Best available defensive linemen for the Bears in 2024 free agency

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Danielle Hunter, DE

One of the bigger names available on the free agent market which Bears fans should be familiar with is current Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter. Quietly coming off a career season with 16.5 sacks and leading the league with 23 tackles for loss, Hunter would be an absolute monstrous signing in Chicago.

You better believe the opportunity to play against the Vikings twice a year is a factor, here, too. He has spent his entire 8-year career in Minnesota and has made four Pro Bowls along the way.

Hunter would give the Bears one of the best pass rushing duos in the league between he and Sweat. Hunter is 29 years old and won't turn 30 until October, but that once again is an age where the Bears would have to view themselves as being more competitive than not. At the moment, Hunter is projected to get in the neighborhood of a 3-year, $60 million deal.

Over the course of the 2023 season, Hunter came up with a ridiculous 80 total quarterback pressures per PFF, including 55 hurries. He also notched 50 stops on the year.

Oh, and Hunter has been linked to the Bears for a while now.