NFL free agency kicked off Monday with a busy first day of legal tampering, where big deals were made across the league.
The Chicago Bears made just one move on the first day of action when they agreed to terms with defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi on a three-year, $40.5 million deal. But there are still plenty of other moves in the works for general manager Ryan Poles, especially as the second and third waves of free agency begin.
Here’s a look at the best available free agents the Bears could target after day one of the legal tampering period:
The Bears have already shown interest in JuJu Smith-Schuster, and he remains a great option for the wide receiver.
Of course, it doesn’t look like Allen Robinson is coming back to Chicago. But it’s definitely the best wide ever available.
Jarvis Landry was a surprise cut on the first day of free agency action, and he’s one of the best options still available in a thinning wide receiver market.
Russell Gage is another intriguing option at wide receiver, where he has the ability to make plays when given the chance. It would definitely be on the more affordable side.
The Bears have expressed interest in Marquez Valdes-Scantling, which makes sense given his connection to offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.
Terron Armstead is the best tackle in the market heading into day two of free agency. Although it’s on the more expensive side, it would be an awesome upgrade.
Eric Fisher may be a more realistic option for the Bears at left tackle, and the Colts connection certainly doesn’t hurt new head coach Matt Eberflus.
Duane Brown is another top option on the market that the Bears might be interested in. He is reliable in pass protection and solid in the running game.
There was a slight increase in interior offensive lineman signings on Day 1, and James Daniels remains a great option to re-sign with the Bears.
The Bears need to take care of the middle position, and it’s become a clearing market. Bradley Bozeman is the top left center in free agency, and he’s their best bet.
Bobby Wagner was a surprise cut by the Seahawks, and he’s easily the best linebacker available. Although he’s a dream target at this point for the Bears, Roquan Smith should be paid.
Myles Jack was a surprising cut by the Jaguars on Tuesday after spending a ton of money to shore up the offense in free agency. The Bears should 100% target Jack, who would be an ideal candidate for linebacker.
The Bears need to find a middle linebacker, and Anthony Walker is definitely an option. Walker previously played alongside Darius Leonard in Indianapolis, and perhaps a reunion with Matt Eberflus is near.
Anthony Hitchens was a victim of the cap this offseason, and he’s someone the Bears likely have on their radar. With Poles coming from Kansas City, he’s seen Hitchens up close and knows what he could bring to the defense.
Casey Hayward brought consistency to the high school during his time with the Raiders, and he would be a great addition to the pair alongside Jaylon Johnson.
Darious Williams is another cornerback who should be taken out of the free agent market, and he would be an intriguing option in Chicago’s secondary.
Who’s up for a meeting in Chicago? Bryce Callahan is a solid nickelback option for a Bears defense that struggled in the slot last year.
Speaking of a reunion, the Bears could definitely target Kyle Fuller to fill a hole at outside cornerback. It comes out of a bad year and would be more affordable.
There are questions at the cornerback opposite Johnson heading into the offseason. Maybe Donte Jackson, who suffered a season-ending groin injury, could be an answer.
Xavier Rhodes is definitely an option for the Bears to fill their cornerback need, and he would be offered at a more affordable price than some others still on the market.
Tyrann Mathieu is the best safety still on the market, and he’s not re-signing with the Chiefs. Given the Ryan Poles connection, don’t rule out a potential Mathieu signing.
Another great safety option is Marcus Maye, who has been an impact player when he was on the pitch. Unfortunately, he was limited to six games in 2021 after a torn Achilles tendon.
Marcus Williams should also be in high demand in the free agent market, and he’s someone the Bears should be interested in. Although he may order a large contract.
George Odum has been primarily a special teams player during his career, where he is a depth option when it comes to safety. If Chicago chooses to bring back DeAndre Houston-Carson or Deon Bush, Odum could be an option.