John Clayton appeared on ESPNews to talk about potential landing spots for Dolphins left tackle Jake Long in free agency and the analyst pointed out the Bears as a likely suitor.
Long struggled a bit in 2012, but he still remains a superstar blindside protector and he’d change the fortunes of the Bears.
Chicago needs to better protect Jay Cutler if the team wants to be seriously competitive in 2013; under new head coach Marc Trestman, the team will certainly try to pass the ball down the field.
Impressively, according to Pro Football Focus, the Bears managed to have no offensive linemen grade out positively in 2012. The closest to average was J’Marcus Webb, but the overall play was atrocious.
Gabe Carimi was the worst of the bunch as a pass blocker and needs to be replaced or moved inside. Signing Jake Long allows Chicago a lot of flexibility in that regard.
The contract numbers may prove tricky to figure out, but the move would be of necessity for the Bears and it makes a lot of sense.