4 former Bears who are still having trouble finding jobs

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2. Yannick Ngakoue, DE

Just a little bit before the start of the 2023 season, the Bears signed Yannick Ngakoue to be their de facto no. 1 pass rusher. It was a move that many fans were talking about for a while up to that point. It only made sense. The Bears still didn't have a legitimate pass rusher on the roster, and the season was just about to begin.

Ngakoue hadn't finished a season with less than 8.0 sacks to this point, even though he had played for five teams prior to joining the Bears. That gave fans a bit of hope that they'd be able to get a solid season out of the veteran, who was only entering his age-28 season.

Unfortunately, Ngakoue finished with a career-low 4.0 sacks and never really took the step to become Chicago's top edge rusher. Of course, the trade for Montez Sweat helped fix that issue in a hurry. Ngakoue might be welcomed back in Chicago at the right price, but the Bears would still likely need to spend a draft pick on a pass rusher.

If he signs elsewhere, Ngakoue could be looking at his seventh NFL team in nine seasons.