4 reasons the Chicago Bears should stay away from this potential free agent

The Chicago Bears enter free agency with the seventh-most 2024 cap space in the league, but they shouldn't break the bank for this free agent pass rusher.

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Reason No. 3: Sack production doesn't show full picture

While sack production is a good stat to look at, the Chicago Bears shouldn't get swept away by that singular stat. When looking at the big picture, Hunter isn't the top-end player he's looking to be paid as.

Under Brian Flores, the Vikings were the most blitz-heavy defense in the entire league. On 51.5% of defensive plays, the Vikings blitzed. If Danielle Hunter were brought to the Bears, he'd be going to a defense that blitzed 22.2% of the time, which is more than 50% fewer times than with Minnesota.

When a defense blitzes more frequently, that brings more potential snaps where Hunter is getting a free shot at the quarterback. With the Chicago Bears, that style of play isn't rewarded as frequently due to the lower blitz percentage.

With the other options available for the Chicago Bears at the edge position, breaking the bank for Danielle Hunter doesn't seem like the best idea possible. It's not a bad one, but it isn't the best.