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Offensive Guards the Bears Can Still Target via Free Agency

It was no secret that last season the Bears’ offensive line was bad. Almost every ranking system out there had the Bears at below average to bottom five in the league. The offensive guards on the Chicago Bears could use some help with the retirement of Kyle Long. Rashaad Coward wasn’t the guy last season and he shouldn’t be this season. They added Germain Ifedi, but if he doesn’t clean up his penalties, he shouldn’t see the field either. There are still a few solid guards available that could come in and help the Bears immediately.

This not only would help the Bears right now, but it would also help the Bears in the draft. Offensive guard wouldn’t be as high of a priority if the Bears addressed it now. That means the Bears can invest in other positions of need like safety, cornerback, wide receiver, or offensive tackle.

Kelechi Osemele

Kelechi Osemele should be the highest priority for the Chicago Bears to add right now. Osemele will be turning 31 this summer, but he is a proven star at right guard. He had injury issues which led to his falling out in New York, but the falling out wasn’t exactly his fault. The New York Jets wouldn’t let him have surgery, although the team doctors advised it, so he had to sit out of practice and then got cut for sitting out.

Before New York, Osemele spent time with the Baltimore Ravens winning a Super Bowl in 2012 starting at left guard. After his contract ended in Baltimore, he signed a monster deal for five years, $60 million with the Oakland Raiders. With the Raiders, Osemele went to the Pro Bowl twice and was a first-team All-Pro one season. He eventually was traded to the New York Jets. Osemele would fit in perfectly with the Bears as a starting right guard solidifying their interior offensive line with James Daniels and Cody Whitehair.

Ronald Leary

Ronald Leary entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent joining the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie, he didn’t play at all, but the next season he earned the starting job. Leary started all 16 games that season. He struggled to stay on the field after that season missing games in every season since 2013, but the talent is still there. In 2016, Leary requested a trade and didn’t get it. After that season, he signed a nice deal with the Denver Broncos for four years getting $36 million. He got hurt each season there which is why the Broncos didn’t bring him back.

Now, why would the Bears want to bring in an injury-prone guard who hasn’t played a full season since 2013? The Bears already have Germain Ifedi that’s why. If Leary goes down, Ifedi, with three years of starting experience, is ready to come in. Offensive line coach Juan Castillo can work with Ifedi a lot for when Leary could go down.

Josh Kline

After a falling out with the Minnesota Vikings, offensive guard Josh Kline could find a home with the Chicago Bears. Kline had arguably the best season of his career after signing a three-year deal with the Vikings this past offseason. He was not only great in pass protection but also great at run blocking paving the way for Dalvin Cook‘s breakout year. The Vikings looked to restructure his contract, but Kline didn’t want to. That’s what led to his cut.

The Bears could now steal the division rival Kline to compete with Ifedi for the starting job at right guard. Kline is an above-average cheap offensive guard that could fill a hole for the time being. If anything, he could turn out better than what the Bears pay him.

To Sum Up

The offensive guards on the Chicago Bears currently haven’t proven much in the NFL except how to take a lot of penalties and how to not play good. They need help whether it is from the draft or from available players. These are just some guys that could be good offensive guards on the Bears.

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Joseph Herff
College student trying to make a name for myself in the sports writing industry.
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