5 Chicago Bears Who May Not Return with Shane Waldron as Offensive Coordinator

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Number 5: Running Back D'Onta Foreman

One of the Bears' most puzzling impending free agents is running back D'Onta Foreman, who enjoyed yet another quietly productive season during his first year in Chicago. Foreman signed with the Bears for only the 2023 season, but in nine games, the powerback averaged over 50 yards per game. His future in Chicago does not look bright after the back finished the season with back-to-back healthy scratches.

Chicago Bears, D'Onta Foreman
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For whatever reason, Foreman was essentially squeezed out of the team's offense at the end of last season, but the arrival of Waldron and running backs coach Chad Morton could bring his career with the Bears back from the brink. The Seahawks have always enjoyed utilizing larger, physical backs such as Foreman - Marshawn Lynch comes to mind but even more recent backs such as Kenneth Walker, Zach Charbonnet, Chris Carson, and Rashad Penny all have a reputation for "running behind their pads".

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The Bears may already have their power back on the roster in Roschon Johnson, and the team could eventually take a big swing on a top-tier guy such as Saquon Barkley, but for any NFL offense, running back depth is essential, and bringing a quality spot-starter like Foreman back could be beneficial. Still, Waldron and his staff have no attachment to the now seven-year veteran, and Foreman could look to work into another team's rotation where he could potentially earn more touches.