Lofa Tatupu will always be a Seattle Seahawk. Since 2005 when the Seahawks drafted the MLB out of USC, he was considered a long shot to be an impact player. He was too short, too slow, and didn’t have the acceleration needed to catch up to a running back hitting the outside. Lofa proved everyone wrong those first few seasons earning pro bowl invites three times and helping the Seahawks make it to the Super Bowl in his rookie year.
However, after the team asked Tatupu to take a pay cut, he requested his release and is now looking at teams such as the Raiders and Redskins in free agency.
Enter the Chicago Bears. Jeff Dickerson at espnchicago.com is reporting that the Bears have a strong interest in Tatupu even though they have possibly the best MLB in the last 10 years (sure, Ray Willis is great too) still under contract. Tim Ruskell is the assistant GM in Chicago and he was the man that drafted Tatupu in 2005 so that explains why there may be some interest.
With Urlacher and Tatupu both battling injuries these past few years, Tatupu may just be a backup plan in case Urlacher goes down sometime during the season. It would be interesting to see the two team-up.
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