After the past few days of trades and releases, the FA is starting to become more clear. Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne are going to package themselves to either Denver or Arizona (Hopefully Denver, so we stop the Tebow ESPN madness and we don't see them anytime soon). The Redskins just bought themselves RG3 by beggaring their draft prospects for the next couple of years. Due to fact that they won't have a first or second rounder this year, that means they are likely to throw large amounts of money into the free agent market at their positions of need....which just happens to resemble the Bears positions of need for OL, WR, DL, LB, CB positions. The Redskins also have a much larger war chest to offer to these free agents. Given their biggest need, QB, is now off the board the amount of teams willing to throw money around in FA just got larger.
Between the Redskins and the Chargers WR Vincent Jackson is off the board. If Jackson resigns with the Chargers, then Colston will get a max contract with the Redskins. With RG3 going to the Redskins, and the success Steve Smith had in resurrecting his career with Newton last year the Redskins actually have now become a viable hotspot for WR's. The Redskins supposedly have enough cap room to actually go get TWO WR's to pair with Santana Moss, if they want to focus exclusively on offense.
Simply put, the Bears don't have the room to outbid teams, which means Emery has to be super savvy about having deals in place to already sign FA as soon as possible in order to avoid bidding wars. Emery's best card is being able to say that the Bears are actually a playoff worthy team that is only a couple pieces away from Super Bowl rings. So what to do....
After all the discussion on a previous post, quite simply the only good impact WR left is........Mike Wallace. It's time for the Bears to bite the bullet and trade back in the draft as far as possible while getting a 1st and 2nd rounder in return. The late first and third will be compensation to Pittsburg for signing Mike Wallace to an offer sheet. The 2nd rounder we pick up could be traded for hopefully a pair of third rounders, so we can pick up a Nick Toon and Brian Quick just like New York picked up a Mario Manningham not too long ago (and same round Pittsburg picked Mike Wallace).
I propose picking up both of them so that one will probably fill a position of need. Considering that anything but a first rounder takes some time to adjust to NFL game speed, grabbing Mike Wallace would allow the Bears to still compete this year and next where Brian Urlacher will still be competing at a high level while having options in the slot/outside receiver. Wallace on one side, rookie on other, Earl Bennett in the slot fulfilling the same role that Colston gave to New Orleans.....now THAT is a receiver corps that Jay could be comfortable with, and Mike Tice has a plethora of weapons to use as an OC which means his time can be focused on getting the line to perform.