Bears sign WRs Tajae Sharpe and Dante Pettis

For all things Chicago Bears

Moderator: wab

The Cooler King
Head Coach
Posts: 3367
Joined: Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:07 pm

Not sure either deserves its own thread. But WR depth being added to.

Welcome? I guess they can push ESB.



Fka "BillGeorge61" @CBFans.net
User avatar
dplank
Hall of Famer
Posts: 5639
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:19 am

Dollar store bandit strikes again
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
User avatar
Xee
Site Admin
Posts: 3402
Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:47 pm
Location: Hoffman Estates, IL

dplank wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 7:41 pm Dollar store bandit strikes again
So we're going back to the "Bears are cheap" trope now?
User avatar
thunderspirit
Head Coach
Posts: 2108
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:51 pm
Location: Greater Chicagoland, IL

Sharpe isn't terrible, or at least hasn't been terrible in the past.

Which is more than can be said for Pettis, really.
KFFL refugee.
AZ_Bearfan wrote: Sun Apr 10, 2022 1:54 pm Poles went to a nice steakhouse, ordered the cheapest thing on the menu and is stuffing the bread rolls in his pockets for later. Poles is basically my mom.
User avatar
crueltyabc
Head Coach
Posts: 4304
Joined: Mon May 04, 2009 7:36 pm
Location: Dallas TX

I love it. Young cheap vets to compete for spots with the rookies. Both Sharpe and Pettis still have some potential in my opinion.
xyt in the discord chats
User avatar
BearsFanInMN
Pro Bowler
Posts: 477
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:58 pm
Location: Phoenix/Tempe

Seems like same approach to RG and OT competition on day 3 of the draft but in FA. Don’t hate it but would the $ of all these fliers net us a more proven guy to be a top 3 WR for us?
MOTML League: Eskimo Brothers
wiNDycityfan
Player of the Month
Posts: 309
Joined: Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:54 pm

I like it. That said, nothing to write home about, but this is what you get for years of draft busts, cap and draft capital mismanagement. I can only hope these guys can compete and push each other, and alongside better coaching and scheme, all the while supported with a strong running game, enough for 7-8 wins and better future.

As a Cub fan, this surely seems like the same approach. Here hoping this roster can yield a better output than the Wrigleyville counterparts.
User avatar
dplank
Hall of Famer
Posts: 5639
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:19 am

Xee wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 8:17 pm
dplank wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 7:41 pm Dollar store bandit strikes again
So we're going back to the "Bears are cheap" trope now?
Lighten up Francis it’s a joke
User avatar
Yogi da Bear
MVP
Posts: 1377
Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:43 pm

You just made the list buddy.

User avatar
Yogi da Bear
MVP
Posts: 1377
Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:43 pm

Poles is doing what he said he'd do: sign lower tier free agents with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.
User avatar
Grizzled
Head Coach
Posts: 2192
Joined: Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:55 pm

More camp bodies? All I can say it's going to be an interesting season with the guys that Poles is bringing in.
User avatar
wab
Mod
Posts: 24576
Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:49 pm

dplank wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 7:41 pm Dollar store bandit strikes again
You really needed to create a whole ass thread for this picture?
User avatar
dplank
Hall of Famer
Posts: 5639
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:19 am

I will say in all seriousness - since joking is clearly frowned up on around here - that I kind of like that Sharpe signing? Pettis not so much. But one trait that Poles has gone for with his WR's is that these guys all block - they are the antithesis of ARob in that regard. Sharpe is 6'2 and around 200 pounds and he seemed to be a good blocker downfield for Henry. Saw a bit on Twitter about this and thought it was a good take, I'd share it but I can't find it now lol...
User avatar
wab
Mod
Posts: 24576
Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:49 pm

I like both signings. Pettis is super frahgeelay though. he has a ton of talent.

Sharpe seems like a smart pickup. I like him better than ESB.
User avatar
Moriarty
Head Coach
Posts: 3972
Joined: Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:22 pm

Meh. Sharpe might make the team for a year.
1999-2002: Mouth Off Sports Forum (RIP)
2002-2014: KFFL (RIP)
2014-2016: USAToday Fantasy Sports Forum (RIP)

Hello, my name is Moriarty. I have come to kill your website, prepare to die.
User avatar
BreadNCircuses
Player of the Month
Posts: 259
Joined: Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:34 pm

dplank wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 10:09 am I will say in all seriousness - since joking is clearly frowned up on around here - that I kind of like that Sharpe signing? Pettis not so much. But one trait that Poles has gone for with his WR's is that these guys all block - they are the antithesis of ARob in that regard. Sharpe is 6'2 and around 200 pounds and he seemed to be a good blocker downfield for Henry. Saw a bit on Twitter about this and thought it was a good take, I'd share it but I can't find it now lol...
In a reset year, I'm ok with filling the room full of guys with something to prove and seeing who, in an open competition, with nothing guaranteed and an opportunity to fight for a future contract, who decides to step up.

Admittedly, I really wanted to draft Equanimeous St. Brown in the 4th-5th rounds the year he came out, so part of this is hoping a 6'5" dude who knows the offense better than any of the other WRs comes in and makes the most of the opportunity -- I kind of want to cheer for a dude named Equanimeous Tristan Imhotep J. St. Brown. That name alone is just epic.
User avatar
LT2_3
Practice Squad
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:14 am

BearsFanInMN wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 12:39 am Seems like same approach to RG and OT competition on day 3 of the draft but in FA. Don’t hate it but would the $ of all these fliers net us a more proven guy to be a top 3 WR for us?
Both these guys made about $1 mil per year for the last 2 years. That's probably really close to their one year contracts for this year with the Bears.

So, no. We couldn't get a top 3 WR for only $2 mil. Byron Pringle is a $4.1 mil per year guy already.

EDIT for more info

Mooney on his rookie contract Is at $965k

Next is Equanimeous St. Brown at $965k also

Then comes David Moore at the vet minimum salary of $1.035 mil but counting only $895k

Dazz Newsome is only making $825k.

Velus Jones still hasn't signed a contract, but Aaron Robinson, last year's 71st pick, had a rookie year cap hit of $880k. These 3rd round pick salaries are completely slotted, so maybe $910k this year?

That's it. Moneywise, all these guys are on equal footing other than Pringle.
User avatar
south pacific
Rookie
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu May 12, 2022 9:35 pm

This is fine. Bring in more competition with guys hungry to succeed that fit the new offensive scheme and see who sticks.

How many WR’s do we have now? 10?


It’s like TE’s, I can’t even keep up with how many we have on our roster now.
User avatar
dplank
Hall of Famer
Posts: 5639
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:19 am

It’s a hunger games approach for sure. Like others have said I’d prefer we bundle these deals into one mid level player that might contribute more, but maybe one of these guys pops off due to a great scheme fit that maybe they haven’t had before
User avatar
LT2_3
Practice Squad
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:14 am

dplank wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 7:25 am It’s a hunger games approach for sure. Like others have said I’d prefer we bundle these deals into one mid level player that might contribute more, but maybe one of these guys pops off due to a great scheme fit that maybe they haven’t had before
Like Getsy said "Davante wasn't Davante until he was"
User avatar
G08
Hall of Famer
Posts: 18166
Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:34 pm
Location: Lakeview, IL

I liked Dante Pettis coming out of Washington, not sure if injuries have sapped his athleticism but in his day he was quick and had top-end speed
9 PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN 32 SEASONS
TheWorldBreaker
Crafty Veteran
Posts: 809
Joined: Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:57 pm

G08 wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 9:52 am I liked Dante Pettis coming out of Washington, not sure if injuries have sapped his athleticism but in his day he was quick and had top-end speed
He was drafted in 2018 and is only 26. I think he’s probably still in his day.

IIRC he got Covid in 2020 and it really negatively effected him even after he’d recovered which a lot of people had issues with but I don’t think it’s been permanent.
User avatar
BearsFanInMN
Pro Bowler
Posts: 477
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:58 pm
Location: Phoenix/Tempe

LT2_3 wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 7:07 pm
BearsFanInMN wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 12:39 am Seems like same approach to RG and OT competition on day 3 of the draft but in FA. Don’t hate it but would the $ of all these fliers net us a more proven guy to be a top 3 WR for us?
Both these guys made about $1 mil per year for the last 2 years. That's probably really close to their one year contracts for this year with the Bears.

So, no. We couldn't get a top 3 WR for only $2 mil. Byron Pringle is a $4.1 mil per year guy already.

EDIT for more info

Mooney on his rookie contract Is at $965k

Next is Equanimeous St. Brown at $965k also

Then comes David Moore at the vet minimum salary of $1.035 mil but counting only $895k

Dazz Newsome is only making $825k.

Velus Jones still hasn't signed a contract, but Aaron Robinson, last year's 71st pick, had a rookie year cap hit of $880k. These 3rd round pick salaries are completely slotted, so maybe $910k this year?

That's it. Moneywise, all these guys are on equal footing other than Pringle.
Thanks for the research. I had thought St. Brown was higher, but yeah outside of Pringle (or even with Pringle) not enough money to aggregate into someone we might argue was a clearly better option.

I do remember being interested in Sharpe when he came out.
MOTML League: Eskimo Brothers
The Cooler King
Head Coach
Posts: 3367
Joined: Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:07 pm

dplank wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 10:09 am I will say in all seriousness - since joking is clearly frowned up on around here - that I kind of like that Sharpe signing? Pettis not so much. But one trait that Poles has gone for with his WR's is that these guys all block - they are the antithesis of ARob in that regard. Sharpe is 6'2 and around 200 pounds and he seemed to be a good blocker downfield for Henry. Saw a bit on Twitter about this and thought it was a good take, I'd share it but I can't find it now lol...
Yep, most signs point to this being a very run heavy team in 2022.
Fka "BillGeorge61" @CBFans.net
User avatar
G08
Hall of Famer
Posts: 18166
Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:34 pm
Location: Lakeview, IL

TheWorldBreaker wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 2:18 pm
G08 wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 9:52 am I liked Dante Pettis coming out of Washington, not sure if injuries have sapped his athleticism but in his day he was quick and had top-end speed
He was drafted in 2018 and is only 26. I think he’s probably still in his day.

IIRC he got Covid in 2020 and it really negatively effected him even after he’d recovered which a lot of people had issues with but I don’t think it’s been permanent.
I read some rumblings that he was more interested in wanting to be on a reality television show / writer than he was on football.

I guess we'll see... the kid is talented, though!
9 PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN 32 SEASONS
cblaz11
Crafty Veteran
Posts: 909
Joined: Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:02 pm

I’ve been pretty hard on Poles….that said, I low key kinda like what he’s doing at WR. Young, talented guys that just haven’t really put it all together yet. All seem to be hard nosed team guys, let’s see who clicks with Fields.
User avatar
Heinz D.
Practice Squad
Posts: 69
Joined: Fri May 06, 2022 4:29 pm
Location: Tri-State area

G08 wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 9:52 am I liked Dante Pettis coming out of Washington, not sure if injuries have sapped his athleticism but in his day he was quick and had top-end speed
I'll take your word for that. Remember when he was drafted, but didn't know a helluva lot about him then, and still don't. Not certain I've seen him play professionally.

Sharpe is a solid add, though. He's a talented dude. So...got to like both signings. I figured Poles would get a bigger name, but can't say I'm shocked (or all that disappointed) that he didn't. And, progress is progress.

It would be nice if Poles got Daryl Williams to play RG now, but we'll see what happens. (Even if the rookies look sharp, you'd think he'd want a hedge.)
My mother's love was inexplicably linked to kickball.
User avatar
crueltyabc
Head Coach
Posts: 4304
Joined: Mon May 04, 2009 7:36 pm
Location: Dallas TX

I think there’s a difference between “I love writing as an artistic expression” and “I want to be star for stardom sake” but I’m always hoping that it’s possible to be a well-rounded human and succeed in the NFL so maybe I’m seeing what I want to see in this article

https://boardroom.tv/dante-pettis-art-cr18-launch/
xyt in the discord chats
User avatar
Bearfacts
Crafty Veteran
Posts: 771
Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:33 am
Location: Colorado

Two weeks ago some were criticizing Poles for not having drafted or signed enough talent at WR. So he adds two younger vets and now some want to criticize who he signed? :frustrated:

These two are no more than a vet upgrade to some of the inexperienced UDFA guys they have. Mooney and Pringle are the #1 and #2 guys. All the rest are competing for the #3-#5 spots.

Poles has been doing this kind of upgrade from the back end forward approach all spring long and we'll probably see more of it as more vet FA hit the streets or guys they may have wanted to draft or sign as a UDFA get let go.
User avatar
dplank
Hall of Famer
Posts: 5639
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:19 am

Bearfacts wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 5:02 pm Two weeks ago some were criticizing Poles for not having drafted or signed enough talent at WR. So he adds two younger vets and now some want to criticize who he signed? :frustrated:
Yes? The level of talent he signed or didn’t sign is literally the point. You might want to rethink this one bud.

If he signed Cheech and Chong would that matter? 😂
Post Reply