6 Former Bears Chicago Should Sign for a Reunion in Free Agency

Could the Bears bring back some familiar faces in 2024?

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Even though the Chicago Bears decided to give Matt Eberflus another season to prove he's the right head coach, there are going to be a lot of changes in the Windy City.

Armed with the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft thanks to their trade last year with the Carolina Panthers, the Bears are expected to bring in USC quarterback Caleb Williams. They'll then be right back on the clock at No. 9 to make their own selection.

With two rookies selected in the top 10, the Bears will need to make sure some veteran leaders can help guide them. There are some in place but it wouldn't be a bad idea to see if any of these six former Bears were interested in a reunion as Chicago attempts to turn things around.

6. Brent Urban, DE

Originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens back in 2015, Brent Urban was a defensive end in their 3-4 front. He played there for six years before hitting free agency, and then he followed Dean Peas to the Tennessee Titans. Urban played all of four games for Tennessee before they released him and the Bears came calling.

Again, he was featured in the 3-4 and helped replaced an injured Akiem Hicks. He did enough to re-sign in 2020 and had his best season with 36 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He parlayed that into a deal with the Dallas Cowboys and then spent the past two seasons back in Baltimore.

Urban isn't the player he once was but the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder is still talented and had 22 tackles and three sacks last season. Chicago could use him as a backup lineman who is capable of lining up on the edge in running situations on the interior on passing downs. He would also be a strong veteran mentor to their many younger defensive linemen.