Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Mar 2010

Bears Cut Orlando Pace

The Bears have cut tackle Orlando Pace.

You have to figure that his Chicago run brings an ignominious end to Pace's career. Although he was able to able to stay healthy, Pace's lone season away from the Rams might have been the worst final season for any surefire Hall of Famer in recent memory.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 01 Mar 2010

15 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:49am by sports-veronica


by anon (not verified) :: Mon, 03/01/2010 - 8:36pm

i'm pretty sure favre will stick around long enough to top this for worst-finale-ever.

by malcomzion (not verified) :: Mon, 03/01/2010 - 9:02pm

The guy never complained when the Bears benched him. It is too bad his body gave out on him, because he never seemed to be anything but a classy player to go along with being one of the best tackles ever to play.

He played a couple years too long, but no one will, or should, remember that when he goes to the hall.

by andrew :: Mon, 03/01/2010 - 9:39pm

How about OJ Simpson for the 49ers?

by Marko :: Mon, 03/01/2010 - 10:19pm

He said recent memory. If you are going to go that far back, you might as well include Joe Namath with the Rams and Johnny Unitas with the Chargers.

by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 03/01/2010 - 11:26pm

Art Monk with the Jets? Jerry Rice not even making the Broncos roster?

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

by tuluse :: Mon, 03/01/2010 - 11:37pm

I'm pretty sure Rice was going to be their #3 receiver but decided he didn't want to play anymore.

by Red Hedgehog :: Tue, 03/02/2010 - 1:08am

Wasn't it #4? Pretty sure he was #3 with the Seahawks.

by ChaosOnion (not verified) :: Tue, 03/02/2010 - 10:45am

Whether it was #3 or #4, I am pretty sure that is the reason he decided to hang it up. Tapping out of training camp fairly ignominious ending to a HOF career.

among scatting <--- o_O (seriously?)

by Yaguar :: Tue, 03/02/2010 - 2:12pm

Yeah, the whole "failed out of training camp" thing isn't really quite right. Rice could've made a number of rosters in the league. He was one of the league's best receivers in 2002, and he produced about 1300 yards at above-replacement level in 2003-2004. Not super-impressive, but consider that his 2003 season saw him getting passes from Rick Mirer and Marques Tuiasosopo.

Above-replacement-level receivers aren't necessarily fungible, and some team would have been happy to take Rice.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Tue, 03/02/2010 - 1:16am

Monk was actually decent on the Jets (121 DYAR, ranked #31, 12.1% DVOA, ranked #22). He even managed to rate 12.9% DVOA the next year, with the Eagles, although he only had 6 catches.

by T. Diddy :: Tue, 03/02/2010 - 10:42am

I find it amazing that there are 3 years of Art Monk's career in the DVOA database now.

by Lola was a dude (not verified) :: Tue, 03/02/2010 - 4:36pm

Yeah, I think I have to go with Rice with the Seahawks and Broncos. Emmitt Smith sucking for the Cardinals is up there too.

by andrew :: Tue, 03/02/2010 - 8:26am

Well I would have said Cris Carter with the Dolphins, but guess he isn't a sure-fire Hall of Famer :P

by Lola was a dude (not verified) :: Tue, 03/02/2010 - 4:37pm

Boom, roasted.