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The team has some big decisions to make when [ #7991] , 20 2019 04:56
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WCG staff likes to kick around group discussion ideas on our daily email threads. Sometimes those morph into posts. This is one of those times.We decided to discuss the Bears free agents to-be. The team has some big decisions to make when it comes to nickel back Bryce Callahan and safety Adrian Amos.Bobby Massie was re-signed over the weekend but we started this discussion prior to that Richard Dent Color Rush Jersey , so keep in mind that some of us weighed in on his resigning and some didnt.1) Can Chicago afford to move on from Adrian Amos or Bryce Callahan?Erik: Theoretically, yes. Both players are solid, but not irreplaceable; upgrades can be found for each of these players if they decide to move forward in a different direction. With that being said, replacing any of these players can be somewhat challenging provided the minimal resources available for the Bears front office. Losing both would complicate matters even further. Improvement might have to come from within for any of these players, provided theyre not being brought back. For example, Deon Bush could slide in at Strong Safety and be a valuable player when paired with Eddie Jackson and Sherrick McManis filled in admirably for Bryce Callahan after the later was lost to injury. Its always a gamble when you move on from proven and solid veterans. Depending on what the Bears plan in free agency turns into -- theyre going to be highly aggressive from what I can gather -- it seems unlikely that both players return. They will have to get creative when free agency starts this offseason. Sam: Yes, I think they can afford to move on but it really comes down to if they want to.I think that if the price is right, Amos would definitely be welcomed back with open arms. I think they like how solid he is, even if he isnt a playmaker like Eddie Jackson. To me, hes Prince Amukamara to Kyle Fuller. Fuller gets the picks and takes on the tougher match ups but Amos is just there, which is actually a compliment. Hes rarely out of position and hes a sure tackler. Thats important.I think that he will get to free agency and will only be back if other teams arent willing to pay big money or he decides hed really like to be back and is willing take a little less money.Callahan has turned out to be a very good player in his own right. Going from undrafted player to key component, its been quite a rise for Callahan. Yes, he has durability concerns but with as much as nickel packages are in place, its important to have a very good third cornerback. Ken: Amos: On the one hand, Adrian Amos is the one player of the two it would hurt us least to lose. Hes a league-average strong safety, but strong safety is the least important position on a defense and we do have a couple of guys who can play there on cheaper deals. On the other hand, theres a huge pool of SS talent out there, so Amos is most likely going to be very disappointed in the offers he gets... I think we keep him on a team-friendly deal, but if somebody has to go, Amos is the guy. Good guy though, I would love to see him back.Callahan: Id like to have Callahan back Dan Hampton Jersey , but I think hes going to get a stupid-high offer from somebody and we are going to lose him. I hope Im wrong, but corners are hard to find and Callahan, when healthy, is a guy who can flat out play ball.If we can get him back on a deal we can manage, Im happy. I just dont think it will happen, I can see some CB desperate team (like the Lions, for example) make a stupid offer on him. Lester: Can they afford to move on? Yes. Should they move on? No. If Im making the call, Im trying my damnedest to keep both of these players. Each are starters and I think theyre all above average players. If the biggest knock on Amos is that he simply does his job, then Id take a bunch of guys like that on my team every day. Hes not the playmaker that Eddie Jackson is, but hes a good football player that adds a physical presence to the secondary. Since the league values turnovers from the safety position, Amos may not have a lot of teams lining up for his services, and that could play into the Bears favor if they want him back. I think his best football may be ahead of him. Callahans injury history is problematic, but when on the field hes a damn good nickleback. I think the fact that hes never played a full season and has missed 19 games in 4 years will keep his price down a bit. Unless another team offers him starting corner money (CB1/CB2), I think the Bears bring him back. 2) Which of the players should be the number one priority to re-sign and why?Erik: Most people will likely say Bryce Callahan, as he was an absolute stud while playing at the extra DB in nickel package on defense. And, originally, I was going to select Adrian Amos. Hes a rock solid safety in the box whos tackling and physicality fits well with the new concepts Chuck Pagano is likely to install on defense. After further considerations, I am instead going with Bobby Massie. For people saying wtf or WHAT or what have you, realize this: Massie isnt nearly as bad of a RT that PFF and other people/sites have suggested. He improved as a pass protector this year, to go with being a strong road grader for runs off-tackle. Continuity is also an important factor for any O-Line when looking for improvement. The biggest factor, for me https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Brian-Urlacher-Jersey , is the Bears will be altering aspects on defense. Where Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan both played well under Vic Fangio, that is not guaranteed to happen when transitioning to Paganos coverage concepts in the secondary. That is, after all, Paganos forte. The depth of players available at DB is deeper in free agency than O-Line by a considerable margin IMHO. Plus, the overall value of the safety market was watered down substantially last year, and I believe Amos could be brought back on a relatively team-friendly deal. Callahan might be trickier to sign, mostly because of his injury history. He may be a candidate for a 1-year prove it deal this off season. Massie, on the other hand, is better than most OTs expected to be available in free agency. Im also not too confident in this years stock in the upcoming draft. The only upgrade I see in either case would be LaAdrian Waddle of the Patriots, and I dont see a scenario which includes him leaving the Patriots. Massie will have suitors available if the Bears elect not to bring him back. Yet, Massie has already expressed interest in returning to Chicago, for what its worth. Sam: Id say Callahan, Massie, Amos.Obviously, we know now that Massie is back, which is nice, but now I think the priority should be finding a number that is acceptable to both sides for Callahan and the Bears.Ken: As far as the priority order, Id put it Callahan (if the offer isnt stupid-high), Massie then Amos last. Bonus player: Who really might be the key player for us to keep this offseason? Joshua Bellamy. I kid you not. I think Bellamy is one of those glue guys who makes the whole team better both on and off the field. Id like to see Ryan Pace give him a two-year deal this time.Les: Heres how I rank the priority in re-signing them; Callahan, Massie, and Amos. Its a passing league Leonard Floyd Color Rush Jersey , and since nickle is the new base defense, the Bears need three solid corners. The Bears are only in their base 3-4 defense about 30% of the time, and since they have a nickle they trust, keeping him is a must. 3) Bonus: Now that Massie has been re-signed, what do you think of the deal?Erik: I had Massie as my top priority prior to the signing. Guess my voodoo magic worked! Its a smart move by Ryan Pace. Never did I expect an extension this soon after the seasons conclusion for the Bears. It not only keeps the starting five O-Linemen together for at least another season, but now Ryan Pace can focus on re-signing players like Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan, if he so chooses. Massie was also one of the top OTs projected on the FA market. There just arent many upgrades available to begin with, and Bobby has steadily improved each of the past three seasons. Continuity is the best way to improve a line, and the Bears will have that going for them for quite a while.Sam: It was a smart move. Obviously, keeping continuity on the offensive line is an important thing because those guys have to so often work together. This group has been able to gel and work together so its always nice to keep the band together.Massie is better than hes given credit for and has gotten better over his time with the Bears. Solid re-signing.Les: Without seeing the numbers, I think its a good deal. Odds are high Pace will give the team an out after two years, so they get a key performer back to keep the continuity on the offense, and hes a good locker room presence too. Ive talked about Massies skills the last couple years so I see the value he adds to the offense. Ken: Coming into this offseason, I believed that the Bears absolutely should sign Bobbie Massie. We are a Super Bowl caliber team right now so we need a strong offensive line. At this point in time, Massie is a slightly above average right tackle, and his loss would have been be huge. Signing Massie also allows us to keep and develop Coward as depth, something else we desperately need to have. Bobbie wanted to stay (hes made that clear in interviews), hes respected in the clubhouse, a high-character, hard working player. Im glad we signed him.What do you think? Who should get next priority? Were you happy they re-signed Massie? LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)There were no major revelations or bold proclamations from Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace heading into the draft.This time of year I think its OK to be a little boring in these moments Eric Kush Jersey , Pace said Tuesday.Hes saving the excitement for when the draft starts on Thursday.Pace has shown hes not afraid to make a bold move to get the player he wants. And with the No. 8 pick, the Bears have a chance to land a difference-maker whether they stand pat or make a trade.Pace staked his reputation last year to Mitchell Trubisky when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to grab the quarterback he believes is the one to help energize a struggling franchise with the second pick.In 2016, Pace moved up two spots with Tampa Bay to land outside linebacker Leonard Floyd at No. 9.I think when we identify a guy that we like and theres unified vision in the building of a player that we want I dont think were ever afraid to go up and get that guy, he said.Id rather do that and ensure we get that guy, than he goes right before you and everybody walks out of the draft room, you know, a little bit disappointed.There has been plenty of disappointment at Halas Hall and Soldier Field in recent years.The Bears have four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North and just one trip to the playoffs since the 2006 teams run to the Super Bowl.Even so, they believe they have the quarterback in place to lift a struggling franchise.Theyve spent the offseason trying to surround him with the pieces he needs to reach his potential, hiring offensive-minded coach Matt Nagy to replace John Fox and signing receiver Allen Robinson.Now, they have another chance to land a major contributor. Whether they go for help on offense or a potential centerpiece on defense in the first round, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith would seem to fit.Pace said the Bears have identified eight players they would be comfortable taking at No. 8. None are quarterbacks, though he believes a strong class this year works to Chicagos advantage.Pace was also asked about the decision to let receiver Cameron Meredith sign with New Orleans. The teams leading receiver in 2016, he missed last season because of a knee injury.Because the Bears tendered him at the low restricted free agent level, they did not get any compensation from the Saints.Obviously he was coming off an injury, said Pace, who worked in New Orleans front office before the Bears hired him as GM in 2015.We lean on our training staff and our docs. Hey, Ive got a lot of respect for Cam and a lot of respect for the organization he went to (Saints). We wish him luck.Pace also said the Bears will decide whether to pick up receiver Kevin Whites fifth-year option after the draft.It seems unlikely they will, considering the West Virginia product has been limited to just five games since Chicago selected him with the No. 7 pick in 2015.Right now its all focused on the draft, Pace said. Then once the drafts over, well meet with him and his agent and make that decision.
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