The new league year is set to begin in a few short weeks and as a team with some of the most cap space in the league the Chicago Bears will be major players in the free agent market. Following below are three free agents that the Bears should do their best to sign this Spring. There are a couple factors that go into choosing each of these three however, one being ability to sign. That eliminates someone like Kirk Cousins, who is likely to sign a contract with the Washington Redskins if he’s not franchise tagged. We’re also going to keep Alshon Jeffery off this list, as we have to assume the Bears will make some sort of attempt at re-signing their top wide receiver.  Alright then let’s get started.

3. Kenny Stills, WR

With the futures of Jeffery, Kevin White, and Eddie Royal all uncertain due to contract, injuries, or cap casualty general manager Ryan Pace has to look into bringing in someone reliable but cheap. Enter former Miami Dolphins deep threat Kenny Stills. Stills has never cracked the 1,000 yard mark but had 9 touchdown catches in 2016 and has missed one game in his entire career. Only 24-years-old Stills is still young enough that the Bears won’t have to worry about his legs starting to go and/or injuries starting to catch up (looking at you Eddie Royal) and has never been a no. 1 receiver so he won’t command an incredibly large contract.

2. Tony Jefferson, S

Safety has been a problem spot for the Bears for years now, and it has been a revolving door of either washed veterans, undrafted college players, or guys who are better served as depth pieces. With Adrian Amos looking at least like a solid option in one safety spot the Bears would do well to add another young safety to form a young back end with plenty of upside. Jefferson is only 25 and has flashed considerable upside in Arizona the past three years while also playing in many different spots as well as safety. While not a ball hawk per say (only two career interceptions) Jefferson still plays the ball well and is athletic enough to keep receivers in front of him. With safety being a black hole for the Bears over the past few seasons Pace could do a lot worse than Jefferson.

1. Stephon Gilmore, CB

If the Bears aren’t going to get a ball-hawk safety then signing a guy with 11 interceptions over the past 3 seasons to play corner isn’t a bad idea. Obviously that 11 picks refers to Stephon Gilmore, and at 26-years-old it will take a huge contract to get him but the Bears have the cap space and a desperate need for a lockdown corner they can rely on, as the rest of the corners on the team probably don’t have Gilmore’s upside combined. Kyle Fuller is a major question mark and Tracy Porter regressed last season, the Bears need a corner they can rely on behind a defensive line that could be a top unit in a year or two and Gilmore has shown the ability to be a top corner and line up with anybody.

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