The Chicago Bears were once one of the great NFL teams, and they may someday ascend to those heights again. 2017 will not be that year.
The Falcons will kick off their season against these Bears. They were a deeply inept team in 2016 that figures to be a little better this year just by adding some offensive talent alone, but they still look like the worst team in the NFC North for the upcoming season. That should make this first battle a relatively simple one for Atlanta, even if the Falcons are on the road.
But what did the Bears truly do this offseason, you ask? Here’s a closer look at the Bears offseason from our friends at Windy City Gridiron.
Notable free agent additions: Prince Amukamara (CB), Quintin Demps (S), Marcus Cooper (CB), Mike Glennon (QB), Dion Sims (TE), Markus Wheaton (WR), Kendall Wright (WR), Victor Cruz (WR), Jaye Howard (DL)
Notable free agent departures: Alshon Jeffery (WR), Jay Cutler (QB)
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: Adam Shaheen (TE), Tarik Cohen (RB), Eddie Jackson (FS/PR)
Biggest offseason addition: It’s all about the quarterback in the NFL, so veteran free agent Mike Glennon and rookie Mitchell Trubisky, not to mention backup Mark Sanchez, will give the Bears a brand new QB room.
Biggest storyline heading into training camp: The Bears moved up in the draft for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, so the ‘when will he play’ narrative will be front and center all camp long.
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: The Bears revamped their wide receivers and secondary, so watching how those two position groups will shape up will be interesting.
Notable injuries heading into training camp: Starting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan may have to start the season on the PUP list, but other than that, the Bears are relatively healthy heading into camp.