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Chicago Bears: 4 Free Agent Signings that Addressed Team Needs

Chicago Bears: 4 Free Agent Signings that Addressed Team Needs

Chicago Bears: 4 Free Agent Signings that Addressed Team Needs

The Chicago Bears didn't waste any time putting their 2020 roster together once the NFL's league year began back in March. They made some noise early on in free agency, with a trade that shook up their quarterback room, and they also added some talent via the draft and undrafted free agent ranks. But the Bears are not done yet, as they've continued to add pieces to the roster over the last week. They recently added four more veteran free agents who will help fill vital positions for this year.

Trevor Davis, WR

This former Miami Dolphin will have a tough hill to climb, as the Bears are stacked at wide receiver. Davis only has 43 games of NFL experience (22 total touches, 265 yards from scrimmage, 2 combined touchdowns), but he's still young (26) and has speed — all he needs is an opportunity to prove himself. Davis suited up for the Raiders and Packers in addition to the Dolphins in 2019, and if he can find staying power with the Bears, he may able to boost his production.

Tashaun Gipson, S

Safety was another position that the Bears didn't address in the draft. Which was puzzling considering that the team needs bodies at the position. But the Bears may have found the man to replace Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and start alongside Eddie Jackson this season. Gipson has 450 tackles, 13 TFLs, 23 interceptions, 47 pass deflections, and three defensive touchdowns to his credit. Gipson also has a Pro Bowl appearance (2014) on his resume.

Ted Ginn Jr., WR

At 35, the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft still has plenty of gas left in the tank. During his previous three seasons with the Saints, Ginn totaled 100 receptions for 1,417 yards and eight touchdowns. While his days as the multi-threat (receiving, rushing, returning) offensive weapon that got him drafted are mostly behind him, Ginn is still a speed threat who can get behind opposing defenses. Ginn will get the first crack at the starting slot receiver position, which was vacated by the departure of Taylor Gabriel, based on experience alone.

John Jenkins, DL

The Bears needed some assistance along the defensive line, but they didn't find any in the draft. So they decided to reach out to an old friend. Jenkins previously played for the Bears in 2017, the year before Matt Nagy was hired as head coach. This will be his eighth season overall, and Jenkins brings 155 career tackles, eight tackles for a loss, and seven quarterback hits with him. He can play either end or tackle in the Bears' 3-4 defense, and he's already familiar with the scheme from his first tenure in Chicago.

— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.