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Chicago Bears

As Brett discussed earlier today, the first day of free agency … did not go swimmingly for the Chicago Bears. They missed on a number of top free agents, leading some to suggest that the “punt” on 2017 may start sooner rather than later.

But that’s not how things were supposed to go, right? Free agents are supposed to want to play with new Bears QB Mike Glennon …

Well, so much for that (so far)!

But hey, there’s still plenty of avenues left for the Bears, and there’s even more work to be done. One day does not an offseason make.

Elsewhere from the Bears’ world and around the rumor mill …

  • Alshon Jeffery’s departure means GM Ryan Pace can add ‘big-play receiver’ to the list of needs. And because a No. 1 caliber wide receiver isn’t available on the free agent market, the Bears will likely need to find that player in the draft. Draft analyst Chad Reuter has five candidates to fill the vacancy left behind by Jeffery – including four players who project to be available in the first three rounds. Drafting Corey Davis from Western Michigan with the third overall pick would be a major reach, but the Bears could get creative and trade down to add some much needed picks.
  • And hey, it looks like at least one of the Bears’ additions is excited to get on the field with Glennon:

  • Moving on, let’s see what’s left for the Bears to pick at on the cornerback market:

  • The position is still deep, but adding a player at this stage comes with its own set of risks. But for what it’s worth, Terence Newman’s 86.4 grade was the highest among this group of remaining free agents and ninth best overall in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. Morris Claiborne (12th best grade, 84.7) wasn’t too far behind. However, Newman will play in his age 39 season in 2017, while Claiborne is coming off a year in which he played only seven games and has a list of prior injuries (wrist, knee, shoulder, hamstring) that serve as red flags. Prince Amukamara, Captain Munnerlyn, and Brandon Carr grade out in the 42-51 range, fitting best as average players. [UPDATE: It’s Amukamara for the Bears.]
  • Continuing around the league, the Rams made some moves in an attempt to bolster their offense for Jared Goff’s second season. First, they added left tackle Andrew Whitworth, an 11-year pro coming off a season in which he was PFF’s second best offensive tackle. Whitworth is a model of consistency and stellar play, and it’s worth noting that he hasn’t secured a season grade lower than 85 since 2009. They also agreed to terms with receiver Robert Woods. Woods has sleeper potential after spending time with the Buffalo Bills, unable to truly breakout while being lost in the madness of the Bills’ quarterback situation.
  • Moving into the NFC North, running back Eddie Lacy is setting up his own visits. Teams such as the Seahawks and Vikings are potential landing spots for the former 1,000-yard rusher.
  • Meanwhile, former Bears offensive lineman Ted Larsen is leaving for Miami, where it is expected he will sign a three-year contract with the Dolphins. Larsen played in 15 games and started eight for the 2016 Bears. He also ranked 44th in 2016 and has not received a 70 grade or better from PFF since 2012.
  • And finally, defensive lineman Cornelius Washington joined the exodus out of Chicago, signing a two-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

The offseason may not have started exactly how you envisioned, but as you can tell there are still a ton of moving parts. And remember, the draft is just weeks away. If the Bears can knock it out of the park, they’ll be well-positioned for the 2018 season and could even surprise this year.

Michael Cerami contributed to this post.

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