The Bears look prepared to start over. Clearly Jay Cutler is not in their future plans, and it seems as if the Bears are willing to rebuild their roster completely now that they have a new GM.
Primary Needs: QB, S, WR
Secondary Needs: OT, CB, TE
Free Agency Strategy: The Bears have $51 million in cap space and really only 1 free agent priority, receiver Alshon Jeffery. Jeffrey is by far the best receiver on the free agent market this year, and might be worth a franchise tag. With the other major need the team has at quarterback it would be a risky proposition to allow Jeffrey to walk without compensation this year. Though technically not a free agent move the Bears should consider acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo through a trade. The third overall pick is too much to give up for him but the third pick in the second round seems just about right. Safety is a certain need for the Bears and Eric Berry’s situation should be monitored. Dashon Goldson could also be had on the cheap and has experience in Vic Fangio’s defense. Many of the remaining needs for the Bears are depth positions which could be filled with lower priced veterans.
Draft Strategy: If the Bears identify their quarterback in this year’s draft class then they should take him. It might involve swapping spots with the 49ers and giving up a second round selection. Assuming they do not do that Mitch Trubisky is the favorite to be the first quarterback chosen, though I do not consider him worthy of a top ten selection. Given his local ties DeShone Kizer might also get some consideration, but again, like Trubisky, he is a marginal top 20 player. The bears could select Jamal Adams or Malik Hooker with the third overall pick. Either would stabilize the secondary. Jonathan Allen would also be a great value choice at 3 overall. In the second round the Bears might consider a right tackle like Cam Robinson, receiver like Juju Smith-Schuster, or safety like Budda Baker. If the Bears wait to take a quarterback then Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson would both be in play here. In the third round the Bears should consider receivers like Malachi Dupre, or a cornerback like Jourdan Lewis. A pass catching tight end like JOrdan Leggett would also be a nice addition here.