Chicago Bears: Free agents still worth adding following draft

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Shane Ray, Chicago Bears
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3. OLB Shane Ray

A former first-round pick, at one point in time, it appeared as if Shane Ray was ready to be an every-down starter for the Denver Broncos. With 12 sacks over his first two seasons, Ray seemed as if he was consistently getting better by playing alongside Von Miller. However, Ray’s production has declined over the last two years. Since 2017, he has just two sacks.

Ray’s NFL career is now on its last legs. He has visited with other teams, however, it seems as if no significant progress has been made regarding a deal for him. Coming out of college, Ray was dealing with a foot injury. His first two seasons in the NFL, Ray appeared to be just fine, however, he’s had multiple wrist surgeries since 2017.

A major reason that Ray was released by the Broncos is due to the emergence of Bradley Chubb, whom the Broncos selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. As a top-five pick, the impressive skillset that Chubb brought to the table was more valuable than the skillset that Ray brought to the table.

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When it comes to contract negotiations for Ray, this is where things will get interesting. The Bears could decide to just give him a one-year deal with the conditions that he’ll need to do certain things like maintaining his health to earn all the money that he signed for.