As the Bears aim to return to the postseason, they've got to somehow keep pace with the two-time defending NFC champion Minnesota Vikings.
And I'm hearing Vikings ownership isn't going to let off the gas.
Although they've already committed $85 million to 2010 in base salaries alone, the Vikings are expected to continue to be aggressive in their effort to win their first Super Bowl.
Because they reached the NFC Championship, the Vikings cannot sign an unrestricted free agent until they lose one. But that should happen quickly as running back Chester Taylor is expected to sign elsewhere rather quickly.
Regardless, the Vikings inclination may be to look at restricted free agents.
In addition to Brett Favre, the Vikings have several other key 30-something starters, like defensive tackle Pat Williams, cornerback Antoine Winfield and linebacker Ben Leber.
While the Vikings got plenty of help from draft picks like Percy Harvin and Phil Loadholt in 2009, they may be inclined to bolster their lineup via restricted free agency, flush with talented and experienced players.
Besides, with one of the last picks in each round (30th in the first), the Vikings aren't losing a whole lot by parting with, say, a second-rounder, which, in essence, becomes a third.
The most obvious needs appear to be safety, cornerback and guard. Maybe even a center.
The Bears, 7-9 last season, are expected to take the opposite approach, looking to bolster their roster with at least one major unrestricted free agent.