Should Chicago Bears have interest in this Eagles tackle?

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When you look at the Chicago Bears roster it is hard not to assume that they will be one of the more active teams during the late summer cut downs to the 53-man roster. Usually, every year a player or two who gets released catches the eye of another team, but this Bears roster is filled with enough holes, and when you add in the regime change, you could see heavy movement this year.

Two positions that the Chicago Bears will have interest in are wide receiver and tackle. There are likely going to be more wideouts on the market in the late summer, but one offensive tackle who could be available is Andre Dillard.

The Philadelphia Eagles took a big swing on Andre Dillard, trading up in the first round to land the left tackle from Washington State. Dillard had all of the measurable qualities that you could want, with height, weight, length, and excellent foot quickness.

However, he has hardly delivered with the Eagles. The big issue for him has been coming from the Mike Leach offense, where everything is quick passing, and it takes the pressure off guys like Dillard. Dillard has the tools but has not been used in that manner.

Another issue the Eagles saw is that Jason Peters kept playing. They thought at some point he would fall off and they would transition, but he never did, and it took until last year, his third year until he was gone.

On top of that, Dillard tore his pec in 2020 and missed the entire season. Peters actually moved to guard, and Jordan Mailata took over left tackle. Mailata played so well that the Eagles could not possibly move him

Considering they have Lane Johnson on the other side, there is nowhere for Dillard for the foreseeable future.

Still, there has to be some upside in what he brings. The 2022 season will be his fourth year. He struggled as a rookie, got hurt in year two, and did not have a job to come back to in 2021.

Now, the Eagles have the starters and depth that they may see little use for Dillard. They could cut Dillard, or the Chicago Bears could see the writing on the wall and trade a conditional seventh-round pick for him

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The Bears could enter training camp with Dillard against Braxton Jones on the left side, and Teven Jenkins against Larry Borom on the other side and let the best man win. Andre Dillard is one of many players the team has to be considering as they continue to look to fill their depth.