When the dust settles and the Chicago Bears have their coaching staff assembled, it will be all about one thing and one thing only: building a roster around quarterback Justin Fields.
New general manager Ryan Poles comes from an organization which did something similar in building around Patrick Mahomes, and that’s worked out with flying colors thus far. Poles was in a couple of different roles over his tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs and had much to do with scouting and personnel evaluation.
Now, his next challenge awaits. Building around Fields and ensuring the defense continues to improve as well — and doing it without much draft capital in this year’s draft.
The one thing Poles has going for him, though, is that the Bears are in the upper half of the league in terms of cap space. Depending on the outlet you trust, the Bears actually sit right around 10th or 11th in the league in available money.
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles will have plenty of offseason decisions ahead of him and must make them wisely.
After getting the staffing figured out, Poles and company will have several decisions to make. The Bears have their own free agents to deal with, and maybe even some potential veteran cuts to make.
The Bears also have a plethora of needs to fill either via the draft or free agency. Luckily, there will be some key names available in the free agent pool, especially at the wide receiver position.
Poles’ ability to continue building around Fields will define his early success or failure in Chicago, and in order to keep the momentum shifting upwards, he’ll need to make a good amount of moves in his first offseason. These 10 moves should be an excellent start to his tenure.