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The Bears Open Free Agency With Some Big Moves

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A big day for the Bears - NFC North Blog - ESPN. Until the Vikings made a purge of their roster last week, no NFC North team had more salary cap room than the Bears. And they opened the free agent signing period like they had something burning a hole in their pocket.

The only other NFC North team to make move, unless I've missed something late Tuesday, was the Vikings, who re-signed backup DT Letroy Guion.

No move was bigger than the trade for Brandon Marshall. He fills a major need, and he comes at a reasonable price (two 3rd round picks). But I didn't like the trade at first because he comes with a lot of character concerns. He's not a guy I'd want on my team, though several commentators have already disagreed with me.

Signing Jason Campbell as a backup QB is the type of signing I'd like to see the Packers make. He just turned 30 and he's coming off a major injury, so there's not a lot of upside, but he's good enough to start. However, the Packers weren't going to be in the market for him because GM Ted Thompson doesn't spend money on veteran backups, and I'm sure the Bears gave Campbell a decent contract.

Blake Costanzo sounds like a good special teams player, but $1.1 million per season is a lot of money for a special teams only player. Still, it's pretty reasonable and I'm surprised the 49ers didn't re-sign him.

Re-signing starting CB Tim Jennings should be a good move, but I'm still puzzled why he was benched late last season.