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Lovie Smith used to allowing second chances

Brandon Marshall got a break and has since flourished with the Bears.

Brandon Marshall got a break and has since flourished with the Bears.

If the Bucs sign Richie Incognito, it wouldn't be the first time coach Lovie Smith has had a player with previous troubles.

Here is how has Smith handled those players when he coached the Bears from 2004-12. This incomplete list comes with some help from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

WR Brandon Marshall: Has had multiple legal problems. In 2012, the Bears traded two third-round picks to Miami for Marshall.

DT Tank Johnson: Arrested on gun charges in 2006, but was given clearance by the courts to play in the Super Bowl (he had half a sack). The Bears cut him in 2007, after another arrest.

WR Sam Hurd: Released after being arrested on federal drug charges.

RB Cedric Benson: Arrested twice on alcohol-related offenses and was cut.

LB Lance Briggs: Arrested for leaving the scene of an accident after an early-morning crash in his Lamborghini. Bears re-signed him.

TE John Gilmore: Arrested on drug charges and refusing to leave a bar. Bears kept him.

CB Ricky Manning: Had a previous assault charge when the Bears tried to add him. Was arrested for assault on the day he signed an offer sheet with the Bears and was suspended for a game by the NFL. Played two years with Chicago.

WR David Terrell: Arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and showing up to court late. The Bears waived him.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Lovie Smith used to allowing second chances 08/25/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:01pm]
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