5 veterans likely in their last season with Chicago Bears

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4. Angelo Blackson

When Angelo Blackson signed with the Chicago Bears he really could not have asked for a better opportunity than what he will receive in 2022. Blackson signed with the team with intentions of being a depth player last season.

Now, he enters training camp and there is nobody standing between him and as many snaps as he could possibly handle. For a carer backup at age 30 this is the opportunity of a lifetime. That is because he is a free agent at the end of this season.

If Blackson sees extra snaps and finds ways to put up stats, he could capitalize and get a strong contract. That contract should not come from the Chicago Bears, though, as they want to get younger, and may not even see Blackson as a great scheme fit as much as they see him as a placeholder.

At the same time, if he struggles, it is because he was not meant for big snaps, or was not a great scheme fit here. Still, when it comes to the interior line it is him, Justin Jones, Mario Edwards, and Khyris Tonga. He is as proven as anyone and it will be a make-or-break year that will lead to him playing somewhere else in 2023 no matter what.