The Chicago Bears' 2021 NFL season was a disappointment, leading to management making several changes this offseason. From hiring Matt Eberflus as the new head coach to trading away former Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack, Chicago should look much different next season.
Keeping that in mind, Bears management has made its fair share of mistakes in the past. Although some of their past offseason moves have made off, it didn't take long to regret some of the other infamous ones.
Here's a look at three offseason moves that the Bears will regret.
Chicago Bears Offseason
1. Making Byron Pringle the No. 2 WR
Darnell Mooney will be the Bear's No. 1 wide receiver in 2022 and the departure of Allen Robinson this offseason led to them signing Byron Pringle to take over the No. 2 role. Pringle has looked good at times, but only had 568 yards and five touchdowns on 42 receptions despite having Patrick Mahomes throw him the ball. To think that Pringle can improve on that stat line with Justin Fields under center might be asking for too much. The fact is that Pringle has a lot to prove and if he can't play like a WR2 early on, it could be a long season.
2. Losing James Daniels to the Steelers
Improving the offensive line was one of the Bears' top offseason priorities, which is why it was counterproductive when they lost guard James Daniels in free agency to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The worst part? The Steelers will only be paying Daniels just north of $8.8 million a season, which is something the Bears should've paid for their top offensive linemen. Daniels allowed only three sacks on 1,121 offensive snaps in 2021 while posting a 71.0 overall ProFootballFocus grade. The Bears should've re-signed Daniels if they want Fields to succeed, but now that path has become more difficult.
3. Signing Justin Jones in Free Agency
The Bears addressed their defensive line this offseason by signing Justin Jones to a two-year, $12 million contract. It was a bit of a head-scratching move since he didn't exactly improve the defense that much and has had trouble staying on the field in recent years. He's missed 13 games over the last three seasons, which includes missing six contests in 2021 with a shoulder injury. A one-year "prove it" deal would've been a better idea, especially after it looked like his play actually regressed last season (due to injury or otherwise). At the end of the day, the money spent on Jones would've been better used elsewhere or on a more proven player.
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