Rookie Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long tweeted last week that the Bears needed to re-sign veteran defensive tackle Nate Collins.
Jeremiah Ratliff re-signing with the Bears in advance of the start of free agency over the next week affects more than simply one position on the defensive line.
Hall of Fame exec Jim Finks believed that owners own, coaches coach and players play. Presumably, that meant offensive players play offense, defensive players play defense, and so on.
General manager Phil Emery issued a draft mission statement that the Bears would weight their draft heavily toward the defensive side of the ball.