Chicago Bears: A Look Ahead To 2014 Offseason Pt. 2

By Aaron Leming
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In part one of my two-part 2014 Chicago Bears mock offseason, I went over cuts, restructuring and re-signing of players that will help this team to a championship. After creating space and bringing key players back, GM Phil Emery still has $17.3 million in spending money to mess with.

Something else I forgot to mention in my last post was setting aside $5 million for the upcoming draft, so it would be financially taken care of. Now we will take a look into the last three key areas: free agency, the draft, and the depth chart.

Free Agency:

DE Michael Bennett (4/26) $6 million ’14 hit: Martellus’ older brother has been playing well. It’s time for a family reunion and to find Julius Pepper‘s replacement.
WR Jacoby Ford (2/4) $1.5 million ’14 hit: Ford has good speed and could add a nice vertical threat into the passing game as a no. 4.
RB Donald Brown (2/4) $2 million ’14 hit. Brown is coming off an injury but will be a good no. 2 back behind Matt Forte and a cheap alternative.
TE Tony Scheffler (2/2) $1 million ’14 hit. Brought in this week for a workout. The Bears simply don’t have enough money, but it will be a different story in April. He’s a good no. 2.
C Brian De La Puente (5/35) $5 million ’14 hit. Ideally, you get a guy in the draft, but the Bears will take another of Aaron Kromer‘s pieces back.

Total Spent: $15.5 million
Remaining cap space: $2.3 million

2014 Draft:

Round 1. CB (Bradley Roby): good size, speed, and coverage skills. Will start day 1.
Round 2 DE (Dominque Easley): was putting up great numbers before an injury, could be a Tank Carradine-type situation come draft time.
Round 3 QB (Zach Mettenberger): this is why Jay Cutler was franchised. Give Cutler another year and let Mettenberger develop. Marc Trestman will get his QB to develop.
Round 4 HB (Trey Millard): a very versatile RB/FB/TE with decent size and speed. He could be a nice weapon that develops into more.
Round 5 FS (Tevin McDonald): very good coverage skills and doesn’t struggle in the run. He could develop into a very good free safety and will help depth.
Round 6 DT (Beau Allen): an underrated three-tech with good size and speed. He’ll make for good depth behind Henry Melton.
Round 6 P (Cody Webster): averaging over 45 yards net this year. Very consistent, young and cheap option.

Depth Chart:

QB: Jay Cutler/Zach Mettenberger
RB: Matt Forte/Donald Brown/Michael Ford
FB: Tony Fiammetta
WR: Brandon Marshall/Marquess Wilson/Terrence Tolliver
WR: Alshon Jeffery/Michael Ford/Joe Anderson 
TE: Martellus Bennett/Tony Scheffler/Trey Millard
LT: Jermon Bushrod/James Brown
LG: Matt Slauson
C: Brian De La Puente
RG: Kyle Long/Eben Britton
RT: Jordan Mills

LDE: Corey Wootton/Dominique Easly/Cornelius Washington
DT: Henry Melton/Beau Allen/Zach Minter
NT: Stephen Paea/Nate Collins
RDE: Michael Bennett/David Bass
WLB: Lance Briggs/Khaseem Greene
MLB: Jon Bostic/Blake Costanzo
SLB: James Anderson/ Shea McClellin (situation pass rush. Also sub in at DE)
LCB: Tim Jennings/Zach Bowman
RCB:Bradley Roby/ Isiah Frey/ Sherrick McMannis
SS: Major Wright/Tevin McDonald
FS: Charles Tillman/Chris Conte/Craig Steltz

K: Robbie Gould
P: Cody Webster
LS: Patrick Mannelly
KR: Michael Ford 

The Bears will be left with some extra room and a very deep and much younger team. The main focus will be defense this year and as logic would have it, a 4-3 defense is the most conventional plan going forward. There is still much that can happen in the next nine games, and much of this may depend on how Cutler comes off his injury and the defense’s performance for the rest of the season.

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