Chicago Bears: Saquon Barkley and 3 Giants free agents to pursue

Chicago Bears, Saquon Barkley (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Saturday night, the Chicago Bears watched as the Philadelphia Eagles, a team they played very closely just over a month ago, obliterated the New York Giants in the NFC Divisional Round.

Although the Giants were a nice story in 2022, the Eagles put their season to bed with a 38-7 win. Now, New York will join teams like the Bears in preparing for their offseason.

If Bears fans are looking for some potential free agent signings from playoff teams this past season, the Giants are a good place to start.

They may not have a long list of guys hitting the market, but New York could offer the Bears some intriguing options, starting with an offensive lineman coming off a 2-year deal with the Giants.

New York Giants free agents the Chicago Bears could pursue: OL Nick Gates

In four seasons with New York, Nick Gates has only been a full-time starter in one season, back in 2020. Although, he ended this past year as the team’s starting left guard for the final nine games of the year, including playoffs.

Gates has the ability to play both guard and center, and his best attribute definitely comes in the passing game. That’s where the Bears need help, and could use some competition. Protecting Justin Fields has to be priority number one going forward, in addition to getting him some more weaponry.

At only 27 years old, Gates has plenty of years left in him and would give the Bears a solid option as a starting guard going forward. He’d likely come fairly inexpensive as well, as he’s not as notable a name. In 368 snaps this past season, Gates only gave up a single sack on Daniel Jones.