The Chicago Bears ended their offseason program on June15 Here’s a take a look at how they fared:
Offseason goals/grade: Chicago’s leading offseason top priority was to update the quarterback position. With Jay Cutler (retired) from the image after 8 years atop the depth chart, the Bears signed totally free representative Mike Glennon for $16million ensured in 2017 and prepared Mitchell Trubisky 2nd overall. Is Glennon sufficient to win video games? Is Trubisky worth the 2nd choice? Is either quarterback much better than Cutler? We have no concept. 5 years from now, the only thing Bears fans will keep in mind about the 2017 offseason will be the quarterback moves managed by basic supervisor Ryan Rate. If it works, Rate will still be the GM 5 years from now. If it does not, Rate’s follower will be entrusted with tidying up the mess. Grade: C
Move I liked: Strengthening tight end. You can make an engaging argument that the Bears are better off at tight end after the club signed totally free representative Dion Sims and prepared 6-foot-6 Adam Shaheen in the 2nd round. Sims appeared to simply be scratching the surface area of his capacity when he left Miami, and Shaheen– from small Department II Ashland University– looked great throughout OTAs and minicamp. Toss a (ideally) healthy Zach Miller into the mix, and the Bears have several weapons and match issues for challengers to handle. Likewise, previous undrafted totally free representative Ben Braunecker is pressing tough to make a lineup area. In general, tight end seems among the greatest position groups on Chicago’s restoring offense.
Move I didn’t like: Letting Alshon Jeffery leave in totally free company. The Bears have absolutely nothing however enigma at pass receiver. Kevin White– the seventh general choice in 2015– has actually played in just 4 regular-season video games. Markus Wheaton missed out on the majority of in 2015 with an injury. Kendall Wright is coming off his worst season in the NFL. Cameron Meredith– the most efficient Chicago receiver in 2016– harmed his thumb throughout OTAs. Victor Cruz can play, however he hasn’t been the very same gamer considering that his knee injury 3 seasons back. The Bears’ choice to not even effort to re-sign Jeffery stays a head-scratcher– particularly after investing a lot at quarterback.
Greatest concern still to be addressed in training school: Will Trubisky see the field as a novice? There didn’t appear to be a big distinction in between Glennon and Trubisky at minicamp– besides the truth Glennon took first-team reps. Will Trubisky stay the No. 2 when Mark Sanchez returns from a knee injury? And for how long can the Bears withstand the temptation to play the 2nd general choice of the draft? Once again, all that matters in 2017 is that the Bears appropriately assessed their quarterback alternatives. The group put a lot of resources into the position to have actually whiffed on both Glennon and Trubisky. One has to step up. Just time will inform who that’ll be.
Salary-cap area: $26,648,933(source: Overthecap.com)
2017draft selects: 1. QB Mitchell Trubisky, 2. TE Adam Shaheen, 4. S Eddie Jackson, 4. RB Tarik Cohen, 5. OL Jordan Morgan.
Undrafted novice totally free representatives signed: K Andy Phillips, WR Tanner Gentry, RB Joel Bouagnon, FB Freddie Stevenson, POUND Alex Scearce, POUND Isaiah Irving, POUND Hendrick Ekpe, OL Mitchell Kirsch, DL Rashaad Coward, OL Dieugot Joseph.
Unlimited totally free representatives signed: QB Mark Sanchez, QB Mike Glennon, WR Markus Wheaton, WR Kendall Wright, CB Prince Amukamara, S Quintin Demps, CB Marcus Cooper, RB Benjamin Cunningham, CB B.W. Webb, FB Michael Burton, POUND Dan Skuta, OL Taylor Boggs, DL Kapron Lewis-Moore, DL John Jenkins, OL Tom Compton, OL Bradley Sowell, WR Victor Cruz, WR Rueben Randle, TE Dion Sims, DL Jaye Howard, WR Titus Davis.
Limited totally free representatives signed: None
Gamers obtained by means of trade: None