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Cornerbacks: Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings
Safeties: Ryan Mundy and Chris Conte
After missing a portion of the 2013 season, Charles Tillman opted to re-sign with the Bears this offseason on a one-year deal.
One of the best in the league at creating turnovers, Tillman has an uncanny ability to knock the football loose from opposing receivers. In 2012 alone he forced 10 fumbles and had three interceptions that he returned for touchdowns.
Despite turning 33 earlier this year, he remains one of the league's best cornerbacks and is set to be paired with veteran Tim Jennings again this season.
Jennings signed a four-year, $22.4 million contract this offseason after being named to his second straight Pro Bowl. After struggling at times during the beginning of his career in Indianapolis and playing two average seasons in Chicago, Jennings burst onto the scene in 2012, leading the league in interceptions with nine.
While listed as the starter, he will get some playing time this season at nickelback, with 2014 first-round pick Kyle Fuller moving to the outside when playing against three-receiver sets, per TheGameChicago.com's Adam Hoge:
With Tillman and Jennings set to remain as the team's starters at cornerback, much of the focus this offseason has been on the safety position.
After inking a deal on the first day of free agency, veteran safety Ryan Mundy will likely be the team's starting strong safety come Week 1. Mundy has the ability to play up in the box against the run but can also match up with tight ends and running backs in pass coverage. While not the flashiest of players, Mundy should be a steady contributor in 2014.
With Mundy all but solidified as the team's starter at strong safety, free safety remains a wide-open battle between Danny McCray, Brock Vereen and Chris Conte.
Despite starting both preseason games at free safety, McCray has done very little to make his presence felt. Vereen, a fourth-round pick this past May, has a lot of upside and potential but hasn't been able to get any first-team reps in front of McCray.
With McCray and Vereen seemingly unable to claim the position, Conte still has a shot to take back the job he has held for the better part of the past three seasons in Chicago. After struggling mightily in 2013, Conte underwent offseason shoulder surgery and did not return to the practice field until last week, per Chicago Bears Radio's Zach Zaidman:
He did not play against the Jaguars this past week, but Trestman is hopeful Conte can see the field against the Seattle Seahawks this coming Friday, per ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson:
If Conte can get back onto the field Friday against Seattle, there's a good chance he will reclaim his spot as the team's starting free safety in Week 1 due to of his athleticism and playmaking potential.