It’s no secret that the Chicago Bears need to upgrade their offensive line for the 2022 season under general manager Ryan Poles. So far, Poles has addressed the need by bringing in Lucas Patrick and watching James Daniels sign in Pittsburgh.
But it appears as if Poles has his eyes on another lineman that is set to visit.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, free-agent lineman Ryan Bates will visit Chicago on Tuesday:
Bates is scheduled to begin his visit with the #Bears on Tuesday.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 22, 2022
The 25-year-old Bates was signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 and was later traded to Buffalo. With the Bills, Bates has served as a starter the past two seasons playing both right and left guard.
He’s versatile and is one of the top linemen still on the market. Bates is drawing interest from other teams as well as he’s met with both Minnesota and New England so far, so the Bears do have some competition out there.
The other thing to note is that the Bills offered Bates an original round tender of $2.4 million. They can match any offer out there.
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