Brad Biggs, citing several league source, reports that the Bears are expected to make a “strong big” to sign free agent CB Stephon Gilmore and QB Mike Glennon.
Biggs goes on to mention that the Bears are set to have around $60 million in available cap space this offseason and cornerback should be one of their top priorities to address.
As for Glennon, Biggs says that indications are that he will be the Bears’ top target to replace veteran QB Jay Cutler.
Another option to watch for Chicago, according to Biggs, could be Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner.
Bears GM Ryan Pace said on Wednesday that the team is prepared for free agency, so it will be interesting to see how aggressive they plan to be.
“I feel extremely prepared for this free-agency process that we’re about to enter, and it gives me confidence,” Pace said.
The Bills chose to not use the franchise tag on Gilmore prior to yesterday’s deadline.
Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 previously reported that Gilmore is looking to be paid a top-five salary for the cornerback position, which would net him around $14 million or so per season.
According to Capaccio, the Bills actually extended Gilmore an offer of roughly $10.5 million annually last August, but talks didn’t extend beyond them making this offer.
Gilmore, 26, was taken with the No. 10 overall pick by the Bills back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract, but the Bills elected to pick up his fifth-year option for the 2016 season which paid him a guaranteed salary of $11 million.
In 2016, Gilmore appeared in 15 games and recorded 48 tackles, five interceptions, and 12 pass defenses for the Bills. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 61 cornerback out of 112 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.