Chicago Bears: Potential needs team could address in 2021

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As the Chicago Bears virtual offseason continues, we look at needs they could address during the 2021 offseason.

For the Chicago Bears, 2020 is a unique year. If the team manages to have a winning season, they’ll be in a position where general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy will return for 2021. That would mean that the current Bears brass would know what needs would have to be addressed next offseason. But if Pace and Nagy get fired, then a new regime will be tasked with turning the Bears into winners.

However, regardless of who’s in charge of the Bears once the calendar turns to 2021, there is one thing that we can do: We can begin looking at needs that the team will need to address during the 2021 offseason. Keep in mind that in the NFL, teams are always focused on the present but also looking ahead to the future.

When looking at the Bears roster, we know that needs such as outside linebacker, free safety, cornerback, and running back won’t need to be addressed. This is mainly because the Bears have future starters at each of the positions locked up until at least 2022 or 2023.

How about the positions that the Bears will likely need to address during the 2021 offseason? This is a tough question to answer since the Bears addressed a number of positions this offseason that they could have addressed in 2021. These include a variety of positions such as tight end, offensive tackle, right guard, and defensive end.

The needs listed above can be categorized into two types: Major needs and minor needs. While the 2020 offseason continues, it’s time to look ahead to 2021 and analyze needs that the Bears could have to address next offseason.