4 free agents who would solve the Chicago Bears problem at center

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The Chicago Bears saw plenty of offensive struggles last season, but one big reason for their problems was how poorly the offensive line played. The team brought in Jason Peters off a fishing boat to take over for their rookie, second-round draft pick Teven Jenkins who missed most of the season after requiring back surgery.

If I take my Bear Goggles off for a second, there was only one standout player on the Chicago Bears offensive line and one very good player. The thing is, both might not be on the team in 2022. Jason Peters was the very good player and he is definitely not returning in 2022. I expect he ends up back on his fishing boat.

James Daniels was the other payer who stood out and even still, he was no better than a top 15-20 offensive guard. Will Ryan Poles pay to keep him around? It might be tough as he is likely to command $10 to $12 million in AAV.

The Chicago Bears should start upgrading the offensive line by signing a new center

Sam Mustipher was the weakest spot on the line in my opinion. Cody Whitehair was average in my opinion, but not worth the $12 million he is about to make this year as a 30-year-old offensive guard. Take the money/contracts out of it, keeping James Daniels would be the better move over Cody Whitehair in my opinion. Either way, they are not the topic at hand here.

Larry Borom showed some great promise and flashes holding up the right tackle spot when called upon later in the season. Borom started eight games and looked superb for a fifth-round rookie. Teven Jenkins came in late in the year and was up and down, but I fully expect him to be more dominant in 2022. This brings me back to Sam Mustipher. he has to be removed from the starting offensive line and here are four free agents who would be major upgrades.