Free agency is full of false hope and flimsy promise.
That said, the parade honoring the Bears for winning the first day of free agency should be scheduled for noon Wednesday on Michigan Avenue.
Let the confetti fall and the band play. Free agency almost could not have started better for the Bears.
In a wild dream, they signed one premium free agent. In the wildest of dreams, they signed one premium and one middle-of-the-road free agent.
It's rare when circumstances allow that to happen. And it's rare when a general manager can make that happen.
If the Bears don't achieve their goals in 2013, it won't be because Phil Emery has not done his part. He walked into free agency with a little loose change in his pockets and ended the day with two overstuffed grocery carts.
If you were wondering why he wasn't signing his own players with expiring contracts in the days leading up to free agency, this was why. He clearly planned to make big moves to improve Jay Cutler's offense — or perhaps we now should call it Marc Trestman's offense.
There will be a price for these signings, though. It is very likely the Bears will be bidding farewell to a number of their free agents. Salary-cap math demands as much.
Lance Louis seems likely to be sacrificed. Israel Idonije might be a goner. Perhaps this is the end for Brian Urlacher.
But those are teardrops for another day. On Tuesday, you can bet there were high-fives at Halas Hall.
Of all the tackles who made it to free agency, Bushrod made the most sense for the Bears. He was the only one they reasonably could hope to perform at a high level at left tackle for the next five-plus years. At 28, Bushrod is young enough and gifted enough to be a long-term solution at a critical position.
Phil Loadholt, whom the Bears were interested in before he re-signed with the Vikings, is a right tackle only. The same is true of Gosder Cherilus, who went from the Lions to the Colts, and Patriots free agent Sebastian Vollmer.
Bushrod has his critics. Pro Football Focus has been hard on him. One front-office executive told me he thought Bushrod isn't the best run blocker and gives ground on power rushes too easily.
Since John Tait retired after the 2007 season, the Bears have played patch-a-tackle with John St. Clair, Orlando Pace, Frank Omiyale and J'Marcus Webb. It was high time they brought in an accomplished professional who can make enemy pass rushers sweat more than his quarterback.
Bennett, meanwhile, looks like the best two-way tight end the Bears have had since they shipped off a future Hall of Famer with a flat top and an attitude by the name of Mike Ditka.
Without question Bennett is their most gifted tight end in decades. In 2005, he was the No. 1 high school player in Texas and the top-ranked tight end in the country. He was such a talented basketball player, he once was considered a serious NBA prospect.
Greg Olsen isn't far off athletically, but he is an inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter than the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Bennett, and he doesn't have Bennett's potential as a blocker.
The benefit of Bennett over Jared Cook, another free agent the Bears were involved with, is Bennett can help the passing game and running game. He should help make Matt Forte better as well as Cutler.
He won't give the Bears the same kind of dynamic receiving threat Cook would have, but Bennett can play a big role as a receiver, including providing more yards after the catch.
And on the subject of flexibility, that's what the Bears bought themselves on draft day. Now they won't be slaves to what were their two biggest needs.
The implications of what the Bears accomplished Tuesday could be felt for a long time.