The Chicago Bears continue to strengthen their offensive line ahead of the 2022 season. Just a day after signing guard Michael Schofield, the Bears have now reached an agreement with 10-year veteran OL Riley Reiff.
Ad poles #Bear signed rookie second-round pick Jaquan Brisker and veteran free agent tackle Riley Reiff, who played 10 NFL seasons with the Lions, Vikings and Bengals. Another upgrade to O-line.
—Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) July 26, 2022
Reiff played for the Lions, Bengals and Chargers. He brings significant experience to the O-Line, which has struggled tremendously to protect Justin Fields in 2021. To put it into perspective, the Bears rookie quarterback has been sacked 36 times in just 12 games. Yeah, pretty bad.
Chicago expects Fields to take a big step forward in Year 2 and with intriguing offensive weapons around him in Darnell Mooney, David Montgomery and Cole Kmet, he could make some noise. But, bringing in as many Fields protectors as possible was seen as a pre-season goal to create a lot of competition in training camp.
There aren’t many expectations for the Bears this season, but with Schofield and Reiff now on the front line, they just might give Fields enough protection to do some damage with his wides. Well, that’s hope.
A new head coach in Matt Eberflus and a few new players will certainly give Bears fans a sense of optimism. Frankly, it can’t be much worse than last year when Fields had virtually no time in his pocket. Admittedly, there are reasons to be positive now with a pair of OL signings.