The Chicago Bears are definitely in the market for a safety this offseason. Not only is starter Major Wright a free agent starting March 11th; Chicago villain Chris Conte is likely to be released and watch his NFL career vanish before his eyes. With that being said, Bears general manager Phil Emery has a handful of decisions to make in the secondary.
Sure, Chicago could nab a top-tier safety like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but Emery has shown he’s not afraid to spend money — see Jay Cutler‘s new seven-year contract. The most enticing part about the Bears’ safety search is that a domino effect is definitely in place around the league.
Here’s a rather quick rundown on two of the top safeties soon to be on the NFL’s open market: Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd played for now Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine last year when the latter served as Buffalo’s defensive coordinator. Well, Byrd is reportedly leaving the Bills in his rear-view mirror, which opens Cleveland up as a possible landing spot for the All-Pro free safety.
Interestingly enough, the Browns are also dealing with a safety of their own hitting the free agent market. Some NFL pundits feel T.J. Ward of Cleveland is actually better than Byrd. Of course, Chicago has been a rumored destination for both top-tier safeties. Thankfully, we still have a few weeks to study just up on Chicago’s offseason plans.