Rod Marinelli says newly acquired Brian Price should fit in well
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 27, 2012 10:50PM
TAMPA, FL - MAY 01: Defensive tackle Brian Price #92 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up during the Buccaneers Rookie mini camp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Updated: August 29, 2012 12:28PM
BOURBONNAIS — Coming out of UCLA, Brian Price impressed Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
“We looked at him [in 2010], and from other guys in the league, he’s a physical guy, he fits like our guys, he’s athletic, the movement is good and he’s got really good power,” Marinelli said. “We’re anxious to get him here and see what he’s got.”
The Bears, though, will have to wait.
Even though he passed the club’s physical, he still has to sit out three practices, per the collective-bargaining agreement.
According to multiple published reports, Price didn’t complete the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ conditioning test because of a leg injury.
The Bears traded a seventh-round pick to acquire Price, a second-round pick in 2010.
With a new coach in Greg Schiano, the Buccaneers were ready to move on from Price, who had a wide range of issues and challenges while there. He underwent surgery to repair a serious hip injury that has bothered him for years, and he lost his older sister to a hit-and-run car accident in May.
He also got into a reported fight with rookie safety Mark Barron in June.
The Bears hope their locker room will help Price.
“I think we have a great locker room for any player coming in,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “You want to be successful, you want another chance, to make some things right, or just a new start, this is a great place for it.”
Marinelli, meanwhile, was impressed with another defensive tackle. Stephen Paea, he said, has grown since he was selected in the second round last year.
“I really believe in him right now,” Marinelli said. “He’s really got really good quickness, he’s healthy, he’s really healthy right now, and he looks extremely fast.
“Once we get the pads on, that’s when we really see how much we’ve grown there.”
Chris Williams took the bulk of the first-team snaps at left tackle Friday.
◆ Defensive backs coach Jon Hoke said the team is “excited” about where rookie cornerback Isaiah Frey is at this point.
◆ Marinelli said the coaches will be smart with how much veteran players will practice during the preseason. “It’s a veteran-friendly camp,” he said.