5 free agent offensive lineman Chicago Bears should sign before training camp

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Chicago Bears, Marcus Cannon
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4. Should Chicago Bears sign Marcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon is 35 years old and has been in the NFL since 2011. That explains why he is still unsigned, as he even knows he does not need to sign before training camp in an effort to preserve his body. He played just 213 snaps in 2021, and 207 snaps in 2022, so his time is coming to an end, but this is a player with 5,738 snaps in his career.

He has 5,039 snaps at right tackle, so that would mostly be where he slots in. Still, at his age, he is more trusted than someone like Alex Leatherwood. Beyond that, the value of signing Cannon at this stage goes further than if something happened and he needed to start.

Cannon has been with the New England Patriots for almost the entirety of his career. Some years he started, and some, he was a reserve, but in every season, he was competing to win the Super Bowl. Marcus Cannon is the type of person you bring into setting a winning culture. A 35-year-old who has stuck in the NFL since 2011 is someone that a rookie in Darnell Wright can look up to rather than compete with. He is a better influence than Alex Leatherwood, too. It is something to consider.