The Bears’ new GM Ryan Pace will immediately be added to the top of the depth chart at free safety and special teams. The 37-year-old expects to make a quick impact on next season’s roster, where his experience as a former defensive lineman at Eastern Illinois will put him “light years” ahead of his competitors at each position.

“I know I’m older than many of our guys on the roster,” said Pace, “but I’m also faster, stronger and smarter, so it should be a pretty big upgrade.”