But regardless of how busy the Bears are after free agency kicks off at 3 p.m. Tuesday, it's clear that Emery looks at upgrading the roster as a year-round endeavor.
The player procurement continued during the regular season as Emery traded for tight end
The Bears remained busy into the offseason. Since late December, they've signed 12 players who were slated to become unrestricted free agents, most in the NFL. The group includes quarterback
As a result of those moves, the Bears will return their entire record-breaking offense back intact. In 2013, the Bears ranked second in the NFL with 445 points and set team records with 6,109 total yards, 4,450 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, a 96.9 passer rating and 344 first downs.
|After re-writing the Bears record book in 2013, the team's entire offense will return intact in 2014.|
The signings also will enable the Bears to focus on improving their defense in free agency and the draft after they allowed the most points (478) and total yards (6,313) in franchise history in 2013.
The Bears got a head start in bolstering their defense by re-signing Ratliff, cornerbacks
When free agency begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday, NFL teams will be permitted to sign unrestricted free agents. From Saturday through Tuesday, clubs were allowed to negotiate with the agents of the players due to hit the open market but were prohibited from speaking to the players directly.
The general consensus among NFL analysts is that this year's free agent crop is not a strong one and that players who are cut due to salary cap reasons may provide better options.
All NFL teams must be in compliance with the salary cap, which is $133 million, by 3 p.m. Tuesday. During the offseason, a club's top 51 player salaries count under the cap.