Eric Berry And 4 Other Free Agents Chicago Bears Must Pursue In 2016 Offseason

By Clyde A. Speller

With over $55 million of salary cap space available for the upcoming 2016 offseason (the second-most in the NFL), the Chicago Bears are in great position to make a big splash in free agency. After finishing dead last in the NFC North with an overall record of 6-10, the Bears could definitely use a big-time playmaker to help turn things around. There are plenty of unrestricted free agents Chicago could choose from, but these are the top five players the Bears should target.

Eric Berry And 4 Other Free Agents Chicago Bears Must Pursue In 2016 Offseason
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5. Josh Norman

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The chances of the Carolina Panthers letting cornerback Josh Norman go are very slim. However, the Bears will have enough money to flash in Norman’s face to possibly persuade him to come to the Windy City. Norman would be a great addition to Chicago’s young up-and-coming secondary.

5. Josh Norman

The chances of the Carolina Panthers letting cornerback Josh Norman go are very slim. However, the Bears will have enough money to flash in Norman’s face to possibly persuade him to come to the Windy City. Norman would be a great addition to Chicago’s young up-and-coming secondary.

4. Muhammad Wilkerson

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Muhammad Wilkerson is one of the most dominant defensive ends in the league and could be a great fit in the Bears' 3-4 defensive alignment. Wilkerson's 12 sacks led the New York Jets and was tied for sixth in league in 2015. Over the last three seasons, the five-year pro has recorded 28.5 sacks. Wilkerson could be the missing piece that helps Chicago's pass rush become one of the best in the NFL.

4. Muhammad Wilkerson

Muhammad Wilkerson is one of the most dominant defensive ends in the league and could be a great fit in the Bears' 3-4 defensive alignment. Wilkerson's 12 sacks led the New York Jets and was tied for sixth in league in 2015. Over the last three seasons, the five-year pro has recorded 28.5 sacks. Wilkerson could be the missing piece that helps Chicago's pass rush become one of the best in the NFL.

3. Cordy Glenn

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With the strong possibility of Jermon Bushrod not being with the Bears in 2016, left tackle Cordy Glenn could be an upgrade on the blindside of quarterback Jay Cutler. Since entering the league in 2012, Glenn has only missed three games and has been a cornerstone for the Buffalo Bills' offensive line. Having Glenn and Pro Bowl right tackle Kyle Long as the bookends of the Bears' O-line could greatly improve their pass protection.

3. Cordy Glenn

With the strong possibility of Jermon Bushrod not being with the Bears in 2016, left tackle Cordy Glenn could be an upgrade on the blindside of quarterback Jay Cutler. Since entering the league in 2012, Glenn has only missed three games and has been a cornerstone for the Buffalo Bills' offensive line. Having Glenn and Pro Bowl right tackle Kyle Long as the bookends of the Bears' O-line could greatly improve their pass protection.

2. Danny Trevathan

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Although he's not one of the names that pops out the most when looking at the list of unrestricted free agents, Danny Trevathan could be considered a great steal for any team. Trevathan missed significant time in 2014 due to injury, but he did lead the Denver Broncos in tackles in 2013 and 2015. Having played under John Fox in the Mile High City, Trevathan is very familiar with his coaching style and would be a great replacement for Shea McClellin, who more than likely won't be in a Bears uniform in 2016.

2. Danny Trevathan

Although he's not one of the names that pops out the most when looking at the list of unrestricted free agents, Danny Trevathan could be considered a great steal for any team. Trevathan missed significant time in 2014 due to injury, but he did lead the Denver Broncos in tackles in 2013 and 2015. Having played under John Fox in the Mile High City, Trevathan is very familiar with his coaching style and would be a great replacement for Shea McClellin, who more than likely won't be in a Bears uniform in 2016.

1. Eric Berry

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Ever since his rookie season in 2010, Eric Berry has established himself as one of the best safeties in the NFL. Having already been to three Pro Bowls (2010, 2012-13) and being named to the All-Pro First Team in 2013, the 27-year-old Berry made a triumphant comeback after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, making the Pro Bowl and All-Pro First Team once again in 2015. The safety position is almost solidified with Adrian Amos. Adding Berry to the mix will definitely bring Chicago's secondary completely together.

1. Eric Berry

Ever since his rookie season in 2010, Eric Berry has established himself as one of the best safeties in the NFL. Having already been to three Pro Bowls (2010, 2012-13) and being named to the All-Pro First Team in 2013, the 27-year-old Berry made a triumphant comeback after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, making the Pro Bowl and All-Pro First Team once again in 2015. The safety position is almost solidified with Adrian Amos. Adding Berry to the mix will definitely bring Chicago's secondary completely together.

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