If there was a theme of the Chicago Bears 2020 NFL offseason, it was redemption.
If anything should be clear from the Chicago Bears offseason, it is that Ryan Pace is humble enough to admit mistakes. This offseason was filled with looking in the mirror for what happened in 2019 and trying to find instant upgrades in 2020.
We can go back to free agency with the trade of Nick Foles. Whether you believe he can bounce back or not, Mitch Trubisky officially has competition for his job. That is not what Ryan Pace imagined when he drafted him in the 2017 NFL draft.
Pace let Leonard Floyd and replaced him with Robert Quinn. Once again, a top ten pick by Ryan Pace is seeing a veteran shown up by an immediate replacement.
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When Ryan Pace gave Trey Burton a big contract, many questioned if a third tight end from Philadelphia was worth that. Now, entering 2020, Shaheen is all but replaced, and Burton is out the door.
Graham is now the veteran signee, a starter who has shown he can do what the Bears wanted Trey Burton to do. Now, they add Cole Kmet, the in-line blocker, who has the size to go over the middle and be a threat in the red zone. The mistakes of a Shaheen-Burton combination has led to the Graham-Kmet combination.
You can say that these are reaches, overpays, lack of value.
The fact is that Ryan Pace has put big money and draft stock into these spots and swung and missed. Now, he needs to go out of his way to make sure that these positions are not the areas of weakness.