Part of a position-by-position preview of where the Bears stand entering free agency on Tuesday.
Signed for 2015: Ryan Mundy, Brock Vereen, Anthony Walters.
Expiring contracts: Chris Conte, Danny McCray.
Top shelf free agents: Devin McCourty, Rahim Moore, Antrel Rolle.
On the bargain rack: Da’Norris Searcy, Kendrick Lewis, Stevie Brown, Jamarca Sanford, Sergio Brown, Nate Allen.
Position synopsis: Because of an ultra-thin draft class at the position, the Bears likely will look to free agency to either land a starting-caliber free safety or to bolster depth. Conte will not be back with the team for a fifth season, opening a starting job. After signing a two-year deal with the Bears in free agency a year ago, Mundy settled in as a dependable strong safety, starting all 16 games and recording four interceptions. Vereen took his lumps during his rookie season and must become more physical and instinctive to challenge for a prominent role on defense.
Worth asking: Just how much are the Bears willing to spend on a safety in free agency?