Price could be right for Bears DT

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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.

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Off the field issues have also hampered Price’s development. His older sister was killed in a car wreck this past May, and Price was briefly hospitalized afterwards for mental and

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physical exhaustion. He got into a fight with Tampa Bay rookie safety Mark Barron, the Bucs first round pick, during spring workouts and was excused from the remainder of the team’s off season workouts.

If Price is right, he’ll challenge for a playing time at a position where the Bears have some lingering questions. Outside of Henry Melton, the other spot is unsettled. Stephen Paea, last year’s second rounder, veteran Matt Toeaina, and NFL leftovers John McCargo and Demario Pressley are challenging for both playing time and a roster spot.

Price still needs to pass the Bears physical before the trade is official.

Extra Points: the first workout in shells Thursday was predictably sloppy. Mis-communication led to fumbles and dropped passes. Offensive coordinator Mike Tice was not pleased with the uneven start.  I know it was the first day and we’re working a lot of things on the line of scrimmage, but we’re also coming off of an offseason with a bunch of practices and a bunch of times that we did it, we did it right. We can’t come out the first day and look like we never did it before. We’re not going to put up with that.”….The Bears will workout without pads again on Friday, before the first contact session on Saturday night.

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