The Chicago Bears need offensive line help and, with Kyle Long’s retirement, they especially need help at guard and can find it in 2020 NFL free agency.
After having a good 2018 season, the Chicago Bears‘ offensive line regressed in 2019. Injuries played a big part in that. The right side of the line got decimated but the Bears didn’t have enough depth to replace the starters effectively. As a result, the offense struggled for yards and points.
Many have called for a complete overhaul of the line. I argue that, while changes are needed, the line isn’t as bad as it seems. Getting a starting guard and adding to depth the line can play well again. Of course, we cannot account for injuries again, but if there are proper backups the line would be better equipped to overcome any injury that comes up.
I believe the Bears will pick up a guard in the draft, but they also need veteran help. They need strong veteran leadership on and off the field to keep the line together. Kyle Long was a big presence for the line. He’d say what his teammates couldn’t and he became the glue. We’ve seen how his absence over his final four seasons affected the line.
The Bears need someone who can step into Long’s shoes. Heading into the 2019 season they had Super Bowl aspirations. Things didn’t work out, and the line play was part of the reason. If they can get that glue back, someone who leads on and off the field.
The right guy makes the line better and that, in turn, helps running back David Montgomery‘s running and helps make quarterback Mitchell Trubisky more comfortable in the pocket. That hopefully gets the offense flowing and leads to more points and victories.
Here are five offensive guards the Bears could target in 2020 NFL free agency so they can have their glue back.