Chicago Bears Offseason: 3 Best moves by Ryan Poles in 2023

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Chicago Bears, Tremaine Edmunds
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Chicago Bears Offseason Move No. 3: Linebacker signings

I was torn between the signings of Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards and the trade from nine overall to 10 with the Eagles. Moving down one spot, landing a fourth-round pick in 2024, and still taking the guy you were drafting at nine anyway seems like strait theft. Looking at the big picture though, adding Edmunds and Edwards to the roster makes things more interesting this season and even beyond.

Ryan Poles signed T.J. Edwards to a three-year deal. The Chicago Bears also signed Tremaine Edmunds to a four-year deal. Trading away Roquan Smith to the Ravens seemed like a crazy move at the time despite it making complete sense when looking at the grand scheme of things.

Now, Ryan Poles was able to turn Smith into multiple draft picks that led to the addition of Gervon Dexter and Noah Sewell and found two of the best linebackers in the league to replace him. Not to mention, now that we know how much the Ravens are paying Smith, Edwards and Edmunds combined cost is only $4.5 million more than Smith's. Adding off-the-ball linebackers in free agency may not seem too sexy, but the value here is off the charts.