The NFL offseason is starting to liven up.
Teams are beginning to release veterans, more speculation continues to circulate on potential free agent acquisitions and, oh, the NFL scouting combine is officially underway.
Here are the top Bears and NFL stories you need to know about heading into the week.
Bears Release Veterans
Last Friday, the Bears parted ways with Prince Amukamara and Taylor Gabriel. These moves were expected, as the Bears needed to create more cap space for the 2020 season. However, now it becomes essential for general manager Ryan Pace to add another cornerback and wide receiver to the roster.
Competition and Replacement Options at Quarterback
Even though Pace confidently said Mitch Trubisky is the starter heading into the 2020 season, there will most likely be competition and possibly a new franchise quarterback added to the roster. Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley gave his 20 potential QB options, and The Athletic’s Adam Jahns wrote about if Pace has it him to make a change at the position. (For Jahns’ story, you will need a subscription, which you can get here.)
NFL Scouting Combine
If you haven’t read our own Stephen Letizia’s 2020 combine preview articles, you should change that. So far, Letizia has previewed the wide receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen and edge prospects. He breaks down some potential targets that would make sense for the Bears.
Chicago Tribune Bears reporter Colleen Kane highlighted the top five storylines for the Bears as they head into the the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. There is no surprise that Colleen mentioned Trubisky, addressing the offensive and defensive needs and the new CBA negotiations, but adding in what Matt Nagy thinks of his new coaches is an interesting storyline and one I’m looking forward to hearing about while I’m there.
When it comes to the NFL Combine, there are several categories that are particularly important for each individual prospect. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler wrote a comprehensive piece on how certain players have more to gain in their medical evaluations, the interview process and the agility/position drills. Yes, you need a subscription, but believe me, this is absolutely worth it.
Possible Free Agents
There is no question the Bears need help at tight end. One possible target could be Eric Ebron. Although I’m not the biggest fan of Ebron, due to his injury history, he would give the Bears some much-needed depth at the position.