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3 Veteran Free Agents the Bears Should Sign for Training Camp

Zach Brunner
Three veteran free agents the Bears should sign before training camp.
Three veteran free agents the Bears should sign before training camp. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Due to inconsistent quarterback play, the Chicago Bears came up far short of expectations last season. After trading for former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to compete for the job, the passing game should improve.

This feels like a make-or-break season for many on the Bears. Because of this, they should look to the free agents to ensure the team is as talented and deep as possible. These are three veteran free agents the Bears should sign before training camp.

1. Larry Warford, OG

Larry Warford was a Pro Bowler the past three seasons.
Larry Warford was a Pro Bowler the past three seasons. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Aside from poor quarterback play, the struggles of the offensive line was the biggest weakness of the Bears. Their offensive line ranked No. 29 in run blocking and No. 21 in pass blocking last season, according to Football Outsiders. Still weak on the interior, Chicago would be wise to sign veteran guard Larry Warford. The vet spent the last three seasons as a starter for the New Orleans Saints, being selected for the Pro Bowl in all three years.

2. Logan Ryan, CB

Logan Ryan intercepted four passes last season.
Logan Ryan intercepted four passes last season. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Bears defense is tough, but it's mostly due to their front seven. They could still use some help in the secondary, and Logan Ryan would be a big upgrade at slot cornerback. He totaled four interceptions and 18 passes defended last season. Ryan also is not afraid to come up and make a hit, totaling 113 tackles, making it even tougher to move the ball on the ground in Chicago.

3. Taylor Gabriel, WR

Taylor Gabriel spent the past two seasons with the Bears.
Taylor Gabriel spent the past two seasons with the Bears. / Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

The Bears wide receiver corps is still weak, having the only offseason move being the signing of veteran Ted Ginn Jr. One of the best receivers available is a familiar face, with Taylor Gabriel having spent the past two seasons in Chicago. Concussions limited him to just nine games last season, totaling 29 receptions for 353 yards and four touchdowns.


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