Chicago Bears Are Favorites to Land Mario Williams

CSNChicago insider John “Moon” Mullin is reporting that according to league sources, the Bears are the frontrunners to land the defensive prize of the 2012 free agent class, former #1 overall pick Mario Williams:

The Bears will go into the hours leading to the start of free agency considered around the league to be the favorite in the competition to sign defensive end Mario Williams away from the Houston Texans, has learned from a number of NFL sources.

Check out a video clip of the Chicago Tribune Live crew, including Brad Biggs and David Haugh, debating the addition of Williams and my comments after the jump.

Don’t get me wrong, the thought of Williams playing opposite Julius Peppers is exciting as hell.  The front four would be absolutely incredible and NFC North quarterbacks would have nowhere to hide.  But with the major needs on the offensive side of the ball and the amount of money that the Bears have invested in their top defensive players, I think it’s a mistake to break the bank on Williams.

Despite the ages of their key players, the Bears still have a championship caliber defense.  The same can’t be said for the offense.  Besides Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, is there another spot on the offense that couldn’t stand for an upgrade?  Maybe a couple of spots on the offensive line like Gabe Carimi and Roberto Garza?  Possibly 3rd receiver Earl Bennett?

The Bears are wasting Jay Cutler’s prime by failing to give him the protection and weapons to succeed.  Cutty is only signed through next season, so it’s incumbent on the Bears brass to give him a reason to sign on the dotted line for another deal.  If they go through another offseason without getting him some talent, why would he want to come back?

I’m cool with signing Williams if the Bears can get creative and find a way to at least get a 2nd tier wide receiver.  What about you?  What do you think?  Should the Bears go after Williams?

Should the Bears go after Mario Williams?

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  • JohnAWellington

    @bearsbuzztap get Mario P.E. Bear down!

  • TomSchwarz

    Yes, get Mario.  I think V Jax is off the table or at least will be way to expensive.Get Mario, draft a WR in the first round, and then pick up on offensive lineman in the second round or in free agency.
    I think Mario is a good fit because our defensive secondary is horrible.  Tillman can’t do it by himself and yet that’s basically what he’s been doing.  Getting an extremely solid pass rush will negate our immediate need for a top corner back.

  • JohnnyNacho

    i was torn on this subject until you realize which player would have more impact for the bears?  
    the tandem of pepper and mario is too overwhelming to pass up.  they would make everyone behind them so much better.  i still agree they need to add fresh blood to the WR core and if the bears are lucky enough for floyd to fall to them then the could have an impact rookie WR.

  • DeCon76

    if the Bears are gonna overpay in free agency, i say get Mario for sure and build a dominant D-line.  VJax is a diva and i don’t think he will mesh in the locker room.  Sure, he is talented, but his price tag is gonna be way high  Book end Mario and Pepp and the Bears D will be a whole lot better and will hide any deficiencies at the safety position, because opposing QBs should be upright as often to pick them apart!

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