While I wish they had showed up at OTAs, I get it that it's contractually their option to not be involved in this particular part of the off-season. After thinking about this for a few days I can see their side of this too. It's a long brutal season that takes a toll already - and also this season is going to add another regular season game. Dazz Newsome just broke his collarbone and had to have fairly significant surgery. It drives home the point that maybe a seasoned veteran would choose to not voluntarily participate in something like this. Yeah, I wish they'd all shown up, but I guess I do understand the other side to this.
I disagree. Injuries are part of the risk of being an NFL player. If you want to win a Super Bowl, you show up for OTA to learn the defense under the new DC. Other teams defenses are doing it, and so should the Bears. If I had a contract with my employer for $$$millions, I would do everything I could to justify their investment in me, and just act like a real professional. The offensive team on the Bears is doing it, and so should the defense.
End of rant.
Agree! By the D sitting at home, it sends a bad message to those who went and especially to young impressionable talent such as Fields. Where’s the desire to win?