Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. Here is part one of the post-draft Bears weekly mailbag. The second half of the mailbag publishes on Thursday.
— Roderick L (@19RoLo67) May 3, 2016
Jeff Dickerson: Don’t think so, Roderick. Eddie Royal’s base salary of $4.5 million next year is fully guaranteed. On top of that, Royal earned $5.5 million in 2015. If the Bears cut bait now, Royal pockets $10 million in exchange for a measly 37 catches and one touchdown. That’s an awfully bad investment by the Bears. Want to upset ownership? Waste their money. Instead of saying goodbye to Royal, Chicago needs him to stay healthy and produce. That’s not out of the question to happen. After all, Royal had 62 receptions for 778 yards and seven touchdowns for San Diego just two years ago. He can still play. But can he stay off the injury report? Only time will tell.
— Jarred Smith (@MrSmith8201) May 3, 2016
JD: Possibly. This coaching staff is not afraid to start rookies. That became apparent when four members of their 2015 draft class (Eddie Goldman, Hroniss Grasu, Jeremy Langford and Adrian Amos) played larger than expected roles. The three players mentioned (Deiondre' Hall, Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson) will have a legitimate opportunity to compete in the preseason. Without the benefit of being able to predict the future, Bush seems to have the best opportunity given his draft status (fourth round) and style of play (in-the-box safety). On paper, Bush compliments Amos, who played free safety. But Bush must prove he can be instinctual and cover. Nothing is guaranteed. Hall and Houston-Carson come from smaller programs (Northern Iowa and William & Mary), but the Bears obviously like them. Hall intercepted 13 passes in college. Houston-Carson had 10 picks, and nine blocked kicks on special teams (that is exceptional). You can’t rule it out.
— andrew (@drewmolina) May 3, 2016
JD: Tough to say, Andrew. From what I gather, there has not been much movement on the Alshon Jeffery contract front. But the two sides have until July 15, and if you remember, a bunch of long-term deals for franchise-tagged players were completed right around the deadline last summer. I expect Jeffery to be patient. He already has a sizeable amount of money in the bank. And I expect the Bears to set a number and stick with it. So while both parties have acknowledged the desire to finalize a multi-year agreement, it just may not happen. The important thing is that Jeffery already signed his tender, and will report to mandatory veteran minicamp and training camp on time. Jeffery’s decision to train in South Florida is not ideal for the Bears, but as Ryan Pace said, it is what it is. Jeffery will be back when it really counts.