Chicago Bears are predicted to sign these three free agents

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Eddie Jackson will have a new partner as the Chicago Bears sign Keanu Neal

The last name in the large list of free agents that Spotrac predicted to sign with Chicago was Keanu Neal. Our very own Parker Hurley just covered Keanu Neal as a possible free agent addition this offseason. The breakdown gives reasons to both sign and to pass on Neal, but in the end, Parker believes bringing back Tashaun Gipson makes more sense.

I am not sure I agree entirely. To me, it will depend on the contract. Spotrac has projected the Chicago Bears would sign Neal to a three-year, $18 million dollar contract. I am not opposed to a deal like this. If Neal can reach his 2016 and 2017 potential then the Chicago Bears defense will have a formidable run stopper in the backend of the secondary. With the switch of defensive coordinator to Sean Desai, having this type of in-the-box safety could prove useful.

Adrian Amos is more of an in-the-box safety (although slightly more versatile than Neal) and the combination of Amos and Eddie Jackson proved to be elite in 2018. Can Neal and Jackson find the same chemistry in 2021?

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Injuries are a concern where Keanu Neal is involved, but after missing essentially both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Neal was back to his similar self in 2020. He played in 15 games and finished with 100 combined (76 solos and 24 assists) tackles — including nine tackles for a loss. I understand the idea of continuing to build chemistry with Gipson and Jackson, but if that is not possible for the right amount of money, Neal is definitely a strong option to replace Gipson.