McClellin learning on the job


Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin, the team’s first round pick and 19th overall in this past spring’s 2011 draft, struggled through a three-hour practice session Sunday, part of his indoctrination into the professional ranks.

Running with the second and third teamers, the Boise State rookie was stymied during pass rush drills against fellow rookie offensive tackles James Brown and Tyler Hendrickson, both undrafted free agents. McClellin needs to continue to add bulk and strength to his 6-3, 260 pound frame, while adding some counter pass rush moves to his repertoire. READ MORE

Price could be right for Bears DT

Seeking to strengthen their defensive line, the Chicago Bears took a flyer on underachieving DT Bryan Price Thursday, acquiring the third-year UCLA product in a trade with Tampa Bay. In return, it is believed the Bears gave up a late round draft choice, possibly a seventh rounder.

Price capped off a stellar collegiate career in Westwood and became the 35th overall pick by the Bucs in the 2010 draft. After injury wiped out almost all his rookie season, Price  started 14 games in 2011 and had three sacks despite not being fully healthy. Price has had two surgical procedures to re-attach his hamstrings to his fractured pelvis more than a year ago, but is believed to be fully recovered.