Chicago Bears: FA additions at these positions should not impact the draft
The Chicago Bears still need to draft an offensive tackle early
As the Chicago Bears have not added any wide receivers to the mix outside of franchise tagging Allen Robinson, we will briefly discuss the position here before moving onto offensive tackle. Reports are that the team offered a contract to Kenny Golladay and are now looking to trade Anthony Miller. Do not be surprised if the team takes a wide receiver as early as the first round come April 29, 2021.
Now for the offensive line. The team let Bobby Massie walk in free agency. This was the right move as had they brought him back, he would have cost too much money. Instead, the Bears brought back Germain Ifedi and signed Elijah Wilkinson. These two, plus probably Alex Bars, will fight it out for the starting right tackle spot. If you follow the money, Ifedi is going to get the first crack at starting opposite Charles Leno.
Speaking of Leno, do not assume he is safe. Leno could be a post-June 1 cut depending on what happens in the draft. In fact, offensive tackle should be a priority even if the Bears feel confident with running back an offensive line of Leno, Cody Whitehair, Sam Mustipher, James Daniels and Ifedi with key backups in Bars and Wilkinson.
Had the Chicago Bears landed Kenny Golladay in free agency, the team was not going to look to bring in a wide receiver unless they traded Allen Robinson in a corresponding move. As we approach the 2021 NFL Draft, I am expecting the team to look to add three of these four positions (CB, WR, QB and OT) within the first three rounds as long as a trade does not take place. Then Pace will fill in any final holes with the second-round of free agency.