FanPost

3 free agents available for the Bears to upgrade their team

The Bears made some moves to improve the team this offseason. There are still some holes on the roster that can be filled with players in free agency:

1. Mitchell Schwartz, OT

The Bears improved the offensive line this offseason. They drafted Teven Jenkins and re-signed Germain Ifedi. With Jenkins being a rookie, and possible upgrades on the market for Ifedi, one of those players that can be both an upgrade and a mentor is Mitchell Schwartz.

Schwartz has been in the league for 9 seasons. He’s a Super Bowl champion. Schwartz is coming off an injury, but he’s proved he can be a solid tackle. In 2019 he didn’t allow a sack in over 1,000 snaps played. He’s also familiar with Bears head coach Matt Nagy. Nagy was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City during Schwartz’s time there. The Bears made a run at Morgan Moses and didn’t land him. Schwartz is one of the best tackles available in free agency. The Bears should definitely look into signing him.

2. Steven Nelson

The Bears moved on from Kyle Fuller this offseason. He will without a doubt be missed. They signed veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant to replace him. They will likely rely on Jaylon Johnson to be the number 1 corner this year. One thing both of those guys have in common is injury history. Trufant has only played a combined 15 games in the last 2 seasons with the Falcons and the Lions due to injury. While Jaylon Johnson did have a very impressive rookie year, an injury occurred towards the end of the season. The depth at cornerback is lacking a bit. That’s why the Bears should sign former Steelers corner Steven Nelson.

Nelson is one of the best corners still available in free agency. He was the number 2 corner on the Steelers this past season. He deflected 9 passes last year and intercepted 2 passes. Those numbers don’t scream starter material, but he doesn’t need to be. If someone gets hurt, Nelson can be the next man up at the corner position and perform well. More depth never hurts.

3. Jesse James

The Bears don’t have a true tight end 3 on the depth chart yet. They signed Jake Butt and still have Jesper Horsted and J.P Holtz. James is a more reliable option. Last season with the Lions, James played in all 16 games. He caught 2 touchdowns, and produced 129 yards while playing behind T.J Hockenson. It may not be a flashy pickup if it happens, but it’s always good to have depth at every position. James can be a solid TE3 for the Bears and contribute on special teams. Demetrius Harris played decently on special teams last year, but was not a threat to the offense whatsoever. James can contribute both as a receiving threat, and on special teams.

If the Bears can sign at least one of these players, they will definitely help improve the team!


This Fanpost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.