In what was a tremendous bounce back year for the Bears in Coach Nagy’s debut as Head Coach, Chicago found themselves hosting a playoff game and looked like a real contender in the NFC. With expectations high heading into year two, the Bears will have some huge decisions to make this off season to keep that momentum going. I’ll break down some of the more important ones below.
What will they do with Jordan Howard?
After the hiring of Coach Nagy, many speculated that the Bears would trade Jordan Howard as he isn’t the ideal fit for Nagy’s scheme. Howard still had a productive year but you can see that he isn’t being used how he was early in his career. What also hurts Howard is that he isn’t that great catching passes and conceded many plays to Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham and Taquan Mizzell. Will the Bears look to make a change and if so, who do they go with. Kareem Hunt was a name that had been mentioned because of his stint in Kansas City with Nagy but now that he has signed with the Browns, who should the Bears pursue if they?
Adrian Amos or Bryce Callahan?
Both will be free agents and it will be very tough to bring both back. With that being said, which player do the Bears make a priority? Callahan played well before an injury ended his season. Amos has been arguably the most consistent defensive back for the Bears and has graded out as one of the top safeties in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. With the emergence of Eddie Jackson, do they let Amos go? This article seems to think so. How will Callahan look once he has recovered from the injury? This is the fourth time Callahan has suffered an injury but he continues to play more games as his career continues to progress. This will be something every Bears fan should be keeping an eye on with the decision going forward.
Do the Bears need to add depth at receiver?
The top three players for the Bears at receiver are Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller. I assume Kevin White will be let go, ending his disappointing tenure with the Bears leaving them pretty thin outside of the three mentioned earlier. With Robinson and Miller missing time with injuries this past season, would it be smart to sign a receiver in free agency or acquire one via the draft? The free agent class does not possess many game changers but will be a class with some definite talent. Golden Tate leads that class of free agent receivers and after that, there are not many game changers. Kansas City Chiefs receiver, Chris Conley will be free agent this year also. He’s familiar with Nagy and could be a name to watch out for this off season.
Will they make a splash acquisition once again?
With Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown unhappy in Pittsburgh, will Ryan Pace be aggressive and try to acquire either of the two elite play-makers? Bell will probably will tougher to acquire since he will be a free agent. Bell is looking to sign a lucrative deal, something that may not be in the Bears best interest due Howard still under contract and to Bell’s injury history and the nature of the running back position in general. Brown is intriguing though. He’s a clear cut number one guy and someone who will draw attention of defenses throughout the league. Piggybacking off the previous question, if the Bears do intend to add depth at receiver, could this be an option the Bears look towards? The free agent market isn’t all that great or deep and with Brown available, is this something the Bears would feel the need to pull the trigger on?
This off season will be a huge one going forward. The Bears are hitting their Super Bowl window, every decision going forward will be to ensure that this team reaches it’s potential.