Logan Franz, 23 Sports

This offseason has been the season of change for the Chicago Bears. They’re getting used to a change at the quarterback position in Mitchell Trubisky. They experienced a changing of the guard at head coach, firing John Fox and hiring former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. It’s been a productive offseason for the folks in navy and orange. I love to call this time of the year optimism season, and there’s a lot to be optimistic about in Chicago.

1. Allen Robinson, WR – The biggest move the Bears made this offseason was signing wide receiver Allen Robinson to a 3-year, $42 million contract. The Bears have been starving for a wide receiver ever since they traded Brandon Marshall for pocket change and they later let Alshon Jeffery walk away in free agency. With 2nd year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky under center, it appears the Bears have now locked down his number one target for his career. The only worry with Robinson is that he’s coming off of an ACL tear and there’s always concern that players may not be the same after those types of injuries. Grade: A-

2. Roquan Smith, LB – The Bears selected UGA linebacker Roquan Smith with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. The former Bulldog racked up 14 tackles for loss and six and a half sacks in his junior year. The Bears linebacker core is by no means weak but it was an older position group and this offseason, having lost Pernell McPhee, Jerrell Freeman and Willie Young. Smith will either play alongside Danny Trevathan on the inside or on the outside opposite of Leonard Floyd. His speed will be a vital piece to the defense this coming year.

“I had two NFL people with a lot of front office experience make this comp on Roquan, that he is Lance Briggs with 4.5 speed.” Laurence Holmes of NBC Sports Chicago said. Grade: A-

3. Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel, WRs – I group Miller and Gabriel together because they’re two players that can be used interchangeably. Both can play both in the slot and on the outside and I see them alternating roles throughout the season. Gabriel was signed to a 4-year, $26 million dollar deal in March and the Bears traded back late into the 2nd round in the draft to take Anthony Miller #51 overall. Miller and Gabriel add some much needed speed to the offense that was only brought last year by running back Tarik Cohen. The more speed an offense has on the field at once, the harder it is for a defense to play against. Grade: B+

4. Trey Burton, TE – Trey Burton, most notably known as the one who threw the Philly Special to Nick Foles in Super Bowl LII. This signing was a little less obvious. It comes a year after the Bears selected Adam Shaheen from Ashland University in the second round, however it also comes less than a year after starting tight end Zach Miller suffered a horrendous leg injury that led to fear that his leg may need to be amputated. 2 TE sets are becoming more prominent in the NFL and the thought with the Burton signing is that him and Shaheen will likely be lining up on the field at the same time. Not to mention, knowing Burton can throw the ball may also open the door for some trick plays for new head coach Matt Nagy. Grade: B

Clearly the Bears are on the right track with some huge moves this offseason. Odds are they aren’t immediately bound for a playoff run but they’re definitely on the right track and improvement is evident.