5 Chicago Bears Who Shouldn’t Be Back in 2014
5 Players That Must Not Be With the Chicago Bears in 2014
There are several teams that have many changes already being made among their coaching staffs and front offices. The Chicago Bears, however, are not one of them. Last season, the Bears would have fallen into that category after bringing on a brand new coaching staff featuring head coach Marc Trestman. This year, though, the offseason will be highlighted by decisions made regarding the roster.
So far, Chicago has decided to bring back important pieces like cornerback Tim Jennings and guard Matt Slauson. Aside from those two, the biggest move for the Bears so far has been re-signing quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven year deal worth over $120 million. Trestman along with general manager Phil Emery have already begun to form their roster for the start of the 2014 campaign, but more moves are surely to come.
Chicago still has decisions to make on key players like cornerback Charles Tillman, defensive tackle Henry Melton and center Roberto Garza. While most would agree it would benefit the team to bring those three guys back, there are other individuals that may not fall under the same category. There will be cuts. There will be guys who will not receive a renewal in their contract with the Bears.
With the obvious weakness in Chicago being the defense, which of the guys are safe -- if any -- on that side of the ball? Are there a handful of non-offensive players that could be in danger of being cut or left without a new deal? The offense was the best it's been in recent memory, but maybe we will be surprised. What I do know for a fact, is that there are five guys the Bears should not allow back by the start of the 2014 season -- here they are.
5. CB Kelvin Hayden
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden is a free agent in 2014. After missing last year due to injury, Hayden will likely be let go. Even when on the field, Hayden wasn't stellar. In fact, coaches seemed more high on youngster Isaiah Frey than Hayden during the 2013 camp.
4. RB Michael Bush
Running back Michael Bush seemed to forget how to execute short distance conversions. He was brought in mainly for goal line and short yardage work, but has been poor in doing so -- especially last year. The Bears would be wise to cut him and look elsewhere for a backup.
3. KR/PR Devin Hester
It will be a sad day in Chicago when Devin Hester leaves, whether it's this year or in the future. But, what is even more sad at the moment is how badly Hester has tailed off from who he used to be in the return game. Chicago likely won't pay him anywhere close to big money. Depending on what Hester's side wants, he could be gone -- and justifiably so.
2. LB D.J. Williams
Veteran linebacker D.J. Williams had his first season in Chicago cut short by injury. But, with the emergence of Jon Bostic in the middle, the Bears should move forward with their second year linebacker and cut ties with the aging Williams. He is not going to be the guy he was earlier in his career, and the Bears can get by without him.
1. DE Julius Peppers
Julius Peppers' situation is a no-brainer. The Bears will save gobs of money by letting him go this offseason. His production has been literally non-existent for the majority of the past two seasons, and if Chicago plays the draft and free agency right, they'll find someone to come in and play just as well, if not better. Peppers' best years are far behind him.