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Orlando Pace | Tackle

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (38) / 11/4/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 325
College: Ohio State
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Bears released LT Orlando Pace.
Pace isn't yet 35 and was due a reasonable $3.75M salary in 2010, but his performance as both a pass and run blocker last year was indicative of a player that's fallen "off the cliff." No longer mobile enough to ward off edge rushers and long short on power, Pace will struggle to find a new home. Chicago will move forward with Chris Williams on Jay Cutler's blind side. Mon, Mar 1, 2010 07:14:00 PM

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Orlando Pace indicated that his playing status for 2010 remains "up in the air."

Beat writer Vaughn McClure believes it "seems likely" that Pace will retire after 13 seasons in the league. Pace isn't crazy about coming back as a reserve, and the Bears won't want to pay him $3.75M to do so.
Tue, Feb 16, 2010 10:17:00 PM

Orlando Pace suggested that the hiring of Mike Martz could alter his plans for 2010.

Pace is considering retirement, but he seems to relish the thought of playing for Martz again after their time together in St. Louis earlier in the decade. Pace would have to take a paycut and return as a backup to Chris Williams.
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 01:34:00 PM

Orlando Pace is undecided about his future and is mulling over the idea of retirement.

"After the season I will re-evaluate and see how I feel, if it makes sense (to return in 2010), and if I even want to play," Pace said after practice on Friday. Returning as a backup and insurance plan to Chris Williams may not interest him. Pace, 34, is under contract through 2011.
Sat, Jan 2, 2010 11:09:00 AM

Orlando Pace is working with the second stringers at practice and is expected to remain there for the rest of the season, sources tell the Chicago Tribune.

This raises the possibility that the Bears could release the former All Pro after the season. Pace been a major disappointment after signing a three-year, $15 million contract last spring. While he says he feels healthy, Pace could consider retirement rather than play out his age-35 season. Chris Williams, the Bears left tackle of the future and now present, takes over.
Thu, Dec 17, 2009 09:25:00 AM

Bears LT Orlando Pace is expected to miss his second consecutive game on Sunday against the Packers.

Pace has been abused this season, along with the rest of Chicago's offensive front. The left tackle of the future, Chris Williams, will slide over to protect Jay Cutler's blind side and Kevin Shaffer will step in on the right.
Source: Fox Sports
Sun, Dec 13, 2009 08:45:00 AM

Bears LT Orlando Pace has no immediate plans to retire.

With Pace sidelined by a groin injury last week, left tackle of the future Chris Williams slid over from his right tackle spot and drew rave reviews. Pace, 34, is expected back this week but it's unclear if he'll get his job back. The Bears are probably regretting the three-year deal they gave him this offseason.
Wed, Dec 9, 2009 09:33:00 AM

Bears LT Orlando Pace (groin) is not expected to play in Week 13.

He has no timetable to return. Despite a solid final campaign in St. Louis last year, Pace appears to have "fallen off the cliff" at age 34 in his first season with Chicago. Chris Williams will replace him on the blind side.
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 01:48:00 PM

Bears LT Orlando Pace left Sunday's game against the Bears with a groin injury and is questionable to return.

The Bears offensive line, including Pace, has been getting abused by the Vikings' front seven all day. Pace walked to the locker room under his own power and should be fine.
Sun, Nov 29, 2009 06:52:00 PM

Bears LT Orlando Pace (concussion) is expected to be ready to play in Week 11 against the Eagles.

Pace was concussed in Thursday night's ugly loss and was replaced by Kevin Shaffer. The Pace-to-Shaffer transition wouldn't be a big dropoff, as Pace has been a major disappointment for the Bears this season.
Sat, Nov 14, 2009 09:44:00 AM

Bears LT Orlando Pace left Thursday's game with what is believed to be a concussion.

The injury was first reported as Pace getting the wind knocked out of him, but it could be more serious. Pace has been a disappointment as a run-blocker this season, and his pass protection hasn't exactly been stellar, either.
Fri, Nov 13, 2009 10:56:00 AM

In the latest issue of the Sporting News, Bears LT Orlando Pace said he understood and has no hard feelings toward the Rams about being released.

The Bears probably wouldn't mind if Pace played with a chip on his shoulder, but his health is obviously the key. If he stays on the field, it can only help Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 07:55:00 AM

Orlando Pace's three-year, $15 million contract is essentially a two-year, $10 million commitment.

Pace only received a $1 million signing bonus. He'll get $6 million in the first year and only costs $4 million in 2010. The third year is worth $5M, but contains no guaranteed money. Pace will turn 36 that season. The deal will be a steal for Chicago if Pace can stay healthy the next two years.
Mon, Apr 13, 2009 12:25:00 PM

Bears agreed to terms with LT Orlando Pace on a three-year, $15 million contract.

A busy day at Bears headquarters, as they now have protection for their new franchise QB. Pace, who can earn $11 million in the first two years of the deal, is slated to start at left tackle. Chris Williams will move to the right side with newly signed Kevin Shaffer acting as injury insurance on a much-improved line. Pace is 33, but proved he still has plenty in the tank by allowing just two sacks last season. Only Denver's Ryan Clady (0.5) and Tennessee's Michael Roos (1.0) gave up fewer.
Thu, Apr 2, 2009 06:09:00 PM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome wouldn't rule out Baltimore signing free agent Orlando Pace at Wednesday's pre-draft news conference.

Baltimore proposed a contract at Pace's visit two weeks ago, but Chicago may be offering more money and can keep Pace at left tackle. It's the only position he's played in his career. The Ravens' need is on the right side.
Thu, Apr 2, 2009 11:06:00 AM

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