Chicago Bears Stay or Go: Bradley Sowell

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Cameron Heyward
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Cameron Heyward /

Should the Chicago Bears extend Bradley Sowell, or let him walk?

While it was not in the plans of the Chicago Bears, Bradley Sowell started two games this season and played 297 totals snaps on offense over nine games. Did he prove to be a commodity worth bringing back?


It was not great, but Sowell is able to play guard and tackle. Sowell was better than Tom Compton at guard, and while the two could be argued with each other at tackle, the small nod in versatility has to go to Sowell. Is that enough to bring him back? As a camp body, yes. The Bears suffered from the lack of depth in their offensive line. Why throw away any piece on the unit that at least has knowledge of the unit. What lowend free agent for depth are you going to pick up better than Sowell?

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If anyone sees Sowell as a starter they can have him. Sowell is not that. If anyone wants to pay him as if that play in 2017 was serviceable, again, they can have him. The Bears picked up Bradley Sowell after the NFL draft. The demand was not high and the supply was not high. If keeping him becomes a question of money in anyways, there is no reason for him to stick around. Even at the minimum, the team could find an undrafted free agent that finds his way to be a better bargain than Sowell. This is supposed to be a better offensive line class than last year, when they passed at tackle and signed Sowell instead. This year may be different and Sowell may not be needed.