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4. Kyle Dugger, S

Projected market value: $16.5 million annually

The safety position is a critical one, now, for the Bears. After cutting Eddie Jackson in a move that everyone saw coming, they desperately need to find another starting safety. This could be a spot the Bears look at in the draft, although outside of the top two or three, this year's safety class isn't very deep.

The free agent market, however, has a few good names. Antoine Winfield Jr., Budda Baker and Kyle Dugger are three of the best. Dugger is coming off a season which saw him total a career-high 109 tackles, including an impressive 71 solo. He also notched career-highs in tackles for loss (six), quarterback hits (five) and sacks with 1.5.

Dugger is best when he's closer to the box and can help against the run, so he might not be an ideal fit for the Bears unless they view Jaquan Brisker as someone who can move into the free role. But, the idea of these two next to each other could give the Bears a physical, dynamic safety duo that only furthers the area of strength for this defense, which of course is stopping the run.