5 Free Agents Chicago Bears Should Consider
With the NFL season still a few months away and the league's opening-night kickoff match-up on September 5 between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos, at this point being nothing more than a daydream, this part of the NFL calendar is normally a little light on news. However, that doesn't mean that the team GM, coaches and players aren't hard at work preparing for the season.
Between now and September, all 32 teams around the league will be trying to get better one way or another. In some cases, that means restructuring players contracts, releasing players due to health concerns, trouble with law enforcement or Father Time making his presence felt. Then, there's always the possibly of a team digging through the bargain bind that is the remaining free-agent class to find another key piece or two for that run at that elusive Superbowl championship.
The Chicago Bears, much like a number of teams around the league, has already made a bit of a splash in the free-agent market with the additions of TE Martellus Bennett, LT Jermon Bushrod and G Matt Slauson. Although those signing upgrade the Bears at several positions, the game of football is a war of attrition. Over the course of a 16-game schedule, what usually separates the great teams from the top-10 draft pick teams is often roster depth. The Bears organization knows all too well about the sting of having sub-par backups on the team, and it would behoove them to think about signing a few more veterans to the roster on the off chance that a key starter succumbs to injury in the season.
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The 31-year-old strong safety could be an insurance policy for the Bears as safeties are a lot like running backs in the fact that a team can never have too many of them on the roster. The way they play the game, injuries are likely and come often.
Clark, one of Payton Mannings' former-favorite targets with the Indianapolis Colts, may be on the downside of his career. However, he still has enough gas in the tank to easily serve as a second tight end on the field as well as a potential slot receiver in Marc Trestman's offense.
The four-year wide receiver out of Louisiana State University has had a less-than-spectacular career at this point; however, a change of sceney might be exactly what the doctor orders for the 6' wide out.
The five-year pro with 150 career receptions as well as 22 receiving touchdowns could bolster the Bears' offense and cause matchup problems in two tight end sets playing opposite Bennett.
The 15-year pro could be used in obvious passing downs. His knowledge of the game could be useful in the locker room for rookie linebackers Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.