The Chicago Bears made the decision to part with GM Jerry Angelo in favor of former Chiefs executive Ray Emery. The change signals new direction for the franchise and the team figures to give Emery plenty of resources to address the team’s roster needs. Bears Chairman George McCaskey told reporters that Emery will essentially have money to spend during free agency.
“The bottom line, and Phil knows this, if there is someone we want — and it makes sense — money is not going to be an issue,” said McCaskey, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago will have to address Matt Forte‘s contract which became a issue last season as Angelo was unwilling to come close to his salary demands. Emery has said that he intends to get a deal done with Forte at some point. Cornerback Tim Jennings is another free agent that the Bears will have to consider retaining as losing him would create another need. Chicago could already use help in the secondary so losing Jennings would force them to actively pursue some free agents.
The Bears have been rumored to be considering “second-tier” wide receiving options like Mario Manningham and Robert Meachem but it’s hard to say if they’re actually part of the team’s offseason plan at this point.