In the latest NFL free agents 2011 rumors and news, the Chicago Bears have interest in free agent Lofa Tatupu for the upcoming season. A recent report shows that Tatupu, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, may be interested in becoming a Bear as well.
With the Chicago Bears 2011 schedule and the NFL regular season approaching in just about a month, the team that just barely missed a trip to the Super Bowl is certainly looking for new key additions. At age 28, and as a three-time Pro Bowl player, linebacker Lofa Tatupu could certainly be a key addition to a team that has built its reputation on defense. The good news is that Lofa has noted some interest in playing for the Bears as well. However, he's also shown interest in the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins, two teams in rebuild mode.
One would think Lofa would want to play for a contender like the Bears with his career on a downward slide. One of the toughest parts in making the decision may be gambling on Tatupu's ability to have a healthy season. The linebacker was plagued with injuries during the past few seasons, with his output suffering in the process. Last season, he was able to play in all of the Seahawks' games, but had just 88 tackles, whereas during his early career, he had over 100 in his first few seasons.
If the Bears are willing to make this gamble, it could pay off and add to their defensive intensity. That defense helped them get to the Super Bowl several years ago. If Jay Cutler and the offense can get it together, this could be the team that once again challenges the Green Bay Packers for the right to play in the Super Bowl.