The term “legal tampering period” is an oxymoron of sorts, but we’ll look past it because it’s underway in the NFL and it looks something like this:
When the NFL’s legal tampering period officially begins: pic.twitter.com/8HPuKOLNha
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) March 12, 2018
- A good place to for some big picture perspective now that teams are able to talk to player agents is Patrick Finley’s free agent primer over at the Chicago Sun-Times. Finley rounds up the potential targets, fits, needs, spending costs, and seemingly everything else one would want out of what to expect from the free agency period and puts it in a tidy post.
- Over at the Chicago Tribune, Brad Biggs reads the tea leaves and notes that everything is pointing toward the Bears loading up on help for quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Pass-catching options are primary targets for the Bears’ front office after investing in their quarterback of the future less than a year ago, but ultimately not providing the necessary support outside to get the most from the player. Free agency can be treacherous, but the Bears have money to spend and have positioned themselves to be a more attractive option for offensive players with an offensive-minded head coach like Matt Nagy in charge and a conservative, defensive-leaning leader like John Fox out the door.
- Tribune teammate Rich Campbell looks at the Bears’ biggest positions of need and the top options as the Bears head into free agency. I’m definitely feeling a common vibe and a belief that the Bears believe that Trubisky is making the team more attractive to free agents. If it turns out to be the case and Trubisky’s upside can help lure top players at positions of need, then the Bears (and Trubisky) will benefit.
- Well, this is an interesting perspective from The MMQB’s Peter King regarding the Bears’ hunt for a receiver:
Do you see the @ChicagoBears signing one of the marquee Wide Receivers this week ?
— Chris Myers (@Carolinabearfan) March 12, 2018
Other than Allen Robinson, no one in the group could be considered a marquee guy. My favorite is Jordan Matthews. I’d go after him. Don’t know how Ryan Pace thinks he would fit. https://t.co/jgeX6H5tws
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) March 12, 2018
- OK, this is kind of interesting in the wake of the Bears’ extending restricted free agent tenders today:
A name on the restricted free-agent market to watch is #Bears WR Cameron Meredith
He tore his ACL early last year but was productive with 888 yards in 2016. The former college QB went undrafted and was given original-round level tender so a team doesn't give up picks to sign him
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 12, 2018
Just throwing it out there … the Broncos need a third receiver. The Broncos also hired former Bears WRs coach Zach Azzanni. https://t.co/1MwNcbfInM
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 12, 2018
- John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago sees a common thread in GM Ryan Pace’s free agency adventures. Because Pace has tried to shop for top-shelf targets who have decided to go elsewhere, the Bears’ GM has often decided to fall back on picking players believed to have upside and high ceilings rather than targets who would otherwise be categorized as safe. Free agent signings that fit this mold include the likes of Pernell McPhee and Akiem Hicks. As it stands, the Bears have so many needs, Pace would be wise to expand his net and pluck some high-upside talents, as well as some “floor guys” to round out the roster.
- Bryan Perez of BearsWire unveils his free agent big board, providing a list of 20 free agents the Bears should make a run at this offseason. There are a ton of high-end talents this front office could have their collective eyes on … and at big-time positions of need. And with ample cap space to spend and a ton of roster spots to fill, the Bears should probably take a deep dive into each of these candidates.
- ESPN’s Matt Bowen shares his top fits for 15 of the NFL’s best free agents. It’s an Insider piece, but you can make a case for the Bears being a great fit for several of these free agents on both sides of the ball.
- There’s so much potential here, it’s OK if you have trouble containing yourself. You’re not alone.