Chicago Bears add needed offensive line help with Lucas Patrick signing

Dakota Zientek
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In what seemed like a boring day to follow the Chicago Bears free agency moves, Ryan Poles strikes again by making his second signing of the night by agreeing to terms with former Green Bay Packers interior offensive lineman Lucas Patrick.

The Chicago Bears steal Lucas Patrick on a bargain deal, adding depth to the interior offensive line
As reported, Lucas Patrick signed a 2-year deal worth $8 million, $4 million of the deal being fully guaranteed in the first year.

Following offensive coordinator Luke Getsy — who Patrick’s been connected to since being drafted in 2017 by the Green Bay Packers — there’s a clear connection between the two that could help when implementing offensive schemes.

After losing James Daniels to the Pittsburgh Steelers to start off the second day of NFL free agency, there was somewhat of a reason to panic about the Chicago Bears offensive line, as well as the lifespan of Justin Fields’ future due to fear of him getting sacked to death.

Given the number of sacks Justin Fields endured last season, along with Ryan Poles’ attachment to the offensive line position, the offensive line was a clear priority for the Chicago Bears going into the 2022 season and moving forward.

Now, after signing Lucas Patrick, the Chicago Bears get a dynamic interior offensive lineman that’s able to play guard or center. Considering the Bears’ current offensive line, he makes an immediate impact regardless of which position he ends up playing.

Last season, in which he played primarily guard, Patrick played 911 snaps, gave up only one sack, and committed just five penalties. His PFF grade last season was a 57.2, which puts him at a pretty average ranking among other guards in the league.

And for the price they got him at, there’s no reason to expect superstar play. As long as there’s consistency, that’s what matters. Everything else is gravy.

James Daniels, an interior lineman that Ryan Poles apparently wasn’t impressed by, signed a 3-year deal for $26.5 million, while the Chicago Bears got his replacement for a fraction of the price at two years for only $8 million.

With the Chicago Bears in a retooling phase, this is an addition by the Chicago Bears that not only adds interior offensive line depth but adds a versatile offensive lineman with the ability to play guard or center, all at a team-friendly deal.

All-in-all, it is a good move by Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears. We’ll see what day three brings. The door is still open for the Chicago Bears to bring in J.C. Tretter from the Cleveland Browns.