Free agency can be a bit of a gamble. You never know if the player you're signing is going to work out or not. In the case of Bears linebacker T.J. Edwards, we don't have to worry about that. He's been worth every penny so far.
After signing a three-year, $19.5 million deal to join the Bears, his hometown team, Edwards has taken over. He's second in the league in tackles with 70, per ESPN. The only player with more tackles than Edwards is Indianapolis Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin with 77 tackles. Edwards' performance has improved every week.
This should come as no surprise. The hometown hero was one of the Bears top free agent signings this spring and was touted as a major piece in the Bears rebuild. After racking up 159 total tackles and guiding the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl LVII, the Bears couldn't resist picking up this stud linebacker. While the Eagles lost that game by a heartbreaking score of 38-35, Edwards was a big reason they got there.
Given his monster production, Edwards could earn his first Pro Bowl nod of his career. Out of all the players on the Bears roster, he has the best chance. Edwards wasn't voted into the Pro Bowl last year largely because the Eagles sent eight players to the game and someone had to miss out. Now that he's arguably the best defensive player on a struggling team with a big market, Edwards' chances of getting voted in are a lot better. Getting a player in the Pro Bowl would mean a lot to the Bears after having no Pro Bowlers in 2023.
Every Bears fan knows the team has a storied history of great linebackers. Think the late, great Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher to name a few. The Bears current linebacker corps of Edwards, Tremaine Edmunds and Jack Sanborn hasn't lived up to that Hall of Fame hype yet, but they're definitely showing promise with Edwards at the lead.