The Chicago Bears added two defensive linemen on Tuesday in Kyle Moore and Andre Fluellen. Both Moore and Fluellen agreed to one-year deals with the Bears. Center Taylor Boggs was also signed to a one-year deal.
Moore, 26 is a former fourth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.
He appeared in 15 games in two seasons in Tampa Bay (2009-2010) making seven starts, 29 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Groin and knee injuries held Moore back in his time with the Bucs.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery in his senior season at USC, so he has a history of knee injuries.
He then moved on to Detroit where he spent a couple of months on the practice squad. The Buffalo Bills signed him off Detroit’s practice squad. He appeared in 16 games making seven starts, three sacks and 28 tackles for the Bills.
Those seven starts and three sacks came this past season when he got a chance to crack the lineup with former Bear Mark Anderson injured.
He played 491 snaps on defense often providing a hurry off the line. He wasn’t very good against the run, a big reason why he was still on the market. He was let go after Bills’ defensive coordinator Mike Pettine switched to the 3-4 scheme.
Moore, 6’6″, 263 lbs compares to Mark Anderson in that he has the moves to be a solid situational pass rusher. He also compares to Israel Idonije in that he went through the beginning part of his career as a unnoticed contributor.
Idonije is still unsigned and might be on his way out after the signings the Bears made today.
The other linemen the Bears added today was Andre Fluellen. The 28-year old defensive tackle was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Lions.
The FSU product has appeared 53 games making six starts in his five year career. He’s added 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in that span. He split last season between Miami and Detroit, but spent his first four seasons in the league with the Lions.
Fluellen, 6’2″, 302 lbs will come in and bring versatility to the defensive line. He can play the three-technique at defensive tackle and will likely compete with Nate Collins in the defensive rotation.
Taylor Boggs, 6’3″, 285 lbs is a center who spent his first two seasons with the New York Jets. He hasn’t appeared in a game and was placed on injured reserve last season.
JaMarcus to the Windy City?
The Bears don’t really have a solid veteran backup option at quarterback behind starter Jay Cutler. They re-signed 33-year old Josh McCown last month, but he isn’t a legitimate No. 2 quarterback.
The Bears are reportedly one of two NFL teams that are interested in former 2007 No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell.
Russell, 6’6″, 280 lbs spent three seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2007-2009). He appeared in 31 games starting 25. He completed 52% of his passes for 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He also ran for 175 yards and one touchdown.
He also lossed 15 fumbles in those three seasons while posting a QB rating of 65.2.
He weighed in at 311 lbs not to long ago and is now down to 280 lbs. He is trying to get down to 265-270 before he starts making his visits with interested teams.
I don’t how viable of an option he would at be quarterback however, but he deserves a shot in this league. He has a cannon of an arm, but has been plagued by accuracy issues, weight problems and a poor attitude.
Now 27-years old Russell is working his way back into the league by training with former QB Jeff Garcia six days a week. He definitely deserves a shot to be a camp body, but I don’t know ho legitimate he would be as a backup quarterback.
Considering the top remaining options at quarterback via free agency are Matt Leinart, Tyler Thigpen, Byron Leftwich and Vince Young adding Russell doesn’t seem that ridiculous.
Only time will tell if the Bears add Russell, who hasn’t appeared in NFL since being released by the Raiders in May 2010.
Don’t be shocked though to see the Bears take a flyer on Russell considering their backup options at the quarterback position.