Chicago Bears: Biggest positional needs as the team must prepare for 2022

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The Chicago Bears need to address the safety position

Just like the wide receiver position, the Chicago Bears will only have one safety under contract — that safety is Eddie Jackson. I think it is safe to say that fans saw just how bad the Bears’ defense is without Jackson in the backfield.

It might be frustrating to see Jackson not wrap up a player, but if we look at his advanced stats, he actually has a lower missed tackle rate this season than his last three seasons. This even includes his All-Pro season in 2018.

Jackson is not going anywhere, but the team will need to find a replacement for Tashaun Gipson and also Deon Bush. If the team can bring Bush back, I’d be happy since he is a very solid depth piece.

There are not many free-agent safeties who can play the strong safety role well. The Bears will be lucky if they can land someone worthwhile with the small amount of funds they will have available. If the Bears cannot land a player like Quandre Diggs or Keanu Neal, then they will need to use one of either their second or third-round picks on the safety position.