As mar­ket pre­pares to open, look at GM’s first go-round re­veals hits, misses

Chicago Sun-Times - - BEARS BEAT - ADAM L. JAHNS

Bears gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace is­sued warn­ings about free agency at the NFL Scout­ing Com­bine. He called it ‘‘a risky area’’ and ‘‘dan­ger­ous wa­ter.’’ He said the Bears would be ‘‘mind­ful and strate­gic’’ and ‘‘smart and cal­cu­lated.’’ So what does all that mean? The Bears are in a spot sim­i­lar to where they were last off­sea­son. Their nu­mer­ous per­son­nel is­sues won’t be solved in free agency— Pace wants to make that abun­dantly clear— but they will spend money.

Here’s a look at what Pace did in free agency last year and what his hits and misses might mean for this year:

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