Veteran cornerback Alan Ball rejected the Panthers offer in free agency, eventually opting to sign with the Bears. The former seventh-round pick discussed his decision to join Chicago with Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
“I just see opportunity in a new defense that is coming in. I’ve watched Vic [Fangio]’s defense in the past and what he does for his players and the situations he puts them in. You have to be excited about that. [Ed] Donatell does a good job with players as well and John Fox, no matter who you ask, they say the same thing about him as a head coach.
“I like the whole situation with those guys after being around them and (general manager) Ryan Pace. It’s good energy and it is something to be excited about. I don’t want to talk numbers. The Bears were competitive. The reason I made the decision overall was because of fit.”
Let’s take a look at some more notes from the NFC…
- Despite previous reports the the Cowboys wanted to bring back linebacker Rolando McClain, Bob Sturm of the Dallas Morning News says the two sides are very far apart. Following the deals signed by linebackers Bruce Carter and Justin Durant, Sturm concludes that it’s a “buyer’s market.” Our own Luke Adams analyzed McClain’s free agent stock yesterday.
- Free agent offensive lineman Ben Ijalana visited the Panthers on Friday, reports Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. The former second-round pick has played only seven games since joining the NFL in 2011.
- An interesting detail on Alameda Ta’amu‘s contract with the Cardinals (via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com): the nose tackle’s $216K workout bonus is based on the player making weight. The 24-year-old will make $36K for making weight at each of his six weigh-ins.