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Wrapping up the Combine, Rebuilding Priorities, Quarterback Approaches, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears News, NFL Draft

Today’s the final day of the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, and with that, teams will get a chance to look at some of the featured defensive backs.

But as the Combine winds down, free agency is just ramping up.

In case you’ve missed it, eligible players will become free agents tomorrow (March 7) at 3pm CT, and are thereafter permitted to sign with new teams as soon as Thursday (March 9th).

With the Combine ending, free agency kicking into gear, and rumors beginning to fly, it’s shaping up to be a pretty crazy week. So to that end, make sure you didn’t miss yesterday’s late-night rumor-mill, which included more Bears connections to free agent quarterback Mike Glennon.

For now, Bullets …

  • As you ponder how the Bears will manage to balance their future via free agency, the draft, and the trade market, here’s something interesting to consider:

  • Ideally, you’d like to have the two guys at the top of the ladder working together on the same timeline, but you do get the feeling that the seat for head coach John Fox is warmer than the seat for GM Ryan Pace. Fox is in year three with the Bears, with just nine wins to show for it so far. Meanwhile, Pace, who is also in his third year, is building out the organization at a more foundational level, and his interests in competing in 2017 at the expense of, say, 2018, might not be quite as keen as Fox’s. Hopefully, in the end, they do wind up on the same page throughout free agency and the draft. (And, of course, all else equal, everyone wants to see the Bears win quite a few more games in 2017.)
  • So we’ve talked plenty about the upcoming draft, particularly quarterbacks and defensive backs. Which leads me to ask where else might the draft be deep and could it affect the Bears? Well, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, the tight end pool is shaping up to be especially significant. Some say it’s the best class in years, headlined by Miami’s David Njoku, Alabama’s O.J. Howard, and Mississippi’s Evan Engram, and with several more potential impact guys after that. The Bears will need impact receivers in one form or another going forward, and tight end is a spot where they can certainly look to add.
  • Just something random to consider:

  • That is one scary dude, who is likely to go first overall in the draft.

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.


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Michael Cerami

Michael is a contributor at The Ten-Yard Line, and you find find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.