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Free agency will be very important to the Bears. A team that is built to win now can't necessarily wait for a bunch of young draft picks to develop.
The Bears will not have much room to play with, but that could change if they are able to restructure some contracts like Julius Peppers' deal and maybe part ways with a guy like Devin Hester, who is owed big money in the final year of his deal.
Where do the Bears attack the market? There will be some good offensive linemen available, but they will come at a big price. Ryan Clady, Andre Smith, Andy Levitre and Sebastian Vollmer are all at the top of a very deep pool.
Another weapon on offense is necessary. There are some interesting wide receiver options out there. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Wallace could come cheaper after a sub-par season. Danny Amendola and Brian Hartline are reliable receivers who can take some pressure off of Brandon Marshall.
If you want a tight end, New York Giants Martellus Bennett is only 26 years old and has a ton of upside after a very nice season in New York.
From there, the Bears will need to fill their roster with smaller and less marquee names. They will need a backup quarterback to replace the failed experiment of Jason Campbell. The team could use secondary help, as D.J. Moore will not be brought back, and possibly another defensive tackle to play alongside Melton.