The defensive end market is seemingly dwindling down for the Chicago Bears. On Monday, the Bears missed out on their top target, Michael Bennett, and it is believed that the team will not sign Cincinnati Bengals free agent defensive end Michael Johnson when the new league year starts at 3 p.m. CST on Tuesday.
With their options quickly becoming limited, the Bears are being forced to look at mid-tier defensive ends available on the free agent market. One option may be Denver Broncos free agent defensive end Robert Ayers. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweeted on Tuesday that Ayers could be a possibility for the Bears.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 11, 2014
Ayers certainly would be a less-costly option for the Bears. Though, Ayers would also be a far cry from the production levels given by Bennett and Johnson. In his five-year career, Ayers has recorded a total of 142 tackles to go along with 12 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.
One thing to note about the Bears possibly signing Ayers is that may force the team to keep Julius Peppers. Peppers is only going to be released by the Bears on the premise that the team has signed his replacement. Ayers likely wouldn’t be a suitable replacement to Peppers.