One way the Bears could have planned on adding depth and talent to their roster at the offensive tackle position was by the free agent market. Players like Jordan Gross a Pro-Bowler with the Carolina Panthers and Matt Starks with the Pittsburgh Steelers looked as though they could possibly hit the open market.
That market has dried up and gone away in a matter of 24 hours. Starks was given the franchise tag designation by the Steelers. Assuring he’ll receive top-five level money from the Steelers or if a team tries sign him away they’ll lose two first round draft picks. A price noone wants to pay for an offensive tackle.
Gross was re-signed by the Carolina Panthers yesterday taking him off the market. While today we learned that OT Vernon Carey of the Miami Dolphins has re-signed to the tune of 6 years $42-million.
All this means that tomorrow’s workouts by the offensive lineman will be even more intriguing to watch for Bears fans.