5 Positions the Chicago Bears Must Address in 2024

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The Chicago Bears face a pivotal offseason in 2024.

They have the top pick in the NFL Draft. That pick will force the team to choose between sticking with Justin Fields as the long-term starting quarterback or drafting USC quarterback Caleb Williams. Also, the franchise must decide whether or not to pick Fields' fifth-year option.

Fields' inability to solidify himself as the team's franchise quarterback is the other reason the team will need to address quarterback. However, Fields has shown enough that he could still develop into a good passing quarterback to complement his amazing running ability.

A decision at quarterback will not need to be made until the NFL Draft. That's also not the only position the Bears will need to think long and hard about in the offseason.

Chicago Bears Biggest Positional Questions in the 2024 Offseason


The plan was for Cody Whitehair to go back to being the Pro Bowl center he was before he moved to guard. That idea failed when Whitehair failed to perform the job's main function--snap the ball. Thankfully, Fields used to play baseball as he was able to field a lot of Whitehair's wayward snaps.

Lucas Patrick was signed last offseason to be the starting center, but injuries derailed that. When he has been healthy, he has spent more time getting pushed back than he has pushed forward.

The Chicago Bears could use their cap space to sign a center in the offseason. The Miami Dolphins' Connor Williams is the top free agent, but he will be coming off a knee injury that ended his season. Andre James of the Las Vegas Raiders could be another option. The Bears could also use their third-round pick to draft a center.