Offseason for the Bears


Josh Avila, Staff Reporter

Almost a month has passed since the Super Bowl, and the NFL is ready to go into free agency. Free agency starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th. The Chicago Bears are looking to build around Justin Fields, not only through the draft but by free agency too. It’s pretty much guaranteed that wide receiver Allen Robinson will not be re-signed after a poor year on the franchise tag, so Chicago will have to spend money on the receiving core. Another piece the Bears need to fix is the offensive line. For years, our line has been below average. Bears General Manager Ryan Poles has said that they must protect Fields before anything else. I think all Bears fans can agree that they did not do a good job at that in Fields’s rookie season. 

One player the Bears need to target is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers center, Ryan Jensen. He’s done a great job for years in Tampa Bay, especially protecting Tom Brady. Another option is re-signing guard Jason Peters. Peters was signed by the Bears last year, as they were desperate for help. He was probably the most consistent lineman out of the group. Peters has also had a hall of fame career, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Although he isn’t the player he used to be, I think he’s a great asset to the team. 

 The Bears need help with their receivers, and it’s gotten a lot harder the past week. Star wide receivers Davante Adams and Chris Godwin, both targets for the Bears, have been placed under the franchise tag. We could pick Browns receiver Jarvis Landry, which would be a good weapon for a young quarterback, like Justin Fields. Michael Gallup, Odell Beckham Jr., and Juju Smith-Schuster are also options at the spot. 

With one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, and with a new head coach and general manager, the Bears are set for success. I can’t wait to see what the players will bring to Chicago this season.