The Chicago Bears made a big splash at the beginning of today’s free agency period after signing free agent DE Lamarr Houston and re-signing free agent LB D.J. Williams to improve their horrendous defense from a year ago, but will have to play the waiting game to re-sign other coveted free agents such as Josh McCown and Charles Tillman.
McCown and Tillman are both set to test the free agent market to see what else is in store for them before considering re-signing with the Bears. McCown has already stated that the biggest factor in his decision is his family, as he has a wife and four children. He also said that he would be looking at the possibility of becoming a starter after having a career year last season.
Tillman, on the other hand, has expressed interest in re-signing with the Bears, interest that has been reciprocated. However, Tillman will still test the open market to see which other teams are interested in his services. HE has been with the Bears for 11 seasons, and the Bears still look like the favorite to keep him. That said, things can change in a split-second in free agency.
Although testing the open market makes losing players such as McCown and Tillman more realistic, having these players test the open market could potentially help the Bears in the long run. It can prevent the Bears from overspending on these players as other teams have already set a salary. The Bears have already made the right steps in improving their 8-8 record from last season, but re-signing their own players will make the process go much smoother.