--New general manager Phil Emery is not yet ready to divulge how active the Bears will be in free agency. But he clearly sees the draft as the main source of talent in building a team that he will consistently challenge for championships.
"The most important part of that plan is to correctly evaluate what is available," he said. "We may have needs in one area, but there may not be free agents that will fill those needs in our eyes. We will target them in the draft. There may be more than one player that can fill those needs. We will target those players and develop a game plan to execute the plan, to bring them to the Chicago Bears.
"Obviously our orientation would be toward the college players if they can fill our needs. Our goals are continuing to add good players through the draft. We want to raise our own."
--Emery, the fifth general manager in franchise history, claims he was not consumed by the goal of becoming a general manager during his 14 years as a scout in the NFL.
"I don't think that I've ever actively (sought) that out," Emery said. "It came together very quickly. Did I want to be involved in a leadership role? Absolutely. That's why you get involved in coaching, you want to lead and help others along. But in terms of seeking out a GM's role, in my mind, if you do your job and you try to achieve excellence, people will notice and then good things can happen.
"But if you spend your focus in the wrong place in terms of (worrying about) the next job or where am I going, it's not likely to happen, and you may not learn the expertise that you need to excel in that role when you get (the next job)."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's not up to me. Either one of two things, I get franchised or I don't." -- Bears running back Matt Forte.
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