The Chicago Bears could come to regret not signing any of these five free agents
The Chicago Bears could come to regret not signing James Daniels
Is it possible that Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears could come to regret not re-signing James Daniels? We recently looked at the Chicago Bears offensive line and right now the line is very incomplete. As I mentioned in that article, it is still very early in the offseason process and we need to give Ryan Poles the full amount of time, including the 2022 NFL Draft before we are too critical.
I am on record for wishing the team could have kept James Daniels over Cody Whitehair. Both are above average to slightly above average but Daniels has the higher ceiling and is not even 25 years old yet. If we are to assume that Lucas Patrick is going to play center for the Bears in 2022 — he told us this in his press conference — then Cody Whitehair is likely to start at one of the guard spots. More than likely it will be left guard, but that could depend on who else the Bears might sign. As of now, they don’t have two starting-caliber guards.
Ryan Bates for example was at Halas Hall yesterday. He’s a restricted free agent and has already met with the Patriots and Vikings. Being a restricted free agent also gives the Bills an opportunity to match any offer that Bates receives. Daniels received a three-year $26.5 million dollar contract with $10 million guaranteed from the Steelers. Daniels reunites with Mitch Trubisky in Pittsburgh. At that price, Poles could regret not bringing Daniels back.