Chicago Bears should target one of these free agent tackles

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Chicago Bears, Charles Leno
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One of the Chicago Bears’ biggest priorities this offseason must be upgrading the tackle position.

When Chicago signed Charles Leno to a 4-year extension worth $37 million, he was an ascending player in this league. However, Leno has looked like a different guy as of late. Bone-headed penalties and too many plays caught standing and looking around have led to fans growing tired of the left tackle.

On the opposite side, Bobby Massie has actually been one of the Bears’ more steady players over the last few years. But, it’s grown more apparent over the last year or so that he may be a descending player at this stage in his career.

Both sides could use an upgrade, and one of these guys will likely be a cap casualty this offseason. No matter what, one thing is clear: the Bears will either sign or draft an offensive tackle this offseason.

Along with addressing the quarterback position, the tackle group needs upgrading. These are arguably the top two needs for the Bears this year. With the no. 20 overall pick in the first round, the Bears may need to move up a bit to get the quarterback they so desperately need. In the second round, there are going to be some great names available on the offensive line, which could end up being the route they go.

Free agency would also be a sufficient way to address the offensive tackle position. There are actually several interesting names available this offseason. Specifically, one of the following players would be an upgrade.