The Chicago Bears could still use some help from free agency
Rookies are scheduled to report to many camps today and full training camps are scheduled to start within a week. Teams are not signing free agents and have not been despite some serious talent available. The pandemic looming over the NFL season and fans not attending games at full capacity is scaring owners to lower the salary cap drastically in 2021. This could be why the Chicago Bears have yet to sign Allen Robinson to an extension or sign some other proven talents.
This offseason, the Bears have made some serious attempts at correcting some wrongs. The tight end position looks better than ever since Matt Nagy has been the head coach. This is important since Nagy values the tight end position drastically in his offensive scheme. Not being able to run the amount of 12 personnel in the last two seasons has clearly been an issue.
In 2019, the Bears tight end position was atrocious and the team ran the 12 personnel 11 percent of the time. This is low compared to 2018 when the team ran that same personnel grouping 17 percent of the time. Nagy clearly could not trust one or both of Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen over the last two seasons. The addition of Jimmy Graham, Demetrius Harris and rookie Cole Kmet is a huge upgrade to what the team has had the last two seasons.
Beyond this important change on the offensive side of the ball, the team upgraded the outside linebacker position, right guard position and did not create any other major holes in the process. Is it enough though? Adding any one of these four free agents could add much-needed depth and competition.