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Chris Lewis
July 3, 2024  (12:11)
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Chicago Bears eye veteran Jerry Hughes as potential pass rush boost.

The Chicago Bears' hunt for defensive prowess continues as they eye veteran Jerry Hughes, a notable yet under-discussed pass-rushing option. With the onset of training camp on July 19 looming, the Bears are on the lookout to beef up their defensive line, which already includes Montez Sweat and DeMarcus Walker.
An insider hinted at Hughes as a potential addition. Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic, in his July 1 Q&A, shared insights on the team's defensive strategy. "I imagine general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus are keen on enhancing their line without waiting for a full week of camp," Fishbain noted, hinting at the urgency to recruit a capable pass rusher.
Hughes's extensive experience and strategic fit could make him an intriguing option. At 35, the seasoned defensive end has a robust track record, including a long tenure with the Buffalo Bills where he thrived under Eric Washington, now the defensive coordinator for the Bears. This connection could be pivotal in bringing him to Chicago.
The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Hughes boasts an impressive resume from his time with the Bills and the Houston Texans. Despite a reduced role in 2023, where he participated in all 17 games and started two, Hughes managed to record three sacks and a forced fumble. His performance, highlighted by his ability to disrupt the game, underscores his potential value to the Bears.
Hughes's last contract with the Texans was a two-year deal worth $10 million, a cost-effective option for the Bears considering the market. His proven skills and familiarity with Washington's strategies could greatly benefit Chicago's defensive aspirations.
As training camp approaches, the Bears' strategic moves will be closely watched. Adding a player like Hughes could provide the necessary edge to fortify their defense, making them a team to watch this season.
Source: Heavy.com
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