Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Chicago Bears [full archive here].
Season Recap: The Bears started the season 7-3, but injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte lead to an 8-8 finish. Chicago addressed their depth problems by signing Jason Campbell and Michael Bush, and traded for Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall; reuniting him with Jay Cutler. The Bears are a team to look out for in 2012.
1. Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall was acquired for two third round picks, but the moves shouldn’t stop there. Jay Cutler needs multiple weapons in order to maximize his potential. Reuben Randle or Stephen Hill paired with Marshall and Devin Hester would give Cutler three lethal weapons to work with.
2. Cornerback: Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman are entrenched as the starters, but more depth is needed. Jayron Hosley or Alfonzo Dennard are possible selections in round two.
3. Defensive Tackle: Henry Melton, a former college running back, played exceptional at defensive tackle. Stephen Pae was drafted last season and has potential to contribute, but the Bears need to add another player for depth. Ideally, a pass rushing defensive tackle would fit best. Brandon Thompson, out of Clemson, would be a great selection in round two.