The Chicago Bears made the first “splash” transaction of the day after agreeing to a trade with the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Brandon Marshall — sending two third round picks to Miami in exchange for the top tier wideout.
Marshall will once gain be paired with quarterback Jay Cutler in Chicago, as they both played for the Denver Broncos, where Marshall enjoyed the best season of his career from 2006 to 2008 after netting 2,899 passing yards and 17 touchdowns.
Original reports said the Bears were very interested in signing defensive end/linebacker Mario Williams — the best pass rusher available in free agency — to pair with stellar defensive end Julius Peppers.
But William chose instead to take a visit with the Buffalo Bills, who will also be hosting Saints free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem at some point in the next 24-hours.
With Williams interest elsewhere the Bears have scheduled a meeting with Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who is perhaps the most under the radar defensive lineman in this years crop of free agents.
Mincey was a sixth round pick of the New England Patriots in the 2006 draft, but was released in the preseason before moving on to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him off of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad in December of 2007 .
Mincey however saw very limited action during six regular season games and two post season contests that year.
Injuries essentially erased Mincey’s’ 2008 and 2009 seasons entirely.
But in 2010 a healthy Mincey played in fifteen games with eight starts recording 31 tackles, and 5 sacks to lead the Jaguars in quarterback take downs.
In 2011 Mincey had an even better year finishing with 57 tackles, 8 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles.
Chicago would like to pair Mincey with Peppers, which would form one of the leagues better duo’s at defensive end, and he will certainly come much cheaper than Mario Williams.