Ryan Poles

Ranking the Chicago Bears’ biggest needs after first wave of free agency

The Chicago Bears got off to a fast start in 2023 free agency, adding several players expected to make a big impact next season, beginning with the decision to trade the No. 1 overall pick to the Carolina Panthers for wide receiver D.J. Moore and extending to the free-agent signings of linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and TJ Edwards, defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker, guard Nate Davis, running back Travis Homer and quarterback PJ Walker.

General manager Ryan Poles has been selective and decisive with his early spending, but there’s still work to be done. He admitted as much in his press conference Thursday. Poles acknowledged that not every hole could be filled during free agency’s first few days. The second wave of veteran signings will help fix some needs, as will the 2023 NFL Draft.

Here are the top remaining need areas on the Chicago Bears roster after the first wave of free-agent signings.

Peter Skoronski
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Right Tackle

The Bears were in the early mix for Mike McGlinchey at the start of free agency, but once the Denver Broncos raised the money bar, Chicago bailed. And it appears Poles wasn’t comfortable with any of the other available tackles who signed in the first wave of free agency.

The list of best remaining offensive tackles in free agency is uninspiring. At this point, players like Paris Johnson Jr., Peter Skoronski, and Broderick Jones are good bets to be in play for the Chicago Bears at No. 9 overall in the NFL Draft.

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