Bears get better on defense first day of free agency
The Bears set out to overhaul one of the worst defenses in franchise history by replacing an eight-time Pro Bowler who is 17th on the NFL's all-time sack list with a guy coming off a career-high six last season. Sometimes that happens when you are forced to cast a line into free agency in a spot where you have to spend to make up for draft inadequacies. There are occasions when clubs can't get what they want. Other times they settle. Most signings at the outset of free agency come at full retail price. Defensive end Lamarr Houston was the centerpiece of a busy first day of free agency Tuesday for general manager Phil Emery, who hit with a left tackle and tight end a year ago on Day 1 ...