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    March 1, 2010
    Veteran tackle Pace among three players released by Bears

    By: Larry Mayer | Last Updated: 3/1/2010 7:15 PM

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Bears on Monday released veteran left tackle Orlando Pace, tight end Fontel Mines and guard Tyler Reed.

    Veteran left tackle Orlando Pace started 11 games in his only season with the Bears. Pace started the first 11 games at left tackle in his lone season with the Bears in 2009 before sustaining a groin injury Nov. 29 in a loss to the Vikings. He later finished the year as a reserve behind promising 2008 first-round draft pick Chris Williams.
    Pace signed with the Bears April 2, the same day that Chicago acquired quarterback Jay Cutler in a blockbuster trade with the Denver Broncos.

    Pace, 34, was voted to seven Pro Bowls in 12 seasons with the Rams after being selected by St. Louis with the first overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.

    Mines and Reed were both waived/injured by the Bears Aug. 25. They've spent time on Chicago’s practice squad, but neither has appeared in a regular-season game.

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  • #2
    Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

    Pace is done. Could be picked up for a year to help mentor some rooks.

    It's Jim not Chris


    • #3
      Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

      He's at the age and condition most veterans proclaim: "I can play for another four years at least!" which is usually before they spend an entire year with no football and then quietly retire.
      "I've been saving the Universe for over a thousand years. I figure it owes me just this once."


      • #4
        Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

        he was the man, but his time is over GL OP


        • #5
          Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

          Seems like the guy just can't stay healthy. Hopefully he listens to his body, which is telling him he's no longer fit for the NFL.

          Great career though. One of the all time college and pro greats. Hopefully his number is retired by both the Rams and the Buckeyes.


          • #6
            Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

            A HOF in my eyes. Maybe he'll go somewhere just for one year for some mentoring purposes, but I don't think he's fit for the NFL anymore. Good luck Orlando!


            • #7
              Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

              Originally posted by shower beers View Post
              Seems like the guy just can't stay healthy. Hopefully he listens to his body, which is telling him he's no longer fit for the NFL.

              Great career though. One of the all time college and pro greats. Hopefully his number is retired by both the Rams and the Buckeyes.
              I agree but it's time for him to call it quits,great player,SB champion and future HOF'er.


              • #8
                Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

                After the bears realeased him he said he is considering retirement. Warner, Bruce, now pace?


                • #9
                  Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

                  I have a great amount of respect for Pace, and I think he was one of the best college OT's ever, and one of the best NFL OT's ever.

                  Good luck to Orlando. I wish him the best. Pancakes forever.


                  • #10
                    Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

                    THe best pass blocker in the history of the Rams organization and one of the greatest tackles in the history of the NFL. Truly a HOF'er, Pace and Walter Jones were the two best tackles of their generation in the nFC. Throw in Ogden, and you have the three hall of fame guys at the critical left tackle position over a long period of time. Truly worthy successors to Anthony Munoz.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Orlando Pace released by Da Bears

                      Noticing a trend here, all the players the Rams dumped just happened to be good football decision's. The Rams are being cautious in acquiring talent, but players are hardly pushing to play here. I may be mad but I see an improving front office?


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                      • evil disco man
                        Pace confident he, Bears are ideal fit
                        by evil disco man
                        By Jeffri Chadiha

                        LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- As excited as Chicago Bears fans are about the presence of new quarterback Jay Cutler, there is another fresh face they should be keeping an eye on: left tackle Orlando Pace. He signed with the Bears after the St. Louis Rams released him in March. He also brings a Pro Bowl pedigree and a Super Bowl ring to town. What remains to be seen now is whether Pace can be the same player he's been for most of his 12 NFL seasons.

                        For all of Pace's accolades -- he's a seven-time Pro Bowler who was the foundation of the Rams' offensive line during its glory years -- it's hard to know exactly what he has left. He's 33 years old. He hasn't played a full season since 2005. These are the kinds of facts that simply can't be ignored when you're asking a player to protect the blind side of the most highly anticipated quarterback in team history.

                        Pace realizes he's at a point in his career where he'll face more questions about his ability. Yet he also believes he's found a place where he can be another vital component of a championship contender.

                        "This was just a good fit for me because I wasn't just going to go anywhere," Pace said after completing a team workout Wednesday.

                        "I had talked to Baltimore as well, but coming here really made more sense. Plus, I wanted to win. I was coming from a place where we won five games over the last two years."

                        That constant losing in St. Louis is what really has motivated Pace to make his mark in Chicago. He says the recent demise of the Rams was both mentally and physically draining, especially for a player who helped that team to two Super Bowls between 1999 and 2001 (including a victory over the Tennessee Titans in that first appearance). Pace also has been around the NFL a long time. He knew his days were numbered in St. Louis when it became clear that the team was starting to rebuild.

                        After all, Pace missed two games last season because of injuries. A torn labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder cost him 15 games in 2007. He also sat out eight games during the 2006 season after tearing his left biceps tendon. So when the Rams released him -- a move that saved the team $6 million in cap space and shed them of the first overall pick in the 1997 NFL draft -- it wasn't hard to understand their thinking. They saw a player on the downside of his career.

                        Pace admits that he seriously pondered his future. He even talked about retirement with former Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden when the two ran into each other in Las Vegas last summer. At that time, Ogden recently had retired after a 12-year career that included 11 Pro Bowl appearances. Though Pace wanted to know what drove Ogden from the game, Pace also left that conversation feeling as if he and Ogden were in different places.

                        Said Pace: "Jonathan told...
                        -05-25-2009, 11:12 AM
                      • RamWraith
                        Bears sign Pace too
                        by RamWraith
                        From Rotoworld:

                        Orlando Pace-T-Bears Apr. 2 - 6:09 pm et

                        Bears agreed to terms with LT Orlando Pace.
                        A busy day at Bears headquarters, as they now have added protection for their new franchise quarterback. Pace is expected to receive a two- or three-year contract and will be slated to start at left tackle. Chris Williams will move to right tackle with newly signed Kevin Shaffer acting as injury insurance on a much-improved offensive line.
                        -04-02-2009, 03:38 PM
                      • schut39
                        Pace Signs with Bears
                        by schut39
                        Associated Press

                        CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears agreed to a three-year deal with free agent Orlando Pace on Thursday, adding a seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle to their offensive line on the same day they acquired quarterback Jay Cutler in a trade with the Denver Broncos.

                        Released by St. Louis three weeks ago in a move to clear $6 million in salary-cap room, the 33-year-old Pace joins a Chicago team that suddenly has a different look on offense after going 9-7 and missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

                        "We really feel that it gives us a very good offensive line," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said during a conference call with Chicago reporters. "We've had some real good success with veteran players -- John Tait, Fred Miller, Ruben Brown -- and we felt that Orlando is the same. Obviously, he's a potential Hall of Fame player. He expressed to us on his visit that he wants to continue to play, and he feels that his health is as good as it's been in awhile."

                        Besides adding one of the NFL's top linemen, the Bears now have a top quarterback after acquiring Cutler in a trade that sent Kyle Orton and three draft picks to the Broncos.

                        With Cutler and Pace -- and promising young players such as tight end Greg Olsen and running back Matt Forte -- the Bears believe an offense that ranked 26th in the NFL last season will be more productive.

                        The top pick in the 1997 draft, the 6-foot-7 Pace started 154 of 158 games for the Rams while helping them win one Super Bowl and reach another. He blocked for three consecutive MVPs -- quarterback Kurt Warner in 1999 and 2001 and running back Marshall Faulk in 2000 -- but had been hit hard by injuries in recent seasons.

                        The Bears were looking for an offensive tackle after Tait retired and John St. Clair signed with the Browns. Now, Pace is reuniting with Bears coach Lovie Smith, the Rams' former defensive coordinator.

                        "He and Lovie had a relationship in St. Louis, and we thought (he is) another good person, not only in terms of what he brings to our team as a player but what he brings to our locker room," Angelo said.
                        -04-02-2009, 06:57 PM
                      • eldfan
                        Decision to release Pace not looking so bad in hindsight
                        by eldfan
                        Decision to release Pace not looking so bad in hindsight
                        by VanRam on Nov 13, 2009 10:46 AM

                        In last night's loss to the *****, the Bears lost LT Orlando Pace to what is now believed to be a concussion. As you may recall, the St. Louis Rams decision to part ways with their long-time stalwart LT was received with mixed feelings. However, hindsight being 20-20, the move looks down right prescient right now. Check out what Rotoworld had to say about Pace's season:

                        Pace has been a disappointment as a run-blocker this season, and his pass protection hasn't exactly been stellar, either.

                        Alex Barron hasn't been without his flaws for the Rams, but he has mostly been average or better in his blocking. It's the penalties that continue to be his biggest handicap. Still, the real story has been the emergence of rookie Jason Smith.
                        -11-13-2009, 12:37 PM
                      • dgr828
                        Are the bears who we think they are?
                        by dgr828
                        What's the Rams chances playing in Chicago with only the BEAR necessities?

                        Jay Cutler and crew have had a rough time the past few weeks, losing to Arizona, Philly and Favre.
                        Rumors have it that Lovie Smith is on the hot seat and poor Orlando Pace is just about on his last legs. One wonders how our old friend, Pisa is doing in the Windy City.

                        Hopefully the Rams can find a way to muster up enough strength to go on the road and play like they have nothing to lose!
                        Ramfans will have to grin and Bear it in order to shake the effects of a Grizzly 1-11 season.

                        A healthy Steven Jackson should have continued success against a weaken Bears defense minus Brian Urlacher.
                        Rams need to cut down on the penalties and when it comes to turnovers, DON'T FEED THE BEARS!
                        The Bears aren't who we think they are, if the Rams play it right its a Beary winnable game.

                        I'll say Rams get the win, Bearly, 21-20.
                        A Rams win is sure to give everyone here a BEARY BEARY CHRISTMAS!!!
                        -12-02-2009, 09:09 PM