2012 NFL Free Agency: Previewing the Chicago Bears

Here we go, folks. This is the last Free Agency Preview in our 13 part series, "Better Know an Opponent." But do not despair. Nay, for the nascent offseason still allows us to exhaustively examine our upcoming opponents. Yes, our quest to know our upcoming opponents is in its incipient state. After major Free Agency moves have been made, we will review how certain teams addressed their needs and look forward to the draft.

Without further ado, however, let's look at the Chicago Bears.

The Bears were a team I thought would be successful last season, probably beating out the Lions for a wildcard spot, or maybe the Falcons. And, in that alternative universe in which Jay Cutler and Matt Forte didn't get injured, I think they did.

Speaking of Forte, dude was an Unrestricted Free Agent, but the Bears just Franchised him. Probably not a shabby move on their part.

In terms of needs, though, the major one which comes to mind immediately is the O-Line. I think Cutler developed a bit of the Shaken Carr Syndrome behind that line, and his last couple of injuries can be directly linked to how many sacks the man took. Just way too many.

Offensively, the Bears are probably going to want to add another WR too. While Mike Martz is not the perfect coach, I think he was largely doomed by the fact that his high-flying offense could not find a home in Chicago because of the lack of WRs.

Chicago's defense is pretty solid. It ain't the days of Mike Singletary (I mean, what defense is?) but they have a totally solid foundation. They probably lack the shutdown corner, which could potentially elevate them to elite defense status. They might want to look for an upgrade at the Linebacker position too.

Restricted Free Agents: RB Kahlil Bell.

Unrestricted Free Agents: QB Caleb Hanie, QB Josh McCown, WR Roy Williams, TE Kellen Davis, DE Israel Idonije, DT Amobi Okoye, CB Zack Bowman, CB Corey Graham, CB Tim Jennings, S Brandon Meriweather, S Craig Steltz, LS Chris Massey.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker