Chicago Bears: 4 discounted free agent running backs Ryan Pace must consider

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Spencer Ware

When we look at the offseason this year, many point to the fact Nick Foles was the choice because of familiarity. What about the team using the same philosophy at the running back position? Spencer Ware was with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2015 through 2018. He started 14 games in 2016 and showed some serious upside. Ware averaged 4.3 yards per carry and gained nearly 1,000 rushing yards. He also added 447 receiving yards and scored five touchdowns that season.

Matt Nagy was a coach for the Chiefs from 2013 through 2017 before being offered the head coaching job for the Chicago Bears. He was a quarterbacks coach from 2013 through 2016 and likely did not work with Ware too often and unfortunately in 2017 when he was the offensive coordinator, Ware missed the entire season with a knee injury. Despite not working together directly, Nagy would have still had somewhat of a relationship with Ware.

What is more important than the relationship with Nagy is the fact Ware already knows the offense better than any other free agent running back available. Bringing him in to compete and take over as the third option on the depth chart makes perfect sense. Nagy and Pace should be having this conversation consistently right now.