The Chicago Bears have been active in free agency but after the first wave, there are still positions with questionable talent.
Despite having little salary cap space, the Chicago Bears have been active in the first wave of free agency. The two most significant additions have been in Nick Foles and Robert Quinn. The former has, in larger part, played in a backup capacity throughout his career but rode incredible performances to a Super Bowl victory and MVP.
Quinn, 29, was taken 14th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the then St. Louis Rams. He’s been one of the premier pass rushers in the league, and he should provide a valuable boost in place of Leonard Floyd. Quinn spent seven seasons with the Rams, one with the Dolphins, and last year with the Cowboys.
He’s coming off an 11.5 sack season and should make for a formidable duo with Khalil Mack. The Bears also improved the tight end position, adding Jimmy Graham on a two-year deal. Last year, Trey Burton was a disappointment after a fantastic first year with the team in 2018, and the lack of production from tight ends was a substantial contributor as to why the offense sputtered.
The Chicago Bears also added depth at the safety and cornerback positions, adding Jordan Lucas and Artie Burns, respectively. With the salary cap set to expand to as high as $201 million next year, the Bears remain limited in what they can do as the second wave of free agency hits.
However, with seven picks in next month’s draft, there are opportunities for General Manager Ryan Pace to upgrade several positions. And unless something crazy occurs, the Bears are likely done in free agency, which leaves questions at three positions.