Chicago Bears: 5 free agents who would instantly improve the roster

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Chicago Bears Free Agent Target: Russell Okung, LT

I already spoke about Russell Okung in the moves I would make if I were Ryan Pace. When I look at the Chicago Bears offensive line situation, I do not hate it. Teven Jenkins starting out at left tackle will be interesting to see as a rookie. The problem is, the chances of this offensive line succeeding this year is probably not the best. If we are being honest, a rookie left tackle who is more suited at right tackle will come with some growing pains.

No offense to Juan Castillo’s positive opinion of Germain Ifedi, the offensive line would be better with Russell Okung at left tackle and Teven Jenkins at right tackle. If I am Ryan Pace, I’d offer Russell Okung a two or three-year deal that has an out after one year. Okung is already 33 years old, but a short-term deal allows Teven Jenkins time to get his feet wet.

Okung has bounced around lately, playing for three teams over the last five years. However, over that time, he has produced a Pro Football Focus (PFF) grade of 73.0 or higher in four of those five seasons. In fact, in three of them, his grade was over 78.0. The only down year he had was in 2019 with the Chargers (62.4).

A move like this would instantly make the offensive line better. Germain Ifedi would be the ideal backup offensive lineman due to his versatility. He can play both inside and outside should the Bears lose of its starters.