Ryan Poles

Chicago Bears earn B+ for trade and early 2023 free agency signings

The Chicago Bears have been one of the busiest teams in the NFL over the first two days of 2023 free agency. General manager Ryan Poles signed four new starters — three on defense and one on the offensive line — and with plenty of spending power left, the Bears probably aren’t finished.

Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is the big-ticket signing so far (four years, $72 million). He’s an ascending NFL star. He’ll be joined by TJ Edwards (three years, $19.5 million) in the Chicago Bears’ revamped linebacker corps. Defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker (three years, $21 million) will give defensive coordinator Alan Williams inside-outside versatility. Guard Nate Davis (three years, $30 million) might already be the best offensive lineman on the team.

And don’t forget about the trade that sent the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft to the Carolina Panthers for wide receiver D.J. Moore and a haul of draft selections.

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