Chicago Bears Sign Marion Barber, May Let Olin Kruetz Leave

In the 2010 regular season, the Bears had a third-down conversion rate of 33 percent and a fourth-down success rate of 29 percent.

As a result, they ranked 27th and 31st in the NFL in third and fourth-down conversions, respectively.

A lot of NFL fans will remember Chicago's Week 1 meeting with the Detroit Lions for the Calvin Johnson touchdown catch that, by technicality only, wasn't. One memory that etches a sketch into my mind was the Bears' inability to get the ball into the end zone on third and fourth-and-goal when they had the ball at the one-yard line.

Signing Marion Barber should give the Bears a short-yardage back that could help them move the chains or cross the goal line. That is, if Chicago either reaches an agreement with Kruetz or finds a reliable replacement for him. 

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