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3 Free Agents the Bears Should Target to Build Around Justin Fields

Devon Platana
A look at three free agents the Chicago Bears should target if they want to build around Justin Fields.
A look at three free agents the Chicago Bears should target if they want to build around Justin Fields. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears walked away from the 2021 NFL Draft with their a possible quarterback of the future in Ohio State's Justin Fields.

Fields likely won't see actual playing time right away. The Bears still have Andy Dalton and Nick Foles (for now) ahead of him on the depth chart, so he will have time to learn from them until he's ready for the starting job.

With that being said, there's still some offensive pieces out there the Bears can add to build around Fields. Here's three free agents Chicago should target if they want to set Fields up for success.

1. Alshon Jeffery, WR

Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery is one free agent the Bears can target to pair with Fields. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Someone who is no stranger to Chicago is Alshon Jeffery. The 31-year-old wideout spent his first five seasons with the Bears, hauling in 304 receptions for 4,549 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. His play trailed off towards the end of his tenure with the Eagles, especially as injuries held him to just 30 games over the last three seasons. His injury history could lead to him signing a team-friendly contract. After all, the Bears are familiar with Jeffery and their wide receiver depth is pretty thin, so a potential reunion makes sense.

2. Le'Veon Bell, RB

Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Bell could be another free agent that the Bears sign to build around Fields. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Few available running backs are as talented as Le'Veon Bell. While it may have been a few seasons since he's rushed for over 1,000 yards, he could still be a useful piece in the Bears' offense. David Montgomery is the team's current No. 1 back and he even had over 1,500 total yards from scrimmage in 2020. However, adding Bell to the backfield would make Chicago's offense even more unpredictable. Considering he's sat in free agency this long, the Bears likely wouldn't have to break the bank to sign Bell, which is always a plus for a player of his talents.

3. Russell Okung, OT

Russell Okung
The Bears could sign offensive tackle Russell Okung to help Fields succeed in the future. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Bears released left tackle Charles Leno on Monday, freeing up $9 million in cap space. While new rookie draftee Teven Jenkins could play left tackle, the Bears might not want to throw him into the fire just yet. If that's the case, they could target former Carolina Panthers OT Russell Okung. Injuries limited the two-time Pro-Bowler to a handful of games last season, meaning the Bears could get him for a cheap price. Okung also had a 73.0 overall ProFootballFocus grade in 2020, so he can do an effective job at protecting Fields whenever he does play.

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