Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Chicago Bears' Top Free Agent Targets

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Chicago Bears' Top Free Agent Targets
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As the NFL's free agency period opens, the Chicago Bears have been connected to a number of free agents but some aren't necessarily good fits.

The Bears' biggest needs are obviously on the defensive side of the ball where they were bad in just about every category last season, with the worst run defense and third-worst scoring defense in the league. A far cry from two years ago when they were near the top of the league in every category.

Chicago has holes nearly everywhere on defense, with only linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Tim Jennings the only returning starters set in stone. General manager Phil Emery has been very aggressive in the past, which has led to a lot of speculation that he'll find a way to make a splash in free agency this season.

There is not a perfect free agent, available. Every one of these players will be available for a reason, but they also bring a lot to the table.

For the players on this list, I used the top 100 players and speculation on where they may sign by Monday Morning Quarterback's Greg A. Bedard as a guide. I also used players who have been speculated by fans and other media outlets. 

With this list, I'll be going through both the positive and negatives for many of the players suggested for the Bears. While none of them are perfect, the risk is worth the reward for many of them.

 

All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus unless otherwise indicated.

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