The Chicago Bears were aggressive in free agency in an attempt to get better and back into the playoffs. Aside from awarding wide receiver Brandon Marshall a three-year, $30 million extension through 2018, the Bears also signed pass rushers Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston and drafted a pair of run-stuffing rookies.
Their division rivals have taken notice, including the Detroit Lions who were once in the driver’s seat for the NFC North crown and a playoff berth before letting it slip away.
“They have gotten better,” Lions running back Reggie Bush said Friday on SportsTalk Live, via CSN Chicago. “Obviously the Chicago Bears are a really good team.
And they’re a divisional opponent for us, so we’re going to face them twice this year and it’s going to be two tough battles every time we play them. It’s a tough place to play in Chicago, especially in the winter when it’s freezing cold. Two really good teams will be going at it and battling for that No. 1 spot.”
No the Bears did make some additions, but they let Julius Peppers walk in free agency to the Green Bay Packers who also added Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the NFL Draft and will welcome Clay Matthews and Casey Hayward back from injury. They’re also the defending NFC North champions, leaving three teams worth of the playoffs competing for one spot if the NFC Wild Card race is as competitive as it was last season.
Last year the NFC West had three teams reach double-digit wins, and the Arizona Cardinals weren’t able to get a Wild Card berth despite such a successful season. That NFC North title will be an incredibly competitive race.
Check out the entire interview with Bush in the video below.