Since the season ended, every Bears fan and analyst has spent time figuring out ways the team can take the next step, next season. However, there are also several players the Bears should just take a pass on.
A big part of Phil Emery's key to success in replacing Jerry Angelo is avoiding the free-agency mistakes his predecessor made. The Bears don't necessarily have the salary cap space for a big hit like Julius Peppers, but they have to avoid mistakes like Chester Taylor, Orlando Pace and Brandon Manumaleuna.
Much has been made of the Bears' need for offensive line help, and it certainly is a concern. I have also speculated on what they might or might not do to help in that area. If they are going to address the need in free agency, they have to make sure they're getting a player who will help them.
The Bears are in a position where they don't have much room for error. While some think doing something is better than doing nothing, they have to avoid making a big mistake. If they spend a lot of money on a player who doesn't play well, it could very well end up being the difference between making and missing the playoffs next season and hurt their cap space in future seasons.
One of the most difficult parts of being a general manager is deciding which players fit their scheme and locker room. If the Bears are going to spend money this offseason, they have to make sure they do so wisely.
Here are five moves that would be big mistakes for the Bears.