With the Chicago Bears preparing for a pricey run at free agent defensive end Michael Bennett, chances are the team will not have enough money available to them to sign Bennett and a top-tier free agent safety in Jairus Byrd or T.J. Ward.
That would be why on the first day of the anti-tampering window of the NFL Free Agency period, the Bears were connected to a pair of mid-tier safeties. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have expressed interested in Carolina Panthers’ free agent safety Mike Mitchell and New York Giants’ free agent safety Ryan Mundy. Biggs notes that the Bears interest in Mitchell dates back to 2009 when the team was interested in drafting the safety.
Mitchell compiled 67 tackles for the Panthers last season to go along with 2 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions.
Meanwhile, Mundy tallied 77 tackles for the Giants last season to go along with 1 interception.
In the NFL last season, there may have been no worse starting safety tandem than that of the Chicago Bears. Both Chris Conte and Major Wright struggled considerably in the Bears secondary last season and those struggles will lead to changes at the position during the off-season. Wright remains without a contract and the chances of him returning to the Bears in 2014 appear to be slim to none. Conte is under contract for the 2014 season and will have to compete for his starting position in training camp.
Though, Mitchell or Mundy, if one of the two were signed by the Bears then they would instantly be inserted into the defense as a starter.
Free agents can officially sign a contract with a new team on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CST.