by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/12/14) The additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young following the release of Julius Peppers highlights the offseason for the Bears DST. Reloading the pass rush while drafting a pair of defensive tackles (Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton) gives the Chicago D-line a real chance to produce. They also got deeper in the secondary with first-round pick Kyle Fuller, who should primarily focus on being the nickelback.
There are still some other secondary issues and the kick-return game is weaker with Devin Hester gone, but the team is garnering interest in Fantasy and is worth a final-round pick in drafts if you want them.
Chris Conte out 4-5 months following shoulder surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (4/3/14) Bears free safety Chris Conte underwent shoulder surgery last month and will be sidelined four to five months, the team announced. Conte played in every game last season, recording 89 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble.
Allen has 128.5 sacks in his 10-year career including at least 11 in each of his last seven seasons. He's also missed just three games over his 10-year career.
Bears sign Lamarr Houston
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/11/14) The Bears signed defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year deal, reports FOX Sports.
The deal is reportedly worth $35 million over five years. Houston had six sacks and 69 total tackles in 2013 for the Raiders.
Bears retain DT Jay Ratliff for two years
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/6/14) The Bears signed defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff to a two-year deal. He originally signed with them last November and did a decent job helping them slow down the run late in the year.
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There's reason to believe in a rebound for the Bears DST following their disappointing 2013 campaign. Injuries really crushed the run defense and a weak defensive backfield made the pass defense equally problematic. But the Bears made some outstanding additions this offseason, bringing in Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young to punch up the pass rush. Charles Tillman re-signed following a triceps injury, Kyle Fuller was drafted to slot in at nickelback and Ryan Mundy will provide at least some depth at safety. We tend to follow the DSTs that can pick up a lot of sacks and the Bears should greatly improve on the 31 sacks they had a season ago. The departure of kick returner Devin Hester is a bummer but overall the unit has some appeal and might fall through the cracks on Draft Day. We like the Bears potential and consider them a good final-round selection, even if only to use in Weeks 1 and 3 against the Bills and Jets.