10 Bears Who Won't Return Next Season

2024 may be do-or-die for Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles. Knowing that, they'll make some tough decisions and opt not to bring some guys back to Chicago.

Dec 31, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) rushes the ball
Dec 31, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) rushes the ball / Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
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10. Justin Jones

Another piece of the defense who disappointed was Justin Jones. He came to the Bears from the Los Angeles Chargers on a two-year deal. His time in Chicago amounted to 102 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Sweat recorded almost the same number of sacks in just nine games.

Jones has been a disappointing part to a disappointing unit. When he was brought in, the hope was he could help the defensive unit make up for the lack of offensive production we've seen. However, both the offense and defense struggled in his first year and the expectations were set to have a tough 2023.

Sweat came in and saved the season defensively, giving the unit a jolt immediately and helping turn everything around. Jones, however, could not find production and his number show it. They were about the same in both Bears' seasons. As the Bears look to the future, they'll be looking to be younger, faster, and stronger of the defensive line.

The 27-year-old still has plenty in the tank to turn things around. He could join a unit with a set identity and be impactful in a reserve role. He'll just have to find the opportunity elsewhere as the Bears look to compete in 2024.

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