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2011 was a season that needs to be forgotten, so the outrage doesn't bleed through. Chicago was off to a great start, and then Jay Cutler got hurt. The Bears went down with him. They only won one game in the final six weeks of the season.
So, adding a quality backup was a top priority when free agency started. Jason Campbell received big money to serve as Cutler's backup, but based on his injury history, it's well worth it. Campbell has starting ability. He and the Raiders were off to a fast start last season before he went down with a season-ending injury.
Outside of Campbell, the Bears added playmakers for Jay Cutler, the biggest being Brandon Marshall. Trading two second-round picks proved to be no big deal, as Marshall and Cutler have a bond that carries over from their days in Denver.
Alshon Jeffrey is a big-bodied receiver who shares the Marshall's characteristics, and Eric Weems will improve the special teams unit in whatever capacity he is used.
The defensive side of the ball didn't see as many upgrades as the offense, but Shea McClellin will be leaned on to provide relief for Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije. Both Peppers and Idonije logged over 900 snaps each last season.
Chicago needed a good offseason, and even though the offensive line went neglected, the arrow is still pointing up.