The Chicago Bears made big moves within the first few hours of the legal scrimmage period on Monday.
Chicago reportedly agreed to terms with a pair of linebackers — Tremaine Edmonds and TJ Edwards — as well as offensive guard Nate Davis.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the former Buffalo Bills linebacker, Edmonds will reportedly earn a four-year, $72 million deal with $50 million guaranteed. Edwards, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022, will reportedly sign a three-year, $19.5 million deal with $12 million in guaranteed money. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Edmonds and Edwards were two of the South’s most followed free-agent linebackers this offseason: Edmonds posted over 100 combined tackles for five consecutive seasons and Edwards totaled 159 tackles in 2022, including 10 tackles for loss, Along with two sacks and seven pass break ups.
Davis, who played the last four years with the Tennessee Titans, reportedly agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with $19.25 million guaranteed, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Davis started 12 games for the Titans in 2022 and projects to be the Bears’ starting left guard this upcoming season.
For the Bears, all three signings immediately fill some of their biggest needs on defense. But overall, this is the start of an offense in Chicago that could be filled with franchise-altering moves. After quarterback Justin Fields showed immense potential during a lost 2022 season, he is in the market for an upgrade so Fields can get the support he needs.
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And it all seems to be true this time. It doesn’t appear that the bears are making promises they can’t keep or don’t intend to keep. Their move to sign Edmonds, Edwards and Davis comes just three days after the Bears traded the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for multiple picks and wide receiver DJ Moore. They really seem serious about putting all their chips on the field and getting him the talent he can use.