Price played with Tampa Bay last year.

Out of all of the off season moves the Bears made during the spring, many felt that the defensive tackle position wasn’t addressed properly. Well now the Bears have finally done so with the trade they made today. In exchange for a late round draft pick in 2013, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were more than kind enough to send defensive tackle Brian Price here to Chicago. The 6’1″ 343 pounder has played in the NFL since 2010, he’s only 23 years old. He played his college ball at UCLA where he was a three time all-american and an Outland Trophy finalist.

But despite this move by the Bears front office there are concerns about the big guy. Due to past injuries Price has only amassed 27 total tackles and 3 total sacks in his young career. Which is less than stellar for a second round draft pick. Also, the reasons surrounding the Bucs willingness to trade him so easily raises red flags in the eyes of some as well. During a Bucs team meeting in the spring, Price allegedly punched another teammate. There was also concern for his mental well being after he missed multiple spring workouts after the loss of his sister in May.

He was so grief stricken that he spent time in a Tampa hospital while the Buccaneers were taking part in their organized team activities. But despite all of the adversity he’s faced the Bears must have some confidence in him to bring him in. This move was made to boost the defensive tackle position after the losses of Anthony Adams and Amobi Okoye at the end of 2011. Adams is still a free agent while Okoye is playing with Brian Price’s former team the Buccaneers. At the moment Henry Melton and Matt Toeaina are at the top of the depth chart at the position.

Stephen Paea is still on board but he has yet to make an impact with this Bears team. The rest of the current defensive tackles on the squad are a mixture of relatively unknown young players and obscure veterans. I wouldn’t be surprised that once practice officially begins tomorrow that Price will be thrown into the top four on the depth chart. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, expect the Bears to give Brian Price plenty of reps within the next few weeks. Players reported to Bourbonnais today and so far all players on the roster are accounted for.

It must be noted that  wide receiver Johnny Knox has already been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, don’t be surprised if he his put on injured reserve during the month of August. And in regards to my previous article: I reached out to AFLPU Executive Director Ivan Soto for comment on the new labor dispute in the Arena Football League {Note I corrected Ivan Soto’s official title with the AFLPU he is the Executive Director and not the President I apologize for the editorial error}.

The only response I have received from him so far is a Twitter message stating “I will respond to your e-mail shortly”. So far my e-mail has not been replied to and the Arena Football League has not commented or even adknowledged the matter. I will keep you posted on the developments as they come in.

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