The Bears defense has seemingly gotten better with Phil Emery's free agency moves, but it hasn't necessarily gotten younger. Wednesday morning's wakeup call involving the signing of 32-year-old Jared Allen makes him the sixth projected defensive starter 30 or older. Lance Briggs is 33 (34 in November) heading into the final year of his contract. Charles Tillman recently turned 33, the same age Jeremiah Ratliff will be when the regular season kicks off. Middle linebacker D.J. Williams turns 32 just before training camp begins, while Tim Jennings turned 30 in December. Throw 33 year-old Israel Idonije (also turning 34 in November) into the defensive line rotation, and backup corner/nickel back Kelvin Hayden (31 at the start of camp), and the general manager still has some work to do making this defense better for the long run. Even newly-signed Willie Young turns 29 in September. There are still glaring needs on that side of the ball for a difference-making safety, despite the competition set up between Ryan Mundy, Chris Conte, M.D. Jennings and Danny McCray. That could very well be Emery's focus now with the 14th selection.
After Allen, NFL Draft still begins with 'D' for the Bears
CSN Chicago | Mar 27