Insider hints the Chicago Bears may need help offensively at this position.

Insider hints the Chicago Bears may need help offensively at this position.


GM Ryan Poles has continued a strategic approach to helping his roster over the past month. Considered to be the biggest weakness going into training camp, each position is handled in different ways. The Chicago Bears traded a future 7th round pick to the New England Patriots for wide receiver Nkel Harry. The 24-year-old still has a lot of untapped potential. A fresh start can be good. The Poles then signed two veteran offensive linemen in guard Michael Schofield and tackled Riley Reiff. Both vast, proven experience fronts are sorely lacking.

Two major issues are addressed. Everyone seemed relaxed after that. Another caveat is that offense is a focal point of fan and media consciousness. The truth is, the Bears still have holes to glaring on the roster, including on the defensive side of the ball. They did a great job retooling the secondary. The same cannot be said for their linebackers. The MMQB’s Albert Breer hinted that the team may not be satisfied with its current status. More activities may come in a few weeks.

Not surprisingly.

The Bears haven’t done much at linebacker this season. Their only noteworthy move was signing veteran Nicholas Morrow. Roquan Smith will occupy the middle linebacker position as he moves to the outside. However, the two-time All-Pro exposed just how thin the Bears are at the position due to contract disputes. Matt Adams and Joe Thomas have a combined 25 games of starting experience. They both don’t look too good doing it.

Undrafted rookie Jack Sanborn has flashed from time to time in practice, but the extent is unknown. Like the offensive line a week ago, there isn’t a lot of depth or stability on this team. If Smith or Morrow were to get hurt, that would expose them to a huge talent bust.

The Chicago Bears could benefit from a late signing.

Teams have made quality linebackers available in August. Denzel Perryman and Joe Schobert were acquired in cheap trades and both finished with over 110 catches last season. It’s not crazy to think another team would cut a potential veteran the Bears need. Don’t forget Matt Eberflus is a linebacker specialist. He played the position in college and coached in the NFL. He knows what to look for.

This comes down to two reasons. Who will be available around the end of August, and whether anyone named Smith or Morrow can impress before then. Such variables require time and evaluation to identify. By the end of the second week of the preseason, the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff will likely have an answer for that secondary.

It’s a great opportunity for those involved.

Still, if one wants to bet money, there’s a good chance the team will add a veteran at some point before the opener in September. For what it’s worth, some are still available. Anthony Barr is there. Same goes for Anthony Hitchens, AJ Klein and Jaylon Smith. They all have plenty of starting experience and have played at a high level in the not-too-distant past.

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