Key Bears Free Agency Visit Might Get Canceled

The Chicago Bears still haven't addressed their needs on the defensive end, and things aren't looking promising.

Oct 1, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker D.J. Wonnum (98) on the
Oct 1, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker D.J. Wonnum (98) on the / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency is in full swing and despite the big domino aka Justin Fields still not falling, the Chicago Bears have been active, bringing in running back D'Andre Swift, trading for center Ryan Bates, and signing Gerald Everett and Jonathan Owens.

However, it's safe to say that Bears fans are not satisfied with Chicago's free agency activity so far. The biggest needs of edge rusher and wide receiver still have not been addressed.

And it looks like Bears fans might have to wait even longer for the most pressing needs to be addressed.

Earlier this week, it was reported that former Minnesota Vikings pass rusher DJ Wonnum was going to visit Chicago on Thursday for a free agency meeting. However, according to Bears reported Aaron Leming, that visit might not happen following Wonnum's visit with the Panthers.

Bears' Top Free Agent Target DJ Wonnum Deal Seems Unlikely

It is already a bad sign that a top free agent target for the team is meeting another team first. It will be an even worse look that said free agent chooses the Carolina Panthers over the Bears.

Chicago was one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last season. Things got better after Montez Sweat was acquired mid-season as he led the team in sacks despite only playing in nine games for the Bears.

Wonnum, who finished last season with eight sacks would have been a solid addition opposite Sweat, but that seems less likely now.

The fact that the Bears can't even get a meeting with a defensive end who is not even one of the best on the market is certainly a troubling sign but it's still early in free agency. Ryan Poles has some time to get this offseason back on track.

And he will definitely need to do that to be competitive next season. Currently, the Bears are +450 to win the NFC North, behind the Lions and the Packers. Head over to FanDuel Sportsbook, claim your sign-up bonus of $150, and take advantage of these odds.

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