Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
Which of their two third-round picks did the Bears give up in their trade to obtain Brandon Marshall?
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The third-round pick in this year’s draft the Bears dealt to the Miami Dolphins to obtain Brandon Marshall was the one they obtained from the Carolina Panthers last year in exchange for tight end Greg Olsen. It is the 10th selection in the third round and the 73rd overall in the draft (after the New Orleans Saints were stripped of their second-round choice as part of their punishment for Bountygate). The Bears also sent their third-round pick in next year’s draft to the Dolphins to land Marshall. The Bears have one selection in each of the seven rounds this year, including the No. 19, No. 50 and No. 80 choices.
I seem to remember Gabe Carimi and Earl Bennett being injured in a Week 2 loss to the Saints last year. Is that correct, and if so was there anything dirty about how they were injured?
You are correct; offensive tackle Gabe Carimi and receiver Earl Bennett both were knocked out of that Week 2 game in New Orleans by Saints safety Roman Harper. It appeared that Carimi was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when Harper landed on the back of his leg, injuring the rookie’s knee. But many people felt that the hit that Harper laid on Bennett was a spear and should have drawn at least a flag if not a fine. In my opinion, Harper clearly led with his helmet. Knowing what we know now about “Bountygate,” it certainly makes you wonder about the motivation on that play. Bennett missed the next five games with a chest injury. And remember, that was also the game that quarterback Jay Cutler got kicked in the throat (his voice was very raspy in the post-game press conference). No one seems to know how or when that occurred, however.
I’m very happy with the moves the Bears have made so far this offseason, but I was wondering whether they will address their offensive line in free agency or the draft.
Asked about that issue during a recent conference call with reporters, Bears general manager Phil Emery said: “We’re always searching to improve our team and add depth. As you guys have reported, we’ve brought in one guard (Anthony Herrera) so far to take a look at. There will be others and we’ll look very hard at the draft in relationship to that question also.”
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