Yesterday the Chicago Bears became the first NFL team to have their 2014 first-round draft pick under contract when Kyle Fuller agreed to a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year. This signing marked the seventh draft pick the Bears have brought under contract since the end of the draft last weekend. Only third-round pick Will Sutton remains unsigned as of right now. In addition to these seven draft selections the team has already locked up nine undrafted free agents, including Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch.
While the majority of Chicago sports fans remain enamored with the goings on of the Chicago Cubs‘ front office and their ongoing rebuild, along with the wild success that the Chicago Blackhawks have enjoyed in large part because of their front office leadership, the Bears have quietly strung together a few successful offseasons. Over the past three years, the team has brought in a premier wide receiver in Brandon Marshall, signed their franchise QB Jay Cutler to a long-term extension and used the NFL Draft to bring in two Pro Bowl caliber players in OG Kyle Long and WR Alshon Jeffery.
Now, after struggling mightily on defense last season, GM Phil Emery and company have seemingly addressed their weak points on that side of the ball this offseason, much in the way they did last year with the offense. The only thing this Bears team appears to be lacking is a way to convert all of this hard work in the offseason into wins on the field. While the team always seems to be in contention for the division title, simply making the postseason just won’t cut it anymore. With the amount of talent that has been assembled on this team there should be no reason they can’t start bringing home some serious hardware.
It is high time some of this great preseason work turns into great postseason celebrations.