This offseason, the Chicago Bears have to add talent across their offensive line. What Justin Fields endured last year was unacceptable, and although some of his hits were his own fault, the majority of them came because of a lack of protection.
With the most cap space in the NFL, the Bears are set to make an impact via free agency. And, there is going to be one specific option at guard which could be a perfect fit.
The Philadelphia Eagles had arguably the best offensive line in football this season, and with a similar offense that features a ton of running from both the quarterback and running backs, grabbing a starter from this unit would make a ton of sense.
When the new league year hits, Eagles starting guard Isaac Seumalo will become a free agent. The 29-year-old is one of the more underrated free agent linemen in this year’s crop, and the Bears should definitely make a run at him.
Isaac Seumalo would give the Chicago Bears a surefire starter up front, taking one need off the board right away
This past season, Seumalo was graded out strongly via Pro Football Focus, earning a phenomenal 79.1 pass blocking grade and an overall grade of 75.2. That’s an incredible mark, for those familiar with PFF grading.
To make things even more impressive and put it into easier terms, Seumalo played 1,135 offensive snaps across the regular season.
He only gave up one sack.
That is outstanding. In addition, Seumalo only allowed three quarterback hits all year on Jalen Hurts. If he came to Chicago and could give Fields similar protection, Seumalo would immediately become one of the Bears’ best free agent signings in quite some time.
While he played every game this year, except one, Seumalo’s lone red flag is his injury history. Between 2020 and 2021, he only appeared in 12 games total. That is a concern, but the fact he was able to stay healthy in 2022 is a plus.
Again, with the Eagles running the ball a lot and featuring a rushing quarterback, Seumalo is a great fit in Chicago. He would allow the Bears to potentially move on from Cody Whitehair and then the only decision to make would be regarding whether Teven Jenkins can be a full-time starter.
At the very least, they’d know Seumalo gives them a strong starter, and that’s something the Bears have not had many of in recent years.