The areas of need on the Bears roster are numerous—with some taking more of a priority than others.
The No. 1 priority should be keeping Cutler off his backside, which can't be successfully accomplished without retooling the offensive line. The free agent market is led by starting left tackles such as Long, Clady and Branden Albert. The Bears will also need to look to the draft to fill the tackle position, along with the other spots on the line.
Tight end will be the next highest area of need, and fixing it in the draft with the likes of Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce or Joesph Fauria appears to be the way to go.
Finding Urlacher's replacement—whether he comes back or not—will also be at the top of the list.
Furthermore, the Bears could use help at wide receiver and in the secondary. If they can create cap space, the Bears will have the luxury of looking at free agent options like Welker, Danny Amendola, Brian Hartline and Kevin Ogletree.
Looking in the fourth or fifth round of the draft might be the prime spot to find a nickle corner to play alongside Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings.
These moves will be the difference in whether the Bears watch the 2013-14 playoffs from the couch, or lay it all on the line for a Super Bowl ring. For GM Phil Emery and Trestman, the clock has started.