The Chicago Bears have had a fairly busy offseason so far in 2014. They have signed Jay Cutler to a new extension and have also picked up valuable free agents Lamar Houston and Jared Allen.
The new acquisitions fill a definite need on the defensive line, where the Bears struggled mightily in 2013.
ESPN analyst, Skip Bayless believes the Bears have turned the corner with the pickup of Allen and has even predicted that they are now favorites for the hotly contested NFC North.
"Jared Allen would have LOVED the Cowboys stage, but he took far more $ (15.5 guaranteed) to defect to division rival. Bears now div fave." Bayless tweeted earlier today.
The Bears finished second in the division last season after losing in the final game of the season to divisional rivals, Green Bay Packers. However they were able to finish above of the Detroit Lions who showed real promise at the beginning of the season.
The NFC North is a division dominated by quarterback as is much of the league. Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford have all shown that they have what it takes to be top-level starters in the NFL and the Bears will have to stop those quarterbacks if they have ambitions of the division title.
With a revamped defensive line and the addition of Houston and Allen who combined for 17 sacks in 2013, the Bears are in a great position to do exactly that.