know what? Okoye said. I would actually consider that. Without a doubt.

Not exactly hardball negotiating but how refreshing is it to hear someone up front with exactly how they feel and what they want?

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too:

Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not participate in the National Anthem on Sunday at Soldier Field, according to Jamie Erdahl. 

The decision follows Donald Trump's recent comments on NFL protests at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama:

Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired

No word on what the Bears will do yet, but the Steelers will be in the locker room.