9. Sign Terrell Suggs
Depth at the edge is always important and despite missing all of training camp and the preseason, Aaron Lynch did an excellent job subbing for Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd when called upon. Lynch may be re-signed, but Pace may be looking to make a bigger splash.
Terrell Suggs is a free agent. He has stated that he would like to stay in Baltimore but the Ravens have some salary cap problems and at Suggs’ current age (he’ll turn 37 in October), the Ravens won’t be able to rely on him for as heavy as a snap count as they would probably need.
The Bears are in a unique situation that they can use Suggs in a rotational role filling in for Mack and Floyd. Lynch filled about 33% of defensive snaps last year, but when you look at outside linebackers other than Mack and Floyd, they were on the field for about 50% of the snaps.
With that information, the Bears could probably give Suggs about 40-50% of the defensive snaps and use him in situations where he can thrive. Pagano knows how to do just that, in Suggs’ only All-Pro year, Pagano was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator.
The other bonus of course would be that if the Bears do have an injury to Mack or Floyd, they have a viable starter in Suggs that can fill their spot. You can never have enough talent at the edge position.