The dust has settled, but Chicago Bears fans are still hyped about the job their team did in the 2021 NFL Draft.
General manager Ryan Pace addressed several needs and obtained some incredible value throughout the entirety of draft weekend. It all began with the Bears throwing caution to the wind and trading up with the New York Giants to pick 11 — where they landed Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
The excitement won’t dim for a very long time, especially if Fields impresses right away and snatches the starting job from Andy Dalton in training camp. This kid, along with the rest of his fellow Draft mates, have completely changed the tune in the city of Chicago.
Although the draft provided plenty of talent for the Bears, the job is not yet done. There is still a few months left of the offseason before things start getting real serious. But, the Bears can’t be quite done forming this roster.
The Chicago Bears, along with the rest of the NFL, are beginning to explore the remaining free agents.
Following the draft, teams are now looking at a large pool of free agents still looking for homes. Because of the league’s salary cap going down this year, there are more free agents waiting to be signed than normal. Teams have had to be very careful with their spending, and also more aggressive with cuts.
But, now that the draft is over and teams know where they stand with roster needs, there will be another wave of signings. For the Bears, there are a few spots where they could use some additional help.
Not only would some depth be a good idea at a few positions, but more than anything, adding players they could label as “all-in” moves would be a good idea.
Let’s be real: Fields has to win the starting job in camp, right? If he does, then this team is ready to win now. Which players could help the Bears make a run, that aren’t necessarily talked about as much as the bigger remaining names? Let’s look at four in particular.