With the Chicago Bears knocked out of playoff competition, let’s take a look at three upcoming free agents they should be targeting.
On Monday evening, the Chicago Bears were officially eliminated from the playoffs after their 17: 9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The bear defense actually did an admirable job of containing the Viking offensive. As a team, the Vikings had only 193 yards total attack. Unfortunately, the bears’ offense had a hard time in the red area.
With the playoffs out of the picture, let’s take an early head start into the offseason. According to Spotrac, the Bears are expected to have about $ 43 million in cap space. Here are three upcoming free agents the bears should be thinking about.
3. Charles Leno Jr., offensive tackle
Charles Leno Jr. isn’t the most noticeable target among free agents, but he could make a huge impact in Chicago. Passport protection was a problem for the bears. The Bears offensive line has given up 45 sacks this season, making it the second most common in the NFL.
Another metric used to evaluate pass protection is pocket time, which measures the average time the quarterback has in the pocket between the snap and the throwing of the ball or the drop in pressure in the pocket. The Bears are tied last in pocket time in the NFL with 2.1 seconds.
Despite a bumpy start to the season, rookie Teven Jenkins could develop into a good starter. Even so, it would be ideal to have a veteran protecting Justin Fields for the next season.
Leno has been one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL that season. He currently has the fourth highest pass block rating on Pro Football Focus on offensive tackles (subscription required) behind Andrew Whitworth, Tyron Smith and Terron Armstead. Additionally, Leno has only received one penalty all season which is amazing considering the fact that he has played 884 offensive snaps.