The moment that the final whistle blows on an NFL season, teams are already consumed with how to improve themselves for the next year. The rumor mill starts working daily at a feverish pace with new speculation on where a prospective free agent might land, leaving many to either buy in or disregard such rumors.
The Chicago Bears have already been busy in the early stages of the offseason, having fired Lovie Smith and hiring Marc Trestman as the team's new head coach.
Trestman brings a bigger emphasis on offense than Smith did, likely bringing forth more additions on that side of the football. The organization will look towards both the draft and free agency to improve a team that finished the 2012 seasons with a 10-6 record.
Feb. 18 marked the beginning of the league's new calendar year, allowing teams the ability to place franchise tags on their impending free agents.
Free agency officially beings on March 12 but the rumors have already begun swirling. And here are five free agents who have been linked to the Bears and whether the Bears should buy or sell on these players.