Two reports link Bears to significant free agent who would alter offense.

The Bears have been linked to a major free agent on multiple occasions. The talented running back Saquon Barkley is reportedly an NFL target for the Bears.

Tyler Dragon of USA Today, let's begin. The following teams are "rumored to have interest in Barkley," according to Dragon's Tuesday night free agency and franchise tag roundup: the Bears, Chargers, Eagles, Raiders, Ravens, and Texans.

While this isn't the most compelling evidence linking Barkley to the Bears, it was backed up by Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

According to sources, there are a number of teams that could be interested in signing Barkley. They include the Baltimore Ravens, the Las Vegas Raiders, the Chicago Bears, the New England Patriots, the Houston Texans, and the Philadelphia Eagles," Leonard said.

To reiterate, nothing here indicates that the Bears are serious about bringing Barkley to Chicago. Still, it would be reasonable for them to do so. After a two-year slump, Barkley is back on track to be a top rusher in the NFL. Among running backs since 2022, Barkley is fourth with 2,274 yards and 113 first downs. Tying for tenth place in the NFL in running touchdowns with sixteen, he.

Barkley might still attract additional interest from other teams, even if the Bears are keen on signing him. It is feasible that one of the teams mentioned by Dragon and Leonard as probable suitors for Barkley in free agency provides him a higher salary than the Bears are willing to pay for a running back.

General manager Ryan Poles has shown restraint in signing free agents during his two stints at the helm. To pay Barkley more than a middle-tier free agency running back would ask for, he would have to see him as a huge offensive multiplier.

Teams in the National Football League can start talks with impending free agents on March 11. On March 13th, they will be able to formally sign free agents to new contracts.