Bears Offseason Plan [Meachem/Trade Up]
This off-season plan is based on the cap space of $20 million that was reported by Sean Jensen in the Chicago Sun Times, the Bears can carry over $8 million in cap space into 2012 and will have around $28 million in total cap space to franchise or re-sign Forte.
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Despite 2011 collapse, Bears don
Cuts/Restructuring [4 million saved]
OT Frank Omiyale [1.6 million]
RB Marion Barber [1.9 million]
DE Chauncey Davis [500K]
Re-Signing [11 million spent]
RB Matt Forte [4 years 32 million/18 guaranteed] [6/8/8/10]
A must resign and the most dynamic playmaker that the Bears have.
TE Kellen Davis [1 year 1 million/1 guaranteed] 
Give him another year to show that he has some value, but the Bears need to get more dynamic.
DE Israel Idonije [2 years 5 million/2 guaranteed] [2/3]
Idonije might not be the pass rusher that the Bears need across from Peppers he is a great run stuffer and a perfect rotational player.
S Craig Steltz [2 years 2.5 million/1 guaranteed] [1/1.5]
Steltz has been a consistent contributor and can hold up as a sport starter and a leader on special teams.
RB Khalil Bell [2 years 3 million/1 guaranteed] [1/2]
Bell in my opinion has earned the right to be the primary back up, he runs hard and catches the ball well out of the backfield.
Free Agents [18 million spent]
CB Brandon Carr [Chiefs] 5 years 30 million/15 guaranteed [8/6/6/5/5]
The Bears may want a big name WR, but they may be better served investing the money into a couple of players. Carr brings the size [6’ 207lbs] and physical ability that the Bears need at a starting CB, after Tim Jennings was exposed late in 2011. Carr has made plays in the passing game [4 Ints] and has shown that he can play zone and man. Phil Emery is also coming from KC so he will have more knowledge about his development and play.
Brandon Carr, CB for the Kansas City Chiefs at NFL.com
WR Robert Meachem [Saints] 5 years 27.5 million/12 guaranteed [6/6/6/5/4.5]
The Bears will look at the top level free agent WRs, but they will be over paid and players like Vincent Jackson is 29. Meachem is a high potential player that has not really had the opportunity to show his true potential in the New Orleans spread the wealth system. Meachem has the size [6’2” 210lbs] and the deep speed to get behind the defense and threaten from the #2 WR position. Saints fans and media also talk about how hard Meachem works and his commitment as a run blocker.
Robert Meachem, WR for the New Orleans Saints at NFL.com
WR Eddie Royal [Broncos] 4 years 12 million/6 guaranteed [2/2/3/5]
The Bears are terrible at WR and they need to not only add talent, but bodies to the position that only has Bennett and Hester guaranteed to be around in 2012. Royal has dealt with injuries and a severe dip in production since Tebow took over in Denver, but when he was with Cutler he has very good years. Royal has the speed and route running to provide the Bears with a solid #2 option. Added to his ability to fill the #2 role Royal has a good report with Cutler. The Bears would be providing Cutler with a Pro Bowl deep threat in Jackson and 2 players that he is very comfortable with in Bennett and Royal.
Eddie Royal, WR for the Denver Broncos at NFL.com
QB David Garrard [Jaguars] 3 years 6 million/2 guaranteed [2/2/2]
The Bears were destroyed by their lack of a solid backup QB the last 2 seasons and they remedy that with Garrard. Garrard was holding out for a big money starting gig, but I do not see anyone giving that to him and in Chicago he can re-join Mike Tice and play for a team that really has a chance of winning. It would also provide him with a break for a body that has been beaten up in his career.
David Garrard, QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars at NFL.com
Draft [3 Million Remaining]
1 OT Mike Adams [Ohio St] 6’7” 323lbs.
J’Marcus Webb has been inconsistent and despite the support of Mike Tice I see Phil Emery and Lovie Smith wanting to protect their most impressive player. Mike Adams has the size that Mike Tice loves from his OLmen and he has the athletic ability to play on the leftside. Webb’s biggest struggle is that he cannot mirror with the faster DE talent in the NFL and Adams can. Adams dominated at the Senior Bowl against top competition and his issues with technique can be worked out with Tice’s coaching.
Player Bio: Mike Adams - OhioStateBuckeyes.com - The Official Athletic site of The Ohio State University
Mike Adams NFL Draft Analysis - 2010 Season - YouTube
*Trade* The Chicago Bears trade 2, 3 and 4 to the San Francisco 49ers for 1.
Phil Emery gets aggressive to secure better players that can make an impact. In the past the Bears have traded down giving up quality for quantity.
1 WR Mohammed Sanu [Rutgers] 6’2” 220lbs.
The Bears move aggressively to secure a compliment to Robert Meacham and add more talent to the WR core. Sanu does not have the deep speed that Meachem brings to the table, but he is bigger and more physical than any of the Bears WRs. Sanu plays like Anquan Boldin and simply beats up on opposing defensive backs. By bringing in Sanu the Bears can allow either Sanu or Meachem to develop into the #1 target. There is a larger disparity between the late 1st round WRs like Sanu and Randle and the 2nd round players like Dwight Jones and Marvin McNutt.
Mohamed Sanu vs Connecticut 2011 - YouTube
3 DE Cam Johnson [Virginia] 6’3” 275lbs.
The Bears bring back Idonije because he is still solid and elite against the run, but they need to add some rotational pass rush behind him. Johnson has a great Senior Bowl week and has impressive speed to attack off the edge. Johnson has played LB and DE for Virginia and rushed from a number of spots. Johnson also has solid pass rush moves and should be able to contribute in some way.
Cameron Johnson biography - University of Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site - VirginiaSports.com
No. 56 Cam Johnson 43 RDE Virginia vs Miami 2011 - YouTube
4. LB Nigel Bradham [Florida St] 6’2” 235lbs.
With Lance Briggs age and his constant complaints about the contract that he signed the Bears draft a player to develop as the long term answer at WLB. Bradham may be more physical ability than talent right now but he can be developed into a starter at WLB for a season or two. Bradham has the speed and coverage ability to thrive in the Cover 2 defense that can protect his lack of physicality.
Player Bio: Nigel Bradham
FSU LB Nigel Bradham Senior Season Highlights - YouTube
5. CB Robert Blanton [Notre Dame] 6’1” 195lbs.
The Bears add a front line starter in Brandon Carr, but they still need to add developmental depth with the size to start in the NFL. Blanton might not be a burner, but he has the size and tackling ability to provide quality depth and develop into an eventual starter.
Player Bio: Robert Blanton - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site
Robert Blanton vs Stanford 2011 - YouTube
6. S Blake Gideon [Texas] 6’1” 205lbs.
The Bears seem to have found their safety tandem of the future in Conte and Wright, but both had moments of inconsistency and injuries in 2011. The Bears need to add depth to the safety core as well as special teams stand outs to replace the departure of Corey Graham. Gideon may not be the greatest athlete, but he is solid in coverage and tackles well.
MackBrown-TexasFootball.com - Official website of the Texas Longhorns - Texas Football
Gideon chases down Griffin - YouTube
7. LB Nathan Stupar [Penn State] 6’1” 240lbs.
The Bears continue to add depth to the LB core and special teams unit with the selection of Stupar. Stupar might not offer a ton as an athlete and he may ever factor in as a Cover 2 starter. But his work ethic, technique and toughness could be an asset to special teams and as a spot starter down the road.
Player Bio: Nathan Stupar - Penn State University Official Athletic Site
Nathan Stupar - Penn State - Outside Linebacker #34 (2011 Highlights/Special Teams) - YouTube
QB: Cutler, Garrard, Enderle
RB: Forte, Bell, Allen, Clutts
WR: Meachem, Sanu, Bennett, Royal, Knox [Inj], Hester
TE: Davis, Spaeth, Adams
LT: Adams, Webb
LG: Louis/C. Williams
C: Garza, E. Williams
RE: Peppers, Wootton
DT: Melton, Paea
NT: Toenia, Adams
SLB: Roach, Traham
MLB: Urlacher, Dicico, Stupar
WLB: Briggs, Bradham
CB: Tillman, Carr, Blanton, Moore, J. Moore
FS: Conte, Gideon, Walters
SS: Wright, Steltz