Jaguars free agents the Chicago Bears could pursue: EDGE Arden Key
Back in the 2018 NFL Draft, Arden Key was one of the better names available toward the top half. He ended up going in the third round to the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders. The former LSU product has bounced around a bit in five seasons as a pro, but over the past two years, he’s come on a bit more.
Key began his career with just 1.0 sack as a rookie, starting 10 games. The following two seasons saw him total just 2.0 sacks, giving him a measly 3.0 sacks in three seasons. But, over the last two years, Key has had 4.5 (last year) and 6.5 (2021). The most impressive part about his increased production? He’s done it without being a full-time starter.
He’s found himself being more comfortable as a situational pass rusher. Key hasn’t been able to transform into an every-down pass rusher, but as a rotational piece, he’s done well. The Bears need plenty of help on the edge, as they’ve now moved on from both Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn in the span of a few months.
Key might not be a starter, but he’s a guy the Bears could give about 30-40 percent of snaps and see him flourish.