The Bears only had one interception from the safety position last season. For a defense built around forcing turnovers, and a scheme that relies on a ball-hawking safety, that's not good enough.
"We need to invest a little more into the safety position," Bears coach Lovie Smith said at the NFL Combine on Friday. "We've hit well on some lower picks but sometimes you need to invest a little bit more whether that's free agency or higher draft picks."
The Bears don't have a first-or second-round draft pick this season, which means that investment may have to come via a trade or free agency. Kerry Rhodes of the Jets or Antrel Rolle of the Cardinals are among the veteran possibilities.
"We need good players there, period," Smith said. "You'd like to have a veteran player at every position but it doesn't work that way. We have enough of a veteran crew on the defensive side to have a good young player if we went that route come in and be ready to play."