In a productive weekend the Chicago Bears added two starting linebackers and a safety that will compete for a job and there is no reason to believe Phil Emery is done yet.

It is pointless to focus on remaining salary cap space for the franchise because that number is a moving target – as well a target the Bears can move if they want to do so. So, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Emery could still sign defensive lineman Israel Idonije, guard Lance Louis and nickel cornerback Kelvin Hayden.

The Bears made a play for a younger player to fill the nickel role but were unsuccessful in a bid to sign Captain Munnerlyn, who elected to remain with the Carolina Panthers. Idonije, Louis and Hayden are in what might be an unprecedented market for veteran players. There is such a collection of experienced players on the street that it is an extreme buyers market and that is one reason why many of the deals being done now are one-year contracts. Two weeks into free agency, it is evident Idonije and Louis have not found what they were seeking and that is why the chance remains the Bears could bring them back and at the team’s price.

Newly signed linebacker James Anderson talked about the pressure of the crowded marketplace as he sought a job after the Panthers made him a cap casualty.

“Just looking at it, a lot of guys are still without jobs,” Anderson said. “I am just blessed that the Bears gave me an opportunity to play. That’s the way the market is right now, so many guys are in that position. It’s tough.”