One Chicago Bears beat writer, Rob Schwartz Jr., recently said he thinks Chicago should go sign Suggs now–and a few other reporters covering the Bears had wanted Chicago to pursue Suggs this past offseason. Would signing Suggs now help the Bears in any way? Here’s a look at what bringing the veteran linebacker in could mean for Chicago.
Bears Have Shortage at Linebacker Position
With the gruesome elbow injury suffered by starting linebacker Danny Trevathan, followed by the season-ending pectoral injury sustained by other starting linebacker Roquan Smith last week, the Bears are currently ailing at the linebacker position.
And while Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin-Pierre Louis have filled in admirably, the team could still benefit from a strong veteran presence in the middle. Suggs isn’t anywhere as fast as he used to be, but he could be an interesting presence on a defense full of them, and he could be a part of a rotation that would allow him the rest he needs to still be an effective player.
There’s another reason Suggs to Chicago could make sense, however: the Chuck Pagano connection.
Suggs Has Connection, History With Bears DC Pagano
Current Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano was the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011, and as Schwartz notes, 2011 was the year Suggs had his best season. Suggs was a first-team All-Pro that year, and he had two interceptions, 14 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. If the Bears claimed Suggs off waivers, it would reunite him with a defensive coordinator he has a history of working well with.
Suggs is absolutely a risky prospect at 37 years of age, but he has still been effective both this year and last. He had seven sacks last year with Baltimore, and he has 5.5 this season–which would put him third on the Chicago Bears behind Khalil Mack and Nick Williams.
Suggs is due $2 million in 2020, which the Bears could afford. Suggs will be on waivers until Monday, after which, any team in the league that is interested in his services can still sign him. If he remains unsigned, the Cardinals will have to pay the $3 price tag that currently comes with him.