The Chicago Bears have started off their free agency affairs with a bang, having traded their No. 1 overall pick to the Carolina Panthers on the weekend.
The NFC side went into the negotiating period with an estimated salary cap space of $72.2 million on Monday and appears to be winning the offseason after making some moves that have seen them shore up some key positions.
Chicago got wide receiver D.J. Moore in the trade with the Panthers and, as of Monday, they have also brought in former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards on a three-year deal worth $19.5 million. The Bears badly needed an upgrade at LB since trading Roquan Smith last year and have made an excellent signing in Edwards, who relayed plays for his former team.
The 26-year-old made 159 tackles for the Eagles last season, as well as seven passes defended, five quarterback hits, and two sacks. He made six tackles and defended a pass during the Super Bowl in February.
Chicago also augmented their offensive line on Monday, signing OL Nate Davis to a three-year deal following a four-year stint with the Tennessee Titans in which he made 54 starts in 55 games.
As if that wasn’t enough for one day, the Bears conducted some additional business to make their biggest catch since free agency kicked off.
They’ve messed around and signed another top LB in Tremaine Edmunds, agreeing to a four-year, $72 million contract inclusive of $50 million in guaranteed money.
Edmunds was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2018 but they were made to wait four seasons before he became the complete linebacker they envisioned. The former Virginia Tech star had an incredible campaign for the Bills in 2022 and is now part of Ryan Poles’ project in Chicago.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.