Paging Ryan Pace: Rant on the Bears’ awful start to free agency

Feb 18, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace speaks at a press conference during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

15 minutes into the start of the new league year, Chicago Bears fans all over realized that what Ryan Pace said in his end-season press conference wasn’t remotely true.

Ryan Pace is a scrooge with his $67 million dollars in cap space. Instead of outspending teams or giving guys extra money to play for the Bears, he stayed with what he believed they were worth and didn’t offer a penny more. If you would’ve asked me two weeks ago if I thought Pace had job security with the Bears I would’ve said yes, 100%. Ask me now, and I don’t even know if this guy will have a job in the NFL next year.


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He choked on signing Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffery, A.J. Bouye, and Ricky Wagner. He signed a guy in Mike Glennon whose record, 5-13, supposedly speaks “starter”. In addition to that, he signed another aging safety in Quintin Demps just two years after he signed Antrel Rolle.

Sorry for all of the pessimism, but whatever good I thought of Ryan Pace as a general manager is gone. I understand that free agency is basically throwing darts at a small board, but letting guys go because you can’t overspend due to stubbornness is ridiculous. Without a single ounce of joking in my body, I have the Bears going anywhere between 0-16 and 3-13 next year.

This could honestly be the demise of the entire franchise. The Bears will be the laughingstock of the entire NFL – the Browns of the NFC – the bad joke that gets told way too often.

Ryan Pace, you have single handedly destroyed an entire offense. Letting Bennett, Marshall, Jeffery and Cutler (which I’m okay with) walk will be your downfall, and Bears fans will know you as the destroyer of an offense that once ranked second in the league. The Bears now have Cameron Meredith as their top wide receiver. Kevin White hasn’t been anywhere near what he was supposed to be, and is on the draft-bust radar. The Bears might cut Eddie Royal due to injuries, and Marquess Wilson isn’t worth re-signing due to the same reason as Royal.

Whatever you’re thinking, Mr. Pace, you must have us and the entire NFL fooled. In 2018, you will almost undoubtedly be packing your bags and us fans will once again be wondering if the next Bears general manager will get the Bears back to the promised land.

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  • Jeremy Alexander

    People have to be patient. What are his options? You’re not going to trade top picks for Garoppollo, lest we forget the lessons we should have learned from Matt Cassell a few years back. It’s a weak qb class, so you don’t waste the 3rd pick on a qb. They have a 3 year deal with Glennon they can get out of in a year if the situation calls for it, and they have a couple years to tank and draft a truly great qb in the next draft or two. In the meantime, they have some good young defensive talent to build upon. Jeffrey is the most overrated WR in the NFL, when he even plays and isn’t dropping passes, so they were smart to let him go. This is a multi-year rebuilding project and I applaud Pace for being financially smart in his spending so they have options to go after better free agents in the future. You don’t overpay for corners and safeties that can go down at any time, you get a veteran at the position and then draft good young players so they can learn and split playing time with the veterans and hopefully grow into their own. Fans get frustrated and I get that, but if we drafted and went after free agents this year the way fans want it would be much worse, they still wouldn’t win many games and be in worse shape financially. Finally, you are believing that the Bears had a chance at signing Gilmore. I’m a lifelong Bears fan and if I’m an NFL free agent with a choice between the Pats and Bears, I’m going to the Pat’s, maybe for even less money. That’s just reality right now for the Bears.

  • Bill Wilson

    Why waste $67 million on free agents?

  • lvmra

    Cant really fault what Pace doing. Cutler wasn’t his guy, Fox didn’t want him, at least Pace got somebody. Pace has a lot of holes to fill and give him credit for trying. Big draft for him.

  • Mike

    Yes you can blame Pace Mitch who for what what the Bleep. Another nerd running a team he has no business being in this position. He is a moronic arrogant asshole. I wish we could get someone to run the freaking team that has taking one snap in the NFL. This guy is ridiculous…