Backup Tight End
Robert Tonyan has not produced enough to stick around. Marcedes Lewis would be great to bring back as a blocking tight end if he wants to keep playing.
One thing is for sure, the Chicago Bears could use another receiving target at tight end to help out Cole Kmet.
Drafting Georgia's Brock Bowers would form one of the best tight-end duos in the NFL. Plenty of players are set to be free agents who could be signed to a one-year deal to replace Tonyan and hopefully provide better production.
Eddie Jackson has one interception this season. That is not worth keeping for another season when Jackson has a $14.05 million cap hit next season. The Chicago Bears can save $5 million if he is released in the offseason.
Elijah Hicks has proven he deserves a shot to replace Jackson if he is cut. He is also a former seventh-round pick.
Antione Winfield Jr. and Kyle Dugger are the top available free agents and could boost an already strong secondary. Jaquan Brisker has strong safety locked down for the next two seasons. Nickel cornerback Kyler Gordon is also strong against the run. The secondary needs a ball-hawking free safety to take the defense to an elite level.
Jackson used to be elite at that, but injuries and age have caught up with him. That is why getting younger in that position is needed. Imagine another edge rusher to pair up with Sweat and a free safety picking off passes. That would make the defense one of the best in the NFL.
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