Bears Safety Concerns, More On Romo, Senior Bowl Rosters, and Other Bullets

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Bears Safety Concerns, More On Romo, Senior Bowl Rosters, and Other Bullets

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Safety is a concern for the Chicago Bears.

Not just with regard to player safety, as GM Ryan Pace addressed injury prevention as one of the things that would be looked into in the offseason with an eye on improvement. But also the position in the defensive secondary that has given the Bears fits since Mike Brown left after roaming the turf in Chicago from 2000 to 2008.

Over at The Athletic, Dan Durkin writes that the Bears’ need at the position (and throughout the secondary) is real.

Durkin notes that the teams with the three worst safety groups – Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns – are picking in the top-3 in April’s draft. Coincidence? Perhaps. But having poor safety play in a passing league seems like a recipe for disaster on defense:

The Bears started four different starting combinations at safety in 2016 and have used 25 since 2009. Imagine starting a different safety tandem every five games. If you’re familiar with the Bears, you won’t have to use much imagination because that is what you have watched over the last eight seasons.

While you try to sort through potential Bears secondary solutions …

  • Over at CBS Chicago, Chris Emma writes Tony Romo isn’t a fit for the Bears. Emma references Pace saying that he wanted “long-term solutions that lead to long-term success” during his season-ending press conference and Romo doesn’t really fit the bill as a long-term solution – thus, he isn’t the type of quarterback expected to provide long-term success. Everything – save for a trade for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback – seems to be on the table for the Bears in their search for a new quarterback.
  • And even though Romo looks like a long shot in that regard, the Bears could be creative with short-term and long-term plans if they drafted a quarterback and landed Romo without trading for him. We looked at Romo’s situation in Dallas and the odds of him starting in Chicago in 2017 on Tuesday.
  • PFWA named Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year and Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. You can read all about the selections here.
  • Want to hear Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins talk music, his life as a Bears fan, and more? Well, today is your lucky day thanks to Inside The Bears, who caught up with Corgan for some one-on-one time.
  • Brett noted late yesterday that the Bears will have more than $8 million in carryover cap space this year.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.