Even before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. kickoff to free agency, the
First, Long and Bushrod are two of the tackle prizes in free agency, and second, even if Long and Bushrod go elsewhere, at least the Bears see the same mess we see.
The good news for the Bears is that the tackle vineyard in free agency is deeper than Long and Bushrod.
You might remember
Same deal, hurting a different division rival with Detroit’s
You could argue that the Bears don’t need to overpay for tackles because new coach
For those of you tardy to class, protecting
Again. Still. Always.
That's why I'm inclined to make choices from the football out when it comes to free agency over the draft. Teams don't always have that luxury, but in this case, I'd rather sign an experienced free-agent lineman and then draft a tight end, if that's the way it plays out.
An experienced tackle figures to play better while adjusting to a new team and a new line than a rookie tight end who has to start with a new league that is faster, smarter and better than anything he has ever faced.
Put another way, you already see what happens when faster, smarter and better players line up against J’Marcus Webb and
Look, this might be Cutler's last season as Bears quarterback, but at least give him the best chance to finish it upright.
Tackles are expensive in free agency and the Bears don't have a lot of salary cap space. But they can make some.
Check that: They had better make some.
I don’t care if the Bears let all of their potential free agents hit the market. Sorry,
I value defensive end