Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) fumbles after being hit by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Cannot Overpay to Fix Defense

Free agency is just days away.  For many teams, it’s an annual right of spring to dream of quick fix free agents to solve their teams’ problems and pave the way to a Super Bowl.  That’s certainly what the Bears had in mind when they signed Julius Peppers to a monster $84 million deal back in 2010.  Peppers was supposed to be that one key free agent who was going to fix the Bears pass rush and put the Bears defense over the top and carry the Bears to a championship.  Now it appears that the Bears are ready to move on from Peppers and you can’t help but say that the experience was a failure.

The Bears need to learn a lesson from the Peppers deal – big free agent dollars do not equal championships.  Look to consistent playoff contenders like the Packers and Patriots to see the path to the Super Bowl doesn’t usually go through the ATM and big free agent spending.

The Free Agent Market is very much like any other economy, it’s about supply and demand.  The supply of high quality defensive ends is low and the demand is high.  That means a high price tag.  When free agency opens next Tuesday, the price will be the highest for the few remaining high quality defensive ends like Michael Bennett, Lamarr Houston and Michael Johnson.  Same goes for safeties Jairus Byrd and TJ Ward.  There will be a mad dash to secure the services of the top flight guys.

The knee jerk reaction and what every fan wants is a quick fix.  Go out and back the Brinks truck up to Michael Bennett’s door and have an instant pass rusher.  Have Phil Emery show up and Jairus Byrd’s door with a wheelbarrow full of money and say bye bye to the Major Wright and Chris Conte fiasco.  We’ve been down this road before Bears fans and we don’t want a repeat.

As much as they have to fix the defense, it’s not simply a “just add water” solution.   The Bears need to head into free agency with some fiscal responsibility.  They’re going to have to pay to keep Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.  There are a lot of holes to fill and not every one of them is going to be a Pro Bowler.  There will be a mix of young players added through the draft.  Adding a couple of key vets and making one big splash would be fine by me.

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  • Rob Schwarz Jr

    The big splash has to be either DE or S. With the depth in the draft at DE, I think S is the more important splash they should make this off-season. Stay away from M. Johnson. If you want DE to be the big splash it needs to be L. Houston or Bennett. Here would be my ideal pick-ups for the Bears using both scenarios.

    DE Splash – L. Houston or Bennett (DE)
    Louis Delmas (S)
    Captain Munnerlyn (CB)
    And some DT depth – Draft a DT in first round with this scenario

    S Splash – Byrd or Ward (S)
    Vontae Davis or Sam Shields (CB)
    Everson Griffen or Antonio Smith (DE)
    Add some DT depth
    Draft either DE or DT in the first round of this scenario

    Thoughts? Either one attainable? Maybe we can do more?

  • jim wepsiec

    We r not that far from getting to the promise land, & the window is only open for a short time, we must go ALL- IN NOW & get Bennett, or johnson or houston & Byrd or ward & then finish this win now or go home & watch the play-offs at home sitting in your underwear, right? Hey I remember when we were 1- 13 tied with Pitts.& lost the coin toss that got pitts.the 1st pick in the draft, where they grabbed, wait for it hall of fame terry Bradshaw, it has been one he’ll of a ride & i’m still hanging on, because it ain’t over yet just a lifer doing time alabama, oh I almost forgot the draft that’s were we add final touch’s to this masterpiece, badda-bing badda-boom