The Chicago Bears want to re-sign linebacker Shea McClellin this offseason, as general manager Ryan Pace feels like his arrow is pointing upwards. The 26-year-old linebacker is expected to test the free agent market this offseason and one team to keep an eye on is the New York Jets, according to Tony Pauline of Walter Football.
While the Bears are expected to wait and see what McClellin's market values is, they may be taking a gamble, as other teams could make a strong push for the young linebacker, such as the Jets. In his fourth season in the league, McClellin recorded 81 combined tackles and forced and recovered a fumble. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound linebacker missed four games due to injury this past season and has shown dramatic improvement with his play on the field.
While the Bears want to retain their 2012 first round pick, they likely won't overpay for him, as some think that the Bears' front office won't offer him more than a two-year deal, according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson. The Bears have a ton of major players heading to free agency this offseason and are reportedly placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
The Bears have the third most cap space heading into the 2016 season and will wait to see what the market value is for players like McClellin and tight end Zach Miller. It's unclear where McClellin will end up next season, but keep an eye out for the Jets, as they may look to lure the young talented linebacker to New York.
The Jets reportedly have no intention of bringing linebacker Demario Davis back next season, and McClellin could make a nice fit in New York's defense as they look to add a player who can both rush the passer and play back in coverage.