7 steps to fix the Bears defense
Welp, the Bears paid Jay Cutler. Paid him like they landed on Boardwalk with three hotels and a Risk ten-army on top. (You make some rules changes to get through Chicago winters.) And whether or not you agree they overpaid for No. 6, all Bears fans can agree the defense has to get fixed real quick-like.
If your team needs an instant boost, there's no better way than free agency. Even after the new deals signed by Cutler, cornerback Tim Jennings, fullback Tony Fiammetta, kicker Robbie Gould and guard Matt Slauson, the Bears remain about $11.5 million under the 2014 salary cap. And that's before restructuring or cutting Julius Peppers' huge contract, so expect them to have around $20 million to blow. Much like the example of Riskopoly above, the Bears need to get creative to patch those holes.Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye Sports' Facebook page.
Henry Melton, defensive line
Ohhh yeah, that guy! Melton's season-ending injury effectively put a big flashing arrow pointing straight up the gut of the Bears defense. The Bears allowed 161.4 rushing yards per game in 2013, and 101.7 with him in 2012. His off-field incident probably didn't raise his asking price around the league.
Cash flow: $8,000,000 spent, $12,000,000 remaining