This is possibly the easiest position for the Chicago Bears to fix this year. More cuts are likely to happen between now and the start of the season, but there are already some solid free agent running backs available on the market.
Why would running back be considered a glaring hole? Doesn’t the team already have David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen on the roster? The answer to the second question is yes, but the first one still applies. Cohen is not built to withstand the workload of a three-down running back should David Montgomery go down with an injury.
Right now, the backup is Ryan Nall. Nall is not a player I would want to count on either, especially when better options exist in free agency. Ryan Pace should be considering bringing in Devonta Freeman, Carlos Hyde or Lamar Miller. Hyde would be my first choice from a health standpoint. Freeman has dealt with consistent injuries in his career and Miller is coming off an ACL tear. Hyde has a concussion history but has not had issues since 2016.
From a fit and a skills standpoint, Freeman would likely be the best option, but Miller is not a bad second option. If for some reason these three are not available to the Chicago Bears or Ryan Pace cannot convince them to come here for the right price, there are still better options than Nall.
Isaiah Crowell, Javorius “Buck” Allen, or Spencer Ware would be better options than Nall. Even Jonathan Williams would be a better insurance policy than Nall. Losing Kerrith Whyte to the Steelers last year after drafting him in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft hurts, but Pace can fix it by adding one of these other names.