What the Chicago Bears’ first 5 free agent signings bring to the table

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Chicago Bears, Byron Pringle
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What Byron Pringle brings to the Chicago Bears

One of the more underrated and overlooked free agent wide receivers in this year’s crop, Byron Pringle joins the Bears as someone who brings exactly what head coach Matt Eberflus has preached.

The 28-year-old spent his first two years with the Chiefs as a rarely-used depth piece before bursting onto the scene in 2021 as Kansas City’s no. 3 wide receiver. Pringle got a later start to his pro career after transferring from Butler Community College to Kansas State and was 25 when he went undrafted in 2018.

Eberflus has stated he wants players who can run, and Pringle can do just that. He comes in as likely a slot guy, and with the ball in his hands, he is sneaky and dangerous.

At his age, Pringle is probably going to use this season as his one chance to truly cash in on free agency. If the Bears allow him to be their main slot guy, he could have his best season yet as a pro. By the time this coming year is finished, he’ll be 29 and entering free agency once again.

Depending on what the Bears do in the draft, Pringle could be the Bears’ no. 3 option, and would serve them well in that role. Even if Chicago drafts a rookie early on, Pringle could absorb a good chunk of the targets this coming season.

As good as Pringle looks on film, Bears fans shouldn’t get used to him sticking around. Again, this will be a one-year rental for a player who will only have one real chance to cash in on free agency next year.