The Chicago Bears could look to try and upgrade the left tackle spot
I am coming around to the idea that Braxton Jones could be the starting left tackle for this team in 2023. I would like to see an upgrade at left tackle (who wouldn't) but Jones did an admirable job last year as a rookie. He needs to add some strength to his game as powerful defensive ends gave him the biggest challenge in his rookie season. I don't see as many right-tackle traits from Jones and think he's better suited on the left side. However, should the Bears move him to right tackle, they should look at these free-agent left tackles as potential replacements.
- Orlando Brown, Jr.
- Donovan Smith
- Kelvin Beachum
- Andre Dillard
- Isaiah Wynn
There are not many left tackles worthy of putting on the shortlist. Out of these four, Orlando Brown is easily the top option. The Chicago Bears must be interested despite the price tag of $20 million or more per season. He's not a perfect fit for the outside zone running scheme, but he's proven to be versatile enough to play in it. Not many fans want to hear it, but Orlando Brown would be an upgrade over Braxton Jones.
My Bears Choice: Andre Dillard
As I said, I've come around to the idea of Braxton jones remaining as Justin Fields' blindside protector. I do want to see some competition brought in though. This brings me to Andre Dillard. Dillard is a former first-round pick of the Eagles. He hasn't worked out as planned but would make for great competition and/or depth behind Braxton Jones.