3 Chicago Bears players who robbed the team blind in 2023

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2. The Chicago Bears did not get enough from Yannick Ngakoue

When the Chicago Bears signed Yannick Ngakoue as late as the start of training camp, there were questions as to why it took them so long to make this move. It turned out Ngakoue was just looking for the right team to rob blind. Injury impacted his final stat line, but he did not finish with eight sacs for the first time in his career. 

Ngakoue was not on pace to hit that mark as it was, and his pass rush win rate was well below average after it was not up to par in 2022 as well. His decline was slow the year prior and then came fast with the Bears. 

He was never a good run defender, and when you add in that he was struggling as a pass rusher, this was clearly not worth the $10.4M cap hit that he was taking up on the Chicago Bears roster. It was a good year for Ngakoue, who still made his money, but his play every Sunday before his injury was robbing the Bears blind.