Here's Part 2 of our Chicago Bears Twitter mailbag.
Thanks to everyone participating this week.
@mikecwright: That would be a difficult position to be thrust into, but it's a good one because I believe that both of the players you mentioned are capable of making immediate contributions. Bears general manager Ryan Pace recently said that you can never have enough quality pass-rushers, which might tip things toward Beasley. But all the moves made by the team up to this point have solidified the pass rush. When you've already got an outside linebacker depth chart that features Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen, Pernell McPhee and Willie Young, I think you're in decent shape at the position. So if it were me making the pick, and I had the choice between Vic Beasley and Amari Cooper, I'm going with the receiver because this team needs someone to pair outside with Alshon Jeffery. Pace has said he believes in drafting the best available player on the board regardless of position or need, and I think the Bears have put themselves in position to do exactly that with all the moves they've made in free agency. But as I said, if given the choice between the guys you mentioned, I'm going with Cooper.
@mikecwright: I struggle with this one a little bit. I like the financial restraint the Bears have shown throughout free agency. This year's class of free agents wasn't very strong, and with the salary-cap increase, teams around the league have overpaid somewhat. For the most part, the Bears have resisted that. So that's definitely a good thing, especially when considering a new coach and new general manager would naturally be tempted to make splash moves to establish themselves and quickly usher in a turnaround. But Pace and coach John Fox have taken more of a big-picture approach with the moves they've made. What's a little troubling for me is the fact the Bears have added 12 new players off other teams with the majority of them signing one-year deals. On one hand you worry about how all the new faces and personalities will mesh. But on the other, that concern is assuaged somewhat by the fact that everybody in that locker room, regardless of how long they've been Bears, is coming into something new under Fox and Pace. So that situation could actually bolster chemistry and camaraderie between the players and all the new staffers. All the work management has done thus far this offseason has put Pace in the position to draft the best available player on the board regardless of position, and we all know that's his draft philosophy any way. So I like what they've done. I think Pace is going to build the Bears the right way, and put them in a situation to achieve sustained success.
Will the bears be looking for another QB if cutler doesn't prove his self for the last time. #bearsmailbag— kelvin watkins (@NobleKelvin) March 29, 2015
@mikecwright: I think that certainly will be the case. I'm sure you've heard all of Pace's and Fox's news conferences this offseason, and I'm sure you're quite aware that neither has been effusive with praise for Jay Cutler. I think that's by design as Chicago's brass wants a hungry Cutler under center in 2015. A good chunk ($10 million) of Cutler's 2016 salary is already guaranteed. But if the team decided to cut Cutler prior to the third day of the 2016 league year, the team wouldn't have to pay the final $6 million of the guarantees. However, cutting Cutler would put $13 million in dead money on the books for 2016. The Bears claim Cutler will be in an open competition for his job next season, and that's definitely a good thing. I think the Bears plan on selecting a quarterback at some point in the upcoming draft to add to the open competition. This is definitely a prove-it year for Cutler.