3 Bold Predictions for the Bears Offseason

Max Staley
Three bold predictions for the Chicago Bears offseason.
Three bold predictions for the Chicago Bears offseason. / Jonathan Daniel/GettyImages

The Chicago Bears are beginning a new chapter this season. Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace are out, having been replaced by head coach Matt Eberflus and GM Ryan Poles. Poles will be tasked with revamping a roster that didn't do a very good job propping up first-year QB Justin Fields last season.

Thankfully, Poles is projected to $27.4 million in cap space this offseason. With that kind of capital, Chicago has a real shot to make some sweeping changes this Spring. Here are three bold predictions for the Bears offseason.

Bears Free Agency

3. Bears Sign DJ Chark

Allen Robinson is almost certainly going to walk this offseason, but Chicago could replace the former Jaguar with another former Jaguar. DJ Chark could be available at a bit of a discount this offseason, as he only made it through four games in 2021. And he wasn't exactly playing his best football when he was healthy. But he's still just 25 years old and might just need a change of scenery to get things back on track. Throw a healthy Chark into the mix and this skill-position group could really surprise some people in 2022.

2. Bears Sign Trent Brown

There's a pretty clear theme here: Chicago needs to do everything in its power to protect Justin Fields and surround him with weapons. Signing Trent Brown would go a long way toward protecting him. Brown was excellent through nine games last year for New England. He received a 77.6 grade from PFF while allowing just 1 sack and only getting penalized once. The 28-year-old would form a physically imposing duo at tackle with Teven Jenkins, and Brown would plug up one of the biggest weak spots on this OL. This feels like a great fit for both sides.

1. Bears Sign Ryan Jensen

The Bears have a huge hole at center, which doesn't do a young QB any favors. To fix that, Chicago could follow the blueprint that the Los Angeles Chargers laid out last year by splurging on a great center in Ryan Jensen. The Corey Linsley signing was an absolute home run for LA, as was the Rashawn Slater pick. That completely revamped what was a terrible unit the year prior, and signing Jensen could have a similar impact in Chicago – especially if 2021 second-round pick Teven Jenkins takes a step forward in year two. Jensen was ProFootballFocus' 14th-highest graded center in 2021 (No. 2 in 2019), and he'd be a huge upgrade over Sam Mustipher (No. 36 out of 39). Plus, Jensen is an iron man, having played at least 97% of the snaps in five straight years.

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