The Mitch Trubisky experiment continued, and a failed but continued courtesy from quarterback Russell Wilson forced the Chicago Bears to join Andy Dalton and Nick Foles. Plus, their star catcher considered holding on after being labeled franchisee (and still could).
The Bears have certainly had an offseason filled with uncertainties.
While general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy both appear to be on their last legs with the team, this offseason has done nothing to help solidify their position within the organization. Facing an uphill battle to become competitive in the NFC North division which has been consistently dominated by the Green Bay Packers, there are still many holes the Bears have yet to fill.
Their foray into free will didn’t produce many successful additions, as they saw more impactful subtractions (CB Kyle Fuller, DT Roy Robertson-Harris, S Deon Bush, Trubisky, etc.) leave this offseason than replacements made. used to look to talent, and last season was just another example.
Of all the holes this team has yet to fill, addressing their defensive secondary is the most important – and was a major need even before Fuller’s exit.
Second-year cornerback Jaylon Johnson will start his first season at the top of the CB charts, and his rookie season looked very promising. Having shown flashes of becoming a powerful CB1, he will be cast to Wolves early and often. Plus, playing in a division where he’ll be lined up against players like Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen (as well as all the rookie misfires), he’ll have his hands full.
Desmond Trufant was drafted this offseason on a one-year contract after returning from the Detroit Lions, and as the former Washington Huskie enters his ninth season in the league for a reason, the 30-year-old defensive back does is nothing more than a temporary option for bears. Other options like Duke Shelley and Teez Tabor will add depth, but they’re not good enough to become the long-term CB2 of this team, who will maintain that once dominant defense.
For security reasons, Eddie Jackson will lead this team again from the back end, but since the team let Adrian Amos sign with the Packers a few seasons ago, they’ve been looking for the perfect complement alongside the Alabama product. Bush has left town, and this team has no official security listed on their depth chart, so addressing security is just as important as adding a wedge.
With the first full week of free agency gone, the Bears didn’t have (and still don’t have) that kind of free money to take steps to bring in the best defensive ground options. However, there are still a few options on the market that they could turn to, even if only for a season.
Richard Sherman is still a free agent, and there hasn’t been much interest shown since the inception of free will. While he would likely prefer to head to a competitive, close-to-lock team to make the playoffs, he could do worse with a one-year contract with the Bears, where he would be seen as a veteran option to help. prepare Johnson for the league and line up across the field like him.
Sherman’s wheels are certainly not what they used to be, but it still consistently produces above-average levels of coverage, and the Bears really aren’t in a position to be picky at this point.
In the draft, using a Day 2 pick over a Jaycee Horn, Tyson Campbell, Aaron Robinson or Greg Newsome II would be a smart use of their second or third round pick, and it would go a long way in repairing their defense. Horn and Newsome II are in the 1B / 2A ranks of the draft (behind Caleb Farley and Patrick Surtain II), with Horn likely being a top 25 selection and Newsome II being the first CB to follow the top three.
Fixing a team that is devoid of the kind of talent they saw in their double-doink season, the Bears are lacking proven players at all levels. If they want to compete in the heaviest NFC North division, upgrading their defensive backfield is a key first step in getting back in competition for the divisional crown.