Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Free Agent Gambles The Chicago Bears Should Consider

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The Chicago Bears have made the majority of their big free agency moves. Their focus has shifted to college pro days in the past week, hoping to gather what data they need for the upcoming draft. That said, GM Ryan Poles indicated the team was far from finished on the veteran market. They have more than enough roster spots to continue adding. Money also isn’t an issue. They still have the most cap space of any team in the league. It’s about finding deals that make sense for the organization.



This might also be a good time for Poles to start thinking about taking some calculated risks. Players aren’t in a position to play hardball anymore. They’ll have to accept short-term deals at discount rates if they want to get on a roster. It is either that or taking the risk of an injury happening somewhere and having a team get desperate. There is a reason many of the bigger names out there are available. That shouldn’t stop the Bears from taking a gamble on one of them.

The Chicago Bears should consider these calculated swings.

Jadeveon Clowney

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Probably one of the strangest careers in NFL history. Clowney is one of the most gifted athletes in recent memory. When in a groove, few can block him one on one. So why has he played for four different teams in five years? It is a mixture of him struggling to stay healthy and being inconsistent on the field. Since 2019, Clowney has missed 19 games with various injuries. He was excellent in 2021, with nine sacks and 19 QB hits. Then he regressed to three sacks and four QB hits last year. It is impossible to know which Clowney will show up from year to year. Yet the fact remains that the 30-year-old is many times better than anybody the Bears have.

Shaquill Griffin

Nobody can say the Chicago Bears are hurting at cornerback. Jaylon Johnson and Kyler Gordon make for two solid starters, while Jaylon Jones provided unexpected depth. However, they still feel one dependable starter short of being good. Griffin was a Pro Bowler in Seattle, playing a style of defense that would make him a great fit. Sadly injuries and constant coaching turnover led to struggles in Jacksonville the past two years. He’s only 27. There is no reason to think he can’t rebound. The price tag to acquire him will be low at this stage of free agency.

Isaiah Wynn

The former 1st round pick did most of his best work in New England as a left tackle. However, they shifted him to right tackle last season out of necessity. Most would say he was terrible. In truth, most of the ugly stats came from two games against Green Bay and Cleveland. For the remaining five, he was perfectly adequate. It probably didn’t help that he had no semblance of proper coaching. There would be more stability in Chicago. Wynn also has the quickness, mobility, and finisher mentality in the run game the Bears look for. He’d make for the perfect swing tackle, at the very least.

Kenyan Drake

Signing D’Onta Foreman was a savvy move for the Bears, keeping their 1-2 punch backfield intact with Khalil Herbert. The problem is that duo offers very little in the passing game. Chicago still needs somebody that can be a threat receiving out of the backfield. Drake has more than 300 receiving yards in three of the past four seasons. Though 29 years old, he should have enough gas in the tank to play a limited role in the offense as a weapon in the receiving game who can also take carries when necessary.

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Michael Turner
Michael Turner
Mar 22, 2023 10:28 am

Rather than taking on a liability like Clowney,
I think the Bears should trade the #9 pick back
into the draft to secure Iowa’s Van Ness for the
Edge. This guy has great size, speed and was
a monster in the drills at the combine. It would
obviously get them more drafts capital later as
well.

GhostTomahawk 34
GhostTomahawk 34
Mar 21, 2023 6:05 pm

Still need roster fodder on short deals until next year’s fee agency and draft. Ryan Pace did the same thing his first 2 seasons. Fill out the roster and load up on young talent until the window opens

Jay King
Jay King
Mar 21, 2023 1:00 pm

Letting Montgomery go was a ROOKIE GM mistake. He talks about value repeatedly. Montgomery’s value will not be replaced by who he’s just signed. Fucking moron

Tom
Tom
Mar 21, 2023 9:15 am

Before they picked up Foreman I was hoping for a suprise pick of Bijan Robinson at 9. I know they have more pressing needs on both lines, but the thought of Bijan and Fields in the same backfield was interesting, thinking it would slow the pass rush a bit if they had to equally expect a running play with Robinson. It also might extend Fields’ lifespan and improve their play action game.

It also underscores why I am not managing anyone’s football team.

John
John
Mar 21, 2023 5:52 am

The point of the signings would be short term stop gap solutions so that way we don’t not have to draft players out of necessity, but instead taking best player available. I’m fine with signing them as long as they are short 1-2 deals that we can get out of with minimal cap hits

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