Bears likely to have competition for ILB Danny Trevathan
I think it goes without saying that Denver Broncos free-agent inside linebacker Danny Trevathan will be a hot commodity when free agency opens in a few weeks. He’s one of the top linebackers on the market and is fresh off a Super Bowl victory, playing for one of the most dominant defenses in recent memory.
The Bears figure to be one of the teams most interested in Trevathan, who played for head coach John Fox in Denver from 2012-2014. Trevathan said prior to the Super Bowl that he expects to talk to the Bears, and the Bears have gaping holes at inside linebacker.
But, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Trevathan is reportedly high on the Falcons’ wish list, and Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith was once Trevathan’s linebackers coach under Fox in Denver.
The Bears likely will have to pay a significant price to land Trevathan, but he would significantly upgrade the second level of the defense.
Veteran backup quarterback Brian Hoyer could end up with the Chicago Bears, at least one source speculates.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted on Wednesday that the former Houston Texans quarterback is slated to visit the Denver Broncos this week, but if he does not sign with Denver, La Canfora expects the Bears to sign him.
In addition to playing for the Texans, Hoyer has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New England Patriots, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
Hoyer, 30, has 26 career starts while compiling 7,163 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
The Bears liked what they saw in Jay Cutler last year in his first season under head coach John Fox, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to look to bolster the quarterback position in the upcoming NFL draft.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will meet with Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.
Cook is predicted by multiple media outlets to be selected in the second round. Whether or not that’s too early for the Bears to take a shot at Cutler’s replacement will remain a hot debate.
Could the Bears select a wide receiver in the first round of the draft for the second straight year?
The idea doesn’t seem likely given the needs at other positions, but that didn’t stop the Bears from bringing in draft prospect Corey Coleman, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.