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Chicago Bears reportedly signed a push for star free agent

Over the next three months, the Chicago Bears have an opportunity to turn this off-season into a crucial one.

GM Ryan Poles can easily clear an additional $20 million in salary cap space, giving him almost $40 million in total. In addition, he owns two selections in the top 10 of the 2024 draft.

This presents him with the chance to infuse this team with the strength to contend for the playoffs. Everyone is aware that their choices in the draft are determined by their actions during free agency. Some others don’t think the Bears will make a significant run at all.

It’s difficult to reject the notion of Hunter, a four-time Pro Bowl player, playing with Montez Sweat. The Vikings star has 87.5 sacks despite not having reached 30 yet. His career-high 16.5 sacks were recorded in 2023. According to current estimates, he might earn a deal worth between $65 and $66 million for three years. For the majority of their projected first-round quarterback’s rookie deal, the Bears would essentially be renting him.

The Chicago Bears have previously been linked to Hunter.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune identified him as a player to keep an eye on when the off-season got underway back in late November. Biggs is the closest insider with the most network within the company. He hardly never mentions names by mistake. He very well may have been hearing rumors about Hunter even earlier. It is logical. Another pass rusher is needed by the Bears. Hunter is a wild animal. They can pay his requested amount because they have the cap room. This action would also solidify their preliminary intentions.

GM Ryan Poles would be free to use most 1st round picks on the offensive side of the ball. One would be for a quarterback, while the other could go to a wide receiver or offensive tackle. It’s a good plan since both positions are considered loaded in this class. The offense would get a much-needed infusion of blue-chip talent, setting this team up to be well-balanced going into 2024. It wouldn’t be the first time top pass rushers left one NFC North team for another. Julius Peppers left the Chicago Bears for Green Bay in 2014. Alan Page went from Minnesota to Chicago in 1978.

 

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