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FoxSports.com: NFL Free Agency Report Card

Chicago Bears

Impact moves: New general manager Phil Emery began putting his stamp on the Bears by acquiring wide receiver Brandon Marshall for two third-round picks.

Backup quarterback — the Achilles' heel for the 2011 Bears — was addressed with the signing of former Oakland starter Jason Campbell to serve as Jay Cutler's understudy. Outside linebacker Lance Briggs signed what is essentially a three-year, $17.5 million contract extension.

Significant losses: None.

Top draft needs: The defensive line, especially an end with pass-rush skills to complement Julius Peppers. Wide receiver and cornerback are also high on the priority list.

Analysis: The contract impasse with running back Matt Forte has already turned ugly. The Bears protected themselves by signing Oakland's Michael Bush to a four-year, $14 million contract. The Marshall acquisition will be boom-or-bust considering his history of off-field problems has prompted two teams (Denver and Miami) to trade one of the league's most talented wideouts.

Grade: B
- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Courtesy of FOXSports.com



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