Chicago Bears: Grading first wave free agency moves

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Chicago Bears, Ryan Pace
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The Chicago Bears made several moves over the first week of NFL free agency.

The first wave was a crazy, nonstop rollercoaster ride for NFL fans. The Chicago Bears made headlines a few times, but the NFL as a whole was absolutely bonkers.

Several quarterbacks changed locations including the likes of Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Teddy Bridgewater (Carolina Panthers), Philip Rivers (Indianapolis Colts) among others. There has not been a bigger free agency period in recent memory, and thank goodness. Football fans and sports fans alike needed something to obsess over during what have been some tough times lately.

For the Bears, this offseason was all about adding depth in a few key areas while also giving quarterback Mitchell Trubisky some competition going forward. In a way, the Bears accomplished a couple of their goals. But, they’ll need to continue to add talent through the next wave of free agency and the draft.

There was probably no bigger move for Chicago this week than that of trading for Nick Foles, which we’ll get to later. But, it’s a move that will guarantee to have fans split for quite a while.

Speaking of being split, general manager Ryan Pace seems to have the fanbase split in regards to confidence in him. This past week saw highs and lows for Pace, and only time will tell if he’s a mastermind or if his offseason moves falter as a whole. Let’s take a look at the first wave of transactions by Pace, starting with his signings made in-house.