Best and Worst Moves of Chicago Bears Free Agency so Far

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Best and Worst Moves of Chicago Bears Free Agency so Far
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While the Chicago Bears haven't had a lot of additions to their roster in free agency, sometimes it's what you don't do that makes just as big of an impact.

The Bears made a big splash in the opening hours of free agency, signing both tight end Martellus Bennett and left tackle Jermon Bushrod, but they have been relatively quiet otherwise. 

In this list, I rate those two signings as their best or worst moves, but also grade some moves they didn't make but could have.

It's important to remember that, although the Bears appear to be "up against the cap" as general manager Phil Emery told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, there's a lot they can do to free space up with restructuring deals or releasing players.

The free-agency period isn't just about the moves teams make, but what they don't do and the effects it has on other teams. A lot of gamesmanship happens in free agency as teams will do anything to gain a competitive advantage, including showing false interest in players to up their prices for competitors. 

For the players they did acquire or should have, I've taken in account their skill set, past production, potential future production and how they fit with the Bears schematically. One of the most important factors I took into consideration was their cost. The teams that have the most long-term success are those that are fiscally responsible.

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