5 Chicago Bears who need strong finishes to the season

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Angelo Blackson has to finish the season strong for the Chicago Bears

This offseason, we could see some major changes within the Bears organization. Blackson originally signed a 2-year deal, but next year the Bears could cut ties and only be out $1 million in dead cap.

But, there is something to be said about continuity. Blackson has meshed well with this defensive line unit and, with how up and down the defense has been this season, he would be an asset if he stuck around. We’re not sure what’s going to happen with Mario Edwards, but Blackson seems like the safer bet to keep his job in Chicago.

Even as a backup this season, Blackson has played very well. He already has a career-high in tackles (26) and is pacing for a career-high in quarterback hits (currently five, best is eight). Blackson has also tallied two passes defended, and needs one more to tie his career-best.

The opportunity will arise for Blackson to not only stick around for 2022, but become a starter. Akiem Hicks is a free agent after this year, and although he wants to stay in Chicago, his body continues to prove he may not be worth keeping around. If Blackson finishes the season strong, he could be a starter for this unit next season.