How Ryan Pace has the Chicago Bears moving in the right direction
By Joseph Herff
The Chicago Bears have shifted their attention to the offense
In recent years, Pace has gone after defense hard. He made the trade for Khalil Mack for starters that gave away two years of first-round picks. On top of that, he paid plenty of players on the defensive side of the ball in Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, Akiem Hicks, and even more recently, Robert Quinn.
Besides those transactions, Pace attacked the defensive side of the ball in the draft as well by trading up for Leonard Floyd and also selecting Roquan Smith — both in the first round of their respective drafts. However, in 2021, the spending on the offensive side of the ball is now close to equal to the defensive side of the ball.
This in large part due to the Bears handing Allen Robinson his franchise tag. Hopefully, with the addition of Fields, Robinson will want to stay long-term and take a long-term extension as well. They additionally are paying Jimmy Graham a decent amount of money as well, but that could change if he is released to save more cap space.
Regardless of how Pace has spent his money, he is spending it more on the offense with both draft capital and salary cap spending. He additionally could see more money spent on offense next year with James Daniels set to hit free agency.