For the most part Bears general manager Jerry Angelo was silent this past season. Where as in years past Angelo was somewhat of a regular on Chicago sports radio stations, this year he was absent from the airwaves. That all changed this weekend. On Friday Angelo appeared on both the 670AM The Score's Mully and Hanley show and ESPN 1000AM's Mac, Jurko, and Harry where he addressed his plans for the Bears and the teams future, and as if those interviews weren't enough, he also did a two-part Q&A session with Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
While Jerry was somewhat vague in his answers during his radio appearances, his interview with Pompei was a bit more clear cut. Especially when it came to the futures of both Mike Brown and Nathan Vasher. When asked about Brown's future in Chicago, Jerry wasn't shy about saying he doesn't really have one.
I don't see that right now, given how it affects Danieal. Allocation of money comes into play, too, in what we want to do at other positions. There could be a case where we want Mike back, but we can't afford to do it given what we want to do in other areas.
Then there was the case of Vasher who has spent the majority of the last two seasons injured since signing a healthy contract extension. When it came to the subject of whether or not Nathan was still a starter on the Bears defense, Jerry hinted that he may not even be with the team next year.
He really hasn't played in two years, so he needs to redefine himself, starting in the off-season. He has to earn a spot on our team. He has to show he can be a starter, somebody we can depend on. We rewarded a very good player. He earned a new contract. But since then he has had some injuries, and when he has played, his play hasn't been up to his standards, I'm sure, and certainly our standards.
Getting rid of both Brown and Vasher would make room for Daniel Manning and Corey Graham to get more time on the field, and it would also clear up a bit of cap space as well. Cap space that could be used towards signing a defensive end like Julius Peppers, going after a disgruntled Anquan Boldin, or bringing in a veteran quarterback to compete with Kyle Orton.