The buzz about the 2014 Chicago Bears free agency moves has been overwhelmingly positive. They may have missed out on their #1 target, but they quickly moved on. All in all, I can't imagine a better scenario for the Bears' last few weeks of free agent moves.
If I really wanted to nitpick, I could wonder why they didn't make more of an effort to re-sign Corey Wootton or Henry Melton, but I definitely think the D-Line is better today than it was a year ago.
SB Nation ranked the free agent moves of all 32 teams and the Chicago Bears came in at #6. Here's what they had to say;
The Monsters of the Midway were in dire need of a makeover, and GM Phil Emery made sure they got one. Emery lifted Lamarr Houston from Oakland and further bolstered the D-line by raiding the division rival Vikings and Lions for Jared Allen, Willie Young and former Bear Israel Idonije. The linebacking corps added Jordan Senn, and the safety group got some needed (if uninspiring) depth in Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings. The loss of a pass rush talent like Henry Melton stings, but even with Melton and Julius Peppers leaving the fold the Bears' D should bear up far better in 2014.
Sixth is about right for the Bears, so no argument here. The teams ranked in front of them all made some good acquisitions.
In case you were wondering where Chicago's NFC North rivals were ranked, they had the Minnesota Vikings at 14, the Detroit Lions at 15 and the Green Bay Packers at 19.
Minnesota picked up former Bear Wootton and DT Linval Joseph. They also added corner Captain Munnerlyn.
The Lions added safety James Ihedigbo and they should finally have a legit #2 receiver in former Seahawk Golden Tate.
Green Bay's major splash was Peppers, whom they plan to play at both DE and at OLB in their 3-4 scheme.
What are your thoughts on the free agency rankings?