Chicago Bears bring back a key free agent and re-sign four more

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The Chicago Bears re-signed five of the team’s exclusive rights free agents today. These are free agents who have not played a full three seasons in the NFL and can only negotiate and sign with their current team (unless released).

Ryan Pace is bringing back some popular names within the fan base with these signing too. In fact, one of the five made a major impact late in the 2020 season, while two others saw a little playing time due to injuries.

None of these players are considered starters heading into the 2021 NFL season, however, one definitely could force the team’s hand based on his prior performance.

The Chicago Bears re-signed Alex Bars

Alex Bars – OL

The first of the five, and honestly the most important, is offensive lineman Alex Bars. Bars saw plenty of action in 2020. He started and played 100 percent of the team’s offensive snaps from Week 9 through Week 16. Bars saw action at all three interior positions. He did not do as well when he saw time at center and this led to Sam Mustipher taking over instead. Bars then saw time at left guard and right guard. Eventually, he stuck at the right guard spot.

Bringing back Bars is important. He proved that he can play in the NFL after signing on with the team as an undrafted free agent. Bars was coveted by the New England Patriots in 2019 but chose to stay here in Chicago. As the team looks to improve the offensive line this season, Bars could play a vital role on the interior. At the very least, he will make for a very solid backup.