After releasing veteran Anthony Adams and letting Amobi Okoye hit the open market, the Bears currently only have three defensive tackles on their roster: Henry Melton, Stephen Paea and Matt Toeaina.
The Bears will likely look to address the defensive tackle position in the draft, possibly even going after someone like Dontari Poe or Fletcher Cox in the first round, but will certainly be in the market for another veteran defensive tackle.
Losing a guy like Anthony Adams leaves a bigger void than Okoye. Okoye was known as a pass-rushing defensive tackle and has a knack for getting to the quarterback while Adams is more of a run-stopper. With both Melton and Paea viewed as pass-rushing defensive tackles, a guy like Marcus Thomas, a run-stopper, would make a lot of sense for this defense.
Thomas, a former fourth-round pick for the Denver Broncos in 2007, was tendered by the Broncos but is not expected to re-sign with them unless they up their offer, and he will likely wait until after the draft to sign with another team.
Part of one of the best defensive units in the league last year, Thomas could fill the void that Adams left and could find himself being a productive player, especially when asked to help stop the run.