Few teams needed help along the offensive line as badly as the Chicago Bears heading into free agency. The signing of Jermon Bushrod, a Pro Bowl offensive tackle, seems like a great move on the surface.
However, Bushrod ranked as the 44th-best offensive tackle in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus (paid subscription required). The Bears' old left tackle, J'Marcus Webb, only ranked three spots behind Bushrod.
To make matters worse, Webb actually graded out nearly five points higher in pass protection than Bushrod did. While the Bears thought they got a major upgrade at offensive tackle, it doesn't seem like that is the case at all.
The Bears needed to help protect Jay Cutler, and they allowed that need to force them to make a desperation move in signing Bushrod.