Top 3 Offseason Needs: Chicago Bears

In advance of March 9, the start of free agency in the NFL, Pro Football Rumors will detail each team’s three most glaring roster issues. We’ll continue this year’s series with the Chicago Bears, who regressed to a 3-13 record in their second season under head coach John Fox‘s leadership.

Depth Chart (via Roster Resource)

Pending Free Agents:

Top 10 Cap Hits for 2017:

  1. Jay Cutler, QB: $16,000,000
  2. Kyle Long, G: $8,000,000
  3. Pernell McPhee, LB: $7,825,000
  4. Lamarr Houston, LB: $6,990,000
  5. Danny Trevathan, LB: $6,850,000
  6. Josh Sitton, G: $6,822,916
  7. Bobby Massie, T: $6,034,275
  8. Akiem Hicks, DE: $5,500,000
  9. Eddie Royal, WR: $5,000,000
  10. Kevin White, WR: $4,517,195

Other:

Three Needs:

1) Secure a long-term option at quarterback: Jay Cutler is fresh off the worst Total Quarterback Rating of his career, and whether that was a product of multiple injuries or the fact that former offensive coordinator Adam Gase is no longer around, Cutler is almost assuredly set to be released this offseason. Not only is Bears head coach John Fox reportedly “done” with Cutler, but Chicago can clear $14MM off its books by cutting the 33-year-old QB this spring. Of course, by parting ways with Cutler, the Bears would be creating another gaping vacancy at the most important position in the game, meaning the club would need to conduct an extensive search for a franchise quarterback this offseason.Matt Barkley (Vertical)

The Bears do have at least one other signal-caller currently on the roster who could provide some sort of value in Matt Barkley, though he clearly doesn’t solve Chicago’s long-term problems under center. The former fourth-round pick likely made himself some money during the 2016 campaign by proving he can sustain backup level production, but he completed less than 60% of his passes, tossed 14 interceptions in six starts, and ranked 25th in DYAR among 34 qualifiers, per Football Outsiders. Barkley, who can be retained through the restricted free agent system, could potentially serve as a bridge quarterback in 2017, but the Bears shouldn’t pin their hopes on him.

Veteran Brian Hoyer also fits into the bridge QB discussion, as the 31-year-old managed six touchdowns against no picks in five starts last season before going down with a broken non-throwing arm. Hoyer had to settle for a one-year, $2MM deal last offseason despite a quietly productive 2016 campaign with the Texans, and he could be forced to agree to a similar contract this spring. With Barkley likely coming back next season, the Bears needn’t be forced to retain Hoyer, but if the club can get him back on a cheap pact, he’s not a poor option to have around.

Even if Barkley and Hoyer are kept around, Chicago still clearly needs to find a signal-caller who can lead the club for the long haul. The organization isn’t going to find such a player in free agency, where Mike Glennon represents the best target outside of Kirk Cousins, who seems likely to remain in Washington. The draft, then, represents the best avenue for the Bears to land their next quarterback, and the team’s front office has reportedly been researching the 2017 class of QBs for some time.Brad Kaaya (Vertical)

Miami’s Brad Kaaya has been the one collegiate prospect to be directly linked to the Bears, as Matt Miller of Bleacher Report said in November that Chicago was putting in “extensive research” on the Hurricanes quarterback. Generally considered one of the top four or five QBs available this year, Kaaya is expected to be selected on Day 2. Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com credits Kaaya for his toughness, and says the 21-year-old has an “unforced throwing motion with the arm strength to make all the necessary NFL throws,” but notes that Kaaya could improve his poise under pressure.

Given that Chicago holds the third overall pick, however, the club doesn’t have to settle for Kaaya or another mid-round option, and could target one of the top three quarterbacks available this year: Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, or Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. Of course, the two teams drafting ahead of the Bears — the Browns and 49ers — are also in the market for a quarterback, so Chicago’s choice could be limited once it officially gets on the clock. Still, the Bears should get a shot at one of those three QBs, and though the club hasn’t been specifically linked to any of the trio tJimmy Garoppolo (Vertical)hus far, it’s entirely fair to assume Chicago will go after a quarterback at No. 3.

The trade market could be yet another route for the Bears, especially since one NFL executive recently told Bucky Brooks of NFL.com that he’s “scared to death” of the 2017 quarterback draft class. Tony Romo could make sense for Chicago, but general manager Ryan Pace & Co. are probably looking for a signal-caller who can stick around for awhile. Instead of Romo, then, the Bears might target another Eastern Illinois graduate, Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo, whom New England is reportedly willing to deal this offseason. The Pats, though, are thought to be seeking a first- and fourth-round pick in exchange for Garoppolo, an extremely high ask especially considering that Garoppolo would still need to be extended. The Bengals’ A.J. McCarron, who is open to being traded, could represent a more affordable target.

2) Fix the secondary: Chicago’s front office spent much of the 2016 offseason adding talent to its defense: defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, and linebackers Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, and Leonard Floyd were acquired through free agency/the draft, and each provided production during their first season in the Windy City under the guidance of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The one area of the defense that wasn’t addressed was the secondary, leaving the back end as an obvious area of need in 2017.

Let’s start with safety, where the Bears already have one spot locked down thanks to 2015 fifth-round pick Adrian Amos. The most successful Chicago draft choice from last season, Amos has started 30 games during his first two years in the league, and in 2016 graded out as the NFL’s No. 26 safety, per Pro Football Focus. Opposite Amos, Harold Jones-Quartey, Deon Bush, Chris Prosinski, Demontre Hurst, and DeAndre Houston-Carson all saw varying levels of playing time, though Jones-Quartey played the most snaps (732).Malik Hooker (Vertical)

Typically, safeties aren’t enough of a positional priority to justify a top-five pick, but the 2017 draft class features two back-end defenders whom the Bears could look at with the third overall selection. Ohio State’s Malik Hooker and LSU’s Jamal Adams both rank among the four best players in the entire draft, according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, who adds that both Hooker and Adams are ready to start right away. Safeties who could be available when Chicago’s turn comes up on Day 2 include Budda Baker (Washington), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan), and Marcus Williams (Utah).

Free agency isn’t full of talented safeties, but there are two options who each graded within PFF’s top-10 at the position: Kansas City’s Eric Berry and Arizona’s Tony Jefferson. Recent reports have indicated the Chiefs are more likely to place the franchise tag on defensive tackle Dontari Poe than Berry, meaning the veteran safety could hit the market this spring (unlike last year when Kansas City did employ the franchise tender). Jefferson, 25 this week, should draw a great deal of interest, though — surprisingly — no club signed him to an offer sheet in 2016 after the Cardinals tendered him at the lowest restricted free agent level.

Other free agent safeties that could attract the eye of Bears management include Jonathan Cyprien (Jaguars), Barry Church (Cowboys), Duron Harmon (Patriots), and D.J. Swearinger (Cardinals). Colts defensive backs Mike Adams and Darius Butler — the latter of whom recently said he’s comfortable making the transition to safety — could also make sense, especially given that former Indianapolis safeties coach Roy Anderson is now Chicago’s assistant DBs coach. Adams, at age-36, would clearly represent more of a “win-now” addition, so Butler (30) might be the more palatable option. San Francisco’s Antoine Bethea could be of interest if he gets released, thanks to the presence of former 49ers coaches Fangio and Ed Donatell in Chicago.

Cornerback is perhaps even an even more dire need than safety, as the Bears could use at least two new starters at the position. 2014 first-round Kyle Fuller, who missed the entirety of last season, doesn’t figure to be among them, as Chicago looks increasingly likely to trade or release Fuller before next season. Cre’Von LeBlanc, an astute 2016 waiver pickup by GM Ryan Pace, showed enough during his rookie campaign that he could be asked to take on a larger role in 2017, but veteran Tracy Porter is in danger of being cut after grading out as the league’s fifth-worst cornerback, per PFF.Trumaine Johnson

While the Bears could certainly target a corner like Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore at pick No. 3, the club will more likely turn to the open market in its search for defensive backs. Ideally, Chicago would come out of the free agent period with one top-tier CB and one second-tier CB, and fill in the rest of the secondary through the draft. Given the Bears’ salary cap situation, and the fact they likely won’t be paying an elite quarterback salary, it would be a disappointment if the team wasn’t holding one of A.J. Bouye, Trumaine Johnson, Stephon Gilmore, or — at the very least — Dre Kirkpatrick when the free agent dust clears. Logan Ryan, Nolan Carroll, Brandon Carr, or Prince Amukamara would make for fine No. 2 corner targets.

 3) Retain Alshon Jeffery: The Bears are likely to open the 2017 season with a young quarterback under center, so the club needs to start thinking of ways to ensure his development. Chicago already boasts an above-average offensive line, a talented running back, and a reliable veteran tight end. Receiving weapons are the next logical priority, and the Bears have a decision to make on one of their own: Alshon Jeffery, who projects as the best pass-catcher available on the 2017 free agent market.Alshon Jeffery (vertical)

Jeffery, who turns 27 years old next month, was franchised last offseason, meaning he was paid a fully guaranteed one-year salary of $14.599MM. The Bears can use the franchise tag again in 2017, although it will require them to raise Jefferey’s salary by 120% to ~$17.5MM. While such a price tag would make Jeffery the highest-paid WR on a per-year basis, using the tag for a second consecutive looks like Chicago’s best course of action. Jeffery has dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout his career and was suspended four games for PEDs in 2016, so it’s fair to wonder if the Bears fully trust him. However, it’s probably better to keep Jeffery around for one more season at an admittedly high cost than to hand him significant guarantees to lock him up through his early-30s.

If Jeffery walks in free agency, the Bears’ receiver depth chart looks incredibly sparse. Cameron Meredith was a mini-sensation who posted four games with nine-plus receptions and more than 100 yards, but he also struggled through a three-game stretch where he managed only one catch per contest, so it’s unclear if Chicago views him as a clear starter going forward. Former first-round pick Kevin White remains a total question mark after being injured for most of his first two years in the league, while veteran slot man Eddie Royal is expected to be cut this offseason.

The Bears have too many other holes to use a first- or second-round pick on a receiver, so if Jeffery leaves and they need to replace him, they’ll have to wade into free agency. The problem is, as noted, that Jeffery is the clear No. 1 WR available, and the dearth of other options figures to drive up the prices of Terrelle Pryor, Michael Floyd, DeSean Jackson, and the like. Could Chicago compete with a receiving corps of Meredith, Daniel Braverman, and one of Kenny Stills, Kenny Britt, or Robert Woods? Maybe, but the presence of Jeffery would better grease the offensive wheels.

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  1. Ben Ciembro

    Ideally one of the top quarterbacks like Kizer or Watson falls to the early second round which would allow the Bears to use the first rounder on a defender (Allen or Adams) and then grab a franchise QB in the 2nd, although it’s unlikely those guys fall.

    • josc2

      You’re right on it. Using the #3 pick on a QB is too rich. Unfortunately the Bears are still in talent acquisition mode and need to add the best player available with that #3 pick.

      • jkbuckets

        Just trade a 2nd and third rounder for mccarron. If he doesn’t work draft baker mayfield next year

  2. Mahonne the QB from Texas Tech in the second round would be a great pick Take the best defensive athlete available with the third pick of the draft

    • ghostoforsillo

      Mahonne would be fantastic!! Put up amazing numbers in a pro style offense. He would be a great get. Could be there for the 3rd round.

      • elementz09

        The only thing about Mahonne is that history fails him. When is the last QB to come from Texas Tech you know that has succeeded at the NFL level?

        We’ll see what the Combine shows.

  3. ghostoforsillo

    Definitely a tough spot for the Bears. Do you take the best available player despite need? Allen or Adams will be available if one QB is taken so Pace and the boys need to nail this draft if they want to stick around and more importantly, turn this around.

    • Allen would be the best choice but I heard he might have an injury that’s not reported. Does anyone know if there is truth to that or is he healthy and it’s just rumors to try and get him yo fall in the draft?

      • If I remember correctly I read a report that stated he had 2 shoulder surgeries and a possible 3rd that was not reported.

      • Heck I’d rather have Soloman Thomas, Rueben Foster, Martavious Adams, if we’re going front 7 @ 3. Allen hasn’t consistently beat NFL caliber OLinemen enough and the fact that he is on a defense with so many other NFL caliber players on that D and I think it’s too high of a risk at three. With the drought of turnovers Hooker is awfully tempting @ 3 as well.

    • Willie

      Well, I think the Bears should trade down to the 11th spot with the Saints for an extra #2 pick this year and an extra #1 pick in 2018. That is the going rate for moving up 8 spots.
      Saints have everything they need to succeed in the playoffs, except a great impact player on defense. They can find him with the 3rd pick.
      At #11 Bears can grab the best defensive player available or the best Left Tackle or QB Kizer. With the two second round picks the can grab Texas QB Mahomes and another top defensive player depending on what the grabbed in the fist round, that will free them up to grab Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp in the third round.

  4. mcdusty31

    Does AJ McCarron look like a guy that can handle starting? If so he could be an option for the Browns for the right price and then they’d most likely be out on drafting a QB with their top pick

    • Well I definitely think he is because he dominated at Alabama for at least three years and look really good when Dalton went down. I am pulling for the Bears to make a move for him and keep Hoyer(thinking he is a great looker room guy and backup/bridge QB).

      • mcdusty31

        He would be a nice fit for the Bears but I was also kind of thinking that since he’s played for Hue before that his best fit might be in Cleveland, despite the fact that he’ll be on the ground a lot if they don’t address their offensive line

  5. joe bambino

    What’s the odds that the Bears find a long term Qb this year? The draft is a crapshoot, what’s out there, Romo old & injury prone, maybe a trade for someone else’s underperforming Qb, is Garoppolo a starting Qb or a good second stringer so he is a question mark, Cousins may be available if the Bears want to pony up. No matter what the team does it will be interesting.
    Me, I would build a great defense.

  6. Flodad

    Sign Berry as a free agent and take Hooker or Adams with#3. We need immediate playmaker who can create turnovers. I may be proven wrong but I’d take either Safety before Allen or Garett

    • Mink

      I’ve been thinking about this as well. We’ve been cycling through safeties for way too long. I would take Hooker over Adams because of his balls skills even though I think Adams pairs better as a SS with Berry. I would rather have Jefferson over Berry, but there’s no way AZ let’s him walk.

  7. Pres

    It’s first start with what the bears do in free agency,1st they should build a monster D, and get Sheldon Richardson,Tony Jefferson, get 2 cb,Mike Glennon and draft Jonathan Allen,Patick Mahomes,and use Cooper Kupp as a TE,and so on.

    • Classicfinder

      You do realize that Kupp is 6’2 210 lbs. right? No way he is playing TE in the NFL.

    • ChiSoxCity

      Precisely. Watson is a franchise QB. If I’m the GM of the Bears, I’m negotiating with Cleveland to move up to #1.

      Unfortunately, we’re stuck with an NFL franchise that’s owned and managed by woefully inept people in Chicago. They’ve been unwilling to go get a franchise QB in the draft, and it’s literally set them back decades.

      • Classicfinder

        Watson is by no means a lock to be a franchise QB. Hard to take at 3 in the first place, but what it would cost you to move up to 1? Are you insane? The Bears have way too many holes to fill to be giving up picks. Especially for someone not a lock as a franchise QB.

  8. Norks

    If the Bears don’t make the playoffs next year, Fox and Pace will be fired. More importantly Ted Philips should be fired.

    • I would give next year plus one more and if they have seen drastic improvement, Peace! You couldn’t be more one point about Mr. Phillips though. What the hell is this guy doing for the McCaskey family to survive all the front office turnover!?

      • ChiSoxCity

        Forget about the playoffs. The Bears need to find a real franchise QB first. Then they need to shore up the O-line and defense. It could take two or three years before they’re relevant again.

        • The term “Franchise QB” is being thrown around too much these days.

          You can find yourself an Eli Manning, Phil Simms kind of guy…but if you put so many eggs in your QB like the Raiders with Carr, the team collapses without him. You don’t want your team dependent on 1 player. The patriots still win without Brady.

          Stop putting so much weight on the QB. Build a defense & Oline and you will develop a QB who can win in your system (Hoyer can manage our team for now).

          Defense, Running Game and special teams can be the foundation of the team – Hoyer and other QBs can emerge to score us enough points. If you build a solid team, then maybe next year or after that, youcan take risks and trade up for what you hope is a top QB (Jake Browning).

          The Bears have too many holes to sink so much risk and investment in a potential QB right now. QB doesn’t solve your problems like people think: Look at Drew Brees and Andrew Luck missing the playoffs this year.

          That guy’s idea about trading down with New Orleans might be good if it can happen: If the Bears got the #10 pick, DeShaun Watson might be there at #10, you could use 2 second round picks on edge rusher and corner or receiver.. and you still might be able to draft Nate Peterman in the mid rounds.

          That way you have options and development of Watson & Peterman.

          • Instead of expecting Watson or Peterman to carry all the weight and pressure of your hopes on his shoulders.

            Even Steve Young, a Hall of Famer, didn’t look good in the beginning of his NFL career.

            Take a lesson from Bill Walsh: Even when he had Montana, he went out and acquired Steve Young to be ready behind Joe.

            Even if Watson is our top guy, or maybe Garapolo, or Hoyer, you have someone waiting behind to keep learning, pushing the starter, being there in case anything happens.

            Even if you get lucky and draft a Dak Prescott, he still needed time and experience to be great, and he had a top Oline and receivers to help him.

          • Willie

            Well thought and well said sir, you are truly a well educated football man and Bears fan…Bravo!

      • Classicfinder

        He got them that crappy stadium deal, which brought them a nice influx of cash when Michael couldn’t deliver it.

    • ChiSoxCity

      So is every QB that ever suited up for the Bears since McMahon. If Watson were white, the Bears fan base would be clamoring for him. This myopic, antiquated thinking has made the Chicago Bears a joke around the league.

      • Matthew Madsen

        Can we please stop with this if he were white crap? If he were white I will wouldn’t think he translates well to the NFL. Can we not question a guys talent/skill/ how he translates because he’s a black QB now? Should a team just draft him because they don’t want to be antiquated in their line of thinking of purhaps if they don’t like something about his game they don’t take him

      • Well if Watson was white this Bears fan would still say it was a turnover machine

  9. Mink

    Anybody else surprised that nobody is talking about Fuller’s 5th year option, and whether the Bears exercise it. The Fangio comments hint that something has gone sour, but these guys are all professionals and I’m sure it’s not as bad as the media portrays it.

    Here are my questions for my fellow Bears Fans:

    Do you think the Bears should exercise Fuller’s 5th year option?

    Should they try Fuller at safety since he plays better when he see’s the field?

    Does anybody else think the Bears would be stupid to just cut Jay Cutler without receiving compensation?

    Should they hang on to him until the start of next season, when, like every year a contender’s QB goes down in preseason or before the trade deadline?

    Like to hear your thoughts, and even your questions?

    • mcdusty31

      I think they have to just cut Cutler…that’s too big of a cap hit for a has been quarterback with an obvious attitude problem…they’re in need of an overhaul and to me, it just doesn’t make any sense to have him on the roster next season

    • Adam

      Some good questions
      1) Fuller was thrown to the dogs the second he got to Chicago. Started immediately for a DC that was horrible and no longer in the league. Had to play against Rodgers and the pack which is a nightmare for most DB’s. Then had to play man up against Calvin Johnson. I was at that game in Detroit and could literally see him breaking down mentally.
      Fuller still has potential if fully healed, Id definitely say 5th year
      2) It would be ridiculous for Pace to just cut Cutler and Sam Bradford is the example. If a teams starting QB goes down before the season starts Cutler could get them atleast a 2nd or 3rd round pick. I do believe its time for the Bears to move on but should have a little patience without sacrificing reps for other guys

      • Classicfinder

        Fuller was a first rounder pick albeit an over draft. Since when is it an issue to start a first round pick as a rookie? If he is that fragile, I have no need for him. Welcome to the NFL, you can’t always play the Browns or the Bears for that matter. You could exercise his option, but I wouldn’t hold my breath that he is ever going to be a competent corner. As far as Cutler, how is suddenly Bradford’s situation last year the norm. You do not see those trades every year. In fact, the Bradford trade from last year will probably scare most teams off. They gave up a first rounder for a QB who couldn’t take them to the playoff anyhow, and besides who wants Cutler and his baggage? If they cut him, which they should do, where is he starting next year?

  10. DuhBears

    Trade up to number 1 to acquire Watson?! Wait a second… You almost fooled me!!! That’s you isn’t it Phil Emery?!?! Why trade up for Watson when the Browns are gonna draft garret especially after Watson refused to play in the senior bowl, and the 49ers are going to draft Trubisky because who wants another qb there on the roster that has a lot of the same skill set as their already starting qb Colin Karpernick… Now I won’t hate on the Bears if they go Watson at 3, in fact that’s what I was pulling for the majority of the year, even during his “slump” in play earlier in the season. Oh, and also, to address the ridiculous comment about bears fans being pro Watson if he were white… This has nothing to do with the color of his skin. As I said I won’t hate on taking him at #3, but my ideal scenario would be the buffalo bills letting Tyrod Taylor walk which has been rumored back and forth the past few weeks… He’s leaving, he’s not leaving… Who knows? Yet, if he should Ryan pace should hop on that pony quick as he can! Prime qb who has proven he can make plays with his arm and his legs, and let’s not forget that he has done a lot of this without having his number 1 reciever because Sammy Watkins can’t seem to stay healthy for very long. Tyrod was doing a majority of this with Robert woods and Charles clat… Skillllls son! Oh and if you didn’t notice he isn’t white either, but I’m sure he would be embraced, and comes with a lot of the same skill set as Watson, only difference is Taylor is proven at the NFL level as he made the probowl in 2015, and was even selected this year, but had to decline because he opted to have the offseason hip surgery. Oh yea, and he’s still young, literally just entering his prime! So you snag Tyrod Taylor away from the bills, and you now have the proven dual threat qb you need, and at this point you franchise Alshon 1 more year to see what he can do with some actual weapons to throw to. Then you obviously shoot for Trumaine the lock down CB from the Rams to help out with your secondary right away. I would love an Eric berry or tony Jefferson addition as well, but that won’t be easy after acquiring both Tyrod and Trumaine. So in the draft you can now either address your secondary with the third pick by grabbing either Adams or hooker to pair with Amos, but I also wouldn’t be mad at the addition of Allen because our front 7 on the defensive side of the ball would be completely locked up, and young as hell. Translation… All opposing qbs beware… No matter who you draft in the first you definitely still need to get the young qb in there in the second and pat mahonne is perfect to take here. The guy leads in yardage for a reason, and he didn’t have Mike Williams to throw to all season long… Yea he will take a bit to adjust, but he’s got plenty of time with Tyrod Taylor at the reigns. Now I feel our secondary is the biggest weakness so I would probably go hooker or Adams with that number 3 pick to help right away plus I just wish Jonathan Bullard would’ve become more of the player he was expected to become, and then I wouldn’t even be considering Allen here, but since he doesn’t seem to show the work ethic, and hasn’t been able to produce at the NFL level Allen has to be atleast considered here especially with how deep this draft is for defensive backs. Oh and to answer a question someone asked earlier, I say pick up the option on Kyle fuller. It isn’t gonna cost that much, and if he stays healthy this year, and produces like he did his rookie season, like that round 1 pick that we burnt on him is supposed to produce, well then that is one hell of a cheap savvy move by Ryan pace… Plus you wouldn’t want them to drop another one of your gems would you mr. Emery? Also when we finally kicked Emery to the curb, and Ryan pace took over as GM and immediately hired John fox, Adam Gase, and Vic Fangio, and then proceeded to clean house, and begin a complete rebuild of the Chicago Bears I said this is a 3-5 year process. 3 if we’re reallllly reaaaaalllly lucky, but 5 is your limit to get something going here. We’re entering year 3 here, and if this offseason is done correctly, and we can manage to stay healthy next year we need to be right around a .500 team. 7-9 8-8 9-7, right around there. Year 4 we need to be pushing for a wildcard birth back into the playoffs, and year 6 we need to be competing to win our division and knock that pack back, and go on to make some noise in the playoffs, and possibly pick up one of those Lombardi trophies that we haven’t had our hands on since ’85… Hell, think about it, John Fox has done it in less time than that before lol

  11. diehardcubfan

    Build the D. Take Allen if he is still there. If not Hooker of Adams

    2nd round take a LT. Please.

  12. socalsoxfan78

    How about build an offensive line that can give the future franchise QB time to throw?

  13. Tom Luba

    Please! Some one please buy this team so some of all of the above may actually happen…and it might work out.

  14. Lee Chapman

    Take Garrett, if he falls, otherwise, trade back to take Adams from LSU. Film of Florida’s Mayes almost seems like an Adam’s clone, so he should be Bears target as impact safety. The best player available will make the Bears be on track to draft a QB next year. FA QB Taylor from Buffalo is the ideal QB for the cold weather Bears.

  15. Tomkybears

    JMHO,

    1. Resign Alshon
    2. Sign and draft a combo of Berry/Adams or Jefferson/Hooker for the Safety spots.
    3. Sign Johnson Cb from the Rams
    4. Resign Hoyer to bridge QB spot
    5. Draft Mahomes in the 2nd round. If it doesnt work. Next years class at QB offers better future options and Mahomes is your 2 after next year.
    6. 3rd pick is best OT available.
    7. 4th pick is best TE available.
    8. 4th (B) best CB available.
    9. 5 and 7 should be DL and WR
    10. Sign DL, Pass Rusher and LB depth in free agency.

    Not only does this plan fit for now, but also sets up the future to build on. I can see this resulting in 8-8 next year and getting better as we go. Thoughts?

    • Willie

      1. You are a very smart man, I like your overall thoughts, but I think Alshon is not worth the money he will want, i’d rather grab the best available WR with the 3rd pick and possibly get Zane Jones or Cooper Kupp.
      2. Jefferson/Hooker would be a dream combo. I love it.
      3. CB AJ Bouye from Houston is a better and less expensive choice.
      4. Draft Mahomes in the 2nd round. If it doesnt work. Next years class at QB offers better future options and Mahomes is your 2 after next year.
      5. 3rd pick best available WR.
      6. 4th pick is best OT available.
      7. 4th (B) best CB available.
      8. 5th pick best DL available
      9. 7th pick place Kicker Zane Gonzalez Arizona. Conner Barth is a UFA that will be demanding close to 2 million dollars next season.
      Combine yours with mine and this will take us a bit further.

      • Elijah

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        link to bigfuturenews.sportsblog.com

        Here are my offseason moves

        1. Release Jay Cutler

        2. Build around the secondary during Free Agency and the NFL Draft.

        3. 1st Round: Malik Hooker
        2nd Round: Dede Westbrook
        3rd Round: Rasul Douglas or Kevin King
        4th Round: Nathan Peterman
        5th Round: KD Cannon or Tedric Thompson
        7th Round: Treston Decoud

        4. Resign Brian Hoyer

        5. Free Agency: Eric Berry, Kenny Britt, T.J. McDonald, Stephon Gilmore, A.J Bouye, Riley Reiff, and Logan Ryan

        6. Change the Offensive Line: They should move Cody Whitehair from Center to Right Guard, move Kyle Long to Right Tackle, and leave Josh Sitton at Left Guard and Hroniss Grasu at Center. This could solve the answer at the offensive line and all they need to worry about is who they need a Left Tackle, we could get a Left Tackle in Free Agency or draft one in NFL Draft.

    • Matthew Madsen

      In my opinion we have too many holes to spend a high first round pick and free agent money on 3 DB especially two at safety when you already have a competent safety in Amos

      • Tomkybears

        Matthew while I would normally agree with that assessment, consider this. Conventionally that would be the case. But with teams switching to more 3-3 and 4-2 base alignments, needing 3 starting safeties or corners is essential in this era of football. Having the 5th Db to play the pass and run, is as important as a second Mlb. The front seven is already a pretty good unit. The backend is an absolute mess. Playing Amos as the swing safety is a good fit for his skills.

  16. Our former GM Jim Finks God rest his soul always believed that the draft was were you built your offenssive an defensive lines and grab your QB and that is exactly what I would do this year if the Bears release Cutler and Eddie Royal they will have close to 90 million in cap room and there’s a lot of good receivers and defensive secondary players in free agency this year

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