By Chris Emma–
(CBS) It may not be a happy league new year at Halas Hall on Thursday.
The Bears began their day appearing out of the race for one of the free agent cornerbacks available and missing out on another. Now, it appears they’ll need to adjust their “stacked” draft board.
Texans free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye is set to sign in the AFC South, with the Jaguars, Colts and Titans in consideration, according to the Houston Chronicle. Then came news of the Patriots agreeing to a deal with Stephon Gilmore, which the NFL Network reports will eclipse $14 million annually. The 26-year-old Gilmore was a Pro Bowler for the Bills last season.
The Bears’ offer for Gilmore had his side disappointed they weren’t “more serious” in pushing for his services, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Deals don’t become official until 3 p.m. CT, meaning agreements can be broken and offers can be increased. The Bears could make a late push for Bouye (Gilmore is likely locked in with the Patriots).
Meanwhile, the Bears are set to sign quarterback Mike Glennon in a deal that will range near $15 million, according to multiple reports. The key for Chicago will be how the guaranteed money fits and the structure of this deal, with the Bears also expected to draft a quarterback high in April.
Thursday also marks the first day Alshon Jeffery can sign with another team, though the Bears appear to be in position to retain their top receiver for Glennon.
Meanwhile, the Bears are left shuffling their list at cornerback to find a Plan C.