With the way Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has attacked free agency this offseason, he has put his team in a position to make a deep run into the playoffs this season. Early signings of Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings had the team heading in the right direction, and on Wednesday morning Emery may have just put his team over the top by bringing in Jared Allen.
With one of the NFL‘s best offenses already in place, Emery knew his defense was bad last year and he was able to address the issue quickly. But his work is far from over with the NFL Draft looming large in early May. Most experts have already dubbed this as the deepest, most talent rich draft in a very long time, and with Emery at the helm, Bears fans should be giddy.
With the defensive line shored up, the most lacking position for the Bears is safety. They have brought in Mundy and Jennings to compete with Chris Conte for playing time, though these are just band-aids. The Bears will no doubt look to bring in a top talent in the early rounds of this draft. If former Alabama safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix is still available at No. 14 overall it would be hard for Emery and Co. to pass him up. If the team goes with a defensive lineman in the first round, as most experts are predicting, then I could see them look to the likes of former Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward in the second round, provided he is still available. Ward’s stock has been rising as of late.
With either decision Emery makes during the draft, Bears fans should be in lock step behind him. For the first time in a long time Bears fans are dreaming of a Lombardi Trophy, and for good reason.
Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
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