Chicago Bears: 4 moves Ryan Pace must make to finalize a playoff roster

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Ryan Pace should sign these free agents to the Chicago Bears roster

There are plenty of guys on this roster that fans are excited to see from a potential standpoint. Kindle Vildor is a name I see thrown around often. It reminds me of the Bryce Callahan love. Nothing against Vildor, I think he is a solid depth corner (just like Callahan was), but I am not ready to count on him on a weekly basis if needed.

With Kyle Fuller gone due to a cap casualty, the team is now counting on second-year Jalyon Johnson to take a jump and stay healthy. Desmond Trufant is another injury-prone corner the team will need to hope can stay healthy. Honestly, I am not willing to count on them both for 17 games and I would like Ryan Pace to bring in a better insurance policy than Artie Burns.

Bears should sign Bashaud Breeland, CB

Richard Sherman would be a nice addition, but even with the two extensions, he is too costly after signing Russell Okung. Instead, the Chicago Bears should sign former Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland. In fact, Breeland could step in and be the instant CB3 on this team over Vildor.

Breeland has played well over the last three years. He has allowed a total of nine touchdowns while being targeted during that span. He has not allowed a completion percentage of over 51.5% while being targeted either. This in turn has led to quarterbacks only seeing a QB rating of 49.9, 88.7 and 78.3 during that time. He should be affordable at this point too.

Bears should sign K.J. Wright or Kwon Alexander, LBs

I know these signings do not sound like much, but depth in the NFL is key when it comes to a playoff push. Kwon Alexander is coming off an Achilles injury, but if he returns to health (making good progress) early enough, he could make a serious impact for a team as a rotational linebacker. Alexander is still fairly young too at only 26 years old. He was a dominant middle linebacker for Tampa in 2016 and 2017. He’d make for a great addition to the Bears linebacker room.

Another option could be K.J. Wright. Wright has been fairly healthy, he is just getting up there in age at nearly 32 years old. He has been a staple in the Seahawks defense his entire career, but if he does not resign with Seattle, I’d love to see his depth here in Chicago. Wright will cost more than Alexander but comes with less risk.

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Final Thoughts:

No matter who is under center (Andy Dalton or Justin Fields) for most of the 2021 NFL season, the Chicago Bears roster is worthy of playoff consideration. The team might not win the NFC North, but they should compete once again for a Wild Card spot. These additional moves would help ensure that happens.