With the stigma of age already hovering over the defense headed into Sunday’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bears currently have seven starters on the roster who will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, a group that includes four players age 29 or older.
Riddick posted this Friday on Twitter:
Much incentive for this unit to play well individually and collectively, as it will likely look very different in 2014.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) September 6, 2013
Riddick is absolutely correct, and as the season progresses, expect a guessing game to commence regarding which of the pending free agents the Bears might want to keep beyond 2013. It’s also important to take into account pending free agents on offense, such as quarterback Jay Cutler, who could wind up demanding a contract worth in the neighborhood of $18 million per season, depending on how he performs in 2013.