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Chalk Talk: How active will Bears be in free agency?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

How active do you think the Bears will be in free agency?
Evan T.
Schaumburg, Illinois

I certainly don’t expect the Bears to be as active in free agency as they have been the past few years, especially last offseason when they signed more players than any other NFL team. But the good news is that they don’t need to be because their roster is much more talented and deeper than it’s been at any time in recent memory. There are no pressing needs like last offseason when general manager Ryan Pace completely revamped the receiver position by signing Allen Robinson II and Taylor Gabriel in free agency and selecting Anthony Miller in the second round of the draft. With that being said, I do expect the Bears to add some quality depth at key positions in free agency here and there. But with 21 of 22 starters under contract on a team that won the NFC North with a 12-4 record, they can dip their foot in the pool this year instead of jumping in the deep end, and that’s a great position to be in.

What Bears record do you think will never be broken?
John G.
Crete, Illinois

This one is easy for me: I don’t see Walter Payton’s career rushing record of 16,726 yards ever being broken. Payton was a once-in-a-lifetime superstar who combined incredible talent and unprecedented durability. He missed only one game in 13 seasons with the Bears, and that may be even more impressive than his yardage total. Even if a back averaged 1,000 yards for 16 seasons, which of course is nearly impossible to imagine, he still wouldn’t have enough yards to break Payton’s remarkable record. Matt Forte had an excellent career with the Bears. But despite being second on the team’s all-time rushing list with 8,602 yards, he’s still 8,124 yards behind Payton!

Is it true that Mitchell Trubisky has the best career passing rating of any Bears quarterback?
Phil M.
Oak Forest, Illinois

Yes, among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 300 career passes, Mitchell Trubisky ranks first in Bears history with an 87.7 career passer rating. Jay Cutler is second at 85.2, followed by Erik Kramer (80.7), Jim McMahon (80.4), Steve Walsh (77.9) and Jim Miller (76.7).

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