Although free agency starts tomorrow, the legal tampering period kicked off yesterday. Rumors are flooding Twitter, and a lot of them have to do with the Chicago Bears. Here are the biggest rumors on both sides of the ball that have surfaced so far.
Mike Glennon is more than likely going to be a Chicago Bear, whether you like it or not.
The market for the 27-year-old quarterback has been rapidly decreasing, as teams like the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers have all dropped out. Unless another team comes out of nowhere, the Bears have Glennon all to themselves.
Many believe that this is Chicago’s answer to their quarterback problem. However, the Bears view Glennon as the ultimate bridge quarterback – someone who can step in and start for a few years while a high draft pick develops. The length of the contract has not been revealed, but don’t expect it to be more than three years long.
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While it was previously thought that Alshon Jeffery would be leaving the Bears, recent reports say otherwise. Brandin Cooks’ availability through trade is another enticing option for teams like the Titans and Eagles. It is becoming more and more likely that Jeffery will return to Chicago this year.
Reports have determined another wide rceiver target for the Bears: Cordarrelle Patterson. The 25-year-old would be a fantastic addition, as Chicago doesn’t really have a reliable downfield threat. His size (6’2″ and 220 pounds) and speed (he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash in 2013) should be intriguing to them. Plus, Patterson is a two-time first-team All-Pro kick returner. Considering that the Bears haven’t had a good returner since Devin Hester left, he should be an important target.
Chicago has also been linked to two top offensive tackles – Riley Reiff and Ricky Wagner. The latter recently signed a contract with the Detroit Lions that will pay him over $9 million per year. Reiff will likely command a deal that is around that price. Considering that offensive tackle isn’t a big need, plus the fact that they are looking at many other free agents, don’t expect the Bears to heavily pursue any big-name tackles.
The Bears have also been incredibly active on the defensive side on the ball. They are expected to make a “big push” to sign cornerback Stephon Gilmore. He would bring instant credibility to a Chicago secondary that lacks playmakers. He totaled five interceptions in 2016 with the Bills, whereas the entire Bears team only got eight. Don’t expect this to be their only move at cornerback this offseason, though. They will likely add another corner through the draft in April.
Chicago is also looking at multiple safeties. Duron Harmon, D.J. Swearinger and Micah Hyde have all been linked as possible signings. All three would bring youth and talent aplenty to the safety position. Plus, neither of them would require breaking the bank to sign.
There have been plenty of rumors going around over these past few days. Although some of them might not come true, they all confirm one thing: this could be the most aggressive offseason the Bears have ever had.