Chicago Bears Roster Review: Danny McCray
Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears strong safety Danny McCray (29) against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. The Lions defeated the Bears 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Bears offseason is in full swing as we head toward the start of the new league year and Free Agency. As a part of our Chicago Bears Roster Review, we’re leading off by looking at Bears Free Agents. New GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox have some tough decisions to make as they reshape the Bears roster in hopes of a bounce-back 2015 season.
Danny McCray, S, Age 26
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The Bears defensive woes have been well documented over the past season. There are struggles at every position but none more prevalent than at safety. Most Bears fans probably have no clue who Danny McCray is. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys but became a Chicago Bear in 2014. McCray wasn’t able to make much of a difference on the ailing Bears defense; he recorded 24 tackles, zero interceptions and zero forced fumbles.
To keep McCray in 2015, it will cost the Bears $630,938 against the salary cap. So should the Bears keep him on the roster? No. At this point, the Bears are in desperate need of legitimate talent in their secondary. Unfortunately, McCray hasn’t been a big time player over the past year, so the Bears should move on. They need to test free agency, along with the draft in order to rebuild a secondary that was torched by almost every quarterback it faced in 2014.
It’s a long shot considering their cap space but, if possible, the Bears should go after New England Patriot safety Devin McCourty. McCourty will be pursued by many teams and a few months ago the Bears would have had no chance to get a player of his caliber. But now with a coach like John Fox they just might have a chance. If they can somehow work out the financial side of things, and the Patriots part ways with McCourty, the Bears should be the first to give him a call.