It is no secret that improving the offensive line is one of the top goals of the offseason for the Bears.
Shortly after being named as new head coach of the Bears, Marc Trestman wasted little time to assemble his staff, and worked quickly to get his biggest hire, former New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, to sign on as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.
Kromer was very successful in New Orleans helping to develop guys like Jermon Bushrod, Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans into Pro Bowlers.
The Bears' offensive line suffered through injuries and constant changes throughout much of the 2012 season, with only left tackle J'Marcus Webb and center Roberto Garza starting all 16 games.
Right tackle Gabe Carimi struggled throughout much of the season before losing his job to veteran Jonathan Scott, but was thrust back into the lineup at right guard following injuries to Lance Louis and Chris Spencer.
Louis will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but considering his injury last season, the Bears will likely be able to sign him cheaper than originally expected.
The biggest question mark will come at the tackle positions. Clearly there is a need for improvement at left tackle, and although many are slated to become free agents (Jake Long, Ryan Clady, Branden Albert) most teams do not let good left tackles walk out the door.
Long has made it known that he wants upwards of $10 million a year, and that will likely price him out of the Bears range.
Left tackles like Bushrod and Will Beatty of the Giants could be more cost efficient options if they want to go the free-agency route.
Another option is looking at the draft. Oklahoma's Lane Johnson has been shooting up draft boards after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, and could be an ideal pick for the Bears at No. 20. Other options outside of the first round could be Oregon tackle Kyle Long or North Carolina's Jonathon Cooper and Kentucky's Larry Warford, both guards.
In an ideal world, Emery would sign a Pro Bowl talent at left tackle and guard, and find other pieces in the draft but most things do not go according to plan. If they can find a left tackle and another guard through a combination of the draft and free agency, they can start to build a better-functioning offense around Jay Cutler.