Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret that the Chicago Bears’ roster is chock full of impending free agents. Big names such as Jay Cutler and Henry Melton may be playing their final season in a Bears uniform — or they may be on their way to huge pay days and brand new contracts.
Every week we’ll take a look at how the stock has changed on some of these players. For this week, here’s a quick rundown of all of the Bears’ impending free agents and how the Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals affected their stock:
Jay Cutler — RISING
Cutler managed the game well on Sunday, despite one characteristic interception. He made big throws and plays when he needed to though. Cutler’s biggest ally may be the incredibly weak 2014 class of free agent quarterbacks.
Henry Melton — FALLING
The defensive line struggled to get any pressure on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, registering only one sack and two tackles for loss. Melton is a Pro Bowler and will need to step it up to justify a new deal.
Charles Tillman — RISING
AJ Green’s monster performance on Sunday made Tillman look like a very ordinary cornerback. However, his two interceptions did plenty to make up for it. Tillman is a fan favorite and not likely to go elsewhere.
Devin Hester — FALLING
Hester will need to be “ridiculous” as a full-time returner this season to justify a new contract and taking up a roster spot.
Robbie Gould — RISING
He’s already one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history and he just set a franchise record on Sunday with a 58-yard field goal. He’s staying for good.