The Chicago Bears had a terrible season in 2023. It was by design though as first-year GM Ryan Poles wants to build this thing the way that he believes is right. That means tearing the roster down to the bare minimum.
Now, after being the worst team in the NFL this year, the Chicago Bears have the number one overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. There is a lot that they can do with it and we just have to hope they make the right move.
They also lead the NFL in cap space and by a wide margin. It would be nice to see if they can take advantage of that fact ahead of next season. That could be the difference between another year in the cellar or going to the playoffs.
There are plenty of good players that are going to be available when free agency opens. Some of them are now just freshly eliminated from the 2023 postseason. There is one now that would be perfect for the Bears.
The Chicago Bears are going to be a player for some free agents this off-season.
That player is New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley. Outside of dealing with some tough injuries, he has been one of the NFL’s best running backs when he is actually on the field. He was back to being elite again in 2022.
All running backs are a risk for injury reasons. Think about it, they take the handoff fully expecting to get hit hard by the opponent. It is almost always head-on collisions too which makes them even more dangerous.
With that in mind, the Chicago Bears should absolutely consider Barkley. He is probably going to get a lot of money but the Bears have it to give. This is a guy that would make amazing plays with Justin Fields regularly.
David Montgomery is a great running back in his own right but he is not near the player that Saquon Barkley is. Montgomery is also a free agent that is good to go wherever he wants. Don’t be surprised if he leaves the Bears whether they add someone like Barkley or not.
It was a tough loss for Barkley and the Giants on Saturday but you know he’ll come into 2023 hungry to win. Helping Justin Fields take the pressure off and giving him another great weapon could really propel the offense forward.
Signing a guy like Barkley would also signal to the rest of the players on the Bears next year that they are trying to win again. Seeing if he is at least interested should be the easiest decision of the off-season.