@mikecwright: I think there will be some interest, but it's going to come down to what the Bears can afford to spend relative to their cap situation. Last April, I asked former general manager Phil Emery and one of the team's recent GM candidates whether they'd trade for Suh if it were financially feasible, and both said yes because it's difficult to find dominant interior defenders. Last year, Linval Joseph signed a $31.5 million deal in Minnesota. Former Bear Henry Melton received $29 million over four years last offseason and Paul Soliai signed a five-year deal in Atlanta worth $33 million. Well, Suh's expected contract will blow all those out of the water, as he's expected to receive a deal similar to the six-year $100 million extension J.J. Watt signed with the Texans. I'll tell you this much: You can count on at least one current Bear in Willie Young recruiting Suh.
Back in October, Young was asked during the "Carmen & Jurko" show on ESPN 1000 whether he'd put in a recruiting call to Suh this offseason.
"I could see myself doing that. It just depends on, obviously, it's gonna come down to a business standpoint for him in particular," Young said. "But at the end of the day, we've got some good guys here right now. He could come and join me. He could come and join what we're about to build over here in Chicago. We would appreciate it. We would like to have him."
MCW Since firing Lovie 2 yrs ago, I've been hearing a call by some to move to a 3-4 D. No specifics given as to why. ur take? #bearsmailbag— JetCityBearFan (@blindmellojelly) January 15, 2015
@mikecwright: I think fans become enamored with the "new" thing everyone is discussing. Folks see teams blitzing and sacking the quarterback and want to see their teams doing it, too. The problem with that is I don't think fans quite understand all that goes into putting together a top-tier unit on all three levels. For instance, if you want to blitz every other down, you've absolutely got to have lockdown players on the back end capable of consistently handling man-to-man and bump-and-run coverage, which is more difficult than folks think. You've also got to make sure the guys you're sending on the blitzes consistently get home. What's interesting is the 3-4 defense isn't anything new at all. It has been around a long time, just like the 4-3 front. With so many teams moving to 3-4 schemes, it actually opens up the talent pool for the 4-3 clubs. So then, it becomes more a matter of the personnel side picking the right players. Obviously, they haven't done that in Chicago. The truth is, theoretically, all schemes are effective if executed correctly and consistently. Again, execution ultimately comes down to the players.
Having said all that, I doubt the Bears would go the 3-4 route because it appears to be too large an undertaking for the personnel department to handle for an ownership group that wants to win now.