Chicago Bears 2021 offseason needs: It starts with quarterback

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears, 2021 NFL Draft, Christian Darrisaw
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Chicago Bears top 2021 offseason needs: 2. Offensive tackle

The good news for the Chicago Bears is they have a number of key pieces in place on the defensive side of the ball to compete at a high level in 2021.

The bad news is, their top two needs offensively are at the most important position groups on the team.

Behind quarterback, the offensive tackle position is a clear area that needs to be addressed by this Chicago Bears front office, and they need to do it ASAP.

It’s rare to find good or even solid help at the tackle position through free agency, at least help that is sustainable. The Bears may be in talks to trade for a veteran quarterback, but there is no question they have to keep one of their top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft in order to find a guy who could probably start at offensive tackle as early as this season.

Luckily for the Bears, there is just tremendous depth at the tackle position in the 2021 NFL Draft class.

The Bears’ incumbent starters at the offensive tackle position are Charles Leno Jr. (left tackle) and Bobby Massie (right tackle). Leno has struggled the past couple of seasons with penalties, and Massie has not been able to consistently stay on the field missing 14 games over the last two seasons.

Even if the Bears don’t move on from one or both of those players, the future at the offensive tackle position must be considered even if the Bears bring in someone who plays on the interior during their rookie season before kicking outside in year two.