Personnel File – Chicago Bears

Personnel leader – General manager Jerry Angelo has been in charge of the team’s personnel operation since 2001. Before that, Angelo spent 14 years over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scouting department. He was also a scout for five years with the New York Giants and one season with the Dallas Cowboys. After graduating from Miami of Ohio where he played defensive tackle, he immediately got into coaching, working for four different schools. That’s 31 years of experience in the NFL personnel ranks.

Key aide – Director of Player Personnel Tim Ruskell (24 years in the NFL.)

Personnel department – 11 people including the GM. That makes them one of smallest personnel operations in the league. Angelo relies on head coach Lovie Smith and assistant coaches to really dive into the draft as well, but the Bears run a fairly stripped down operation.

Personnel philosophy – The Bears are all over the road when it comes to adding players to the rosterThey have only 20 of their own draft choices on this week’s roster, due largely to poor drafting. They have almost as many players they’ve signed off the street, players who were released by other teams. They’ve spent heavily in unrestricted free agency, including a big deal for DE Julius Peppers. They don’t normally trade, but they did do the big deal two years ago with Denver for QB Jay Cutler.

Big money contracts – DE Julius Peppers, 6 years, $84 million; QB Jay Cutler, 5 years, $49.77 million; CB Cedric Tillman, 7 years, $41.5 million; KR-PR Devin Hester, 4 years, $41 million; MLB Brian Urlacher, 5 years, $40.6 million.

Soon to be available/starters & key performers without 2012 contracts – WR Earl Bennett, RB Matt Forte, WR Roy Williams, DL Amobi Okoye, S Brandon Meriweather, DB Tim Jennings, TE Kellen Davis and DE Israel Idonije.

ROSTER THIS WEEK (starters in bold)

Draft choices (20)

1st-round (1)MLB Brian Urlacher (2000).

2nd-round (4) – DT Stephen Paea (2011), RB Matt Forte (2008), WR Devin Hester (2006), CB Charles Tillman (2003).

3rd-round (4) – FS Chris Conte (2011), Major Wright (2010), WR Earl Bennett (2008), LB Lance Briggs (2003).

4th-round (4) – DE Corey Wotton (2010), DT Henry Melton (2009), CB D.J. Moore (2009), SS Craig Steltz (2008).

5th-round (5) – QB Nathan Enderle (2011), WR Johnny Knox (2009), CB Zackary Bowman (2008), TE Kellen Davis (2008), CB Corey Graham (2007).

6th-round (0) – none.

7th-round (2)LT J’Marcus Webb (2010), RT Lance Louis (2009).

Draft overview – The Bears have a very sketchy track record in the NFL Draft. They have no players left from their draft classes in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The only player left from their 2006 class is Devin Hester. Yet, they came back in 2008 and hit with RB Matt Forte, WR Earl Bennett and TE Kellen Davis. They gutted their drafts in 2009 and 2010 in their trade for Jay Cutler with Denver. They got some production out of first-round picks, but few have stuck – Cedric Benson, Tommie Harris, Marc Colombo, Michael Haynes all moved on fairly quickly. They have not spent a lot of money on keeping their own draft choices.

Trades (1)

QB Jay Cutler (2009).

Trade overview – In going after Cutler, the Bears had to gut their future draft, sending first round choices in 2009 and 2010, along with a third-round choice in 2009 and QB Jay Cutler. It was a big price to pay. Whether it pays off remains to be determined; Cutler helped push the Bears into the NFC Championship Game last season.

Unrestricted free agents (9)

P Adam Podlesh (2011), G Chris Spencer (2011), TE Matt Spaeth (2011), WR Sam Hurd (2011), DE Julius Peppers (2010), CB Tim Jennings (2010), OT Frank Omiyale (2009), DT Anthony Adams (2007), G Roberto Garza (2005)

College free agents (7)

WR Dane Sanzenbacher (2011), S Winston Venable (2011), LB Dom DeCicco (2011), G Ricky Henry (2011), TE Andre Smith (2011), OT Levi Horn (2010), QB Caleb Hanie (2008).

Street free agents (16)

DE Chauncey Davis (2011), LB Patrick Trahan (2011), LS Chris Massey (2011), FB Tyler Clutts (2011), S Brandon Meriweather (2011), QB Josh McCown (2011), RB Marion Barber (2011), DT Amobi Okoye (2011), WR Roy Williams (2011),LB Jabara Williams (2011), OL Edwin Williams (2010), RB Kahlil Bell (2009), DT Matt Toeaina (2007), LB Nick Roach (2007), K Robbie Gould (2005), DL Israel Idonije (2003),

Free-agent overview – The Bears made a rather unusual financial splash last year when they stepped up and signed DE Julius Peppers from Carolina for 6-year, $84 million deal. Generally, Chicago has signed UFAs, but they’ve not spent precedent setting numbers. They have four UFAs starting and Peppers was the only high dollar pick. They have shown a tendency to go after higher profile players among the street free agents like WR Roy Williams, S Brandon Merriweather and RB Marion Barber.

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