As of March 14th, 10:30 pm mountain standard time, the Chicago Bears have signed Wide Receivers, Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, tight end Trey Burton, Kicker Cody Parkey and back up quarterback Chase Daniels. Four of those players we could playing 1st team football as we head into the fall, of course minus Allen Robinson who would be on special teams… (Just joking, we are looking at you Chase Daniels). Heading into day 2 of free agency the Bears still have questions to answer.
Who in the heck is playing outside linebacker?!
As of now the Bears have Leonard Floyd, Sam Acho who we just resigned and nobody else. We cut Pernell McPhee and Willie Young who were both solid last season, and now that spot is looking thin. Floyd is the obvious starter and I do not expect Acho, who is although a nice rotational player, to start at the opposite end. If we take a look into free agency there is still the talents of, Tamba Hali, Erik Walden and Arthur Moats who are rotational pass rushers at this point in their respective careers. Look out for the Bears to acquire one or two of those older 3-4 outside linebackers left on the market. Or, give a look at Aaron Lynch, a younger talented player who had some trouble off the field which led to him being a free agent.
Are the Bears going to address the offensive line in free agency?
The Bears have had an average to above average offensive line play the last two seasons thanks to Mr. Bear himself, Kyle Long and co. but that shouldn’t stop the Bears looking into free agency for a new shiny toy. At the moment, we have Charles Leno Jr. playing left tackle, Kyle Long at left guard Grasu/Whitehair at center depending if either will take the other guard spot and Bobby Massie playing right tackle. Although, I believe Leno would be better at the right tackle position, we still need another tackle and a guard because Massie has massive strength he can lack the technique at times to hold his own. If we peek into free agency, there are players who could be serviceable(ish) like, Justin Pugh and Jonathan Cooper. Cooper who was on a great o-line respectively, helped Dallas to be 2nd in rushing in the league last season and Pugh seemed to be the man who took the fault of the Giants o-line play last year, even though he played well during stretches of the season.
What positions need their depth addressed?
Although we brought in Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson, the Bears still need to address their depth. At that spot they have Robinson, Gabriel, Meredith, White and that is it. I am a hopeful Bears fan who wishes we win every single game by 200 points, but I am also a little skeptical. Three of those receivers have experienced major injuries and Gabriel who is a great story, still only has 1 good season under his belt. Let me repeat, “I WANT EVERY PLAYER TO DOMINATE” but, that is not realistic. The Bears should look into the draft and free agency for some depth at that position. Another spot the Bears should address is the opposite defensive end spot of Akiem Hicks, there is Jonathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris who are both young promising players but, if we added a more talented player, it would see Hicks flourish even more.
Overall, I’d give Day 1 of free agency an A-. #BearDown
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