The Chicago Bears went deep in the free agency pool and signed a handful of safeties including former New York Giant Ryan Mundy, former Green Bay Packer M.D. Jennings, and former Dallas Cowboy Danny McCray. They also re-signing Craig Steltz. However, with all of these new acquisitions, the safety spot will still need to be focused on throughout free agency or more realistically, in the draft.
Out of this group of newly acquired safeties, Mundy is the only player who was brought in and will be in prime position to earn a starting job going in to training camp. While both Jennings and McCray will also compete for a starting job, it is more likely that both will find most of their playing time on special teams.
With that being said, the Bears are not done adding to the safety position and will most likely lean toward the NFL draft to find someone to play opposite Mundy. The Bears own the 14th pick in the NFL draft and although safety is not the only need for the Bears and there are plenty of players at their disposal, I believe the Bears will select Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Clinton-Dix is the best safety in this year’s draft and should still be there when the Bears pick at 14. If he is still there, the Bears would be foolish not to select him. Despite the multiple free agents signed at the position, the Bears failed to sign anyone who is a better solution to the problem than what they could get in the draft, which is why safety should be their first option in the draft.
Safety is still a huge concern for the Bears and should be with how poorly that unit played last season. The Bears are on the right track at fixing the position but they still have a lot of work to do.