The Chicago Bears can still ace free agency by going after quality and scheme-worthy free agents while working with limited cap space.
It’s easy to be enamored with free agency unless you are the Chicago Bears, a team that has often chosen to count money instead of spending money. No, it’s not as bad as one Mr. Eugene H. Krabs, but realistically speaking, when have the Bears truly used their cap space wisely or paid out good money?
You can say the Khalil Mack trade, and you have a fair point, but it doesn’t always have the best results even when they spend their money. Moreover, the amount of resources tailored towards both lines of scrimmage hasn’t always produced quality results. As such, Chicago needs a complete makeover in free agency, emphasizing youth, speed, and aggressiveness in the following positions: OL, WR, DL. Also, they have to spend and spend wisely on the right personnel.
Chicago Bears can hit some home runs in 2022 free agency
Wait, what about Mack and Robert Quinn? Aren’t they good enough, and don’t they have so much money tied into them for the defensive line? Point proven. Both are phenomenal players, but when their value is high, it would be best to use their value to your advantage and at least restructure their deals to make the cap more friendly. However, they are both up there in age, and the Bears need to get younger and faster. Yes, even the defense.
Guys like Jaylon Johnson, Thomas Graham Jr, and Roquan Smith will be key cogs for the future. As such, they can rest assured that their contributions in a lackluster season will be enough to earn the praise of the head coach Matt Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles. In other words, if they keep putting in the effort that they showed last season, they are safe bets to don the uniforms for the next team picture.
As for the offense, Poles called out the offensive line for not being tough and essentially sticking to the “company line.” There was no discipline and no aggression, except for Teven Jenkins, but he was blasted for it publicly by Germain Ifedi. Ifedi is gone after this, while Jenkins will be given another shot to show what he’s made of. He is fast, aggressive, and willing to protect his quarterback. Sounds pretty good.
But enough talk, it’s time to see which players on the free-agent market are good enough for Eberflus and Poles to print copies of contracts for and dish them out, all while considering the salary cap. The upper office is out and will not be involved except in booking flights and other comforts.
This is about the general manager and coach building the team without the upper echelon of executives (Ted Phillips and George McCaskey) letting personal feelings and loyalty interfere with production.