Colvin lead the Bears with 10.5 sacks for the second straight year and accounted for thirty percent of the team's QB takedowns. Brian Urlacher and Phillip Daniels were tied for second on the team with five sacks.
The debate the Bears are having is paying Colvin lot of money to pressure the quarterback when he only comes from the end occasionally. The college end is still learning to play strong-side linebacker and it showed as he was beaten in pass coverage several times during the year.
There has been some discussion on making Colvin a fulltime end, but he'd need to game weight, which could compromise his speed.
Chances of Colvin coming back continue to diminish as relations with his agent Kennard McGuire and the team are on shaky ground. McGuire was upset when the team confirmed that Colvin had offseason shoulder surgery, which he believed as an attempt to devalue his player. It's considered a common practice for a team to confirm if a player has had surgery, but this episode could be the final nail in an already fragile relationship.
The team thinks that Bryan Knight can fill a similar role to that of Colvin. The rookie had 1.5 sacks in limited playing time, but overall is an untested commodity. Alex Brown came on as the season progressed and finished with 2.5 sacks. He is pass rusher in the making that needs more time to develop.
Meaning if Colvin isn't re-signed then the Bears will have to add another need area in the offseason, which is someone that can get to the quarterback on a consistent basis.
Likelihood of Colvin coming back: 50-50 at best.