3 free agents that fit the new Chicago Bears defense

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Chicago Bears, Keanu Neal
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Safety Keanu Neal would be a good fit in the Chicago Bears defense

This offseason, the Bears have to revamp their safety group. No one knows the future plans Eberflus and Poles have for Eddie Jackson, but something has to change. In addition to Jackson hopefully improving, the Bears have to find a running mate for him at strong safety.

Keanu Neal was part of an improved Dallas Cowboys defense this past year after signing a 1-year contract with the team. Neal can be more of a hybrid player, with the ability to play both safety and linebacker. As a former Pro Bowl selection in 2017, Neal has some strong seasons under his belt.

Neal has topped the 100-tackle mark three times in his career. He’s a physical player who can be one of the better safeties in football when healthy. Unfortunately, injuries have been a problem. Between 2018 and 2019, Neal appeared in just four games total.

Having played six seasons in the league, it’s somewhat surprising to learn Neal is still only 26 years old. Should he be able to stay healthy, Neal could have plenty of football left in him. After all, this is a former first-round pick we’re talking about. The Bears would get an immediate starter if they signed Neal, which they should.