With an 8-8 record in the 2020 NFL Season, the Chicago Bears returned to the playoffs for the second time in three years.
Unfortunately, it ended with another Wild Card exit as they lost 21-9 to the New Orleans Saints. The Bears will look to improve on that finish in 2021, which they've already started to do during this offseason.
Here are three of the best offseason moves that the Bears have made so far.
3. Re-signing Germain Ifedi
After playing one season in Chicago, Germain Ifedi decided to return to the Bears on a one-year, $5 million contract. Ifedi played in 100% of snaps last season. During that time, he only took 5 penalties and allowed 2 sacks. Protecting a team's quarterback is part of the foundation of success in the NFL and Ifedi does just that. The contract only being for one year means it's low-risk for the Bears. If Ifedi plays as good or better than he did last season, it's a win for Chicago.
2. Signing Andy Dalton
The Bears haven't had a reliable starting quarterback in a few seasons now. Andy Dalton could be the team's solution to that in 2021. Is he a long-term option? No, but Dalton proved he could still handle the job when Dak Prescott was injured for most of the 2020 NFL Season. He played in 11 games for the Dallas Cowboys, tallying 2,170 yards and 14 touchdowns. Dalton probably won't win the Bears any games on his own, but he should provide them more opportunities to win than Mitchell Trubisky did.
1. Franchise Tagging Allen Robinson
One of the most important goals for the Bears this offseason was not to lose Allen Robinson to free agency. Thankfully for Chicago fans, the team managed to get him to sign the franchise tag. Robinson has recorded over 1,100 yards in back-to-back seasons with the Bears, including 13 touchdowns in that span. With Anthony Miller being the team's next top receiving option, signing Robinson was a must.
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