Decisions, decisions. Not too many first-year general managers have the luxury Phil Emery does with the Chicago Bears. He has money to spend in free agency and four picks in the first three rounds. Which will he use to help Jay Cutler more?
Free agency will likely focus on Matt Forte and finding a wide receiver
The names are out there, and Bears fans are drooling over them. Wide receivers like Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, and Marcus Colston highlight a free agency crop thick with talent. The problem is the Bears didn't hire general manager Phil Emery to spend money buying expensive targets. They want a draft-oriented approach that will put fresh talent on an aging roster. It's the right thing to do, but for the entire long-term goal, Chicago still can win a title in the short-term. Part of that rests with finally getting Cutler a proper offense to play with. The first step is deciding on the contract of Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte. Most experts believe the Bears will franchise tag him, escaping the need for a multi-year deal but also leaving the option open for bringing in another pricey talent for Jay Cutler. Whether it's Jackson or one of the others won't become clearer until after the franchise tag period ends.
Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN thinks Bears should draft offensive line with top pick
The consensus among Chicago faithful is their team has gone too long without real receivers, and that mean spending for one in free agency followed by another one with their first-round draft pick. However, renowned draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN believes the Chicago Bears are better served selected Ohio State tackle Mike Adams. The move may sound benign, but Kiper may have logic on his side. Finding a true top receiver becomes far more difficult after the top ten picks in the first round while offensive linemen are safe choices through the second and even third rounds. Giving Cutler more protection after two seasons compiled 105 quarterback sacks doesn't sound too bad.
Cutler praises Jeremy Bates and focuses on Kristin Cavallari
The most talking Cutler has done on the subject of the Bears roster is the hiring of new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. The two actually spent three seasons together with the Denver Broncos, and Bates was actually the quarterback coach when Cutler went to his first Pro Bowl in 2008. Jay also wasn't shy about hinting that adding a few more offensive weapons wouldn't go unappreciated. In truth the Bears quarterback remains focused on bride-to-be Kristin Cavallari and the approaching birth of their first child. True football talk will have to wait until at least mid-March when free agency begins. Until this Cutler remains mystified as to what his new front office will do.
The Chicago Bears believe they're a good enough team to win a championship. Jay Cutler has garnered more respect from both local and national media for his talents, not to mention his choice of women in Kristin Cavallari. He believes they have the coaches. Now they just need the weapons. Whether the Bears find them in free agency or the draft depends on what Phil Emery has cooked up in that mysterious mind.