The Chicago Bears can still make a splash by signing one of these free agents

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We are literally less than 24 hours into the true free agency period. Technically, it’s more like 72 hours since both Monday and Tuesday were days that deals were announced. That said, we once again saw players who were about to finalize and sign deals jump ship and go to other teams. J.D. McKissic and Randy Gregory are two prime examples. The Chicago Bears have signed four players during this free agency period, but they could still make a splash.

We are sitting here either frustrated by the lack of moves Ryan Poles has made to this point or we are excited to see his calmness and ability to not overreact. Poles told all of us that he prefers the second and third waves of free agency. He made an instant signing of Larry Ogunjobi that had fans questioning if he was just giving us a line about his intentions to throw other teams off (think Ryan Pace). However, that one signing was it. His others have been relatively under-the-radar, strategic moves.

The Chicago Bears are being patient in free agency but could make a splash

Darrynton Evans was picked up off waivers after the Titans waived him. Evans is a running back who can somewhat replace Tarik Cohen. He is a former third-round draft pick who has struggled with injuries throughout his two years in the NFL. He has only played in six games over those two years. He has gained 61 yards on 16 carries and has four catches (six targets), for 38 yards and a touchdown. Evans also has kick return experience.

Late on Tuesday night, it was announced that the Chicago Bears were signing linebacker Nicholas Morrow and interior offensive lineman Lucas Patrick. Morrow missed all of last season due to an ankle injury but he outshined former Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski in Las Vegas. Lucas Patrick brings versatility to the interior part of the line and he essentially replaces James Daniels who left to sign with the Steelers.

With these three other offseason moves, Ryan Poles strategically added guys of value, at least with Morrow and Patrick who are most likely to push to start, on relatively inexpensive contracts. Now that the free agency market is starting to somewhat settle down, could Ryan Poles be looking to make another move or two? He could really shake things up by making a splash signing with one of these remaining free agents.