5 Still Unsigned Free Agents the Chicago Bears Should Contact
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The roster still has a couple of holes, but only five guys should be on the Bears' radar. Four of them are role players, but one of them has the skill to make this team an offensive force.
Read on to see the five players the Bears should look to sign.
Ovie Mughelli, FB
Evan Rodriguez is quickly becoming an unstable individual. Last year's fourth-round pick continues to have his troubles with the law, and there is no guarantee it won't happen again.
Should Rodriguez make another mistake, the Bears are going to cut him. Fullback Ovie Mughelli could be a great option as insurance.
The nine-year veteran has always been a good lead blocker, even making the Pro Bowl in 2010. He would be an experienced replacement who could step in and fill the void immediately.
Austin Collie, WR
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Austin Collie's injury history is extensive and well-documented. He is currently coming back from a ruptured right patella tendon and has a history of concussions.
Bringing Collie in would be a low-risk, high-reward option. Right now the Bears still have question marks at the receiver position past Brandon Marshall. Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett are going to be leaned on more, but the team is not sure what it will get from them.
If Collie is healthy and can give the Bears something as a fourth guy, why not bring him in? At the very least, he is a hard-working player who will push every other receiver in training camp. If he's healthy, the Bears could strike gold with an affordable option with some value.
Jason Brown, C
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What do the Bears really have in Roberto Garza? He is an offseason beast in the weight room but will still struggle when the regular season comes around.
Center/guard Jason Brown is still out there. He has been a starter in St. Louis and Baltimore and could be an upgrade over Garza. Brown has had some interest from a few teams but has not received an offer.
It would be nice to bring Brown in on a conservative deal. Who knows? He just might beat Garza out for the job.
Israel Idonije, DE
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The Bears still have to be interested in bringing back an old friend. As of now, the defensive line is healthy and deep, but should an injury arise, Israel Idonije should get the first call.
The veteran lineman has spent his entire career in Chicago, racking up more than 25 sacks and almost 200 tackles. He would love to come back to the Bears, and should there be a need, the team should strongly consider him.
Victor Cruz, WR
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Technically Victor Cruz is not a free agent because he signed his tender, but he can still be had for a first-round pick and a new contract.
The Pro Bowl receiver is coming off back-to-back productive seasons, where he had more than 80 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of them. He scored 19 touchdowns during that time and has shown good durability.
Best of all, Cruz is only 26 years old. Giving up the pick plus the money would be a lot, but if the Bears can create some cap space, why not go after Cruz? He would turn the offense into an instant juggernaut and the team into a Super Bowl contender.