Step by step the Chicago Bears are making over their roster. It took some time for things to really get going. The mass panic caused by the relative inaction of opening day of free agency, or rather inability to land big names, eventually subsided. GM Ryan Pace has since operated with a steady, calculated efficiency by knocking out needs with second wave players.
- Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper at cornerback.
- John Jenkins at nose tackle.
- Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright at wide receiver.
The idea behind this strategy is simple and straightforward. Use reasonably priced veterans to fill out needs and give the team enough flexibility to draft the best player available. Seems the team isn’t done continuing with that process.
FA DT Ricky Jean-Francois just told me he's traveling Sat. for a visit w/t #Bears. He's scheduled to travel to Seattle Sun. evening for now.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 17, 2017
The pursuit of Ricky Jean-Francois is hardly surprising. He’s a solid 30-year old veteran with a proven track record. He’s also got connections to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. That familiarity only enhances his status as a desirable player. However, there is something else about this visit that could have a wider meaning.
One that alters the entire scope of the Bears’ draft.