6 free-agent moves from NFC North rivals that should concern Bears fans

Chicago's getting better, but so is the rest of the NFC North.

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Green Bay Packers

1. Signing Xavier McKinney

Nothing against Darnell Savage, who played well at times for the Packers, but McKinney is a clear upgrade. And it's not even really close – he was PFF's 4th ranked safety last season, and finished among the top of his position in solo tackles (94 -- 3rd), interceptions (3 -- 11th), and receptions allowed (33 -- T14th). And like seemingly everyone else on the Packers' roster, McKinney hasn't even turned 25 yet. He's missed serious time with injuries in two of his four seasons so far, but when he plays, he's one of the best safeties in football. You can almost imagine it now: the Bears are marching down the field to take the lead late in the game, only for McKinney to make some insane, game-changing play off a Caleb Williams rookie mistake. It's fate.

2. Signing Josh Jacobs

Maybe Bears fans can laugh at how much money the Packers gave Jacobs, but then again, their team gave D'Andre Swift $24 million. Jacobs has quietly been the West Coast version of Saquon Barkley – in one less year, Jacobs actually has more rushing yards, touchdowns, and first downs than Barkley does. He's not the pass-catching back that Barkley is, but the Packers have like 10,000 young wide receivers and AJ Dillion; they'll be fine. At the very least, watching their fans be mad at them for an afternoon because they kinda bungled the release of Aaron Jones was fun?