Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 3/13/13
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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