Chicago Bears Free Agency and Draft Wish List

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Chicago Bears Free Agency and Draft Wish List
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The Chicago Bears are entering this offseason with a bunch of needs on the defensive side of the ball.

The Bears only have five opening-day defensive starters under contract for next season and there's a good chance three of them either won't be on the team or won't be starting next season. The only definite pieces in place are linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Tim Jennings.

A bare cupboard means the Bears can fill it with whatever they like. There has been a lot of talk about switching to a hybrid defense this season, something that may not have been possible in the past.

Throughout the following slides, I will go through the Bears needs and some players who could fill them either through the draft or free agency.

While the Bears do have plenty of their own free agents who may return, I'm only focusing on players from other teams for the sake of this slide show. 

I'm also trying to keep the draft options realistic. While it's certainly possible for anyone to drop or rise, I'm going to try to stick to current projections. 

Obviously, the Bears won't be able to get all of these players. They have options on how they want to rebuild their defense and it will be interesting to see what directions they go in.

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