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5 Overrated Free Agents Chicago Bears Must Avoid At All Cost

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5 Overrated Free Agents Chicago Bears Must Avoid At All Cost

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Just like the NFL Draft, free agency is a place where a lot of teams can strike gold, or come up empty. This year’s pool of free agents is filled with numerous players who will be highly sought after once March 11 comes around. The competition between franchises will be stiff for the league’s best available veterans, and choosing the right player could play a major difference in a team’s season.

The exact same thing can be said for the Chicago Bears. Over the past few years, the Bears have made some splashes in free agency that they both benefited from, and regretted.

In 2010, Chicago dug deep into their pockets and acquired defensive end Julius Peppers. During his four seasons with the Bears, Peppers has racked up 37.5 sacks, proving that he was worth every penny. If there was an acquisition that was bigger than Peppers, it was getting wide receiver Brandon Marshall in 2012. During Marshall’s two seasons in Chicago, he’s accumulated 218 receptions, 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns, and has already become the most prolific receivers in the Bears' history.

However, Chicago has swung and missed with a few free agents as well. Running back Chester Taylor joined the team with Peppers in 2010, but was a huge disappointment. The same can be said for current Bears running back Michael Bush.

Hopefully, the Bears will have similar results in this year’s free agency as they did with Peppers and Marshall. But in order to do so, they must avoid some landmines. Here are five of the free agents that Chicago must avoid this offseason.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.

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5. Quentin Jammer, Denver Broncos

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The future of cornerback Charles Tillman with the Bears is uncertain. In case Tillman leaves the Windy City, it doesn’t make sense to replace him with Quentin Jammer, who will be 35 years old at the start of the 2014 season.

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4. Taylor Mays, Cincinnati Bengals

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The 49th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft never had a true shot with the San Francisco 49ers, which is why Taylor Mays was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. However, Mays still hasn’t proved to be the safety everyone expected him to be. After three seasons with the Bengals, Mays has started only four games. Although the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder looks good on paper, the Bears need quality experience at safety.

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3. Brandon Meriweather, Washington Redskins

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Chicago is in dire need of help at the safety position. Brandon Meriweather played one season with the Bears in 2011, and fans are familiar of his playing style. Meriweather has the tendency to approach the game with a headhunter mentality, which eventually brings the eight-year veteran fines and penalties, the latter of which the Bears’ defense does not need.

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2. Major Wright, Chicago Bears

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It’s unfortunate that I have to put him on the list of free agents that Chicago must avoid, but the play of Major Wright in 2013 led me to no other choice. Numerous key veteran defensive starts for the Bears were out for a huge chunk of the year, and Wright, who’s been a starter for the past three season, failed to step up and fill the void as the defense’s veteran leader.

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1. Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans Saints

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Jonathan Vilma has been a one of the best middle linebackers in the league over the past several years. Unfortunately, the 11-year pro has been slowed by knee problems over the past few seasons. After the injury-filled year Chicago had on the defensive side of the ball, Vilma is the last person the Bears need to add to their roster for 2014.