This mini series began when we asked you guys to vote on the number one need for the Chicago Bears. After giving the poll a couple days to breathe, the top vote-getter was linebacker. We looked at some free agent and draft eligible players at that position right here. In that article we asked you guys to vote on the 2nd most glaring need for the Bears and by a wide margin it was safety.
The Bears only have two safeties under contract for the 2015 season, Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen, and neither one had what you would can call a home run season. Mundy was a solid double, but Vereen was an infield single.
An upgrade is definitely needed.
First up some potential free agents.
The name that has been bandied about on our comment threads for a while now is New England's Devin McCourty. McCourty started his career at corner, making the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2010, but he's been at free safety since 2012.
If you're looking for a Denver connection, Bronco free safety Rahim Moore is a free agent, and with Denver paying big money to safety T.J. Ward last year, they may not want another higher priced safety on the roster. He could look to reunite with his former head coach, John Fox, who's now running the show in Chicago.
The New York Giants might elect to allow Antrel Rolle test free agency. The 32 year old has made 3 Pro Bowls in the last 6 years and he hasn't missed a start since 2009.
Philadelphia's Nate Allen, a 2nd round draft pick in 2010, has had a productive career averaging over 60 tackles a season.
Former Bears Major Wright and Danieal Manning are both available, as is current Chicago free agent Chris Conte. Do any of those three do anything for you?
2015 DRAFT PROSPECTS
Alabama's Landon Collins has been mocked to the Bears by a few draftniks, but 7th overall may be too high for Collins.
Gerold Hollimon of Louisville is a possibility in the 2nd round says SB Nation's Dan Kadar. Hollimon is a true center-field type that had 14 interceptions last season.
Another center-field type is Cody Prewitt of Ole Miss, who also happens to be CBSSports.com's top free safety on their board.
If you're looking for a wildcard in the draft, Washington's Shaq Thompson played both outside linebacker and running back in college, but some scouts see the 6'2", 231 pounder moving to safety at the next level. His athleticism and upside may push him up team's draft boards.
Samford's Jaquiski Tartt had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl and at 6'1", 220, he would provide some thump in the secondary.
For more on potential draft picks, check out these two Fanposts from WCG member IOftenPanic.
2015 Early NFL Draft Primer: Senior Bowl
2015 Early NFL Draft Primer: East-West Shrine Game
Do any of these safety possibilities intrigue you?
Make sure to vote for your number three need for the Chicago Bears and we'll look at a few draft/free agent options at that position next week.