Breaking News Broncos WR Wes Welker suspended four games for use of amphetamines. ×

Chris Conte's Injury Shouldn't Change Bears Draft Plans

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) rushes for 21 yards as Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) tackles him in overtime at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

My first reaction when I heard about Chris Conte’s offseason shoulder surgery was which missed tackle caused his injury or that maybe it was whiplash from watching Randall Cobb zip past him in the season-killing play against the Packers in the season finale.   But I digress.

Conte knows it’s going to be a long road back and nothing is guaranteed coming back:

“I know I’m going to have to compete for my position on this team,” Conte said. “I am prepared to do that and felt having this surgery was the best way to be 100 percent healthy and be the best player I can possibly be.”

We’re a fickle bunch Bears fans.  Through the end of last season and into the offseason, all I’ve heard is that Conte needs to go and blaming Conte for the Bears’ defensive demised.  Yet now, when we find out he needs offseason surgery, I see a bunch of quotes and posts that the Bears definitely have to draft a safety in the first round now.  Why, because a safety who everyone wanted to run out of town is going to be out 4-5 months this offseason?  Did you really think the Bears were planning to go into 2014 with Conte as the sole answer at safety?  It’s not like this is Mike Brown in his prime going down with an injury and the Bears must plug an immediate hole.

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Chicago Bears Chris Conte

  • metalhead65

    he better draft dix if he is available or dennard if he is not. sick of waiting until the round or later to draft safeties and corners. look what that has gotten the bears. I do not care what the experts say the bears have a glaring need at safety and corner and need to take the best one avaiable. they said the same thing about the offensive line last year and long worked out pretty well for them didn’t he?

    • jim

      lol. you going to punch him if he doesn’t draft clinton-dix?

      • metalhead65

        no but like all bears fans will be disappointed when they have the same results as always drafting “just as good” guys from round 3 on.for the secondary.

    • John Vassar

      I am not as concerned about safety. There are two or three you can grab in the second or third round. Bears have met with Buchannon twice, which I am a big fan of, but he is a SS not a FS. Maybe they think they can coach him into a FS. At 14, Cornerback all the way. Dennard, Gilbert and Fuller are the only starter ready shut down corners in the draft. Any one of them works for me, prefer Fuller.

      They don’t need a DT until later. Emery said after signing Houston, that we would have an idea of who he will draft by who he signs. DL is loaded and he only re-signed Tillman. No depth at CB right now, so all roads to CB at 14.