The Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Kampman is a free agent and we’ve speculated on several occasions why he’s unlikely to be back with the team for the 2010 season.
Chief among those reasons is Kampman didn’t fare well converting from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker. For that reason alone, Kampman is likely to look for a team where he can play his natural defensive end position.
While we’re going to throw out the Detroit Lions because no one wants to play in Detroit, Kampman could realistically wind up becoming a member of the Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings, who both run a 4-3.
The Vikings are a less likely option, simply because Jared Allen plays Kampman’s left defensive end position and because they have a 25-year-old who registered 8.5 sacks at right defensive end, in Ray Edwards. Kampman is 30 and coming off major reconstructive knee surgery.
Still, as ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde noted, the Vikings did try to sign Kampman as a restricted free agent in 2005.
Perhaps more realistic is Kampman signing with the Bears, where defensive end Adewale Ogunleye is a free agent and at 32, unlikely to be re-signed. Couple that with the recent death of defensive end Gaines Adams and the Bears have a real need.
Yesterday, the Bears other starting defensive end, Alex Brown, lobbied for Kampman to come to Chicago.
“I would love to have Wale (Ogunleye) back, but I’m not sure if they’re going to go that road,” Brown said. “If not, Aaron Kampman would be pretty darn good. He plays hard and he plays with heart.”
Knowing how cheap the Bears are and that Kampman surely won’t command as much money as say, Julius Peppers, seems to indicate there may be a fit as well. On the field, the Bears certainly could use Kampman’s pass rushing ability – Ogunleye led the team with 6.5 sacks last season, followed by Brown’s six.
All that being said, there is a strong indication out of Green Bay the Packers want to re-sign Kampman. They question is, does he wast to re-sign with the Packers?
Yeah if the Bears dont resign Ogunleye they should go for Kampman or Peppers but theyre too cheap to pay Peppers the money hell want so hell probably go ot New England then they should sign Darren Sharper and get Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall for this years 3rd round pick or next years 2nd round pick and they should also let go Adrian Peterson and sign Chester Taylor and since Torry Holt said hes interested in joining the Bears he could be a good mentor for the younger WR then they should offer Kurt Warner the QB Coach job to mentor Jay Cutler
QB:Jay Cutler,RB:Matt Forte,Chester Taylor,WR:Devin Armashodu,Jhonny Knox,Devin Hester(part time),Torry Holt,Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall,TE:Greg Olsen,Desmond Clark,OL:Chris Williams,Orlando Pace,Olin Kreutz,Frank Omiyale,Roberto Garza
DE:Alex Brown,Aaron Kampan,DT:Tommie Harris,Jarron Gilbert,LB:Brian Urlacher,Lance Briggs,Pisa Tinoisamoa,Hunter Hillenmeyer,Nick Roach,FS:Darren Sharper,SS:Al Afalava,CB:Charles Tillman,Zack Bowman
or they could also sign Barry Coefield or Casey Hampton to play next to Tommie Harris,
and they could get Ellis Hobbs or Richard Marshall to replace Nathan Vasher who is likely gone next season.
……fuck the bears!
Yeah Alex and the Bears would win the Super Bowl if all that happened, right? What a tool. Dream big, before the season starts like you Bears fans always do and get dissapointed once again.
that was a lot of work for a Bears fan on a Packers site.
I read and appreciate your site daily, and agree most of the time. However, you are way off here. With Favre likely to come back for 1 more year, we should be very afraid that Kampy winds up in Minnesota. Kampy does NOT play the same position as Allen, he plays the opposite, and would be the perfect bookend. Allen almost always lines up on the right side, and while Edwards benefited greatly from the extra attention that Allen gets he is no Kampmen, not even close. The Queens would dominate with his addition, with the pieces already in place, would he see things the same way Favre did, why not? We can’t let this happen
that would be scary having jared allen the williams wall and aaron kampman to worry about on the opposite side of the ball, damn thats a d-line every quarterback would pray he wouldn’t have to play, well all i can say is lucky brett favre dont have to worry about it.