The 3 biggest blunders by Ryan Poles during the Chicago Bears offseason

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The Larry Ogunjobi situation could be a blunder for the Chicago Bears

Look, if the Chicago Bears had not walked away from Larry Ogunjobi after failing his physical and it turned out he’d be receiving that large of a contract but couldn’t play due to his injury that would have been a huge blunder. Luckily, Ryan Poles did not fall into that situation and saved face by making the tough decision of letting Ogunjobi go.

The only reason this is a blunder is that the team agreed to a deal on the first day of the “legal tampering” period. This locked up any money the team had in the salary cap budget and instead of spending it on a free agent who had fewer red flags on the injury front, it was essentially wasted on the first wave of free agency. This is an issue with the legal tampering period because teams are not able to ask the free agent to provide a physical until the first official day of free agency.

I don’t doubt that the team knew about Ogunjobi’s foot injury, but I do believe they thought it was not as severe as it obviously was after meeting the team’s doctors. I just cannot help but wonder if they used that money to go after an offensive lineman, or maybe another defensive player. Maybe, just maybe, then you’d have fans questioning certain moves less.

In the long run, though, I don’t think this “blunder” will be that big of a deal. He could even still sign with the Bears, although rumors are he could end up with the Jets now.