We all agree the Bears need help on the offensive line as free agency approaches next Tuesday. Saturday is the day clubs can begin discussions with players on the open market before what will likely be another signing frenzy three days later.
Earlier this week, our John Mullin provided an O-Line Free Agency Preview, a great read that probably left the team's fans wondering whether to laugh or cry about the stopgap, patchwork measures that have caused such disarray over the past several years. Towards the end, Moon suggested the route the Bears might -- perhaps should -- take in free agency is the (for lack of a better phrase) "less sexy" one.
In other words, stay away from the hefty pricetags on tackles, and take aim at the less-expensive guard market. Couple a signing there with the hope that one of the first-round caliber offensive tackles might be around when the Bears draft 20th next month, and two spots would be filled.
In the end, we'd be looking at a first-round tackle, a free agent guard to pair opposite Lance Louis (if they can re-sign him), and Roberto Garza. Then see if Aaron Kromer can work his magic with either Gabe Carimi or J'Marcus Webb, and you'd seem to have a decent upgrade.
With Ryan Clady, Will Beatty and Branden Albert off the market on the edge, the tackle collection includes 2008 picks Sam Baker of Atlanta and New England's Sebastian Vollmer. Both have battled back issues in their careers. There's plenty of concern Jake Long's best days are in the rear-view mirror as he aims for a huge payday.
Bears should go after a guard in free agency
CSN Chicago | Mar 8