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Free Agency Preview: Offense

| March 12th, 2020

Everybody writes their “Free Agency Preview” – telling you what they think a particular franchise should or shouldn’t do when it comes to the off-season’s player acquisition period.

I’m not going to go too deep with cap hits or contract disputes. I’m just going to make a singular statement regarding each position group that sums up my thinking on that group. These are thoughts specifically about the coming weeks. Not the draft.


QB

This position is entirely about Derek Carr.

Carr is a very good quarterback and will only be 29 years old this season. If the Bears trade for him, they will have stability at the position for the next several years and a player capable of taking them to a championship. Every other option (Dalton, Foles, Keenum) is capable of getting this team to the playoffs but would require something of a miracle run to win three playoff games.

Needless to say, what happens at this position over the next month will define the 2020 Bears.


RB

I still like David Montgomery. I still like Tarik Cohen. Spending any significant money on running backs seems silly.


WR/TE

Both Andrew and Data spent time two weeks back detailing the Bears’ need for speed on the outside. But the Bears don’t need to be spending a ton of money on a third wide receiver.

The focus here will be tight end and all eyes are on Atlanta’s Austin Hooper, with rumors of interest from Jacksonville, New England and about eleven other franchises. He’s going to make a lot of money in the coming days. And that money should not come from Chicago.


OL

This feels like a position group that could see a free agency move and the guy I’d look at is Detroit’s Graham Glasgow. He’s a combo center/guard and excellent in pass protection. He brings angry. He brings leadership. And it would give the Bears three interior OL who can play guard or center. That’s very good for versatility and depth.

There are some veteran options at tackle but they are likely going to be an insignificant upgrade at a significant cost.

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