Bears could target these veterans to round out roster – NBC Chicago
Five remaining free agents the Bears could target to complete the roster originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Bears made some moves on Wednesday, signing of quarterback Nathan Peterman and claiming tight end Rysen Johnson.
But Chicago still has money to work with if general manager Ryan Poles wants to add a few plays to the roster. According to OverTheCap, the Bears have about $16 million of cap space as we head into the OTAs.
The market isn’t overflowing with free agent talent, but there are several veterans available who could help Chicago field a more competitive roster in 2022.
Here are five remaining free agents the Bears could target to complete their roster.
Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ will likely stay in Los Angeles to rehab and sign a deal with the Rams. But the bears need to get help and dynamic talent like Beckham rarely comes to market, so it might be in the Bears’ interest to offer him a multi-year deal and play the long game.
The Bears offensive line looks flimsy at best as we head into summer. The offseason signing of Lucas Patrick was solid, but the addition of Tretter, who has been one of the NFL’s best centers for the past five seasons, would allow Patrick to kick guard right, which is currently a black hole for the Bears.
The main issue with Tretter revolves around his health. Although he didn’t miss a game last season, he barely trained due to knee and ankle injuries. But if he’s healthy, the Bears could win by adding him to an offensive line that needs to keep Justin Fields clean in 2022.
Beckham and Jarvis Landry probably won’t come to Chicago. But what about Fuller?
The Notre Dame product is coming off a slack season in which he only played two games with the Miami Dolphins due to a finger injury, PED suspension and personal issues. But when healthy, he’s one of the fastest receivers in the NFL and could be had on the cheap as he looks to bounce back from a tough 2021.
Houston, 33, had 4.5 sacks and 17 quarterback hits last season for the Baltimore Ravens. Although his sack count has gone down in each of the last two seasons, he is still able to pressure the quarterback. Houston also knows the Eberflus system, having played for him for two seasons with the Colts.
The Ravens put the unrestricted free agent offer on Houston, which means that if another team signs him before July 22 or the first day of training camp, his signing is part of the compensatory formula of the NFL.
Houston might be an option once training camp begins.
You can never have too many inside defensive linemen.
While Richardson, 31, is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, he still gives you productive shots every week.
Last season, Richardson recorded 37 presses (22 hurries, 11 hits, four sacks) in 468 pass-rush snaps.
He could give the Bears another much-needed inside pass.