While the Glennon signing wasn't back-breaking because it was truly just a one-year contract and Pace always knew that Mitch Trubisky would be starting by 2018, it will always be a wonder why the Bears paid him so much money when they seemingly were bidding against themselves.
Shortly after the GM announced the Bears' intentions to cut quarterback Mike Glennon and outside linebacker Willie Young, the salary tracking website spotrac.com projected they will have a whopping $80 million in salary cap space, third-most in the league. Glennon was subsequently replaced by Trubisky after the first four games of the season and Chicago has seemingly never looked back since.
Chicago has finished last in the NFC North for four straight years and hasn't been to the playoffs since the 2010 season.
"It's a young team; I feel like there are a lot of guys in the locker room who are kind of ready for that role", Pace said. And likewise, the Jaguars went from a 3-13 afterthought in 2016 to the AFC Championship Game in large part due to their free-agent additions.
"As we've said, we were going to be aggressive at that position", Pace said.
It's so young, 29-year-old guard Kyle Long is the oldest player under contract for 2018.
New Bears coach Matt Nagy reminded Wednesday why the entire league has converged on Indianapolis, a centralized location to evaluate the next wave of talent at the NFL Combine.
"We're going to build our offense around Mitch", Howard said. Childress shared the offensive coordinator role with Nagy in 2016 in Kansas City and was on the Chiefs' staff past year. "So we're going to add more to that room, but, hey, Kevin, it's just unfortunate with the injuries".
Nagy is approaching White with hope, but the Bears have declined the fifth-year option for 2019 on the receiver's rookie deal.
"I think that's an area where you can get better quickly through free agency or the draft", Pace said. If you're playing the game, you might as well be confident.