Over the next several posts I am going to go over my thoughts on the Bears 2019 FAs and how I think Pace should address each of them.
Player Age 2018 AAV Type
Bobby Massie RT 30 $6,000,000 UFA
Kevin White WR 27 $4,140,762 UFA
Aaron Lynch DE 26 $4,000,000 UFA
Bryce Callahan CB 27 $1,907,000 UFA
Josh Bellamy WR 30 $1,907,000 UFA
Pat O'Donnell P 28 $1,500,000 UFA
Marcus Cooper CB 29 $1,500,000 UFA
Eric Kush G 29 $1,350,000 UFA
Benny Cunningham RB 29 $1,050,000 UFA
Daniel Brown TE 28 $925,000 UFA
Zach Miller TE 34 $790,000 UFA
Marcus Williams CB 28 $790,000 UFA
Nick Williams DE 29 $705,000 UFA
Bryan Witzmann 29 $630,000 UFA
Patrick Scales LS 31 $630,000 RFA
Adrian Amos FS 26 $628,070 UFA
Michael Burton FB 27 $616,089 UFA
DeAndre Houston-Carson S 26 $585,000 RFA
Roy Robertson-Harris DE 26 $542,333 RFA
Ben Braunecker TE 25 $540,000 RFA
Rashaad Coward G 24 $510,000 ERFA
Isaiah Irving OLB 25 $510,000 ERFA
* Information is from multiple sites, is accurate as best as I can tell, but there were minor discrepancies between sites.
I see the Bears FAs fitting into one of four catigories.
1) Won't be here in 2019
2) Need to upgrade
3) Worth re-signing
4) Should keep, but can we afford them
Zach Miller is an outlier. I do not see him ever playing again and I think the only reason the Bears have kept him on the roster is to allow him access to the teams medical staff and facilities. But during his recovery it appears that he has made himself usefull in another way. It's been well covered that he has been on Trubisky's hip all season. Zach sits in on the QB meetings and has very much performed the role of a sudo mentor/coach. It's also clear that the rest of the players have a ton of respect for him.
Again, assuming he is not going to actually attempt to play again, I don't see the Bears signing him to the roster again. But I could easily see them perhaps making him an offer as some sort of assistant coach. If he is actually signed to a roster it's not going to be a big impact cap wise. He will again be signing a veteran min and either go onto IR again. If he did manage to make a comeback and play he would be well worth it even as a backup/situational player.