Green Shipped to Seattle

Mike Green came to the Bears as "Mr. Irrelevant" in the 2000 draft and considering how the team used him over the past season he's leaving in the same fashion. The Bears traded Green to Seattle in exchange for a sixth round draft pick.

Since being the 254th and final player taken in the 2000 draft, Green worked his way up the depth chart. He became Tony Parrish's replacement at strong safety in 2002 and went on to start 45 games with the Bears.

Green moved to free safety last year with Mike Brown shifting over to the strong side. While the switch helped Brown go to his first Pro Bowl, Green lost his starting job after just one game.

Chris Harris replaced him at free safety and started 13 games as a rookie. The lack of playing time for Green was an obvious sign his future in Chicago didn't look to be bright.

Green played six seasons with the Bears and appeared in 81 regular season games during his time with the team. Over the previous five years (2001-05), only Brian Urlacher (956) had more tackles among Bears defenders than Green's 437. He also had six sacks, 13 tackles for loss, four interceptions and 27 pass break-ups.

The Seahawks acquired Green to replace Marquand Manuel and have depth behind Ken Hamlin, who is trying to return from a fractured skull suffered in an "off-the-field" incident last year. Seattle sent the 200th overall selection to Chicago.

The Bears now have six picks, four of which come on the second day of the draft. The deal is a clear indication the team will address safety this weekend.

Brown and Harris are the projected starters with Brandon McGowan and Todd Johnson as the top reserves. According to Coach Lovie Smith, McGowan remains on schedule to participate in training camp after suffering a knee injury late last season.


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