5 players that could surprisingly be an option for the Bears in free agency

A few teams around the league chose not to use the franchise tag, which could benefit the Bears in a big way.

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2. Saquon Barkley, RB

The Houston Texans seem to be the current favorite to land running back Saquon Barkley after the Giants opted not to place the franchise tag on him, but there are those out there who believe Chicago is also a great fit.

Do the Bears need a starting running back? Not necessarily. This is a team that's been able to finish tops in the league in rushing with a myriad of backs over the last couple of years. Because the Bears are simply committed to running the football, it hasn't mattered if it's been Khalil Herbert, D'Onta Foreman, Roschon Johnson or of course David Montgomery before he ultimately left. Chicago is going to run it and run it consistently.

Barkley, though, is a different breed. He's one of the better all-around backs in football and brings a different element to the offense. His breakaway ability, especially after the catch, is so dynamic. His vision is top tier. He's able to make plays down field better than most. Imagining the Bears with Barkley in the back field and Caleb Williams under center is quite the picture.

Don't look at his numbers from last year and take them too seriously, either. New York's offensive line was in shambles and they have nothing around Barkley in terms of quarterback play or even wide receiver help.