Heading into the 2017 NFL campaign the Chicago Bears were a team filled with question marks at every position coming off a hope filled 6-10 season. They were both aggressive in the draft (i.e. trading up to get Mitchell Trubisky) and aggressive in free agency where they bought in on positions of need with the purchases of Kendall Wright, Mike Glennon and others. Just like any other team, some of these draft picks and free agents found their niche and others did not. That is what the NFL is all about; hitting success in stride and having all of the pieces falling into place at the exact same time.

The leader of that aggressive nature was Bears’ GM Ryan Pace. Pace has shown that he will make the bold moves with unquestioned confidence, which as a Bears fan, I and many others loved to see. But, a new question has risen with this new confident mentality; Bears fans are no longer questioning whether he will make a move, but rather will he make the smart move? Because, of Pace’s fiery passion to succeed, it may cause stir within the fans when he makes a risky decision. But lets not forget, that with that fire under his belt, he got the Chicago Bears their potential franchise quarterback, but with that same irrepressible fire, he beholds responsibility to one of the more embarrassing contracts in recent NFL history, due to Glennon making $4 million dollars a touchdown pass. (More likely 2nd, thanks to Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans).

This could potentially unravel into a make or break year for Ryan Pace. As of the day this is published, he has cut Pernell McPhee, Quintin Demps, Jerrell Freeman, Willie Young and has declined the 2018 team-option for starting guard, Josh Sitton. Notably, he has also announced the team will cut Mike Glennon at the official start of the 2018 campaign. With all of these transactions from the team, the Chicago Bears sit over $80 million dollars in cap heading into free agency. Bears fans should expect some money to be thrown around at some marquee free agents. As a fan and a writer, I can only hope and predict, the only one that truly knows the teams plan for free agency as well as the draft is you guessed it, Ryan Pace.

For the draft the Bears may or may not hold the key. Don’t be surprised if Ryan Pace decides to trade back to gain more picks, if a quarterback needy team decides to go their guy. Or, like the 2017 NFL draft don’t be surprised if Pace and the Bears decide to trade up if they have fallen in love with a prospect *cough cough… Quenton Nelson cough cough*. In free agency, expect the same a bold mentality, with the same up-roared Ryan Pace press conference saying how much he loves the guy. As I write that, I write this, don’t pass judgement on Pace’s decisions until they get some game time, because Pace has proven that the fans been right and sometimes have been proven wrong.

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One Comment

  1. Zachary Rohlinger

    March 1, 2018 at 12:02 AM

    Great article!

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