Bears have upgraded NFL’s worst roster, but more work is necessary

Tremaine Edmunds signed with the Bears for $72 million over four years.

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The Bears probably don’t have the worst roster in the NFL anymore, but they still have a long way to go in their rebuild even after several quality additions in the past week.

Former Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was the most notable and expensive player they picked up, signing a four-year, $72 million contract, and injecting him and fellow new linebacker T.J. Edwards from the Eagles should make an immediate difference for one of the league’s weakest run defenses.

The Bears couldn’t stop anybody last season. Now they have key players from two of the top defenses.

And their crew of wide receivers looks better than it has in years after landing D.J. Moore from the Panthers in the haul they got for the No. 1 overall pick. They’re not overwhelming, but the trio of Moore, Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool is good and has high potential. All have strong seasons on their resumés, and at 25 or younger, none has maximized his potential yet.

All three are unpredictable, but it’s a worthwhile bet by general manager Ryan Poles.

Those are good moves that shore up critical weaknesses. But the Bears went 3-14 last season. They have a ton of weaknesses. And as the first wave of free agency settles down, Poles still is looking at a long list of unsolved problems.

The offensive line was a major issue for the Bears, and so far all they’ve done is pick up four-year starting guard Nate Davis from the Titans. At $30 million over three years, Davis got more money …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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