Chicago Bears: 5 logical defensive free agents still available

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Chicago Bears, B.J. Goodson
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Logical defensive free agents for the Chicago Bears: LB B.J. Goodson

No matter how much the Bears are paying Danny Trevathan or how tied to him they are for this year, I firmly believe he still needs to be pushed. Trevathan has looked good on paper, when it comes to box scores, over the past couple of seasons. But, he’s taken a step back.

Trevathan could use some competition in camp, and veteran B.J. Goodson would be an ideal candidate to come in and push him. Goodson is a former fourth-round pick by the New York Giants and spent seasons with the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns recently.

Last year, he started 14 games for the Browns. It was a career season for Goodson, too, as he compiled 91 tackles, six passes defensed and two interceptions. Where Trevathan has looked lost (in coverage) is where Goodson could help improve the Bears’ defense.

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Not everyone takes what Pro Football Focus says as gold, but they did give Goodson a higher grade overall than Roquan Smith for the 2018 season. As crazy as that sounds, it should at least give some confidence in the fact that he can play in this league. He’s still just 27 years old, and the Bears should absolutely bring him in.