Pre-Draft Team Needs: Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears were in the Super Bowl just two years ago but missed the playoffs last season. We'll be taking a look at what areas they'll need to improve in in order to get back to playoff contention.

Players Added

Marty Booker/WR - He's back with the team that drafted him. Booker is a possession receiver who will be a decent outlet for Bear quarterbacks.

Brandon Lloyd/WR - He'll get one more chance this time under his former college coach, Ron Turner. If Turner can salvage Lloyd's career, Lloyd could wind up being a decent third receiver for them.

Players Lost

Brian Griese/QB - He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he's one of five veteran quarterbacks on their roster.

Ruben Brown/G - He may decide to retire.

Fred Miller/ORT - He was released and remains unsigned.

Muhsin Muhammad/WR - He was released and signed with the Carolina Panthers where he'll likely serve as their third receiver.

Bernard Berrian/WR - The team had interest in re-signing him but at their price. Instead, Berrian signed for big money with the Minnesota Vikings.

John Gilmore/TE - The blocking tight end signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Darwin Walker/DT - The Bears have shown no interest in re-signing him.

Antonio Garay/DT - He wasn't offered a contract.

Jimmy Kennedy/DT - The former first-round pick bust joined Chicago late last season but they declined to bring him back.

Brendon Ayanbadejo/LB - He signed with the Baltimore Ravens and his value on special teams will be missed.
 

Pre-Draft Team Needs

1) Wide Receiver - With the decision to pass on re-signing Bernard Berrian and with the release of Muhsin Muhammad, there's a glaring need at this position. Some would argue the team doesn't have a projected quality starter at receiver at this point. Even if we're to believe KR/PR Devin Hester will eventually be a solid receiver, that's not going to happen over night.


2) Quarterback - At some point, the team needs to get an idea of who their quarterback of the future is going to be. The prototype of a Ron Turner signal caller is one that has the ability to get the ball down the field consistently.


3) Right Tackle - Veteran RT Fred Miller was released and the team doesn't really have an adequate replacement for him. The offensive line really needs to take on a younger look.


4) Running Back - It's not a secret the team is interested in adding another back to challenge Cedric Benson for playing time. The team has worked out RBs Matt Forte and Jamaal Charles and there's a good chance a back is added on the first day of the draft--based on the lackluster results from Benson the past few seasons.


5) Defensive Tackle - With Darwin Walker and Antonio Garay not expected to be re-signed, the team lacks depth at the position. Plus starting DT Tommie Harris has played hurt the past two seasons and third-year DT Dusty Dvoracek is coming back from ACL surgery.


6) Strong Safety - It clearly hasn't worked with Adam Archuleta and Brandon McGowan doesn't have a lock on the job despite starting nine games last season. This position certain needs more competition and perhaps, an upgrade.


Other Issues to Address

Offensive Line Depth

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