Stand by your Tank

General manger Jerry Angelo discussed a variety of topics at the NFL combine, including Tank Johnson's second arrest in the last eight months.

Following an alleged incident with a Chicago police officer in the early hours of Feb. 12, Johnson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

At approximately 3:45 a.m., a limousine driver who Johnson had hired was being issued a ticket for being illegally double-parked outside a Chicago nightclub. Johnson allegedly verbally threatened the officer, who then tried to arrest him and a struggle ensued. With the help of other officers, Johnson was eventually subdued.

Even though both charges are misdemeanors, Johnson is currently on 18 months probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge on Nov. 2, which stemmed from an arrest last June. The original charge was a felony count of aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon after police found a loaded gun in his sports utility vehicle.

"I will say the good thing about the second time was he was in a limo," Angelo said. "But it's unfortunate. He's going to learn another lesson the hard way. But we like Tank. He's a good kid. Wrong place, wrong time.

"At least he takes ownership for what he did. We respect that about him. He learned another lesson the hard way, like we all have at some point in our lives but I'm not going overreact to that. I feel bad that it happened because he is a good kid. It's just unfortunate."

The league is looking into the matter further and could discipline Johnson, which didn't happen in the first occurrence. The picture could become clearer after Johnson's March 2nd court date.

Johnson originally came to the Bears as a second round pick in 2004. After struggling as a rookie, he became a vital part of the Bears defensive tackle rotation in 2005. He played in all 16 regular season games with 4 starts and finished fourth on the team with 5.0 sacks.

On the Mend
Angelo also said WR Mark Bradley could do some work in June during organized team activities, but should be ready to play by the start of the season.

"I feel 100 percent that he's going to be in training camp at work," Angelo said. "We feel real good about where he is."

Bradley missed the last 10 games of his rookie campaign after tearing the ACL in his right knee on Oct. 30th.

Next in Line
Over the past two weeks Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio have both received contract extensions from their respective clubs.

When asked when he would receive a new contract, Lovie Smith gave a politically correct answer.

"I just want to be the head football coach of the Chicago Bears from now on," Smith said. "I have a contract right now, and I feel good about it. Hopefully, in time, I'll do something to warrant getting a long-term extension."

Smith has two years left on the four-year deal he signed with the Bears in 2004. He's currently being paid $1.4 million per season, which ranks among the lowest annual salaries for head coaches in the NFL.

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