Lake Forest - The Bears made a small investment in Qasim Mitchell when they gave him a three-year contract extension that included a $1.5 million bonus. At worst, the salary cap hit would be minimal if the experiment at left tackle doesn't work and he needs to be cut. On the other hand, the six-foot-6, 355-pound Mitchell could develop into a cheap solution at the most expensive position on the offensive line.
November 10, 2004
Lake Forest - There was talk that the Bears would try to sign Alex Brown to a contract extension by Monday because the signing bonus could still count toward the '03 cap. While that move didn't get done, Saturday the team did ink LT Qasim Mitchell and RB Adrian Peterson to extensions.
November 6, 2004
Qasim Mitchell has been the subject of talk since the Bears decided to leave John Tait at right tackle. Mitchell had been a right tackle his entire football life until being forced to the left side because a rash of injuries, but hopes to make it his permanent home.
July 31, 2004
The signing of Ruben Brown is a nice move, but it still doesn't address the Bears biggest need on the offensive line. While the move will shift Mike Gandy into the competition for the left tackle spot, the team is gambling that his play will improve or that Qasim Mitchell is ready to protect Rex Grossman's blind side.
April 2, 2004