Chicago Bears fans have gotten used to the franchise letting them down over the years, regardless of how high (or low) their hopes are. The 2023 NFL season was no different. Despite it feeling like this was the year when the Bears would take a step forward, Matt Eberflus' team ended the year with a 7-10 record — the third season with double-digit losses.
With another long offseason ahead of them, the Bears faithful hope to see some serious changes in the coming months. The first step general manager Ryan Poles can take towards bettering the team is trimming some fat this offseason by parting ways with players who shouldn't be kept around any longer.
Here are five free agents who the Bears must let walk this offseason.
5 Bears Free Agents Who Should Walk
1. D'Onta Foreman, RB
After bouncing around six franchises across his first five years in the league, veteran running back D'Onta Foreman signed a one-year deal with the Bears last season. He was viewed as a solid backup RB to Khalil Herbert, who had missed four games due to a hip injury in 2022.
With that being said, Foreman didn't have the most productive 2023 campaign. Despite Hebert's five missed games opening the door for more playing time, Foreman was limited to just nine outings due to his own injuries, personal issues, and being a healthy scratch multiple times. As a result, he only recorded 424 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 109 carries.
Being a healthy scratch is usually bad news for a player, especially when they're a pending free agent like Foreman. With Herbert, Roschon Johnson, and Travis Homer all under contract through 2024, it wouldn't be surprising if Chicago prefers to focus on that trio — or even add another RB through the draft — rather than bringing back an RB who's missed 37 games due to injury since the start of 2017, per The Fantasy Doctors.
If the Bears want a healthier backfield in 2024, it's time to let Foreman walk out the door.