Bears could have as many as six new starters, including Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon is expected to begin the 2017 season as the Bears' starter. Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports

With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror and organized team activities and minicamps in full swing, here’s a starting lineup projection for the Chicago Bears:


QB: Mike Glennon: The Bears paid Glennon $16 million guaranteed in 2017 to replace Jay Cutler until first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky is ready to take over.

RB: Jordan Howard: Howard finished second in the NFL in rushing yards (1,313) as a rookie.

WR: Cameron Meredith: Meredith -- a former college quarterback -- had a breakout year with 66 receptions for 888 yards and four touchdowns.

LT: Charles Leno: A former seventh-round pick, Leno permanently took over at left tackle in 2015 and started all 16 games last season.

LG: Josh Sitton: Sitton will earn $6.25 million in the second year of the deal he signed with Chicago after the Green Bay Packers released him.

C: Cody Whitehair: The 2016 second-round choice out of Kansas State turned out to be one of the Bears’ best players on offense last season, and he has an incredibly bright future.

RG: Kyle Long: Long is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who is recovering from an ugly ankle injury that cut short his 2016 season.

RT: Bobby Massie: Chicago signed Massie in free agency last offseason and will pay him over $5 million to anchor the right side of the line.

TE: Dion Sims: The Bears paid Sims good money ($6 million guaranteed in 2017) to spearhead a revamped tight end group that also includes Adam Shaheen and Zach Miller.

WR: Markus Wheaton: The Bears hope Wheaton can recapture the form he showed in 2015 when he caught 44 passes for 749 yards (17.0 yards per reception) and five touchdowns for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR: Kevin White: The seventh overall pick in 2015, White has played in just four regular-season games because of leg injuries.


DE: Akiem Hicks: Hicks set career highs in sacks (seven), tackles (50), forced fumbles (two) and pass breakups (three) in his first year in Chicago.

NT: Eddie Goldman: Goldman is a difference-maker when healthy (seven career sacks), but he appeared in only six games last year.

DE: Jonathan Bullard: Bullard -- chosen in the third round in 2016 -- needs to make a big jump in Year 2, and if not, the Bears can always turn to veteran Mitch Unrein.

OLB: Pernell McPhee: McPhee is a big-time leader on defense, but he missed the first six games of last season because of knee surgery. Veterans Willie Young and Lamarr Houston are also squarely in the mix at the crowded position.

ILB: Danny Trevathan: There is no timetable for Trevathan to return from a torn patellar tendon, so in the meantime, the Bears can lean on second-year backer Nick Kwiatkoski.

ILB: Jerrell Freeman: The veteran tallied 127 tackles last season despite missing four games because of a PED suspension.

OLB: Leonard Floyd: The ninth overall pick of the 2016 draft, Floyd had seven sacks as a rookie but also battled concussion issues.

CB: Prince Amukamara: The Bears agreed to pay Amukamara $7 million guaranteed on a one-year prove-it deal.

FS: Adrian Amos: Amos was a little up and down last year, but he has started 30 games since 2015.

SS: Quintin Demps: Chicago signed Demps in free agency after he intercepted six passes for the Houston Texans.

CB: Marcus Cooper: A tall cornerback at 6-foot-2, Cooper ($6 million guaranteed in 2017) picked off four passes for Arizona last year.


K: Connor Barth: Barth connected on 18 of 23 field goal attempts after the Bears signed him to replace Robbie Gould.

P: Pat O’Donnell: O’Donnell is coming off another solid season in which he averaged 44.0 yards per punt with a net average of 38.4.

KR: Deonte Thompson: Thompson averaged 23.0 yards on 35 kickoff returns with a long of 64 yards.

PR: Eddie Jackson: Jackson returned 11 punts for 253 yards and two touchdowns before he broke his leg in his final season at Alabama.