There’s nothing like starting out Free Agency in the NFL with a few rumors. And, as a Chicago Bears fan, you will be quite happy to hear the buzz. The Bears have a couple of significant needs to address in the offseason. They would like to get another linebacker, possibly a cornerback, a tight end, and most notably a few additions to that offensive line.
The buzz this morning is all about that offensive line for the Bears. The first rumored target is Phil Loadholt, right tackle of the Minnesota Vikings. Sources have even been quoted saying “The Bears are hot after Phil Loadholt.” Loadholt would be a great addition to the Bears, as they have struggled to get production out of their tackles in recent years. Loadholt is big man at 6’8” 343lbs and entering only his fourth year in the NFL. Last year, Vikings fans may recall him opening up some fairly wide gaps for Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson.
Secondly, the Bears have been coveting Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long. As a four time Pro Bowl tackle, he would be an immediate contributor in protecting Jay Cutler. Since entering the league, Long has never missed a Pro Bowl. At 6’7” and 319lbs Long is a giant, but also one of the better tackles when it comes to foot movement. With his size and mobility, he is one of the more ideal replacements for struggling left tackle J’Marcus Webb.
Lastly, and most interesting, the third rumored target for the Bears is New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod. The reason this is curious is because the Bears new offensive coordinator is former Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. Kromer’s former players had nothing but positive things to say of him, which is a great sign. The fact the Bears are in pursuit of Bushrod means this could be a great scenario for Kromer to have some familiarity in the locker room in his first year. At 6’5” 315lbs, Bushrod would be a phenomenal signing if the Bears could lure him to Chicago.