The good news is that the Bears have the most money to spend under the cap of any team in their division. The bad news is that it may only be enough to sign one free-agent starter.
The $20 million or so that the Bears are projected to have under the cap will be used as follows: around $8 million for Matt Forte (assuming the franchise tag), $2 million for draft choices and another $3 million or so for their own free agents.
They will get some additional space by releasing vets like Roy Williams, but there won't be the pile of cash to throw around like some fans seem to believe.
That leaves about $7 million left, and that may only be enough to sign on free agent. So, despite needing multiple receivers, the Bears are now more likely to draft a WR like Michael Floyd and not sign a free agent.
So you can forget studs like Cliff Avril or Carl Nicks. I'm not saying all this to ruin your weekend, just to point out why you will see some familiar names in this list of projected starters for the 2012 season.
Now don't get me wrong—the Bears can sign some lower tier free agents and spread the wealth around. But guys like Vincent Jackson, even if available, likely won't be coming to Soldier Field, unfortunately.
Here's one man's prediction of your 2012 starting Chicago Bears.