The Play it Safe Offseason
OG Justin Blalock [Atlanta] 5 years 30 million/12 guaranteed
A 6’4” 329lbs. mauler that can play LG and instantly be our most physical OLmen.
WR Mike Sims-Walker [Jacksonville] 4 years 18 million/8 guaranteed
A big target that can start and when healthy fight for the ball.
CB Eric Wright [Cleveland] 4 years 12 million/5 guaranteed
Wright had a bad year in 2010, but he is young and still physical.
1 OT Anthony Costanzo [Boston College] 6’7” 305lbs.
The Bears address the LG position with Blalock and now they need to address the OT position. I am not comfortable with Chris Williams and Frank Omiyale starting at LT next season. Costanzo is not flashy or as athletic as Nate Solder, but he is a solid technician that will battle. Costanzo reminds me of Matt Light who simply starts at LT for 10 years without being mentioned.
2 DT Jarvis Jenkins [Clemson] 6’4” 312lbs.
The Bears need a player that can disrupt up the middle of the field and collapse the pocket. Jenkins has the size and power to play NT and showed the first step in the Senior Bowl to get in the backfield with speed.
3 WR Austin Pettis [Boise St] 6’3” 205lbs.
The Bears need a big possession WR that can run a slant route and that will fight for the ball down the field. Pettis has a nice combination of size and hands and he may be able to contribute earlier then we think.
4. C Tim Barnes [Missouri] 6’4” 300lbs.
Barnes is a solid technician that can make the calls and learn from Olin Kreutz. Barnes showed at the NFLPA game that he can hold up in pass protection.
5. S Tejay Johnson [TCU] 6’ 210lbs.
I think Daniel Manning is going to walk in free agency and the Bears need players that have dynamic speed. Johnson can back up in the secondary and has the range to play deep.
6. LB Greg Lloyd [UConn] 6’2” 255lbs.
Lloyd is a physical LB that can come in and backup while playing on special teams.
QB: Cutler, Hanie, UDFA
RB: Forte, Taylor, Bell
WR: Sims-Walker, Bennett, Knox, Hester, Pettis
TE: Olsen, Manamaluana, Davis
LT: Costanzo, Williams
LG: Blalock, Louis
C: Kreutz, Barnes
RG : Garza
RT : Webb, Omiyale
RE: Peppers, Wootton
DT: Toenia, Jenkins
LE: Idonidje, Melton
SLB: Tinaisamoa, Roach
MLB: Urlacher, Lloyd
WLB: Briggs, Iwuh
CB: Tillman, Wright, Jennings, Moore, Moore, Graham
FS: Wright, Johnson
SS: Harris, Bullocks
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