Another week, another drastic change in status for several upcoming Chicago Bear free agents. Let’s take a look at this week’s stock watch:
Three games, three wins. That’s really all that matters for Cutler at this point. The Bears quarterback didn’t fill up the stat sheet on Sunday night by any means, but he created one of his most memorable moments as a Bear when he absolutely lit up Steelers defensive back Robert Golden. Nobody can question Cutler’s toughness (in case they ever had) or his ability to make big throws in big situations. It was also great to see him reconnect (literally) with Earl Bennett.
Wright still has his flaws, but he finally showed some of the big playmaking abilities that the Bears have been looking for in a safety. His interception return for a touchdown, forced fumble and seven tackles proved he is a worthy candidate to be signed to another deal. His chemistry with fellow safety Chris Conte is an added benefit to re-signing Wright as well.
I would like to officially welcome Williams to the Bears now. It took three weeks, but Williams finally made his presence known against the Steelers in a big way. His two sacks, including a forced fumble, helped pace the turnover-driven Bears defense for the entire game. He showed great instincts and leadership and could buy the Bears some extra time to help develop Jon Bostic, who is likely the middle linebacker of the future.
Slauson’s name was seemingly mentioned more than any other offensive lineman’s during Sunday night’s victory, which is usually a negative thing. In this case, it wasn’t. The 6-5, 315-pounder keyed several big runs for Matt Forte and provides some great toughness and leadership for an otherwise young offensive line. While it’s sometimes difficult to analyze interior offensive linemen, in this case Slauson’s abilities stand out and make him a pleasant free agent surprise.