Fresh Starts for Free Agents, NFL Draft Busts, Power Rankings and Other Bullets

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Fresh Starts for Free Agents, NFL Draft Busts, Power Rankings and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

Tough news last evening, if you missed it, as former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is dealing with symptoms of CTE. But, even still, he’s using this time to raise awareness and educate others about the condition.

Onward with your Bullets:

  • Free agency in March leads to familiar faces in new places when the regular season begins in September. Over at Pro Football Weekly, Arthur Arkush has 11 players who were given a much-needed new lease on their football life. Among them are a pair of players with Bears ties, Mike Glennon and Alshon Jeffery. Glennon’s fresh start in Chicago comes as the Bears wiped their slate clean by releasing Jay Cutler. It’s not the best situation, with questions along the offensive line and in the receiving corps, but I suppose it’s better than being a backup. Meanwhile, Jeffery is in one of the best situations of any free agent as he tries to cash in on a make-good one-year deal. After a year of quarterback instability in Chicago, Jeffery gets to catch passes thrown by talented up-and-comer Carson Wentz.
  • New cornerback Marcus Cooper’s powerful letter to Bears fans will give you a small reason for optimism. Hopefully, that can translate on the field:

  • Declaring winners and losers in free agency isn’t just for the games between the lines, but also for fantasy football. Analyst Michael Fabiano runs down the winners and losers who have changed teams this offseason, with a fantasy twist. It’s a list you’ll want to check out in full if you’re trying to get a head start on your competition, but seeing Mike Glennon in the loser column isn’t a great sign. In fairness, Glennon isn’t being drafted (unless you’re in the deepest league in fantasy history) and his top targets (Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton, Zach Miller) aren’t going to instantly be better because of Glennon’s presence. All things considered, the Bears are probably better off giving the ball to a fantasy (and real-life) difference maker in running back Jordan Howard.
  • Meanwhile, the New York Jets might consider themselves winners if Jay Cutler is their next quarterback:

  • At least Eddie Lacy is out of the picture after signing with the Seahawks on Tuesday … right?

  • As much as we’re all looking forward to the draft as an avenue in which the Bears can add some much needed talent, sometimes things don’t always go as planned:

Author: Luis Medina

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