After finishing with the worst record in the NFL in 2022, the Chicago Bears have made some significant changes this offseason.
They shipped the first pick in next month’s draft to the Carolina Panthers for multiple other draft picks plus productive wide receiver D.J. Moore, a move that many observers liked.
Chicago also brought in another former Panther, running back D’Onta Foreman, who came on very strong during the second half of 2022 after Christian McCaffrey was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
But the Bears may not be done yet, as they have more salary cap space than any other team right now.
Cap space continued …
24) Texans $19.570M
25) Colts $20.170M
26) Eagles $21.147M
27) Cardinals $21.769M
28) Packers $21.898M
29) Lions $22.907M
30) Falcons $25.916M
31) Panthers $27.703M
32) Bears $37.648M
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In addition, the trade with the Panthers yielded the No. 9 pick in this year’s draft, which the team could use on someone who will become a starter and help address a need.
The focus moving forward will be on quarterback Justin Fields, who is excellent at moving the chains with his legs but has thus far been disappointing as a passer.
In two pro seasons, he has completed just 59.7 percent of his passes and thrown for 4,112 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions in 27 games.
In two seasons at Ohio State, Fields did well throwing the football, both in terms of total yards and touchdowns as well as his accuracy.
Chicago is hoping that having better weapons around him, as well as the simple compound effect of going into his third season, will result in Fields blossoming, much like Tua Tagovailoa did for the Miami Dolphins in 2022 in his third campaign.NEXT: The Bears Are Re-Signing A Veteran QB