Chicago Bears Still on the Lookout for SAM I Am


Published: May 4, 2009


... title="Marcus Freeman">Marcus Freeman, the linebacker out of Ohio State that the Bears took in the sixth round, was that he would compete for the SAM linebacker spot.
Word out of rookie mini-camp this weekend, however, has Freeman listed as a WILL linebacker—rightfully so by my estimate, in that Freeman is built like a WILL at only 6-feet, 239 pounds.
He is not the type of player who fits the ideal mold for a SAM linebacker in the 4-3 defense.

That leaves the question, who exactly is going to compete with Hunter Hillenmeyer for the SAM spot?"

That spot in the line up struggled to show a consistent level of production last year.

Sure, it’s not as important as a position as the WILL spot that perennial Pro-Bowler Lance Briggs mans. But the Bears don’t need weak links in the defense piling up year after year either.

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