Bears acquire DT Brian Price from Buccaneers for 7th-round pick
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 26, 2012 9:24PM
The Bears acquired troubled but explosive tackle Brian Price from the Buccaneers. | Mike Ehrmann~Getty Images
Updated: August 28, 2012 6:24AM
BOURBONNAIS — Bears general manager Phil Emery, who is constantly looking to upgrade his roster, couldn’t ignore a recent call from an agent.
Chuck Price represents Brian Price (no relation), among other clients, and he apparently was given permission by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to find the defensive tackle a new home.
“The agent called us first because of our scheme and our fit,” Emery said of Chuck Price, “and he really knew the player would fit.
“And the player, right off the bat said, ‘I’m so excited.’ He started naming the Chicago Bears roster. So he definitely has been studying us, also.”
The Bucs received just a seventh-round pick from the Bears. But the Bucs — with new head coach Greg Schiano — appeared ready to give Brian Price a new start, even though he was a second-round pick in 2010.
Price has had a host of physical and personal issues that have come up since the Bucs drafted him, ranging from a rare surgery to re-attach his hamstring to his fractured pelvis, to the death of his sister in May and a fight with rookie safety Mark Barron.
“He fits our system, fits the 4-3. Very explosive player off the ball, very reactive. He has struggled some here in the last year,” Emery said. “He’s had a tough go of it with family issues, obviously with his sister passing away.
“He’s had a hard time with the transition. He’s a player that needs a new home and we’re excited to bring him to Chicago.”
The Bears are intrigued by Price who, despite not being at full health last season, still tallied three sacks.
After his fight with Barron, Price was allowed to return to the Los Angeles area to clear his head.
“I needed my family,” Price told the Tampa Times recently. “I was down and out. I never felt like this before. They felt it was right for me to be with my family and that’s what I needed the most.
“It’s hard to grieve on your own and be all the way on the other side of the country from the only people who understand what you’re going through.”
Contributing: Mark Potash