Chicago Bears Week 16 Free Agent Stock Watch

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Sep 09, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Henry Melton (69) reacts after a play against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Indianapolis 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports


Henry Melton

Melton’s early-season injury clouded his free agency and potential contract situation with the Bears.  Now, with his recent arrest, that situation becomes even more unclear than before.  The defensive tackle will have a very difficult time getting any kind of substantial money this offseason, let alone a contract offer from his former team.  The Bears need to plan accordingly at the position and look elsewhere at this point.

Devin Hester

I admit that I have given Hester the benefit of the doubt for much of the season and have tried to view his play on the field as positively as possible.  But I’m done doing that.  At this point the Bears need to completely rebuild and revamp their defense, which will ultimately affect their depth and special teams unit as well.  Hester needs to be included in this rebuilding process.  He’s only shown glimpses of his former self and has committed too many mistakes this season to justify a new contract near his current salary level.

Roberto Garza

The Bears’ offensive line played perhaps its worst game of the season on Sunday night against the Eagles, yielding five sacks and a safety as well.  The middle of the line, Garza in particular, was porous the entire night and forced Jay Cutler into several premature and dangerous throws.  Consistency has been a welcome addition to the offensive line this season, but Garza has consistently been the weakest link.  He could and should be one of the first casualties of the offseason by General Manager Phil Emery.