The Chicago Bears currently have 14 unrestricted free agents ready to hit the market on March fifth. The question is, who will stay and who will go? With the CBA up in the air, and the general surprises free agency sometimes brings, this year is not so cut-and-dry. Perhaps the title should read, "Who Should Stay?" Much of this speculation hinges on the players that the Bears simply can't afford to let go. Let's hope the Lovie Smith factor will entice some key veteran players, particularly on defense, to keep their home in Chicago. Below is a list of the Bears' top seven players who need to be retained (7 being least important, 1 being most important).
Bears 2011 Free Agents Part 1: Who Will Stay?