Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) and forces a fumble during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Team Needs and Offseason Headquarters Page

The Chicago Bears are oh. so. close.

I think the Bears have almost everything you need in order to be a championship caliber football team, and despite limited cap space, they managed to re-sign some key players like Charles Tillman and D.J. Williams, and also brought in two new defensive line ‘toys’ in LaMarr Houston and Jared Allen.

With the Bears making moves, this team is primed for a run–seriously–at the NFC North. If Jay Cutler can stay healthy–and at this point that’s a big if–they can be one of the best teams in the NFC. I think with a good draft and another defensive tackle or two, the Bears will be right in the thick of things this season.

Player Movement

Players Lost

  • CB Zack Bowman (Giants)
  • DE Corey Wootton (Vikings)
  • RS Devin Hester (Falcons)
  • DT Henry Melton (Cowboys)
  • WR Earl Bennett (released)
  • DE Julius Peppers (Packers)
  • QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers)
  • RB Michael Bush (released)
  • P Adam Podlesh (released)

Players Added

  • DE Jared Allen (Vikings)
  • CB Sherrick McManis (re-signed)
  • S Danny McCray (Cowboys)
  • S M.D. Jennings (Packers)
  • S Criag Steltz (re-signed)
  • DE Israel Idonije (Lions)
  • CB Charles Tillman (re-signed)
  • TE Dante Rosario (re-signed)
  • DE Willie Young (Lions)
  • WR Domenik Hixon (Panthers)
  • LB D.J. Williams (re-signed)
  • S Ryan Mundy (Giants)
  • LB Jordan Senn (Panthers)
  • DT Nate Collins (re-signed)
  • QB Jordan Palmer (re-signed)
  • DL Jay Ratliff (re-signed)
  • CB Kelvin Hayden (re-signed)
  • C Roberto Garza (re-signed)

Bears Team Needs

1. Defensive Tackle

The Bears need to beef up an interior that was embarrassed consistently last season.

2. Cornerback

Charles Tillman isn’t getting any younger and the Bears don’t have any great long-term solutions at this position.

3. Center

Roberto Garza is aging, and the Bears need a contingency plan for when he decides to hang ‘em up.

4. Running Back

5. Linebacker

6. Punter

7. Right Tackle

Tags: 2014 Nfl Draft Chicago Bears NFL Offseason Needs

  • Erik Lambert

    Just so you know, Sayre, Bears fans are going to rip you apart for not mentioning safety on that list.

    • Michael Curcio

      There’s not one deserving NFL starting safety on our roster. That being said, if Gilbert’s there, you take him.

      • Erik Lambert

        I’m in agreement, Mike and I believe Emery is going to go address both problems early in the draft.

    • Jerry Lastnamé

      I’d like for the Bears to draft two safeties. With Prior in round 1 and Buchanan in round 2.

      • Erik Lambert

        Love the enthusiasm to get better Jerry but they are in no position to do that.

        • Jerry Lastnamé

          Thanks. You all heard it here first. I would go to bourbonnais to see those guys play. Numbers 20 and 25 would look awesome in run support for the bears.

          • Erik Lambert

            True but both might be liabilities in coverage.

  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    Safety before CB

  • Thompson Way

    DT, S????, the other two posters are correct. Where is the S??? Might be the Bears first pick, if Donald is not available.

  • metalhead65

    the Bears have to take Dix or Gilbert if either are available. they are the best at their position and the bears for once have to the best instead of guys “almost” as good or rated just below them. we have seen the results of this getting those in the latter rounds strategy has worked and now is the time to do something about it.

    • DiscountPCRepair SATX

      Move up in Rd2 to take either RaShede Hagemann or Kelcy Quarles
      Rd 3 — Dri Archer

    • Jon feigenbaum

      The Bears will, I think take a DT in round 1, pick up a solid safety in Round 2 A number of the teams drafting ahead of the Bears will be addressing a need on offense. One of these players will be there at 14; Koney Ealy, Dee Ford, C.J. Mosley (if there just TOO great to pass on), Stephon Tuitt, Timmy Jernigan, Aaron Donald (not crazy for him myself). In round 2 , I think the Bears WILL draft a safety, and should snag a solid one like Ed Reynolds, MAYBE Calvin Pryor will still be there, Jimmy Ward, or Ahmad Dixon. Then , depending on the “best talent available” , the will go CB, Another D-lineman, RB, QB. A few QB’s may still be there late like Aaron Murray from Ga. -if not for his knee injury , would have been a first rounder, also Tom Savage from Pittsburgh, who has a cannon for an arm. However, you know Emory. Just when you THINK you know what he’ll do-he goes “out of the box”. I predict that McCllean will have a BREAKOUT year, going back to his natural position-linebacker, where he was a star in College. He HAS been playing out of position.

      • metalhead65

        they need more than a good or solid safety and if dix is still there they need to take him.why not take a solid d-lineman in the second? like I said we have seen the results of getting these good and solid guys in the third round and now is the time to fix the secondary if dix or dennard are there. I don’t trust guys like pryor who play for schools like louisville or smaller they need a guy like dix who has played against the best.I will understand if they grab mosley or a top dt if dix is not available but they can’t pass him up if he is there. otherwise nothing changes for them in the secondary. the guys he signed are not that special or better than conte or they would not have been available to sign.