Top Free Agents The Chicago Bears Should Retain

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Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) and outside linebacker James Anderson (50) and defensive end David Bass (91) and middle linebacker D.J. Williams (58) tackle New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) and outside linebacker James Anderson (50) and defensive end David Bass (91) and middle linebacker D.J. Williams (58) tackle New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSE

Charles Tillman

While the defense deserves a major overhaul this offseason, Tillman should not be included in the casualties.  He deserves a chance to redeem himself after an injury-riddled season.

Tim Jennings

Jennings has not been nearly as terrible as the rest of the defense this year, and bringing back Tillman should also result in bringing back Jennings.

Jeremiah Ratliff

This guy still has a little bit of football left in him and the Bears could re-sign him at an affordable price.  Ratliff would be an asset to the defense regardless of whether or not Henry Melton returns to the team.

Corey Wootton

Wootton has been a lone bright spot in an otherwise awful defensive line and will hopefully come at a reasonable hometown price for the Bears to retain him.

James Anderson

Jon Bostic has not played well this season and Khaseem Greene still needs time to grow.  Anderson can provide a reasonably affordable option for the Bears to buy some more time until their rookie linebackers are ready to start.

 

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  • Scott

    At first I was waiting for you to say keep a bunch of Defensive players but you chose wisely! The only player I disagree on is Offensively is Garza. He is too old and has no push at all.

    • Garrett

      I say resign him to a cheap 1 year deal and then draft a center. If the new guy isn’t ready his rookie year at least you still have a serviceable center in Garza.

  • Celestino Shinn

    Just say “No” to Garza and Ratliff hasn’t shown enough in just 3/4 of a game to be resigned; coaches need to see more from him first.