NFL: Chicago Bears Likely to Be Big Players in Free Agency Again

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NFL: Chicago Bears Likely to Be Big Players in Free Agency Again
(December 12, 2010 - Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images North America)

 We all know the Bears didn't target wide receiver in the draft. Furthermore, It appears it was a position that was never going to be addressed. Regardless of who was where, and what value they had if they were there when the Bears were up. This is a glaring need just as relevant as offensive line, or any other the Bears may have. yet it was completely ignored.

 Now either the Bears are too stupid to see what every other expert writer/draftnick, fans, and former front office personnel men, and player or coach turned analyst, seem to see. Or they're sly like a fox. By that I mean targeting free agency to fill this, and the remaining needs they have. One thing to consider is that veteran wideouts should be more useful to Jay Cutler, and this offenses needs, than a learning youngster. Wide receiver is traditionally a position that takes a while to grasp. Mike Martz's offense is harder than most to grasp as well. Judging by the way the Bears went about the draft it appears to be the case that free agency is a very serious option for the Bears remaining personnel needs. Just don't expect it to be full of premium names.

 Of course a lot depends on the labor issues, and what the next collective bargaining agreement will look like, and what rules remain in place which will determine the pool of players that will be there for the Bears to pursue. Players like the one I have on my main picture, Sydney Rice, who is likely to be franchised, or tendered at a premium offer too large for the Bears to consider matching. Especially since it appears the Vikings will be relying on a rookie Quarterback to lead them, and will need all the veteran skill players it can keep to make it easier on the young signal caller.

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