I refrained from writing about the Bears acquisition of defensive tackle Brian Price this week because, quite frankly, there was some concern about whether he’d pass his physical. A year after undergoing two surgeries to reattach his hamstrings to his pelvis, he failed his conditioning test with the Buccaneers before the Bears traded for him.
In addition to his struggle with physical health, there were also concerns about his mental health after the death of his sister earlier in the offseason, something he took incredibly hard which led to hospitalization and a fight with a teammate.
Now that Price officially has joined the Bears after passing his physical, I can safely say that the seventh-round pick the Bears gave up to acquire the large defensive tackle was well worth the risk.
J’Marcus Webb jokes aside, rarely do seventh-round picks amount to much more than special teams contributors. Hence, throwing a pick away for the possibility that Price rebounds from his non-football struggles could pay big dividends.
Price was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft, pick No. 35 overall. A player drafted that high has at least shown some significant talent at the college level and warrants some serious playing time in the NFL. With his 300-pound frame, Price can help stuff the run and he also recorded three sacks last year.
You can never have enough quality defensive tackles and the Bears were looking for added depth at the position. With a change of scenery and a heck of a defensive line guru in Rod Marinelli taking him under his wing, one can only suspect that there’s little risk and possibly big reward in acquiring Price.