1. Landon Collins, New York Giants
You’re probably thinking this: Seriously? A three-time Pro Bowl safety to replace a fifth-round pick? Why would a guy like Landon Collins want to come to play for the Bears? There’s plenty of reasons to make an argument for Collins being in a Bears jersey next season.
First, Collins current team the New York Giants are undergoing a full-scale rebuild. While Collins is one of the more talented players on a decimated defense, he could decide that he doesn’t want to go through a rebuild and decide to leave town. Should this happen, the Bears need to make sure they are negotiating with Collins agent once the time is right.
Second, Collins is familiar with Eddie Jackson as the two played college football together at Alabama. They were a formidable duo in college and would likely love to team up again in the NFL and make offenses think twice about throwing the ball deep. Collins and Jackson would probably form what is the best free and strong safety duo in the NFL, similar to what the Seattle Seahawks had in Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
Third, if Collins wants to win a championship, then coming to a defense loaded with star power might just be his best shot. The Bears have talent on all three phases of defense and Collins could decide that playing on a defense featuring Khalil Mack is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Overall, there are multiple reasons to think that Collins could be in a Bears jersey next season. He’s a highly productive player who’s had nearly 100 tackles every year since he’s been in the NFL. Collins would be a major upgrade from Amos in terms of talent and production. While it’s unknown how much money he’s seeking, he could come at a reasonable price due to the fact that the safety market is really down right now.