The Bears continue to trim payroll and get younger today, as the Bears have declined their option on veteran guard Josh Sitton. That makes two players on the wrong side of thirty let go by the Bears today, as Sitton joing Jerrell Freeman in unemployment. Sitton is 32-years-old and has missed six games over the past two years, and despite his quality play with the Bears he was clearly on the decline.
Releasing Sitton means the Bears will obviously be targeting offensive linemen both in this draft class as well as in free agency. At eighth overall Ryan Pace should have prime estate as far as picking one of the top linemen in the draft. However, given the Bears needs at wide receiver and now linebacker too they may choose to go the free agency route.
Just like with Freeman there is a potential replacement who is set to leave Kansas City in free agency and may be a target of Matt Nagy. Zach Fulton has started 46 games over the past four years and is only 26-years-old. Nagy will obviously be familiar with the offensive guard and may ask Pace to aggressively chase him.
The release of both veteran players though suggests that the Bears are trying to continue their youth movement and are not going to keep veteran players who aren’t pulling their weight. This doesn’t bode well for the likes of Dion Sims, Markus Wheaton, or Marcus Cooper.
With plenty of cap space and roster spots to fill now, expect the Bears to be major players in free agency.