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.
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.