Build your best Bears defensive core

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Over the course of history, the Chicago Bears defense has been littered with Hall of Fame-caliber players at every position. From the disruptive defensive lines to the legendary linebackers and stifling corners and safeties, you can find talent from every era of Bears football.

Given it’s a bit of a down time before training camp kicks off, we thought we’d have some fun before things kick into high gear. After building our best offensive skill position group, we’re moving on to the defense. We’re giving you $15 to build your best Bears defensive core.

You’ll choose five individually-priced players (one EDGE, one DT, one LB, one CB and one S). But make sure to keep within the budget before rolling out your own all-time Chicago defensive core.

Edge rusher

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Pick one:

Years

Tackles

Tackles for loss

Sacks

Forced fumbles

Interceptions

$5

Richard Dent

1983-1993, 1995

641

N/R*

124.5

34

8

$4

Doug Atkins

1954-1966

N/R*

N/R*

64.5

N/R*

3

$3

Julius Peppers

2010-2013

175

47

37.5

10

3

$2

Khalil Mack

2018-2021

163

35

36

14

2

$1

Robert Quinn

2020 – present

69

17

20.5

7

0

* = Stat not recorded during career

Defensive tackle

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Pick one:

Years

Tackles

Tackles for loss

Sacks

Forced fumbles

Fumble recoveries

$5

Dan Hampton

1979-1990

N/R*

N/R*

82#

N/R*

10

$4

Steve McMichael

1981-1993

814

N/R*

92.5

12

16

$3

Tommie Harris

2004-2010

219

51

28.5

5

7

$2

Akiem Hicks

2016-2021

247

51

31

5

6

$1

Henry Melton

2010-2013

89

22

15.5

3

2

* = Stat not recorded during career

Linebacker

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Pick one:

Years

Tackles

Tackles for loss

Sacks

Forced fumbles

Interceptions

$5

Dick Butkus

1965-1973

N/R*

N/R*

11

N/R*

22

$4

Mike Singletary

1981-1992

N/R*

N/R*

19

N/R*

7

$3

Brian Urlacher

2000-2012

1,361

138

41.5

11

22

$2

Bill George

1952-1965

N/R*

N/R*

28.5

N/R*

18

$1

Roquan Smith

2018-present

524

43

14

1

5

* = Stat not recorded during career

Cornerback

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Pick one:

Years

Tackles

Tackles for loss

Sacks

Forced fumbles

Interceptions

Passes defensed

$5

Charles Tillman

2003-2014

875

24

3

42

36

133

$4

Leslie Frazier

1981-1985

N/R*

N/R*

1

N/R*

20

N/R*

$3

Kyle Fuller

2014-2020

441

6

0

4

19

82

$2

Donnell Woolford

1989-1996

552

N/R*

3

3

32

N/R*

$1

Jaylon Johnson

2020-present

90

2

0

1

1

24

* = Stat not recorded during career

Safety

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Pick one:

Years

Tackles

Tackles for loss

Sacks

Forced fumbles

Interceptions

Passes defensed

$5

Gary Fencik

1976-1987

N/R*

N/R*

4

N/R*

38

N/R*

$4

Mike Brown

2000-2009

523

11

5

8

17

43

$3

Dave Duerson

1983-1989

N/R*

N/R*

16

N/R*

18

N/R*

$2

Richie Petitbon

1959-1968

N/R*

N/R*

1

N/R*

37

N/R*

$1

Eddie Jackson

2017-present

342

13

2

8

10

76

* = Stat not recorded during career

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