My Mario Williams Mock Offseason
This Offseason is based on the projection by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that the Bears should start the offseason with 30 million plus in cap space.
Breaking down Bears and the salary cap - chicagotribune.com
Cuts/Restructuring [7 million saved]
OT Frank Omiyale [1.6 million]
RB Marion Barber [1.9 million]
DE Chauncey Davis [500K]
DT Anthony Adams [1.9 million]
OG Mansfield Wrotto [500K]
WR Max Komar [500K]
B]Re-Signing [15 million spent][/B]
RB Matt Forte [4 years 34 million/20 guaranteed] [6/8/9/11]
A must resign and the most dynamic playmaker that the Bears have.
TE Kellen Davis [2 years 6 million/3 guaranteed] [2/4]
He is worth another look.
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.
DT Amobi Okoye [3 years 14 million/4 guaranteed] [3/4/5]
The Bears need depth and pass rush.
CB Tim Jennings [2 years 5 million/2 guaranteed] [2/3]
The Bears cannot afford a FA CB and they resign a depth player that can start if Norman is not ready to start.
Free Agency [18 Million Spent]
DE Mario Williams [Houston] 7 years 98 million/50 guaranteed [30 SB/20 RB] [12/13/14/14/14/15/16]
The Bears move for a big DE to make their defense dominant. Williams is a rarity at 27 years old and with multiple Pro Bowls hitting free agency. The pass rush with Williams and Peppers would be they most dominant tandem in the NFL. The pect injury will have to be investigated.
WR Robert Meachem [New Orleans] 5 years 25 million/10 guaranteed [6 SB/4 RB] [4/5/5/5/6]
The Bears go all in by moving for a WR that can add a deep threat and a potential #1 WR. Meachem comes cheaper because he has not proven that he is a #1, but he is an upgrade for the Bears.
QB Kyle Orton [Kansas City] 2 years 4.5 million/2 guaranteed [2 SB] [2/2.5]
Jeff Dickerson mentioned that Orton wanted to come back to Chicago and that if he cannot get a starting job he would come to Chicago. This might be interesting to look into and would give the Bears the back up they need.
1 WR Stephen Hill [Georgia tech] 6’4” 210lbs.
The Bears have the #1 WR that they want and he happens to have the size they require. The Bears can afford to take a bit of a risk and take Hill who has a ton of physical upside, but is very raw after playing in the option offense at Georgia Tech.
2 OG Kevin Zeitler [Wisconsin] 6'4" 315lbs.
The Bears look like they are planning to move Chris Williams to OT and they need to add depth and talent to a very average OG talent pool. Zeitler might not be here, but if he is he is a dominant physical player that can set the tempo for the OL. Zeitler has a street fighter's mentality and will give the Bears a mean tandem between himself and Louis.
3 CB Josh Norman [Costal Carolina] 6’2” 200lbs.
The Bears add another starting calibre CB to the team to provide depth and protect against Tillman’s potential retirement in the future or injury. Norman has the size and speed that the Bears need to develop.
3 LB Terrell Manning [NC State] 6’3” 225lbs.
The Bears LB core is aging and needs an infusion of youth. The nice thing about having veterans still playing at a high level is that you do not need to invest high picks right away. A 2nd round LB should be starting for your team. Manning provides the height and speed that the Cover 2 needs and he can be developed for a couple of seasons.
4. DE Malik Jackson [Tennessee] 6'5" 285lbs.
Jackson has played inside and outside and has pass rush ability to go with a 6'5" frame and long arms, which the Bears love for their DEs.
5. WR Junior Hemmingway [Michigan] 6'1" 220lbs.
Hemmingway has impressed at the combine and all star circuit and he can come in and provid depth and take sam Hurd's position on special teams.
6. S Damien Jackson [Mississippi] 6’2” 198lbs.
The Bears continue to add youth, depth and speed to the secondary. The Bears appear to have their starting safeties in Major Wright and Chris Conte, but both have been injured and Wright has been inconsistent on the field. At a minimum Jackson adds to the special teams unit.
7. LB Chris Galippo [USC] 6'1" 240lbs.
A bigger MLB that can contribute on special teams and can be looked at as a potential long term replacement to Urlacher.
QB: Cutler, Orton, Enderle
RB: Forte, Bell, Allen, Clutts
WR: Meachem, Bennett, Hill, Hemmingway Knox [Inj], Hester
TE: Davis, Spaeth, Peterson
LT: Webb/C. Williams
C: Garza, E. Williams
RE: Peppers, Wootton
DT: Melton, Okoye
NT: Toenia, Paea
SLB: Roach, Traham
MLB: Urlacher, Dicico, Galippo
WLB: Briggs, Manning
CB: Tillman, Jennings, Norman, Moore, J. Moore
FS: Conte, Jackson, Walters
SS: Wright, Steltz