Bears – Potential Free Agent Additions (Offense)

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Running Back

RB Arian Foster (6’1 | 227 | 4.68)

The Bears drafted a potential power back in Indiana’s Jordan Howard in the 5th round this year which seemingly gives them plenty of depth combined with last year’s 4th round pick Jeremy Langford, 2014 4th rounder Ka’Deem Carey, and solid veteran Jaquizz Rodgers.

Outside of Rodgers there is very little experience among that group. The potential is there for a very productive committee after Langford impressed as a rookie and Howard was one of my top-rated backs in the draft, but adding a veteran like Foster who at times has been the best running back in the NFL (when healthy) could make for a potent running back committee.

Another factor in Foster’s favor is that he excels in the zone-blocking scheme that new OC Dowell Loggains prefers to run. Foster is an ideal one-cut runner and the fact that the Bears could limit his usage by splitting carries between three productive backs could keep the notoriously injury-prone Foster fresh throughout the season.

I could see Foster taking a one-year deal with the Bears to rebuild his value and at only 29, could have one more decent sized contract available if he can put together a healthy and productive season. He’s coming off the worst year of his career with just 2.6 yards per carry in 2015, but is only a season removed from averaging 4.8 ypc and gaining 1,573 yards from scrimmage.

The Bears have plenty of cap space to take a few flyers on veterans and Foster seems like a low-risk / high-upside option to me. Langford and Howard have a ton of potential, but neither are sure things and a productive back like Foster would be a great insurance policy if neither young player lives up to their considerable potential this year.

Other options:

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (5’10 | 217 | 4.55) – Another injury-prone running back, who would excel in a one-cut zone-blocking scheme and would have a better chance staying healthy as part of a 3-back committee.

RB Bryce Brown (6’1 | 223 | 4.38) – All the talent in the world, but hasn’t been able to put it together for more than a few games at a times. Brown has fumbling issues and is rumored to struggle picking up offensive schemes, but has the size and speed to be a game breaker whenever he gets the ball. Brown could be an ideal third back in the Bears committee with the potential to be much more if he ever gets his head in the game.

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