3 free agents that fit the new Chicago Bears defense

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Outside linebacker Haason Reddick would be an ideal fit in the Chicago Bears defense

Another area that will see big change this offseason is at outside linebacker. With the Bears going to a 4-3 defense now, they will likely have Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack lining up with their hand in the dirt. That means finding outside linebackers will be a priority, and doing so in free agency makes more sense than spending a precious, high draft pick.

One free agent who has experience playing outside linebacker in a 4-3 is Haason Reddick. Over the past two seasons, Reddick has had two of the best years of his career, totaling 23.5 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and eight forced fumbles. During that two-year span, what might be most impressive are his 34 quarterback hits.

Reddick spent the first four years of his career with the Arizona Cardinals before signing a 1-year deal with Carolina last season. He’s proven he can drop into coverage if need be, but also rush the passer at a high level.

Reddick is 27 years old and a former first-round pick as well. He made well on the prove-it deal last season with the Panthers and should be in for a multi-year contract coming up. The Bears would be filling a need, here, and with someone who fits the role well.