Chicago Bears Full Offseason Recap Part 2: Free Agency

Free Agency

I graded the new and improved coaching staff for the Chicago Bears pretty highly in part one of my off-season recap. Do the additions the team made in free agency match up?

Hint: absolutely.

Part 1: Coaching Staff

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What is the Chicago Bears Biggest Need?

Needs

It seems like such a simple question, but no one can provide a definitive answer.

In free agency, the Bears did quite a bit in terms of addressing some of their most glaring needs. The offensive tackle, tight end, and linebacker positions were all upgraded.

But with the NFL Draft less than a week away, predictions are still all over the board for who the Bears may take with the 20th selection.

In my opinion, this is a two-horse race: offensive lineman, or linebacker. Apparently, most draft experts don’t agree with me.

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It’s Deja Vu All Over Again for the Chicago Bears

Injuries have played a role in the Bears recent struggles. But this version of the Bears yearly collapse has many other factors.

One way or another, the Bears always seem to find a way to fall short of their potential. Whether it be injuries, play calling, personnel, or Father Time, every aspect seems to make a yearly appearance at one point or another and derail the season.

This season has been no different. It is actually one of the most drastic “tale of two seasons” stories I’ve ever witnessed. Even though the Bears struggled mightily and finished the season 1-5 last year, the 1-4 stretch they are going through right now seems much worse.

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Chicago Bears 53-Man Roster

Dane Sanzenbacher

Did Dane Sanzenbacher survive the final roster cuts?

8 pm CT has come and gone on August 31st.

The Chicago Bears roster received some serious cosmetic surgery in the hours approaching the NFL mandated roster deadline. After signing one veteran, former Bear DT Amobi Okoye, the Bears carved away from 76 players down to 53.

The final roster is set… for now. The Bears can still sign and release players, but they must also make corresponding moves to keep the roster at or below 53 players.

So which players survived the carnage and who got their walking papers?

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Chicago Bears week 2 success; overshadowed by injuries

Brandon Hardin

Brandon Hardin is the most recent Bear to go down with an injury.

Following Saturday’s performance by the starting unit, Bears fans everywhere should be exhaling a huge sigh of relief this week.

Cutler-to-Marshall was finally on display, the line actually protected Jay (gasp!), and Israel Idonije led the first team defense in their solid effort to contain RG3.

Instead, fans and the Bears front office are forced to keep an eye on an ever-growing injuries list.

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Stock Watch: Chicago Bears Training Camp

Stephen Paea

I’ll admit it: it’s way too early to predict who will make the final roster and who will be on the outside looking in come September. It’s only the middle of week 2 in Bourbonnais.

But a few players have been making headlines at Bears camp for different reasons. Let’s take a look at who’s getting camp off on the right foot and who might be on the bubble after a poor start.

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NFL Draft Combine Stock Report: Winners

cramer

Bad news surrounds everything NFL these days. It appears a deal will not be reached by that artificial arbitrary deadline. But there’s always a bull market somewhere. And good news for all you home-gamers is…the NFL Draft is right around the corner, and the combine just concluded.

We updated out second round mock a couple days ago. And a new update for both rounds will be here by Monday.

In the meantime, this is the first of two lightning rounds of winners and two more of losers from Indy.

By Paul M. Banks

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