The Chicago Bears still have some holes to fill and there are still plenty of free agents out there that can help fill the roster. Here are a few options the Bears can still consider while fitting the budget they have remaining going into the 2022 season.
Xavier Rhodes – CB
2021 Stats: 39 total tackles, 1 interception and 7 pass defenses
Xavier Rhodes may be on the older side and is going against the trend of what new Bears General Manager Ryan Poles is doing in free agency but the Bears could use some help at corner. Rhodes is already familiar with the Bears coaching staff and he can be a nice placeholder while the Bears certainly work in a ton of younger players. He may fit the Bears budget as well for 2022.
Sammy Watkins – WR
2021 Stats: 27 receptions, 394 yards and 1 touchdown
This one may be out of left field but I am thinking entirely depth and cheap options at this point in 2022. The Bears will certainly add a rookie to the wide receiver room through the draft but they will still need a ton of competition in fall camp. I don’t think Sammy Watkins is going to have a ton of teams lining up for his services and at the age of 28, he may still have something to give. Worth considering.
Eric Fisher – OT
2021 Stats: Started 15 games for the Colts
After the Bears didn’t land Ryan Bates because the Bills matched their offer the offensive line issues still loom large. While Lucas Patrick certainly helps the center position the Bears still need some experience and competition upfront. Eric Fisher can come in right away and be a starter at left tackle and it would allow you to move Tevin Jenkins to his more natural position of right tackle. That leaves you with Larry Borom on the outside looking in at tackle but he may be of service at the guard spot. Lots of work to be done on the offensive line and positions may change before the start of camp. Will be interesting to watch.
A.J. Klein – LB
A.J. Klein is a versatile linebacker that has played both inside and outside linebacker. May be a cheap option to fill the SAM linebacker spot while the bears continue to shift the roster. At 30 years old he would not demand a ton of cap space to bring on either. Not a top option certainly but one that will fit the budget and give you solid play when called upon. Started a total of 15 games for the Bills over the last two seasons.