Things are looking up in Chicago.
Beyond the free-agent additions, the Bears have nine draft picks, including five of the first 127 selections. Even better, they have the luxury of adding an extra first-round talent with 2015 No. 7 overall choice Kevin White ready to return to the field after missing the entirety of his rookie season with a stress fracture in his left shin.
The coaches and medical staff will ease White into offseason practices against his wishes.
"Now, it's just him, that mental confidence to go full speed," Pace said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. "I think he's there. Like I told you before, he's got the biggest smile on his face because I think he's eager to show everybody what he can do. So we're fired up about that."
Although the Bears lost vaunted quarterback whisperer Adam Gase to the Dolphins, there's plenty of reason for optimism in the aerial attack with White joining franchise player Alshon Jeffery, veteran slot receiver Eddie Royal, fourth-year wideout Marquess Wilson and 2015 breakout tight end Zach Miller.