Bears will be ‘mindful and strategic’ in free agency

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The Bears will have among the most salary cap space available of any team in the league when the 2016 NFL free agency period kicks off in March. But just because the team has a lot of cash to spend and plenty of holes to fill, don’t expect them to carelessly throw money around.

“Free agency’s risky and we’ve got to be careful with this,” general manager Ryan Pace told reporters Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We have a lot of needs, we have a lot of cap space. There’s going to be certain positions that we’re going to be more aggressive at, but I think you’ve just got to be cautious in free agency because it’s a risky area.”

Pace understands that the best way to build an NFL team is through the draft and through internal improvement.

“Our goal … is if you’re drafting well, then you don’t really have to tread in this dangerous water as much as you might have to early on.”

Pace was referring to how the Bears had to be a little more aggressive in last season’s free agency period after taking over for the Phil Emery and Marc Trestman regime. But after laying a solid foundation in 2015, the Bears are going to be more methodical in building upon it.

“I think we’ve just got to be mindful and strategic with what we do. I feel really good with where we’re at right now as far as our preparation. And now it’s just a matter of being smart and calculated with how we approach it.”

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