The top 2 needs for the Chicago Bears this offseason -- according to you guys -- were inside linebacker and defensive end. You guys decided to keep it on the defensive side of the ball and go with cornerback as Chicago's #3 need.
The Bears only have corners Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan and Jacoby Glenn signed for the 2016 season. Former first round pick Fuller was a starter outside and rookie undrafted free agent Callahan was their primary nickleback. Glenn, also a rookie UDFA, was a late call up to the active roster, and he rarely saw the field. The Bears, at the very least, need another starting corner on the roster. I'd also like to see someone added to push for reps at nickle. I thought Callahan played well, but competition is needed.
FYI; NFL free agency officially starts on March 9th at 4:00pm EST. The "legal tempering" period begins on March 7th. Here are some corner back options for the Bears.
Much like the top ranked inside linebacker and the top ranked defensive end aren't leaving their respective teams, there's no way the top ranked free agent corner is leaving his team either. Carolina's Josh Norman is set for a huge pay day and if the Panthers can't work out a long term deal, he will be franchise tagged.
Janoris Jenkins has started 58 games in his 4 year career with the St. Louis Rams. Last year he had 3 interceptions, 15 passes defended and 64 tackles. His Rams teammate, Trumaine Johnson, is also a free agent. Johnson started 13 of 14 games last season with 7 interceptions, 17 PD and 71 tackles.
Green Bay's Casey Hayward hasn't been able to come close to the 6 interceptions he snagged as a rookie in 2012, but he has experience outside and in the slot.
Kansas City's Sean Smith has the size (6'3") teams love outside at corner, and he has 100 starts in his 7 year career. The Chiefs may not be able to afford to bring him back with higher priority players coming out of contract.
Tracy Porter played some unexpectedly decent football for the Bears last year, so I wouldn't be surprised to see them bring the 29 year old back. Depending on who else the Bears add at the position, Porter could move inside to compete at nickle if he's re-signed.
2016 DRAFT PROSPECTS
Kyle Fuller's little brother, Kendall Fuller, missed most of Virginia Tech's 2015 season with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He is a 1st round talent, but the injury may push him to the 2nd round. Some scouts feel he's a better prospect than Kyle.
A guy like Northern Iowa's Deiondre' Hall, who was the 2015 Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Year, has the length (6'2'), athleticism and versatility that could intrigue the Bears in the 3rd round. Some scouts think he's a better fit at safety, but teams are always looking for taller corners to match-up with the bigger "go up and get it" wide outs teams have these days.
Cre'von LeBlanc from Florida Atlantic is a physical cover corner that lacks ideal size (5'10"), but in teh right scheme he could fit outside or maybe even compete at nickle.
What do you guys think the Bears will do at corner this offseason?