5 free agents the Chicago Bears must sign who match Ryan Poles’ vision

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The Chicago Bears still have plenty of holes to fill on this roster. The team currently has 59 players but will be carrying 90 players by the time training camp hits this summer. As of right now, the team has six draft picks to use in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. This puts the team at 63 and the need for 27 more bodies.

If we take a look at who is on the roster, there are some key names that will need to not only contribute in 2022 but thrive. Names like Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney, David Montgomery, Roquan Smith and Jaylon Johnson. Other names who may still be traded between now and Week 1 include Robert Quinn and although highly doubtful, Eddie Jackson.

As we sit here today, the team has six wide receivers on the roster. Darnell Mooney is the cream of the crop, but are we to think he can handle being the true WR1? Mooney might only be a fifth-round draft pick, but he continues to show how well he can improve. If he can find the end zone more often, then he will prove doubters wrong. Byron Pringle is the next best option. He is underrated and will make for a decent second option. The rest of the group needs work.

A quick look at the Chicago Bears current roster leaves room for improvements

Going down the rest of the roster, the Bears have the following quantities at each position:

  • (6) WRs
  • (3) TEs
  • (3) RBs
  • (1) FB
  • (4) QBs
  • (10) OL
  • (11) LBs
  • (7) DLs
  • (11) DBs
  • (1) K
  • (1) P
  • (1) LS

Wide receiver needs some help, but the team will need to add at tight end and running back too. Nick Foles is either being traded or cut and that will eliminate one of the four QBs on the roster. Although the team has 10 offensive linemen and 10 defensive backs, they still need upgrades and additional bodies at those positions too.

Here’s a look at a few free agents who shouldn’t break the bank and fits with what Ryan Poles has been doing.