Instead, what if the biggest addition to the Bears’ defense this off-season was a signing that the team made not too long ago. That signing being veteran safety Adrian Wilson.
Here is why Wilson could be a significant addition to the Bears’ defense this season.
Lets go back to the play that is replayed over and over again in our heads and that is the play that ended the Bears’ 2013 season. The play where Bears’ safety Chris Conte got beat, I know that’s an understatement, by Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Randall Cobb for the touchdown that clinched the NFC North for the Packers.
If a healthy Wilson was playing for the Bears instead of Conte, perhaps the Bears would be the reigning NFC North champions as they prepare to enter the 2014 NFL season.
Entering the 2014 season, the Bears’ quality at the safety position is questionable.
The team has depth but the question is if that depth will equate into success.
Ryan Mundy and Chris Conte are expected to be the starting safety combination when the Bears take the field on September 7 against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field.
Vereen has been viewed as one player that could potentially unseat Conte as one of the starters at the safety position.
But, Wilson still may be the best option for the Bears to replace Conte as a starter.
Wilson has been elected to the Pro Bowl five times over the course of his 13-year career.
The 34-year old Wilson did not play last season after suffering an injury.
If Wilson proves to be healthy during training camp, then the veteran safety should be able to prove worthy of one of the two starting safety spots.
The Bears are operating with a win-now approach and Wilson would fit that mentality if he is able to produce at the same level that has earned him multiple trips to the Pro Bowl.