Free Agency: Chicago Bears Bring In Two Big Names, Solve Two Big Problems
The Chicago Bears can now cross two things off of their off-season to do list, as they have agreed to a contract with New York Giants' free agent tight end, Martellus Bennett and have agreed to a contract with New Orleans Saints' Pro Bowl left tackle, Jermon Bushrod . The dollar amounts of either contract have yet to be announced, as well as the length of Burshrod's contract, but Bennett is being signed for four years. These are two fantastic free agent moves for the Bears, as they had arguably the worst collection of tight ends in the league last year and one of the worst offensive lines as well.
Before being traded to the Carolina Panthers, Greg Olsen was Jay Cutler's favorite target and he must be thrilled that he will have an actual above average tight end to work with again and he should become a very big part of the Bears' new offense. Expect the Bears to feature him in intermediate routes often and have him use his speed to beat linebackers for deeper passes, but the most important thing that he brings to this Bears' is his ability in the red zone, where Brandon Marshall was their only threat.
The mere presence of Bennett will have to make defenders think twice about triple and double teaming Marshall in the end zone. Bennett is the first move of many in the right direction for the Marc Trestman era and this should help their passing game immensely and give Cutler a passing option other than Marshall, who was their entire passing game last year.
Bushrod's signing is even more important as the Bears finally have a franchise left tackle after over two years of unwatchable play out of J'Marcus Webb. The rest of the line is still completely unknown other than Roberta Garza at center, but the Bears now have the most important position on the offensive line filled and by a pro bowler no less. He is solid in both the run and passing games and is a welcomed addition to the team and solves a long time problem. Hopefully he will help Jay Cutler stay upright and open holes for Matt Forte, but the only thing that matters right now, is that they have added a true impact player at a position of need.
Second year GM, Phil Emery is off to a fantastic start to this off-season with his surprisingly bold first day of free agency. The Bears were expected to be relatively quiet in free agency, as they lacked the cap space of other teams, but Emery filled the Bears' two biggest needs in a matter of just a few hours. It is definitely exciting for Bears fans, who have suffered through horrible tight end and left tackle play for years and this boosts the Bears' already solid playoff hopes. It is unsure how much cap space is left, but it cannot be too much, so they will now most likely focus on the draft and resigning their own players, mainly Brian Urlacher and the recently franchised, Henry Melton.