One of the biggest stories during the 2013 NFL season was how well Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler would mesh with new offensive head coach Marc Trestman, and before a couple of key injuries, he was having the best statistical season of his career.
Cutler headlines a long list of players set to become free agents in 2014, which means Cliff Stein and Phil Emery have a lot of work to do.
Jay Cutler - Signed 7-year contract on 1/02/14
Roberto Garza - Signed 1-year deal on 2/27/13
Matt Slauson - Signed 4-year deal on 1/02/14 Taylor Boggs - Signed 1-year deal on 2/24/14
Dante Rosario - Signed 1-year contract on 2/27/14
Jeremiah Ratliff - Signed 2-year contract on 3/05/14
Cheta Ozougwu (ERFA)
Tim Jennings - Signed 4-year contract 1/02/14 Zackary Bowman Kelvin Hayden - Signed 1-year deal on 3/01/14 Derrick Martin - Signed 1-year contract on 2/24/14
Anthony Walters (RFA)
With the exception of Restricted Free Agent Anthony Walters, and Exclusive Rights Free Agents Cheta Ozougwu and Taylor Boggs, every other free agent is unrestricted, which means they are free to sign anywhere they please.
If you're looking for the Bears salary cap situation for 2014, they're in pretty good shape. Obviously having so many expiring contracts means they have a lot of freedom, and a good article on where they stand can be found HERE.
A couple of things we know: Cliff Stein, technically the team's General Counsel, is one of the best in the business at getting contracts signed and reworked, and Phil Emery is incredibly cerebral and analytical in his approach to running this football team.
The Chicago Bears are about to become incredibly busy in working on this roster, but seem to be in pretty good hands.
What are your thoughts on the free agency situation in Chicago?