Chicago Bears: 3 of the best remaining free agents Ryan Pace must target

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Chicago Bears, Casey Hayward
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The Chicago Bears should sign Casey Hayward to compete to start at cornerback

The Chicago Bears just signed Artie Burns to a one-year deal. He struggled while in Pittsburgh, but the former, first-round pick had earned the starting cornerback spot opposite of Kyle Fuller prior to him tearing his ACL last August. I am all for bringing Burns back as a solid, veteran depth piece, but he is not the guy. He would not have lasted long as the starter with Jaylon Johnson waiting in the wings.

With Kyle Fuller out of the picture and now in Denver, the Chicago Bears should find a way to bring in a better option than just Burns and Desmond Trufant. Casey Hayward is now 32 years old but still has the ability to improve the Bears defense and soften the blow of losing Fuller due to salary cap space.

While being targeted in 2020, Hayward only allowed 49.4 percent of passes to be completed. His age, plus the fact he only has three interceptions over the last two seasons, Hayward should come cheap enough on a one or two-year deal. With the types of contracts being given this season, many players are taking one-year deals. Hayward could be another one of those players willing to take a one-year deal.

Notable Mentions: Steven Nelson, Richard Sherman