The Chicago Bears ended their offseason program on June 15. Here’s a look at how they fared:
Offseason goals/grade: Chicago’s top offseason priority was to upgrade the quarterback position. With Jay Cutler (retired) out of the picture after eight years atop the depth chart, the Bears signed free agent Mike Glennon for $16 million guaranteed in 2017 and drafted Mitchell Trubisky second overall. Is Glennon good enough to win games? Is Trubisky worth the second pick? Is either quarterback better than Cutler? We have no idea. Five years from now, the only thing Bears fans will remember about the 2017 offseason will be the quarterback moves orchestrated by general manager Ryan Pace. If it works, Pace will still be the GM five years from now. If it doesn’t, Pace’s successor will be tasked with cleaning up the mess. Grade: C
Move I liked: Solidifying tight end. You can make a compelling argument that the Bears are much better off at tight end after the club signed free agent Dion Sims and drafted 6-foot-6 Adam Shaheen in the second round. Sims seemed to just be scratching the surface of his potential when he left Miami, and Shaheen — from tiny Division II Ashland University — looked good during OTAs and minicamp. Throw a (hopefully) healthy Zach Miller into the mix, and the Bears have multiple weapons and matchup problems for opponents to deal with. Also, former undrafted free agent Ben Braunecker is pushing hard to earn a roster spot. Overall, tight end looks to be one of the strongest position groups on Chicago’s rebuilding offense.
Move I didn’t like: Letting Alshon Jeffery walk away in free agency. The Bears…
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