Friday, March 5, 2010

Bears, Lions making moves early in free agency

The NFC North seems to be where all the action is in the early stages of NFL free agency.

The Lions have already signed WR Nate Burleson and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, and traded a fifth-round pick to Cleveland for DT Corey Williams. Burleson will be a nice complement to Calvin Johnson, while Vanden Bosch and Williams will help shore up the Detroit defense.

As nice as those moves are, the Lions have absolutely nothing on the Bears.

Chicago has already announced the signings of TE Brandon Manumaleuna and RB Chester Taylor, and it's a done deal with DE Julius Peppers, according to sources.

Manumaleuna will provide some blocking help and allow incumbent TE Greg Olsen to be more of a pass-catching weapon. Taylor will be a great fit with Matt Forte in the Chicago backfield. Both are very good receiving running backs and that will be a necessary skill under new offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

Adding Peppers to a defense that already consists of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs might help invoke some memories of the old 1985 Bears in Chicago.

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