Bears Linked To Ex-Jaguars Pro Bowler In Free Agency As Reunion Candidate

The Chicago Bears deserve praise for their robust offseason efforts.

Entering the offseason, the Bears were poised to revamp their roster entirely. They made a splash by selecting Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and added six-time Pro Bowler Keenan Allen to their ranks. These moves signify a strong offseason for the Bears, but there’s still time for additional maneuvers.

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Bleacher Report’s Derrik Klassen identified defensive end as a key position of need for the Bears and linked them to former Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowler Yannick Ngakoue. Klassen highlighted the significant impact of the Montez Sweat trade last season, noting that before Sweat’s arrival, the Bears’ edge rotation consisted of mid-tier veterans and underdeveloped players. Sweat, a Pro Bowl-caliber player, revitalized the group.

However, Klassen pointed out that if the Bears aim to make a serious push, Sweat can’t be their sole force on the edge. While Sweat’s presence is invaluable, the roster lacks another plus starter or an exciting young prospect at the position. Klassen suggested potential free-agent or trade candidates, including Emmanuel Ogbah, Yannick Ngakoue, and Carl Lawson.

Ngakoue would be a logical addition for the Bears. He spent the 2023 season with the team, tallying four sacks. A Pro Bowler in 2017 with the Jaguars, Ngakoue led the league with six forced fumbles and notched 12 sacks that season. Given his previous experience with the Bears and familiarity with the system, a reunion could be beneficial and likely cost-effective. Why not consider bringing him back?