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The Chicago Bears made two big announcements with the additions of Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod, and the expected roster cuts to free up cap space, but there is still plenty more that needs to be accomplished. The Bears still have 11 free agents of their own that they have expressed interest in bringing back and not one of them has signed yet.
So where should the Bears begin to focus on in order to stay competitive in the NFC North?
First they need to bring back Nick Roach. Brian Urlacher is earning all of the headlines, but the Bears would be foolish to let a solid contributor on defense like Roach escape. Obviously Roach needs to come back within the right price range, but the question is what is his market? Roach is visiting the Oakland Raiders today and has at least a dozen other teams interested in his services according to various reports. More than any other player on defense, Roach is a priority for the 2013 season.
Who is going to be the starting left guard? Contrary to every single media report available but a scant two or three, left tackle wasn't the Bears' biggest need this off season. The Bears still don't have a starting left guard or a player on the roster that even remotely resembles a starting left guard. James Brown isn't the answer, he's a backup at best; and no other player the Bears have in free agency or on the roster should be considered for that spot. So are the Bears going to address this in the draft or in free agency? The likelihood a player like Jonathan Cooper falls to the Bears at 20 seems fairly slim. Chance Warmack would also seem to be off the board at that point so the Bears focus would shift to the second round where Larry Warford is the exact same type of player at Chance Warmack, minus the hype. The Bears have also been linked to Brandon Scott a 10 year veteran from the New York Jets in free agency who graded out as a good player in 2012.
The Bears are also in need of young depth at the corner back position. Last year's two draft picks at the CB spot didn't pan out, and didn't show anything in the preseason that would lead you to believe that they should make a return trip to 2013 camp. So the Bears need to find a player to come in and add a veteran presence at the nickel spot who can project as a starter, or a long term depth solution. Free agents on the market for the Bears currently are Kelvin Hayden who, didn't play very well last season, and he's going to be 30 before too long. Zack Bowman too is getting close to the 30 mark and has been more of a special teams guy than a secondary contributor.
Added youth in the secondary is a must and the Bears may have to do it via free agency given the limited number of draft picks on hand. The Bears have five draft picks and are without a third and seventh round choice for the 2013 draft so they will be limited to how can they address the rest of their needs this off season.
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The Chicago Bears made a bold statement on the first day of free agency addressing two major needs on the offensive side of the ball. Chicago signed left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett. Both are significant upgrades to the same positions for the Bears and should help the play of quarterback Jay Cutler tremendously.
Bushrod, formerly of the New Orleans Saints...
It did not take for the National Football League’s 2013 Free Agent Frenzy to begin as minutes after the clock struck 4 PM EST to ring in the new league year, free agents have started agreeing to terms. One notable signing that has to catch the eye of fantasy football owners is tight end Martellus Bennett agreeing to terms with the Chicago Bears according to Mike Clay of Pro Football...
One of the NFL's top tight ends had a new contract just one minute into Tuesday's free-agent signing period.
Profootballfocus.com first reported that Martellus Bennett will be leaving the New York Giants for the Chicago Bears.
Bennett quickly confirmed the news on his Twitter account (@JoeGryffindor).
"I'm proud to say I'll be joining my other brother (Brandon...
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Free agent tight end Martellus Bennett says he is headed to the Chicago Bears and leaving the New York Giants.
He wrote Tuesday on Twitter that he's ''proud to say I'll be joining'' Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall in Chicago next season and added a ''(hash)BEARDOWN'' at the end of the post. He wrote moments later wrote that the deal is...
Ian Rapoport reports that the Chicago Bears and free agent OT Jermon Bushrod are finalizing a long-term agreement.
Sean Jenson reports that Bushrod’s deal is a five-year agreement.
The Saints were reportedly trying to retain Bushrod, but the Bears were clearly targeting an offensive tackle and Bushrod probably made the most sense for them given the addition of Aaron Kormer as...
Drew Brees has lost his blindside protector in left tackle Jermon Bushrod.
The Chicago Bears have made a statement that they want to protect their quarterback Jay Cutler by handing Bushrod a multi-year package worth millions.
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Breaking News - Tight end Martellus Bennett has agreed in principle to a contract that will have him bring his services to the Windy City. The news broke as Bennett tweeted at the start of Tuesday’s NFL free agency period, “I’m proud to say I’ll be joining my other brother @bmarshall next season.#BEARDOWN.”
NFL Impact - This comes as quite a surprise. Not that Bennett...
The New York Giants weren’t able to come to an agreement with tight end Martellus Bennett before the start of the 2013 NFL Free Agency period got underway at 4:00 p.m. ET Tuesday and the Chicago Bears took advantage right away.
Bennett has reportedly agreed to terms on a deal with the Bears and becomes one of the first unrestricted free agents to sign with a new team, per Mike...
It did not take for the National Football League's 2013 Free Agent Frenzy to begin as minutes after the clock struck 4 PM EST to ring in the new league year, free agents have started agreeing to terms. One notable signing that has to catch the eye of fantasy football owners is tight end Martellus Bennett agreeing to terms with the Chicago Bears according to Mike Clay of Pro Football...
New Bears tight end Martellus Bennett says he was forced to learn how to block in Dallas, which helped him develop into the all-around player he’s expected to be in Chicago.
We discuss the recent free-agent signings of Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett, and what their additions mean for the Chicago Bears in both free agency and the draft.
We break down the signings of Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett and consider what moves the Bears will have to make next: