In this Monday edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at some interesting comments that Devin Hester made over the weekend, a couple of takes on whether the Bears were right to dump Julius Peppers, and an interesting question that is staring the Bears in the face in May’s NFL Draft.
-We start with the comments made by Hester, who insisted in an interview with a Florida newspaper that head coach Marc Trestman approached him about playing wide receiver last season. Hester also said that he’d be willing to try the position again in an effort to increase his attractiveness as a free agent. [CSN Chicago]
-So what if Julius Peppers picked the Green Bay Packers? Barry Rozner tries to quell the fires that angry Bears fans are setting after Peppers headed north to Wisconsin by inking a new contract over the weekend. [Daily Herald]
-Armed with a new three-year contract and plugged into a system that should maximize his remaining abilities, Peppers is going to be a very motivated man when it comes to producing for the Packers this season. [ESPN Chicago]
-The Bears were right to cut Peppers loose and to re-sign Charles Tillman, David Haugh contends. [Chicago Tribune]
-Was Josh McCown a product of the Bears’ system, or is he really worth the paper that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave him with his new contract? Rick Morrissey says that the answer will reveal itself soon enough. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Erik Lambert poses an interesting question for the Bears, who are slotted to pick 14th in the first round of May’s NFL Draft. Should the team consider trading back and trying to acquire more picks, considering the number of holes that they have to try to fill? [NFL Mocks]
-Finally, the Carolina Panthers may have had an excellent season last year under former Bears coordinator Ron Rivera, but they are currently barren at the wide receiver position after Steve Smith left town. The Panthers have also lost Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn, and new Chicago Bear Domenik Hixon this offseason. [Shutdown Corner]