The Chicago Bears made their first big splash of the offseason when they announced the signing of former Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Shane Waldron. Seattle had parted ways with head coach Pete Carroll and seems to be cleaning house within their coaching staff.
With the future looking uncertain for the Seahawks, there may be a few names to watch for the Bears to try and bring in to complement their latest hire of Waldron.
1. Tyler Lockett
Some might think I’m crazy when they see Lockett's name, but hear me out. Seattle is projected to be over the cap space in 2024. They have two promising young receivers on their team in DK Metcalf and Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Lockett has an out in his contract that would save them 17 million dollars.
It looks more and more like Lockett could be a guy departing from Seattle this offseason. Lockett has already thrived in Waldron's system, making this the perfect move for this Bears roster if he becomes available.
2. Greg Olson
Greg Olson, who was on the Bears' radar for offensive coordinator, will probably end up being so elsewhere. However, if he doesn’t, it’d be a great hire for the Bears.
Coaching under Waldron already gives Chicago the edge, but maybe even more enticing is the quarterback scenario. No matter which way the Bears go, whether it’s one of the most highly rated prospects in Caleb Williams, or getting to help Justin Fields tap into his full potential, it is a great situation for a quarterbacks coach.
3. Evan Brown
One of the biggest issues the Bears faced last season was a lack of depth on the offensive line, most glaring in the center position. Evan Brown is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and would be a perfect depth piece for this Bears team. He is also the easiest of the three targets for them to land.
The Shane Waldron hire is an exciting one, but it's just the beginning of a long offseason where the Bears are going to have to get a lot right to turn this team into a contender next season.