Bears: Assessing needs to address in 2020 offseason

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4. Right Guard

Moving on from Kyle Long this offseason isn’t an idea that the Bears front office should entertain, rather it’s a move that needs to be made in order to save $8.1 million dollars. The best teams in the NFL know when it’s time to move on from a player and Long’s time with the Bears has come to an end. He’ll be 32 in 2020 and his body has dealt with a variety of injuries over the last few years.

Currently, the Bears have three right guards on the roster besides Long: Ted Larsen, Alex Bars, and Rashaad Coward. So far, Larsen and Coward have seen in-game action while Bars has been stashed away between the practice squad and the 53-man roster.

It’s hard to see Larsen returning in 2020 due to the fact that the Bears don’t necessarily need a veteran at the right guard position. However, what they do need is youth and upside at the position which is what Bars and Coward both offer.

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With young guys like Bars and Coward, the Bears shouldn’t have to use a high draft pick on a right guard unless there is a 2020 draft prospect that the front office feels can transform the offensive line. The 2020 draft is expected to be deep with regards to offensive lineman meaning the Bears will have a handful of players to choose from that can anchor down the right guard position for years to come.