Defensive Backfield Still a Major Area of Focus For the Bears

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers more of your questions:

“I never hear the Bears talking about a hard hitting safety. Is this in the plans? — @Kcprof926 “

“I’m taking a wait-and-see approach with the safety position. The Bears might be looking for a younger and speedier replacement for Antrel Rolle but they’ve yet to add that player.”

I would say that’s a good bet.

One thing is certain. The Bears still have a lot of work to do in the defensive backfield and I’d be surprised if this wasn’t a focus in the draft.

Name Pos Height Weight Age
Bausby, De’Vante
CB 6-2 179 23
Callahan, Bryce CB 5-10 185 24
Fuller, Kyle CB 6-0 194 24
Glenn, Jacoby CB 6-0 180 22
McManis, Sherrick CB 6-1 197 28
Porter, Tracy CB 5-11 190 29
Amos, Adrian FS 6-0 218 22
Hurst, Demontre S 5-10 183 25
Jones-Quartey, Harold S 5-11 215 22
Rolle, Antrel S 6-0 206 33 12
Jefferson, Anthony SS 6-1 198 23

Your starters are Fuller, Porter, Callahan (nickel), Amos and Rolle. There are some other good, young players on this list but they are mostly still unknown quantities. In particular, a safety with more range than Rolle should be at the top of the Bears list. Callahan is also still developing and no one really knows what he’s going to be yet. At minimum, depth at corner is still an issue.

Over 30? Bears Are Not Interested.

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions:

“Would James Jones make any sense for a year? I’m not comfortable with just Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White leading the way given limited appearances. — @garretson_jeff “

“I don’t believe the Bears have any interest in him right now. What happens when you bring in a player like Jones is it limits opportunities for younger players that could be developing. The Bears would like to see more from Marquess Wilson and then you’ve got options like Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy that are worthy of a look this spring and summer.”

It always surprises me when someone asks a question like this because, with all due respect, it often means that they’ve completely missed the point of what the Bears are doing.

The Bears are in full rebuilding mode right now. They aren’t interested in players over 30 years old. In fact, the only player that they’ve signed this offseason that is 30 was cornerback Tracy Porter and their previous experience with him probably played a factor there.

The Bears aren’t interested in players on one-year deals. They want young building blocks that will be around for years to come. Perhaps they’ll be signing some older players to one-year prove it deals after the draft to plug remaining holes. But those will be out of absolute necessity because they can’t find value elsewhere and the definitely aren’t interested right now.