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Bear Down: Bears make some moves, will try and avoid 0-4 start vs. Raiders

It’s going to be a long season and you know that when the Bears punted on every possession last weekend vs. Seahawks.  While the defense didn’t play awful, the offense used Forte too much, Langford got 0 carries, and Clausen was unable to pass the ball for more than 20 yards.

 

The 0-3 start from the Bears was expected by many.  From the transition of the new coaching staff and defense, this year is seen as a rebuilding/finding the right guys.  And the Bears have done just that.

Jared Allen traded to Carolina, Jon Bostic to New England, and they have waived Brock Vereen.  While all three of these players were studs, it was obvious they did not fit the 3-4 scheme.  Allen cannot play OLB, he is a lot better coming out of a stance.  With McCllelin, McPhee, Young, and Acho, there was no room for Bostic.AllenBears

Allen, 33, was traded to the Panthers this week. The Bears will pay $11.5 million of Allen’s salary, while the Panthers will pay him $823,000, sources told ESPN. The Bears will get a conditional sixth-round pick in 2016 for the veteran.

Bostic, second round pick in 2013, was shipped off to New England.  The Bears announced the trade Tuesday, saying they received an undisclosed draft pick from the Patriots. A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Chicago will receive a sixth-round selection in the deal.  Bostic led the team in tackles in 2014 and competed for the job this year.  The reason he fell in the depth chart was due to back problems.

The Bears are out with the old and gain two 6th round picks for the future.  Other reports came out that the team is listening to trades for Cutler, Forte, and Jeffery.  Forte will be 30 years old this off-season and his contract may be a lot more than the Bears will be thinking.  Jeffery is finishing off his rookie deal and he will eventually want the big bucks.  While Forte and Jeffery could be great components for the future, trading them now would free up cap room and give you draft picks to acquire new talent.

langfordBearsJeremy Langford is the future of the Bears backfield.  But I thought Forte one of the best backs in NFL with all-purpose yards? That is very true.  You will not find another player in the league with numbers like him but the downside; he is due for a new contract.  The Bears would love to keep him but they are not going to put a lot of money on a 30 year old back.  It is time to invest in a new back and Langford is the perfect guy for the job.

Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White would scare secondary’s no doubt.  They are both explosive WRs and have the ability to go up and get the ball.  While the Bears have invested in White hence drafting him with the No. 7 pick, the front office may not bring Jeffery back.  He is going to cost a lot of money this offseason.  The beauty of it is that a playoff team or a beat up team will want to acquire a guy like Jeffery.  The Bears can easily get a 3rd round pick for the former second round pick.

The Chicago Bears seem to be cleaning house and your favorite player may be next.  It may be David Fales starting the second half of the season and the only starter left on the offense is Kyle Long.  That is where I think the Bears are headed. Ryan Pace may have this huge plan and we got a glace of this with trading Allen and Bostic and waiving a 4th round pick in Vereen.

The Bears will try and avoid a 0-4 start when the Raiders come to Soldier Field on Sunday.  Rookie Amari Cooper is off to a fast start and looks to tear apart this Bears secondary.  Jarvis Jenkins and Pernell McPhee look to have another dominate week.  Kickoff is at Noon CDT on CBS.  Go Bears! #BearDown

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