Chicago Bears Week 1 Free Agent Stock Watch

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Corey Wooton – FALLING

Wooton was a non-factor during Sunday’s game and will have to win the competition against Shea McClellin this season. So far, McClellin is winning.

Roberto Garza — RISING

The Bears need consistency on the offensive line and between Cutler and his center. Keeping Garza for another couple of years couldn’t hurt.

Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (center) is tackled by Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (left) and Chicago Bears outside linebacker James Anderson (right) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

D.J. Williams — FALLING

Jon Bostic is waiting in the wings to take over at middle linebacker. He’s younger and has much more upside.

James Anderson — RISING

Anderson had two big pass breakups during Sunday’s win and can be a great mentor for rookie Khaseem Greene.

Tim Jennings — FALLING

Jennings turned in a disappointing performance on Sunday and will have to rely on creating turnovers this season to warrant a new deal.

Matt Slauson — RISING

Slauson provides veteran presence and consistency on the offensive line and brings a welcomed nasty streak to the Bears’ offense.

Major Wright — FALLING

Wright is a very ordinary safety who doesn’t make many impact plays. He got beat too many times against the Bengals and may struggle this season if the defensive line can’t maintain quarterback pressure.

Eric Weems — RISING

It will be difficult for the Bears to justify keeping Hester if he doesn’t perform. Weems is a special teams ace and proved it on Sunday.

Kelvin Hayden – FALLING

Missing the entire 2013 season and the rise of Isaiah Frey will not help his cause.

Patrick Mannelly — RISING

He’s a life-long Bear and he’s got a few more years left in the tank.

Zack Bowman – FALLING

The Bears will need to look elsewhere for a starter if they lose Tillman or Jennings.

Tony Fiametta — RISING

The Bears haven’t had a steady fullback since Jason McKie. He can be utilized in Marc Trestman’s offense.

Josh McCown — FALLING

The Bears love Matt Blanchard and McCown is just getting older.

Eben Britton — RISING

Britton can be an affordable insurance policy for rookie Jordan Mills and an effective swing tackle.

Dante Rosario — FALLING

As long as Martellus Bennett stays healthy, Rosario won’t see much action.

Craig Steltz – RISING

Steltz is another top special teams player for the Bears who doesn’t command much money.

Jonathan Scott — FALLING

Scott now has serious competition from Britton for the swing tackle on the team.

Nate Collins — RISING

If Melton disappoints this season, Collins may be thrust into a more prominent role.


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  • Michael Praser

    I disagree with Hester’s stock falling. They didn’t kick to him on kickoffs and they kicked it out of bounds for punts. That is exactly why they still have Hester on the team.

    • Michigan Bruce

      I still think they should try him at corner back in situations ,he played it in college,throw him in the 5 set wr formation once in a while,outside screen on the weak side he’ll blow by all of them.

      • Michael Praser

        Hester was awful as a corner. I think he is doing what he should do. Return. No more, no less.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Most kickoffs go out of the back of the end zone these days, so now Hester is limited to only punt returns. Most of the time, they can directionally kick away from him. Every now and then, he’ll get a chance at a return, but is he still worth a multi-million dollar contract?

  • Michigan Bruce

    No mention of DT Peaa! I miss spelled that sorry but he was a power house sunday,and on the rise more so than pepper’s (double teamed, understandable).but melton and collins got beat more times than not and when they did there was no middle LB to help out,DJ is coming off a injury and game speed is below sub par.I missed Bostic,I watched him play all preseason and it made alot of the pain go away due to losing Urlacher.

    • Michigan Bruce

      LOL If Bostic had played he would probably have had to pay a fine for crushing somebody with a legal tackle.GO Balistic BOSTC!!

    • BearGogglesOn

      Bruce – no doubt that Paea had a great game. In fact, he graded out as the top Bears defender. The point of this post is to look at Free-Agents-to-Be, guys who are in a contract year. By my count, there are 24 guys on the 53-man roster – who will be out of contract after this season. It’s worth keeping an eye on whose stock is rising and falling each week to see who Phil Emery is going to have to pay to keep. Paea is still playing on his rookie deal, so no need to worry about him just yet.