4. Bobby Massie
As he heads into his eighth NFL season, the Bears clearly view Bobby Massie as a key piece of the team future. After just having signed a four-year extension, it’s clear that Massie will have the opportunity to make his first Pro Bowl as a member of the Bears next season.
Just before the start of the 2019 season, Massie will turn 30 years old. Despite being one of the older players on the Bears roster, Massie still has some of his best years of football in front of him.
Working with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, Massie was both durable and reliable in 2018. Since arriving in Chicago in 2016, Massie has missed just two games and played all 16 games in 2018.
In fact, one could argue that Massie is the most underrated player on the Bears offensive line. He’s done a great job of holding down the Bears offensive line while protecting Mitchell Trubisky at an effective rate.
Over the years, Massie has played on some excellent football teams but rarely gets enough credit. Now that he’s got a fresh contract on his hands, it’s clear that Massie will have to live up to big expectations.
If he can continue to play at a high level, it won’t be a surprise to see him earn this first career Pro Bowl berth at the age of 30. A veteran leader in a young locker room, Massie has continued to fly under the radar by just doing his job. Now, it appears as if he could be awarded for it.