On Thursday the Chicago Bears officially introduced Wednesday’s free agent signings to the media at Halas Hall. Just a mere formality as the Bears prepare for the NFL Draft and the workouts and mini-camps that follow afterwards. Between now and the draft the Bears could add more players to fill certain positions, but the draft should fill those needs for the long term. But for now, here’s how the Bears new and returning additions will fit into this team in 2018….
There’s really nothing new to add on Daniel. He’ll be Mitchell Trubisky’s backup barring any unforeseen circumstances. The only question about the quarterback position now is if the Bears will add an extra signal caller or two for training camp.
Robinson is now the Bears top wide receiver thanks to the $25 million in guaranteed money he received. Cameron Meredith may have something to say about that come July, but the former Jacksonville Jaguar was brought in to be Trubisky’s top target in an upgraded passing attack.
Look for the former Atlanta Falcon to emerge as the Bears main slot receiver. Both Robinson and Gabriel will give defenses fits for the foreseeable future.
How Burton is used ultimately depends on whether or not the Bears keep Dion Sims. If Sims stays, the Bears will make good use of two tight end formations. Burton will be the receiving threat to compliment Sims’ blocking ability. Sims will be used on shorter routes if that is the case. But if the Bears release the former Miami Dolphin, then Burton will be the main tight end and a focal point of the offense. Adam Shaheen is the wild card in all of this.
Being able to play guard, tackle and center will be very useful to head coach Matt Nagy. Especially with there no timetable set for Kyle Long’s return. Plus, if either Charles Leno Jr. or Bobby Massie struggle at some point, Sowell will be plugged in to right the ship.
At best: The eight year veteran could start opposite Leonard Floyd in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 scheme. However, the Bears could pick a pass rusher in this years draft and that could change where Acho fits in. They also added depth by signing former San Francisco 49er Aaron Lynch to a one-year deal. At worst: He’s a rotation player just as he’s been since 2015. The outside linebacker position is one to pay attention to in weeks leading up to draft day.
There’s no doubt that he’ll be one of the starting cornerbacks in September, providing he stays healthy. The question here is who will line up on his opposite side of the field. Will it be Kyle Fuller or someone else?
Asking him to be the next Robbie Gould would be a disservice to this team. Asking him to be consistent and productive however is a lot more reasonable.
NOTE: The Bears are also bringing back punter Pat O’Donnell on a one-year contract.