New President/GM Tim Ruskell did his used car salesman routine, reaching back into his past to claim another DE, Joe Tafoya, off waivers yesterday.
Looking through the NFL classifieds, the following ad caught his eye:
99 Tafoya - low milage, economy model with plenty of tread left on the tires, but not really tested much on the open road. Asking League minimum or BO.
On one hand it's a little concerning that he was released, picked up, released again by the Falcons, and didn't play at all last season. But on the other hand, there's a steady growth and consistency in his stats in his first three years with the Bears. The best stat of all has got to be: 4 kickoff returns for a total of 55 yards, with a long of 19!
Not that he's the answer to our kick return question, but maybe he's the kind of guy you can put in the backfield for the "heavy jumbo" set, or line him up as a tackle-eligible, like the Pats sometimes do with Vrable!
Anyhow, if this guy passes the Ruskell Rules of Order, then we can be sure one thing...he's gotta have a clean CarFax Vehicle History report!