Chicago Bears Offseason Roster Moves

Lawson Sizemore, Sports Editor

After finishing a mediocre season, the Bears knew they had a lot of work to do in the offseason. There were a lot of gaps to be filled in the roster, and General Manager Ryan Pace had to get to work.

Let’s begin on the offensive side of the ball. One area where the Bears needed stability was at the tight end position. They started by signing the young tight end from Cleveland, Demetrius Harris. Harris can provide youth at that position, along with speed. 

Chicago soon after signed a big name from Green Bay, Jimmy Graham. Graham can bring a veteran presence and is a consistent red-zone threat. The Bears then drafted Cole Kmet, from Notre Dame. Kmet shows to have a bright future, displaying the ability to go get the ball, block in the run game, and get open using his quickness. 

The offensive line also got an upgrade, with the signing of Germain Ifedi. Ifedi comes with four years of experience and has the capability of defending the quarterback from the tackle position. 

Most of the receiving core will be returning next season, but with the addition of Darnell Mooney. Mooney is a long receiver who will pair nicely with Allen Robinson. 

With the question of the future of the quarterback, the Bears traded for Nick Foles. Foles already has won a Superbowl with the Eagles and was the MVP. Matt Nagy has worked with Foles in the past, so there should be no problem getting familiar with his new team. 

 The key to this year’s Bears offense is going to be if they can establish a consistent run game. It seemed to be one of the major problems from last season. A good run game helps set up the offense, especially with the weapons Chicago has. 

The majority of the defensive side of the ball will be returning. The acquisition of pass rusher Robert Quinn was critical in giving the Bears an opportunity to part ways with Leonard Floyd. Quinn is really going to work well with that defensive front, alongside Khalil Mack. 

Defensive back is a position where the Bears need to find youth and athleticism at. Kyle Fuller is one of the better corners in the league, but Chicago has to find someone to help on the other side of the field. 

Deon Bush will likely get the start at safety for Chicago and Bush has always shown the smarts to make the right play. The Bears also locked in Danny Travathen for three more years, which is huge considering he is the veteran presence on the defense. 

The key for the defensive side of the ball is going to be health, everyone has to stay healthy to be successful. Mack especially needs to stay healthy because he is the one who makes the difference on the front.

The offseason is still young and there are still some moves to be made, but as of right now, the Bears are in a way better place than last season. Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy have done a great job so far and it should be exciting to see what else they have in store.