5 free agents who might follow Matt Eberflus to the Chicago Bears

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Free Agent Matt Eberflus Could Bring to the Chicago Bears: Anthony Walker, ILB

This might be the most important player that Matt Eberflus should look to bring into Chicago. Right now, the team is a little light at linebacker. Roquan Smith will most likely move outside and play the weakside linebacker spot. As the Bears shift from a 3-4 base to a 4-3, Smith will be playing the Lance Briggs role for those of you old enough to remember the Lovie Smith era.

If you are too young to remember the Briggs and Brian Urlacher duo, then take a look at the Indianapolis Colts and watch some tape on Darius Leonard. Roquan Smith will most likely fill that spot rather than play the middle. That said, I think Roquan Smith could handle either position. That said, with Smith most likely playing on the weakside, who will the team look to play the middle?

Danny Trevathan is on the downside of his career but will be on the team this year due to his dead cap hit. He could potentially play the middle linebacker spot, but should Matt Eberflus pursue Anthony Walker in free agency, then Trevathan could be moved to the strong side spot.

Walker was drafted by the Colts in 2017. He was selected in the fifth round one year prior to Matt Eberflus taking over as the defensive coordinator. However, it wasn’t until Eberflus’ first year in 2018 that Walker really found his groove. He played the middle linebacker spot and finished with 105, 124 and 92 combined tackles.

Walker is coming off of a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns. He signed for only $3 million last year and the Chicago Bears could use a guy like Walker. He will only be 27 years old in 2022 and he is very familiar with Eberflus’ system.