The Bears offseason opens with some serious free agency questions, mostly regarding the defensive side of the ball. Several Chicago mainstays are up for free agency and may be looking to score a big deal with another team. The Bears do not have a lot of cap space to pay market value for all of their free agents, so some big decisions and potentially letting go of players might be in order.
Several of these free agents have been with Chicago for a long time. The most notable is Brian Urlacher, a member of the Bears for 13 years. His backup Nick Roach, who filled in for him at the end of the year when Urlacher was hurt, is also a free agent and may be headed elsewhere. Meanwhile, two mainstays of the defensive line are also free agents, as Israel Idonije and and Henry Melton could be heading elsewhere. Melton had the best season of the two, but if Idonije comes at a low price the Bears could bring him back as well. There are a couple of offensive free agents as well, including guard Lance Louis, wide receiver Johnny Knox, and running back Kahlil Bell, but above all the defensive free agents are more important. Stay tuned for more Bears news, including free agent moves and additions to the coaching staff as well.