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Bears trade CB Dante Wesley to Patriots for undisclosed draft pick

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  1. pats1

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    There was talk of a trade within the past few days:

    http://www.post-trib.com/sports/498718,bears.article
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    Re: Bears trade CB Dante Wesley to Patriots

    I haven't heard much about this guy, if anyone has any info on him please share. :D
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    Re: Bears trade CB Dante Wesley to Patriots

    Will do. He has played with the Bears and Panthers over his 5-year career, starting 2 games (1 in 2002 and 1 in 2003 with the Panthers).

    http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/302143

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    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/players/scouting?statsId=5986

    Scouts, Inc.:

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    http://www.chicagobears.com/team/player82.html

    OK then...

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    According to NFLPA.org, Wesley is signed through 2007 at the minimum salary of $595,000.
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    Re: Bears trade CB Dante Wesley to Patriots

    Sounds like a pretty good ST player, not too much more.
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    CB depth...5th...maybe 6th depending upon how much PT he sees.
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    Interesting trade. From looking at his stats, he's a back-up/special teamer/nickle back/dime back type player.

    My guess is that its a conditional 7th round pick type deal. If he makes the team, the Bears get a 7th. Much like the Pats did with Gorin, Tucker, Cobbs.
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    Re: Bears trade CB Dante Wesley to Patriots

    Looks to be a special team...11 passes defended in career.
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    This means Samuel is not reporting.
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    Not sure if you're kidding - but no it doesn't.
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    I like it...this is the sort of player that MAY help the team in many ways. An ST player..tall cornerback...and also a safety. Maybe this is insurance in case Samuel decides to sit...maybe they have indications that COULD happen. A good move.
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    Re: Bears trade CB Dante Wesley to Patriots

    Well the passes defended are defensive stats, not special teams stats. But he does certainly appear to have a special teams prowess.
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    I wouldn't get to ahead of yourself. I think this more means we don't want to sign Earthwind come week 9 if Gay goes down again now that Scott is out.
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    Dante Wesley was Carolina's dime back from '03-'05. The Bears signed him to a two year deal during the '06 offseason. He did not fit into the teams cover 2 scheme.

    What little I can find on him indicates that he's a special teams demon.

    This deal makes plenty of sense. The team needs to replace Chad Scott on the depth chart, and perhaps Richardson isn't cutting it.

    Could also mean Asante will play hardball and hold out into the season, but I am still skeptical that will happen.
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    Looking at some old Carolina depth charts, Wesley played behind Ricky Manning, Chris Gamble, and our very own Artrell Hawkins. And we all know about Chicago's corners. Wesley will have a chance to be more than a ST ace here considering the circumstances.
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    You mean Chad Scott, right?

    Good depth and ST player - I'm sure we didn't give too much up for him.

    But to all of those who are convinced that we'd never find any trade value for a surplus of WR talent on the team - I'll make the same point they all made: "Why didn't we just wait til he was cut?" ;)

    Maybe it could be because our GM actually wanted to get him here rather than compete with 31 other teams late in the pre-season?
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    I would guess a replacement for Chad Scott.
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    Might be more a look to the future as well...besides the immediate ST help, he might be able to play BOTH CB and S. He has experience in the NFL, but maybe BB and the coaches see something more in him. If his listed weight is correct, only Harrison and Mitchell weigh more out of the 17 DBs. How can one NOT like it? Not sure what it means as far as Samuel goes..but one can wonder.
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    I guess were just gonna let him compete and have some bodies for the preseason. I mean were thin at CB if Asante doesn't show and we can't afford another injury at CB

    -Samuel gone
    -Hobbs/Gay probably wont play too much in preseason
    -Scott out
    -James has done well
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    -Richardson

    I guess we could use another CB for preseason to avoid injuring our starters/James who will be the nickel unless Cash shows up.
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    If there's one guy who isn't thrilled about this I'd bet it's Mel Mitchell.
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    Not exactly Champ Bailey but if he helps with depth then all the better. I don't even know him but I would rather see him at corner than Hawkins. The Hawk looked so slow last year if he had to play on the edge we would have to change his name to Earthwind Moreland or Duane Starks.

    Maybe they saw Gay almost get injured and realized that his track record of staying on the field is not good.

    Maybe he makes the roster and Richardson moves to the practice squad creating a little more depth.

    I wonder if he will play this weekend.
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    Not good for the practice squad. There's no way in hell he makes the 53-man.

    Everything I've seen and read is that he's been overmatched at CB and SS, and lost on STs.

    He's even made Patriots.com's "Who's Not [Hot]" list a few times.
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    Dante Wesley has pretty much been a tag-a-long to Ricky Manning.

    Wesley was the Panthers' dimeback from 2002-05. Manning was the Panthers' nickelback from 2003-05.

    Both went to the Bears in 2006 and played the same roles. Both played in Super Bowl XXXVIII (against the Pats) and Super Bowl XLI (against the Colts).
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    According to Reiss...he's on the field...already #38....

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