Chicago Bears: Top 3 free agent offensive tackle targets for the team

Chicago Bears, Orlando Brown (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears, Mike McGlinchey
Chicago Bears, Mike McGlinchey (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /

Top free agent offense tackles for the Chicago Bears: Mike McGlinchey, 49ers

Maybe the best overall fit for the Bears, in terms of scheme familiarity, is 49ers free agent tackle Mike McGlinchey. Having played in the Kyle Shanahan offense for a few years now, McGlinchey is familiar with the scheme. Luke Getsy, of course, comes from the Shanahan tree and runs similar things as Shanahan.

After his 2021 season came to a quick end due to a torn quadriceps, McGlinchey earned his pay in 2022. During a contract year, McGlinchey played excellent football all while blocking for three different quarterbacks. Adjusting to different levels of play and experience, from Trey Lance, to Jimmy Garoppolo, to Brock Purdy, McGlinchey didn’t bat an eye.

All he did was go on to play 1,036 offensive snaps, giving up six sacks (could have been a bit better) and only called for 10 penalties. McGlinchey was fine in pass protection and earned a solid 65.5 grade via Pro Football Focus, but he especially excelled in run blocking, where he earned a nice, green grade of 73.3

According to Spotrac, McGlinchey is looking at an average salary of $10.7 million per season. The Bears, obviously, can afford that. Chicago should end up with one of these top three tackles during the offseason, paying them whatever they end up desiring.

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