Long list of Chicago Bears free agents who could leave after Sunday


Sunday’s game against the Vikings in Minneapolis ends a disappointing season for the Bears and possibly Matt Nagy’s coaching regime.

Coaches considered to be great offensive minds should have big infractions, not mediocre infractions. Over the past three years, the Bears have committed a terrible offense, not a poor one.

At the end of the season, Bears fans will see many players for the last time with this team as there is a roster of 23 unrestricted free agents and only one that can currently be considered a must-have for the team, which that is the new coaching staff. .

Here’s a look at the free agents who may have left after Sunday with possible status.

There are also several other players who could go after Sunday, but they are technically not intended for free will and would be severed victims. Nick Foles is one because his cost cap in the last year of his contract would be too high.

Must sign

James daniels

After a slow start, Daniels came back strong.

Of course, his three sacks allowed and nine penalties committed are the worst totals of his career. However, a slow start could have been expected as he had to shift from the left side of the line to the right side this year. Daniels made his debut in Pro Football Focus’s top 20 in his post. He is now in the 70s in PFF score for the first time in his career. Of the 83 guards rated by PFF, his 72.4 stroke blocking rating is the fourth best in the NFL.

Daniels was willing to shed around 20 pounds to match the team’s push for greater line and product. The Bears must therefore make him a legitimate offer. He’s more valuable than any lineman, with the possible exception of rookie Teven Jenkins.

Depends on the market

Bilal Nichols

Much like with Daniels, Nichols got off to a slow start but had minor injury issues to overcome with one toe. He’s averaged 2.5 tackles in his first 10 games and 3.5 in his last six, but overall he hasn’t had the kind of impact you’d expect from a player. before investing heavily in it. The reason this could be a heavy investment is that the Bears have left other defensive linemen over the past two years for more money and they were either as productive or less productive. Nick Williams got two years and $ 10 million from Detroit. Roy Robertson-Harris signed for three years and $ 23.4 million to move to Jacksonville. Nichols has more advantages than either of those two players, so the Bears have a tough decision here given that they could lose Akiem Hicks from their line as well.

Allen Robinson

Darnell Mooney became the go-to guy with Robinson suffering from injuries and COVID, or just not being considered by Justin Fields to be open on many passing routes as veteran passers allegedly threw the ball at him. Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel, Nick Foles, and Dalton all considered Robinson capable of catching passes that most rookies just can’t spot. Not being available in OTAs as a franchise free agent probably didn’t help Robinson, as he couldn’t work with new QB Fields and Dalton. Either way, the best Bears are playing here unless they have categorically decided that they can’t live without him or want him is to let Robinson in on the market and see its value.

Akiem Hicks

Green is the problem here. When a player of immense talent like Hicks comes to the end of his career, it’s possible that some teams close to winning a title and in good capitalization situations may decide he’s a piece of the puzzle that puts them in place. above. So they will be paying too much for someone who turns 33 next season and has missed 19 games in the last three seasons. Hicks is definitely worth paying for a short term deal, depending on the money. He’s still the best inside defensive lineman, if picked.

Keepers at a lower cost

Tashaun Gipson

Still one of the Bears’ best cover players and interception squad leader over the past two seasons, Gipson hasn’t lost value. The best thing the Bears can do is try to get some other starting security to team up with Eddie Jackson while still keeping Gipson close to what they paid for him this season. It would be ideal as a gateway to a beginner beginner.

Jakeem grant

Given that no one knows what Tarik Cohen’s status is, and Grant has shown an ability to not only return punters, but also help out as a receiver and gadget player, they would do well to. keep at least a year.

Pat O’Donnell

He’s still where he’s always in the middle of the field in terms of distance with his second best season overall, his net was broken this year because the Bears lacked reliable cover after losing Gunners Sherrick McManis and Cordarrelle Patterson. They ranked in the lower end of the league in covering the punters. An added bonus is that he is a good start for Cairo Santos in the kick operation.

Patrick libra

It’s a tighter call because he’s had a few long shots that are more uncertain than in the past. Still, it’s as good as most long snappers. One thing to watch out for is when he’s at the expense of punters because he’s too old. He’s 33 next season and is definitely not a tall or fast player. They let Patrick Mannelly play until he was 38.

Maintaining the minimum wage depth

Germain ifedi

The cost could prevent the Bears from hanging on to Ifedi, who has proven he can be an average beginner on tackle or guard. Has he proven that he should get $ 5 million again for another year? Probably not, but again it’s not my money.

Alec Ogletree

The Bears praise his game but he’s not up to par and that puts too much pressure on Roquan Smith. He could be a minimum wage replacement if they find a starter.

Deon Bush

A solid save that improves the game with the ball now at this point in his career.

DeAndre Houston-Carson

Still one of the best defensive backups and handy special teams.

Jesse james

Showed he could take on the role of second tight end if needed.

Andy dalton

You could do worse for a backup quarterback. The problem is, a team might want to pay more for a backup quarterback than the Bears. He might not want to accept the reality of the backup salary.

Christian jones

Still has the versatility and knowledge of the system, but below average talent. And they might not have the same system next year.

Joel Iyiegbuniwe

Good value for special teams but nothing more.

Already retired

Jason peters

At 40, and with young starters on both tackles, his value would be as a substitute and as a mentor for the youngsters. It’s quite possible that he doesn’t want to do something like this and retire. It’s best to have younger, talented substitutes trying to fight for starting time on their first contracts. Its next stop should be Canton.

Jimmy graham

He can still post and catch up in the red zone, but that’s something they need to get from their starter. This is a position that a younger, third tight end who can play in special teams should have.

Damien williams

The 30-year-old in the offseason and 30-year-old running backs who are the third string should be replaced with 22-year-old rookies with potential to eventually start.

Not necessary

Checkerboard Byrd

It was first considered as a system adapted to this offense. They will not use this offense next year.

Artie burns

A great comeback story from an ACL tear that deserves to be kept as a minimum wage safeguard, but again, a Day 3 draft pick that could learn how to start would be a better investment.

Marquise Goodwin

Funny guy, great personality and teammate, doesn’t produce as a receiver to match his athletic abilities.

Elie Wilkinson

It was only an insurance policy and the policy expired.

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