Bears Must Add Defensive Starter in Free Agency

| March 6th, 2014


I am not for spending sprees in NFL free agency. More often than not the more money spent by an organization in March, the more time they end up spending in the salary cap penalty box for years to come. But Phil Emery’s execution a year ago – landing Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett and Matt Slauson – proved to me the Bears GM knows how to approach the veteran flea market and add the right pieces at the right prices. (Pay too much for the starting left tackle, save a boat load on the starting left guard.)

But this offseason, coming off one of the worst defensive years in Bears history, Emery must attack that side of the ball. That starts Wednesday with free agency and runs right up through the signing of undrafted free agents in May. Emery must be aggressive, must believe that while injuries were greatly responsible for the downfall they were not the only element of culpability. The players on the roster were not good enough. Simply bringing them back is not an option.

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Open Debate: How Would You Approach the Top NFL Free Agents for 2014?

| February 19th, 2014


Chris Wesserling at NFL.com listed his top twenty-five NFL free agents for this off-season. Here is that list, with all of the offensive players removed:

2. Greg HardyCarolina Panthers defensive end
3. Brian OrakpoWashington Redskins linebacker
4. Jairus ByrdBuffalo Bills safety
5. T.J. WardCleveland Browns safety
6. Alterraun VernerTennessee Titans cornerback
8. Michael JohnsonCincinnati Bengals defensive end
9. Lamarr HoustonOakland Raiders defensive end
10. Brent GrimesMiami Dolphins cornerback
12. Vontae DavisIndianapolis Colts cornerback
13. Linval JosephNew York Giants defensive tackle
14. Jason HatcherDallas Cowboys defensive tackle
16. Aqib TalibNew England Patriots cornerback
17. Dominique Rodgers-CromartieDenver Broncos cornerback
20. Michael BennettSeattle Seahawks defensive end
21. B.J. RajiGreen Bay Packers defensive tackle
22. Sam ShieldsGreen Bay Packers cornerback
23. Walter ThurmondSeattle Seahawks cornerback
24. Donald ButlerSan Diego Chargers linebacker
25. Randy StarksMiami Dolphins defensive tackle

Today we are bringing back the Open Debates of yesteryear. Put yourselves in Phil Emery’s shoes. How would you approach this list? Would you target anyone specifically? Would you stay away from anyone specifically?

My answer…?

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