Chicago Bears secure critical inside pass

The Chicago Bears knew they would have to go into free agency this year even though general manager Ryan Poles prefers to build through the draft. There are too many holes in the list. Well, fans can definitely say that about her. The man is not one to waste time. Just an hour into the two-day trading window, the Bears reached defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi on a deal to join their defense this coming season.

It’s a strong opening move. The defensive tackle is just 27 and is coming off the best season of his career with seven sacks in 2021. He was instrumental in helping the Cincinnati Bengals reach the Super Bowl. Not only that, but he also has a proven track record of good health. Chicago needs someone who can rush the passer inside in Matt Eberflus’ new 4-3 defense. Now they have it.

Ogunjobi will earn just over $13 million a year.

Not bad at all from the Chicago Bears perspective. That would still rank him outside of the top ten highest-paid interior defensive linemen in the league. As it’s a three-year deal, the Poles have also helped keep the future cap flexible while giving the veteran a chance to get one more contract down the line. It’s a solid deal for both parties. More importantly, it dramatically improves the defensive line.

A trio of Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson and Ogunjobi should have no problem getting after quarterback this coming season. The biggest challenge now will be whether Poles can do something about secondary school. Outside of Jaylon Johnson and Eddie Jackson, they have plenty of gaps at the back that they need to fill. However, it would not be surprising if the remaining resources were devoted to the attack over the next few days.

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