Backfield in motion

With Jerry Angelo is talking more and more about getting a speedy, impact receiver on offense, it's entirely possible the Bears could address their need for a back who can catch passes out of the backfield in free agency.

"Well we look at it on offense we want to get play makers," Angelo said while at the scouting combine. "It could come at running back or it could come at receiver. Again, playmaker would be the best way to describe it."

In the past, the Bears' free agency shopping list was headed up by the need to sign their own free agents. This year is different.

The only unrestricted free agent they want back is Chris Villarrial, but Angelo said signing the longest tenured Bear is down on the priority list behind filling some other needs.

Filling needs is what free agency will be all about for the Bears this year. With the money they have available, filling virtually all of them is a realistic goal.

"Because of the change of schemes they'll be some positions, yes we'll have to change the profile at that position and free agency is obviously going to be the first place we'll look," Angelo said.

One of the need areas is finding a playmaking running back. While there aren't any top names on the free agent market, there are a few players that could upgrade the depth in the backfield.

Last year they made trade overtures toward Duce Staley. Now he's available in free agency. The seven-year veteran has averaged almost 40 catches per season and at age 29 probably won't command the huge salary a younger free agent back would. He would be a perfect complement to Anthony Thomas, who more and more has been looked at with favor by Smith and offensive coordinator Terry Shea.

Kevin Faulk has never been an every down back but can definitely catch the ball and is another possibility. There are also reports that the Raiders will part ways with Charlie Garner, who is the most talented of the group but at 32 is likely on the downside of his career.


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