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NFL free agency: Bears need to get down to Trubisky business

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    23. Februar 2018 10:23:43 CET


    Looking at Chicago's biggest offseason team needs, his first season with Matt Nagy. The new head coach and returning GM Ryan Pace, before their current seven selections in the draft,Authentic Deshazor Everett Jersey, many are related to helping Trubisky make a leap in Year 2, have a little more than $41 million under the salary cap to sign free agents of good value.

    Defensively, with the exception of one position,Authentic Mason Foster Jersey, the Bears look good in several areas because of the strong front seven they still have for coordinator Vic Fangio. The draft is a good way to build up depth as that side of the ball, goes on the free agency backburner.

    Chicago,Authentic Jamison Crowder Jersey, has a chance to have a special offense immediately under Nagy, and that requires being aggressive. A good model to follow is that of Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia, however, which went out and got key weapons for sophomore Carson Wentz — including former Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery — knowing it could round out elite line play.

    The Bears have work to do in order to get Trubisky better protection while also overhauling the skill positions. Taking all that into account,Authentic Morgan Moses Jersey, here's a look at how they might fill their five biggest veteran needs with free agents in March.

    is coming off a major knee injury after a promising 2017 preseason with Trubisky. Kevin White,Cameron Meredith, the No. 7 overall pick in 2015,Authentic Spencer Long Jersey, a restricted free agent, simply can't be factored into any plans because of his injury issues. Former Steeler Markus Wheaton is headed to a release. The Bears' top three wideouts by default last season — Kendall Wright (unrestricted), Dontrelle Inman (unrestricted) and Josh Bellamy (restricted) — are also free agents.

    For the Bears,Womens Bashaud Breeland Jersey, that means looking at multiple free-agent options — in the cheaper second and third waves — in addition to thinking about further bolstering the position in the draft.

    and the fact that he like Meredith is recovering from a torn ACL would give the Bears some pause,The Dolphins' Jarvis Landry got the franchise tag. The Jaguars' Allen Robinson is unlikely to hit the market, anyway. The Rams' Sammy Watkins would be a good fit as a downfield threat in the West Coast offense.

    But beyond that, who was a little underused under him in Kansas City. With Wright unsigned and Landry unavailable, the Bears aren't lost. The Seahawks' Paul Richardson and Colts' Donte Moncrief have untapped upside to work outside and also played in a West Coast offense in 2017. Nagy should have affinity for the Chiefs' Albert Wilson, the Bills' Jordan Matthews can be had on the cheap as a "big slot."

    the Bears will have their choice of young No. 1s. Keeping in mind SMU's Courtland Sutton is in play,Sitting at No. 8 overall in the draft, the Bears should be more careful and calculated in spending on veterans here.

    Adam Shaheen, could turn into something special for Nagy and Trubisky in the Travis Kelce vein. But as the Ashland product has an expanded developmental season, the Bears need a pass-catching veteran for Trubisky now. Zach Miller is a 33-year-old free agent coming off a scary leg injury, a second-year second-rounder, and Dion Sims is a good candidate to be released.

    high-reward deal to be a potential red-zone target for Trubisky. Going a little younger out of a different West Coast offense,The Bears were attached to the Bengals' Tyler Eifert when he was a first-round pick in 2013. His durability issues are about to push him out of Cincinnati, the Eagles' Trey Burton, but that could set him up for a low-risk, 26, should have great appeal.

    but they have decided to part ways with left guard Josh Sitton before needing to pay him $8 million as a 32-year-old in 2018. Before the Sitton move,The Bears still have guard Kyle Long and center Cody Whitehair locked into the interior, there already was a need for some inside depth.

    Chicago may have a shot at the draft's best guard, at No. 8. Then again, Notre Dame's Quinton Nelson, Nelson's stock is on the rise to the point that landing him could require a trade into the top five.

    With Nagy, let's hope the Bears are locked into targeting versatile Chief Zach Fulton. In that same range from West Coast schemes are the 49ers' Brandon Fusco and Jaguars' Patrick Omameh. A little cheaper and older are the Redskins' Shawn Lauvao and the Vikings' Joe Berger. The pool of free agents at this position is too good for the Bears not to dive in at least a little.

    The con of getting Butler would be more limited funds to upgrade the offense in free agency. Going a little lower here, the Rams' Trumaine Johnson and the Redskins' Bashaud Breeland are two solid options for the Bears' scheme. The Bills' E.J. Gaines and the Giants' Ross Cockrell are sleepers to watch should they hit the market.

    The Bears might not go big at corner because the offensive needs, but that doesn't mean they can't afford to go back home with little to nothing in free agency.

    Analysis: Welcome to the first Spell-Check Bowl. Both teams drafted a quarterback with the same name, but they spell it differently. The Texans QB spells it “franchise.Womens Jamison Crowder Jersey,” The Browns rookie quarterback spells it “benched.” Houston is angry on the heels of its 42-34 prime-time loss to the Chiefs on national TV.

    By the numbers: The Browns are 1-4 against the spread and 6-24 ATS in their last 30 overall. … Houston is 4-1 in their last five coming off a straight-up loss. … The Texans are 19-6 ATS when they gained more than 350 yards in their previous game.

    in August,Womens Deshazor Everett Jersey,Analysis: If, I would have been first in line for a frontal lobotomy. But the Jets have won three straight, and quarterback Josh McCown is completing 71 percent of his passes. The Patriots beat the Jets 41-3 last season,Womens Mason Foster Jersey, I would have told you this game would be for first place in the AFC East, but they miss Julian Edelman,Womens Spencer Long Jersey, who was targeted on 28 percent of his routes last season and had 24 catches that converted third downs. This game is tricky, as New York is confident.

    By the numbers: The Jets are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games vs. teams with a winning record. … New England leads the NFL in total yards and passing yards. … The Patriots are on a 8-1 over run.

    Analysis: The equation is simple. Will the Saints finish above .500 this season? If so, and Drew Brees has yet to throw an interception while completing 69 percent of his passes. New Orleans is riding a two-game winning streak, past is prologue for Lions backers. Matthew Stafford is 5-46 overall and 1-21 on the road vs. teams that finish above .500. A sprained ankle and hamstring injury also may curtail Stafford’s effectiveness. The rested Saints are coming off a bye,Womens Morgan Moses Jersey, and it’s hard to believe Detroit can win three straight road games after winning at the New York Giants and Minnesota.

    By the numbers: The Saints are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. … The Lions are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. … The over is 11-3-1 in New Orleans’ last 15 home games and 8-2 in the Saints’ last 10 as a home favorite.

    but they’re still 3-2. Their offense got on track last week vs. the Raiders,Analysis: It’s been a weird start for the Ravens, and the defense made some plays. Enter Mitchell Trubisky making his first start on the road against some experienced corners. Can the Bears decent defense keep them in this one? Not with all their injuries.

    By the numbers: The Bears are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. … The under is 6-2 in Baltimore’s last eight home games.

    Analysis: It’s the second straight road game for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers,Authentic Bashaud Breeland Jersey, fresh from departing Dallas with a 35-31 victory as 2?-point underdogs. Balanced Green Bay is sixth in the league in scoring and 11th in total defense. The Packers have cashed 12 of their last 20 games against the Vikings. Minnesota’s defense will keep this interesting for a while.

    By the numbers: The under is 9-2 in Minnesota’s last 11 home games in October and 17-5 in its last 22 games against the NFC North. … The over is 10-1 in Green Bay’s last 11 games vs. the NFC and 7-1 in its last eight games as a road favorite.

    Analysis: The visiting Dolphins are a hot mess on and off the field. I won’t mention any videos, but I won’t ignore the fact they’re last in the NFL in yards per game. Atlanta is coming off a bye and will be eager to rebound after a home loss to Buffalo. Matt Ryan is completing 66 percent of his passes. Miami has one of the NFL’s worst offenses and face a good defense.

    By the numbers: The Falcons have covered six of the last seven meetings against Miami. … Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in games following a straight-up loss.

    Analysis: Dropped passes, false starts, untimely penalties, this team is in sync with Kyle Shanahan and the new regime. Oh, blown assignments — other than that, and did I mention San Francisco is playing its third straight road game? The Niners have lost every game, and four of them were by three points or fewer.

    By the numbers: Washington is 9-3 ATS at home vs. teams with a losing record. … The over is 14-4 in the Redskins’ last 18 games vs. the NFC.

    Analysis: Tampa Bay has not generated a pass rush this season. That’s good news for stationary Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer. But the Bucs still can be stingy on defense, and quarterback Jameis Winston has three dangerous weapons, led by running back Doug Martin. Through the air, the Bucs are getting their share of yardage, just not points. Something tells me Winston has his best game of the season, as Tampa Bay takes some shots down the field.

    By the numbers: Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games. … The Bucs have gone under the total in four of the last five meetings.

    Analysis: Jacksonville scored a terrific road win in last week’s 30-9 drubbing of the Steelers. But the final score was a bit misleading, as Pittsburgh led 9-7 before Jacksonville compiled back-to-back pick-sixes and Leonard Fournette busted a meaningless 90-yard TD run with about a minute left. The Rams travel east after engaging the Seahawks in a fist fight in a phone booth last week. Los Angeles will head to London next week, and teams on the road the week before that trip sometimes struggle. But the Rams, who are averaging 30.4 points, are dangerous as a underdog. Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will scheme against Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles and frustrate him the entire game.

    By the numbers: The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings. … The under is 35-17-1 in the Rams’ last 53 road games. … Jacksonville is 2-5 ATS in its last seven home games.

    Analysis: A bounce-back spot for the Steelers, who have won five of the last seven matchups with the Chiefs, including the playoffs. But after Ben Roethlisberger threw a career-high five interceptions in a 30-9 loss to the Jaguars, it’s hard to imagine that the Steelers will be capable of rallying at Arrowhead Stadium. They’re facing a red-hot Chiefs team that has shown its offense can pretty much do what it wants in averaging a league-leading 33 points a game.

    By the numbers: The under is 21-7 in Pittsburgh’s last 28 games overall and 22-7 in its last 29 road games. … The under is 39-18 in Kansas City’s last 57 home games. … The home team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings.

    Analysis: Guess who’s back? Derek Carr. And the Raiders will need him. Although Oakland won both meetings last season, the road team covered in each game. What is it about the Chargers? They compete. They tease you. They show life. But they’re 4-12 overall since the beginning of last season in games decided by less than a touchdown.

    By the numbers: The Chargers are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall but 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 road games. … The underdog is 14-2 ATS in the last 16 meetings. … The over is 20-5-1 in Oakland’s last 26 home games.

    Analysis: Sports Authority Field is where NFL offenses go to die. Just ask Von Miller and a unit that likes to live in their opponents’ backfield with 10 sacks through four games. Unfortunately, the Giants don’t even have an offense. Or any wide receivers. But the rules state they have to play the game.

    By the numbers: Denver is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games played in October. … The under is 17-8-1 in the Broncos’ last 26 games as a favorite.

    Analysis: The Colts have won 11 in a row in this series and 16 of 17. But those wins were engineered by Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett has played reasonably well, but can he win one on the road? The status of Marcus Mariota is cryptic, but it appears as if he will play.