With Jarvis Landry being franchise tagged by the Miami Dolphins, there isn’t going to be a top wide receiver market this year. That is, assuming Allen Robinson also gets tagged by the Jacksonville Jaguars. With that being said, that leaves a lot of second and third tier options at receiver. So should the Chicago Bears be interested in the top defensive free agents? The answer: Yes. Here are a few they should target.
CB Trumaine Johnson
Johnson is the perfect cornerback for a Vic Fangio system. He is a physical corner, in fact, he was the number 1 press-man corner in the NFL in 2017. The Rams have franchise tagged him two years in a row and have just recently acquired CB Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson is likely to hit free agency now. In 15 games, he had 65 tackles, 14 passes defended and two interceptions. One being returned for a touchdown. Johnson excels in man coverage, holding opposing QB’s to only a 57.3 completion rating and a 79.8 passer rating when targeted. Johnson won’t be cheap, but he is well worth the investment.
CB Aaron Colvin
Colvin is likely to hit the market as the Jacksonville Jaguars are likely to franchise tag Allen Robinson. Colvin is an above average corner who would get far more recognition if he wasn’t behind both AJ Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. Colvin being a great slot corner, had 45 combined tackles and five pass deflections last season. The Bears would be smart to invest and bolster their secondary with Aaron Colvin.
DL Sheldon Richardson
Richardson is a premier interior defensive lineman and could bolster an already strong Chicago Bears defensive line. While only having one sack last season, Richardson is strong against the run. Richardson is phenomenal at creating pressure, and this makes things easier for the players around him. Although Richardson would probably be a more expensive option, he is well worth the investment. He makes any team he’s on better.
With the offensive talent that is available in free agency, the Bears would be smart to look into the some of the players on the defensive side of the ball. The saying has always been “defense wins championships” and I am a firm believer in that. Adding even one of these players and tagging CB Kyle Fuller would mean big things for the Chicago Bears defense next season. Look for the monsters of the midway to return.