If you've been following up on the Bears you know that floyd will be playing with some sort of club/cast for the first few weeks of the season. Opposite him, Acho is expected to start with Lynch inching closer to seeing the practice field as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Lets face facts, Acho is an average pass rusher at best, he can play the run well but offers little as a pass rusher. Both Irving and Fitts showed through the preseason that the contributions they will make will be minimal, I'm not entirely sold that Fitts makes the 53 man roster. While Edebali has certainly flashed during the preseason against 2nd and 3rd stringers, thinking he will make an impact against starters is simply too much to ask for.
Ray would give the bears a player that offers high pass rush upside and is solid vs the run. The bears likely got a good look during joint practices on what Ray does well and not so well. Ray's value is relatively low, and while the broncos would love to have this kind of pass rush depth they risk him leaving for nothing. What would it cost for the bears to trade for Ray? I'd imagine a conditional 6th that could be a 5th rd pick depending on performance. Looking ahead to the 2019 nfl draft, the bears are already without a 2nd rounder which they used to move up for Miller.
There have been rumblings that guys such as Lawson, Simon, Johnson could be cut due to scheme fit, production etc..
Simon would be the best fit at 3-4 OLB...The colts switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3 this offseason and many questioned simon's fit but the veteran has played very well as a 4-3 DE and it would be a shock if he were to be cut.
Lawson has the ability to play 3-4 and 4-3, he played his first year under rob ryan and showed very little as a 3-4 OLB, the following season the bills switched to a 4-3 and so far lawson has been playing much better as a 4-3 DE and likely makes the bills roster.
Johnson could simply be cut due to the promising young talent the bengals have, johnson has been in a 4-3 his entire career and is a stronger run stopper than pass rusher and thats not likely to change.