Pre-Draft Team Needs: Chicago Bears

Julius Peppers (AP)

The Chicago Bears made a big splash at the beginning of free agency, but they still have needs remaining on both sides of the ball.

Players Added

Chester Taylor/RB - The veteran back will give the team badly needed insurance should starter Matt Forte continue to struggle.

Eddie Williams/FB - He was a 2009 seventh-round pick of the Redskins. With McKie gone, Williams will have a chance to make the roster.

Brandon Manumaleuna
/TE - He's essentially a third tackle. The mammoth tight end will help their struggling running game.

Julius Peppers/DE - If he's more consistent than has has been in the past, Peppers will really help their front-four on defense.

Tim Jennings/CB - He's kind of an underrated defensive back. Jennings figures to compete for a nickel role.


Players Lost

Kevin Jones/RB - Jones, if healthy, should be able to find a No. 2 role by the start of training camps in August.

Adrian Peterson/RB - Chester Taylor will take over the top backup role.

Jason McKie/FB - It was a small surprise that he was released considering his replacement may not be on their 80-man roster.

Orlando Pace/OT - The veteran offensive lineman probably will retire.

Dusty Dvoracek/DT - He hasn't played since 2008 because of knee problems.

Adewale Ogunleye/DE - The team has no desire to re-sign him, but Ogunleye should be able to find a backup job by the start of training camps. He could certainly handle 20-30 plays/game at this point in his career.

Alex Brown/DE - The veteran defensive lineman carried too high of a base salary to keep around. Peppers will be on one side, but it remains to be seen if Mark Anderson is ready for full-time duty.

Pisa Tinoisamoa
/LB - He missed 14 games last season due to a knee injury. Veteran LB Hunter Hillenmeyer will take over.

Darrell McClover/LB - He was a key special teams player last season.

Nathan Vasher/CB - He was once one of the better younger cornerbacks in the league, but injuries in recent years have curtailed his effectiveness. He'll handle a nickel role with the San Diego Chargers.


Pre-Draft Team Needs

Cornerback - Other than veteran CB Charles Tillman, the team isn't set at this position. They really need a developmental cornerback who could start down the line for many years.

Safety - The coaching staff is looking for more consistency at free and strong safety. This draft seems fairly deep at safety.

Guard - Team observers believe the front office will look to upgrade over veteran G Roberto Garza in this year's draft. Frank Omiyale seems set at LG.


Other Issues to Address

Quarterback Depth

Offensive Tackle Depth

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