2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Bears see options in draft after addressing needs

By ANDREW SELIGMAN - AP Sports Writer
    2013-04-22 10:07

CHICAGO (AP) - Big moves are in the books. Now, options are on the table.

The Chicago Bears hold the 20th pick in the NFL draft, and there are a number of ways they can go.

That's because they already addressed their most immediate needs. Besides hiring coach Marc Trestman to replace Lovie Smith, they signed Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett. That gave them the top-tier left tackle and play-making tight end they craved, and it gave general manager Phil Emery some flexibility with the draft starting Thursday night.

``It allows us to look at all the positions for each and every pick,'' Emery said. ``Certainly those two along with the other signings that we've had.''

The Bears still have needs on the offensive line and at linebacker. Depth on defense is an issue, and there's the little matter of quarterback Jay Cutler and his expiring contract.

There's also the chance they will trade down and possibly out of the first round, considering Emery basically put up the ``sale'' sign and welcomed all shoppers. It's not hard to see why, with the Bears holding just five picks and none in the third or seventh rounds. They have a second-rounder (50), fourth-rounder (117), fifth-rounder (153) and sixth-rounder (188), but they don't have the numbers for a team that's trying to add depth and youth.

If Bears stay at 20, Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker might be an option. The same goes for North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams and Tennessee receiver Cardarelle Patterson. And if they decide to go with a linebacker, well, how about Georgia's Alec Ogletree or Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, baggage and all?

Ogletree had a four-game suspension to start the season and a DUI arrest one week before the combine. He was also suspended for a game in 2010 after being charged with stealing a fellow athlete's motorcycle helmet. For Te'o, it's about the fake girlfriend hoax and less-than-stellar showings in the national championship game and at the combine.

Both players came up during Emery's news conference last week. He confirmed meeting with Te'o and called him ``a very good person, a very squared-away guy.''

Asked about Ogletree and his issues, Emery said the Bears to their homework.

``We work extremely hard at knowing the character of the players,'' he said. ``And then whatever we find out about their background, their personal behavior and any incidences they've been involved in off the field, whether we find those acceptable for us and whether the fit's right for us.''

No matter which way the Bears go, they'll have a different look next season.

They fired Smith and replaced him with the offensive-minded Trestman, hoping he can spark a stagnant offense and get the most out of Cutler.

They parted ways with Brian Urlacher, the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and heart and soul of the defense, even if they left the door slightly ajar for a return.

They lured Bushrod from New Orleans with a five-year deal, adding a Pro Bowl left tackle to a beleaguered offensive line and finally giving Cutler the protection he needs on his blind side. They added a playmaker at tight end in Bennett and signed former New York Jets guard Matt Slauson.

They'll have two new starting linebackers alongside perennial Pro Bowl pick Lance Briggs with D.J. Williams replacing Urlacher in the middle and James Anderson taking over for the departed Nick Roach on the strong side.

All that comes on the heels of a 10-win season that ended with a second straight collapse and the Bears missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.

For all their moves, though, there is still plenty of work to be done.

The offensive line remains a question mark. And the Bears could use a youth injection on defense, too, particularly with Briggs, Julius Peppers and Charles Tillman in their 30s.

Most of their major new additions are on one-year deals, and with an expiring contract and no heir apparent in place, Cutler's future is in question.

If he struggles, the Bears could make a clean break. And if he has a middle-of-the-road year, they might have a tough decision. If nothing else, another quarterback could become a trade asset.

``Jay's contract status doesn't impact it,'' Emery said. ``I'd like to draft a quarterback every year. If we could find the right quarterback, those are very valuable in terms of the position, obviously I don't see that you can have a winning franchise and a championship franchise without a high-quality quarterback, so you want to give yourself as many chances as possible. They're also very valuable from a trade perspective.''

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Adrian PetersonApr 23 05:22p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may not be in the Dallas Cowboys' plans after all, according Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. Robinson said the Cowboys have not spoken to the Vikings regarding Peterson.

Demaryius ThomasApr 23 03:32p

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has decided not to participate in offseason workouts because he does not want to suffer an injury, but general manager John Elway does not [ More ]

Will HillApr 23 03:12p

Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent FS Will Hill signed his tender offer Thursday, April 23, according to sources. Hill received a one-year deal worth $1.54 million.

Andre EllingtonApr 23 03:02p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's (foot) injured foot is about 95 percent healed, and Ellington has not suffered any setbacks, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

M. Jones-DrewApr 23 02:22p

Free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Raiders) will sign a one-day deal to retire as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars next Tuesday, April 28. He played nine seasons and rushed [ More ]

Victor CruzApr 23 02:12p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he believes that he will be ready to play in the season opener next season and play like he did before he suffered the injury.

Justin TuckerApr 23 01:52p

Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent PK Justin Tucker has signed his one-year tender offer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bear PascoeApr 23 12:52p

Free-agent TE Bear Pascoe (Falcons) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Thursday, April 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sam BradfordApr 23 01:53a

The Philadelphia Eagles and QB Sam Bradford have yet to make significant progress on a contract extension sparking speculation the quarterback might be traded again, although head coach Chip [ More ]

Brandin CooksApr 22 11:43p

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (knee) spent time training together with QB Drew Brees during the offseason in San Diego. 'Man, I love everything about him, his makeup, [ More ]

Greg JenningsApr 22 06:13p

Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) signed an undisclosed deal with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, April 22.

Philip RiversApr 22 05:33p

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers may be losing faith in the organization, according to NFL Network analyst and former Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson. 'The parts around him keep [ More ]

Jacques McClendonApr 22 04:13p

Free-agent OG Jacques McClendon (Jaguars) signed an undisclosed deal with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, April 22.

Adrian PetersonApr 22 02:23p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not expected to be traded by the Vikings unless the team is overwhelmed by an offer from another team, according to a source. [ More ]

Antonio BrownApr 22 02:23p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown said he is not participating in voluntary workouts because he is spending time with his newborn child. Brown said he will report to offseason [ More ]

Marvin LewisApr 22 11:33a

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis signed a one-year extension Wednesday, April 22. He's under contract through the 2016 season.

S. RichardsonApr 21 05:23p

Kansas City Chiefs CB Shaquille Richardson (undisclosed) was released Tuesday, April 21, with a failure to disclose physical condition designation.

Adrian PetersonApr 21 01:52p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains a candidate to be traded, and a source close to the situation believes that if he isn't traded before or during the 2015 [ More ]

Dennis PittaApr 20 06:52p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is participating in the team's voluntary conditioning program that started Monday, April 20. Pitta's career remains in doubt after fracturing his right hip [ More ]

Prince AmukamaraApr 20 05:22p

New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara (biceps) said he's about 90% recovered from a torn biceps he suffered last season.

Adrian WilsonApr 20 05:02p

Updating a previous item, free-agent SS Adrian Wilson (Bears) signed a contract to officially retire with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tim TebowApr 20 03:52p

Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) officially signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, April 20. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Adrian PetersonApr 20 01:42p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not in attendance for the start of the team's offseason workout program Monday, April 20, according to league sources. However, Peterson hasn't attended [ More ]

Antonio BrownApr 20 11:02a

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and could hold out from minicamps and training camp, according to sources.

Adrian WilsonApr 20 07:22a

Free-agent SS Adrian Wilson (Bears) is expected to retire Monday, April 20, and join the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff. The Cardinals, the team Wilson played for from 2001-2012, have announced a press conference.

Tim TebowApr 19 07:42p

Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) is expected to sign a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, April 20.

Stefen WisniewskiApr 18 01:02p

Free-agent C Stefen Wisniewski (Raiders) signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, April 18. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Ryan JensenApr 17 05:02p

Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent TE Phillip Supernaw, SS Brynden Trawick, CB Rashaan Melvin and OT Ryan Jensen re-signed with the team Friday, April 17. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Adrian PetersonApr 17 12:42p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts [ More ]

Adrian PetersonApr 16 03:02p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list, according to a source.

Adrian PetersonApr 16 02:22p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17.

Sammy WatkinsApr 15 11:33p

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) is able to work out in some capacity during the team's offseason program, although head coach Rex Ryan indicated Wednesday, April 15, that [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group