Hurry up and wait

The Bears and John Tait have agreed on a six-year deal worth between $33-34 million including $14 million in guaranteed money. However Chicago and Tait will have to wait until next Friday to see if he'll dawn a Bears uniform.

The Bears front-loaded the deal for $10 million in the first year of the contract in an effort to keep the Chiefs matching the offer on their transition player. Kansas City has seven days to make a decision and are currently $4 million under the cap after re-signing DE Erik Hicks. There is a chance the Chiefs will try to restructure some contracts and possibly release at least one player to match the offer for Tait.

There is a chance the Bears could send a draft pick to Kansas City to ensure that the Chiefs will not try to match the offer. If the Bears are unable to secure John Tait then the free agency period has to be considered a major disappointment considering the amount of money the Bears had to spend and the needs they needed to fill.

While there may be some debate on which side Tait will play, it looks like the 6-6, 323-pounder will most likely end up at right tackle. Qasim Mitchell is an option on the left side and Marc Colombo remains a long shot.

The bulk of the Bears excess cap room will be used up if Tait becomes a Bear. Still the team is considering making a run at Ephraim Salaam as the left tackle visited Halas Hall on Friday.

Salaam, a former seventh-round pick, has spent the past two seasons playing left tackle for the Denver Broncos. Before that he started 55 games at left tackle for the Atlanta Falcons including starting as a rookie the squad that went to Super Bowl XXXIII. A Chicago native could be a reasonably priced option instead of going with an unproven in Mitchell.


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