These 5 former Chicago Bears being free agents still is telling

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At this point in the NFL schedule, two types of players are available as free agents. Some players wait right before or during training camp because they know they have name value and can sign for more money when teams get desperate. Then, there are the players that most teams do not want. For the Chicago Bears, we are talking about those players.

To be more specific, these are players that Ryan Poles signed and have meaningful snaps to last season. So, seeing them available at this point in this offseason shows you just where the Bears' roster was.

5. The Chicago Bears bet on Byron Pringle and 4. N'Keal Harry, when no one else would

If you remember where the Chicago Bears roster was at this point last year, Byron Pringle was expected to be highly involved in the offense. He was the highest-paid free agent they had that offseason and was one of the more experienced receivers on the depth chart.

To be fair, injuries had his stay with Chicago limited. Still, if you remember, most fans were pretty pessimistic at the idea, while the Chicago Bears coaching staff and front office talked up Pringle. Even when Pringle was healthy, he could not get on the field over Equanimeous St. Brown and Dante Pettis. That is why they are signed, and he was not.

The same story can be said for Harry, but the Chicago Bears invested even less in him. Still, the former first-round pick barely got on the field, and when he was, he was not as trusted as St. Brown and Pettis.

Now, both of them are still free agents. This is not because they are waiting for the right spot or they do not want to go through off-season workouts. These players are not signed because they were so poor with Chicago that no one is interested.