Is Phil Emery a Magician Disguised as a GM? Noel Bax March 14, 2014 NowCasts 62 Comments "Chicago's First Interactive Message Board For Fans"Prev postNext post What grade would you give Phil Emery in free agency so far? I give the man an A and here’s why. Phil Emery’s Free Agency Signings Peanut is Bacccckkkk!!! If you haven’t heard the Chicago Bears have re-signed Charles Tillman to a one-year deal. This is huge as he will play opposite Tim Jennings and bring a great influence into a locker room that is still gelling and becoming one. Chicago fans and players love Tillman. We are all over the moon about this signing. Rumor has is Bears fans are Peanut Punching Packers fans all over the country. Lamarr Houston: Phil Emery has been a Bear so far in the early part of this free agency process. He’s been quoted as saying “You can’t be timid during the UFA process, there’s a lot of moving parts. You have to stay in it, you have to swing hard and be willing to reload and swing again.” (ESPN) That’s exactly what happened when Michael Bennett snubbed the Bears to remain in Seattle for less money than the Bears offered him. Emery stepped out of the box, knocked dirt off his cleat, choked up and swang for the fences with the signing of Lamarr Houston, the four-year pro from Oakland. He’s a guy whose very verstatile, hungry, smart, hard working and YOUNG. He brings all the qualities that we are looking for to resurrect this defense. He has been progressing every year and we can only expect his number to get better. Great signing and upgrade to a shotty d-line. Willie Young: To play opposite of Houston, Emery brought in Willie Young, who played the last few years in Detroit, and is coming into his own as a defensive end. His sack total is unimpressive but the Bears plan to work on that in hopes that it will continue to rise. Only 28-years-old Young brings a mean streak to a defense who is out to establish themselves as physical, athletic freaks who can line up all over the field. Ryan Mundy: Now that Phil got his defensive end to replace Peppers he goes after his safety. Ryan Mundy, a 29-year-old, who previously played for the New York Giants, to a two-year contract. Mundy had 77 tackles in 16 games last season, but only started nine games because he was passed up by Will Hill. He spent his previous three seasons in Pittsburgh where he played behind Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu and learned a great deal of what it take to play safety. Another versatile player that has seen time at both free and strong safety as well as come down and play in the box as well as take away a deep half. Someone who can come in and play right away for the recently departed Major Wright. M.D. Jennings: Started all 16 games for the Pack last year but had only one interception. He comes in and immeadiately competes with Chris Conte for the free safety position. Quality player with great character who provides depth and competition to a pourous defensive backfield as well as an immeadiate contributor on our special teams. Good job Phil! Jordan Senn: Great special teamer who comes in and take Blake Costanazo’s spot for a good price. We most likely won’t hear his name a ton, but he looks to be a key contributor to a part of the game that usually accounts or 1/3 of the outcome. Domenik Hixon: Devin Hester’s days are over in Chicago so we signed Domenik Hixon to compete in the slot and battle for the kick returning duties. He should provide good roster competition and is a guy to keep an eye on in the off-season. OLDIES BUT GOODIES! Emery has done such a great job at retaining quality starters by re-signing Matt Slauson, Roberto Garza, Kelvin Hayden, Timmy Jennings and DJ Williams. CONCLUSION: Phil Emery is not done, but he has taken steps in the right direction with very little wiggle room with the cap. We’re more than likely not done in free agency and are gearing up for a big draft. What do you guys think? Good free agency? Do you like the signings? Are you upset that we let go of Peppers and Hester? What do you think about the defense? Listen to my PODCAST to hear what I have to say. Prev postNext post Note: This website contains an assortment of articles written by Chicago fans with their own opinion, each reflecting their own point of view. For this reason, you may see conflicting reactions. Sports Mockery is the combined collection of all these publications for your enjoyment. 62 Responses Newer Comments » Mohammed Baig March 15, 2014 No Jared Allen so probably B and Conte is still on team so probably C Log in to Reply Joseph Dixon March 15, 2014 B+ Log in to Reply Newer Comments » Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.