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Who is No. 1 for the Bears in free agency?

The "legal tampering" window is fully open and the rumor mill is flying as much as free agents to be are flying off the market. Big names have their landing spots, so who is left for Chicago?

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A couple years ago the NFL (wisely) allowed a "legal tampering" window before free agency where teams could actually negotiate with players before the opening of the new league year, it changed free agency.

It almost seemed like the rule tweak was made specifically for the NFL insiders. All the rumor-reporting has certainly helped the NFL remain in the news cycle and I personally think that the league realized that teams were doing a sort of dance before the bell on free agency rang and knew that unless they were prepared to hand out penalties to all the teams all the time for tampering they needed to do something.

The insiders win because they get more info to report from sources willing to be more forthcoming. NFL fans win because we get to whet our appetite for any and all rumors linking our favorite team and the best players available. Now fans are glued to Twitter from the Saturday before free agency until the first two or three days of it pass.

So over the weekend players already started agreeing to deals with teams. Ndamukong Suh, Jeremy Maclin and Byron Maxwell, among some others are already off the market. Suh has agreed to terms with the Dolphins, Maclin the Chiefs and Maxwell the Eagles. And then late last night the news came across Twitter, breaking the hearts of Bears fans everywhere:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>S Devin McCourty expected to remain with the Patriots, source says.</p>&mdash; Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) <a href="">March 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="">#Patriots</a> S Devin McCourty will sign a 5-year, $47.5M contract, source said. Wow. And... turned down more elsewhere</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="">March 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Devin McCourty, the most sought-after player by most here on WCG, re-signed with the Patriots. So now where do the Bears turn?

They are allegedly in the market for Terrance Knighton and getting a player so familiar to John Fox would be a boost too. The drop off at the free agent safety market is somewhat steep as well so keep an eye for the Bears being linked to former Bronco Rahim Moore or Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy.

The Bears have a lot of needs, even more with the trade of Brandon Marshall last week. But now, in a market without McCourty, Suh, Maclin and Maxwell, who should the Bears be chasing hard?

Who should be their No. 1 priority target? What player should they be trying to get corralled before the signing period begins tomorrow at 3 p.m. CST?