5 former Chicago Bears who still need a team in 2021
Former Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jason Spriggs should land on his feet
When the Chicago Bears signed Jason Spriggs last offseason, I thought Ryan Pace found a solid backup offensive tackle. Spriggs had spent the three prior seasons with the Green Bay Packers. While up north, Spriggs saw 22% and 27% of the team’s offensive snaps.
While in Chicago, Spriggs only was able to see 7% of the Bears’ offensive snaps. Spriggs saw game action while subbing in for an injured Bobby Massie. Unfortunately, Spriggs too found himself injured. While dealing with his injuries, Spriggs saw his opportunities disappear as Alex Bars and Germain Ifedi filled in instead. Eventually, due to injuries, the final offensive line for the Bears in 2020 was Charles Leno, Cody Whitehair, Sam Mustipher, Alex Bars and Jermain Ifedi.
The team already re-signed Jermain Ifedi to a 2021 contract. He is being paid well more than he was in 2020 and is the likely favorite to play right tackle again. Spriggs on the other hand is still waiting for a new contract and it does not appear as though the Chicago Bears are willing to bring him back. However, at his age and with his experience in the NFL, I don’t think he will be without a job this season. He is a prime candidate to be signed after the 2021 NFL Draft.
Out of these five free agents, Tashaun Gipson is the most likely to re-sign with the Chicago Bears. Buster Skrine is the most likely to struggle to find a job based on his poor performance last season and his age. That said, I believe all of them could land somewhere after the 2021 NFL Draft.