3 free agent safeties the Chicago Bears should target
The offseason is about to kick into high gear shortly. For the Chicago Bears, free agency could be a telling story about how the rest of the offseason is going to go, and it starts March 16.
New general manager Ryan Poles has his work cut out for him with several areas needing improvement. Between the offensive line, wide receiver room and cornerback — in addition to switching defensive schemes — there is much work to be done, but only five draft picks to work with.
One area that may be overlooked, amongst all the areas of need, is the safety position. For the past couple of years, Eddie Jackson has taken a gigantic step backward and the team has failed to give him a long-term running mate.
This offseason, the Bears could look to find more of a permanent starter at strong safety, giving the Bears some fluidity for years to come.
The Chicago Bears may want to take advantage of a strong safety market
Obviously, the biggest reason the Bears want to find a starting safety is to pair someone with Jackson. However, after this coming season, the Bears may look to move on from Jackson. In that event, having at least one strong veteran in place would be ideal.
Over the last couple of years, the Bears have sort of put a bandaid on the void left by Adrian Amos with a couple of veterans, but none have been a long-term replacement.
Two of the following three free agent safeties would provide the Bears with just that — a long-term solution, with the other still being a valuable asset for a couple more seasons. If Poles could land one of these guys, it would give him a bit more flexibility in the draft knowing he has his starting safeties locked down.