Now that the season is over for the Chicago Bears, it is about time to start making decisions for 2014. The most important of those decisions is deciding which free agents they are willing to re-sign. So far, the organization has given new deals to quarterback Jay Cutler, cornerback Tim Jennings, guard Matt Slauson, kicker Robbie Gould and fullback Tony Fiammetta.
There are 25 remaining free agents in Chicago, but out of the group, I believe that safety Major Wright will be one of many that won’t be returning for next year’s campaign.
Even though Wright was second on the team with 100 tackles, and returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown, his overall play in 2013 didn’t satisfy many Bears fans. Wright and fellow safety Chris Conte was probably the worst safety duo in the NFL this year. A part of me gives Wright the benefit of the doubt due to the absence of defensive tackle Henry Melton, linebacker Lance Briggs, cornerback Charles Tillman and their once-feared pass rush. However, his chance to step up as a four-year veteran when needed never happened.
It definitely makes more sense for the Bears to search for another safety through either the draft, or free agency. They could more than likely find a more productive starter, and bring in some much-needed competition for Conte, who will be entering his final year of his rookie contract.
General manager Phil Emery has already made a reputation of not hesitating on getting rid of players that are not playing up to par. If legendary linebacker Brian Urlacher can be released, who’s to say that the same can’t be done with Wright? So don’t be surprised to see two new starting safeties in the Windy City next season.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.