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The Chicago Bears made running back D’Andre Swift a priority in free agency this offseason, signing him to a three-year, $24 million deal. Head coach Matt Eberflus explained that they wanted a home-run hitter and a weapon out of the backfield, qualities that Swift brings to the team. The Bears used a running back by committee approach last season with varying degrees of success, and Swift’s skillset as a lead back made him an attractive option for them.

The Bears saw Swift as a perfect fit for their offense, especially with new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron emphasizing the run game. With Khalil Herbert, D’Onta Foreman, and rookie Roschon Johnson on the roster, the addition of Swift gives the Bears a more clear-cut lead back for the upcoming season. Foreman, who showed promise last season, is no longer in the picture, making room for Swift to step in and make an impact.

Swift’s abilities as a pass catcher were also a key factor in the Bears’ decision to sign him. Eberflus praised Swift’s speed and catching ability out of the backfield, noting that having a versatile weapon like Swift creates matchup problems for opposing defenses. Swift had a breakout season with the Eagles last year, rushing for over 1,000 yards and earning a Pro Bowl nod, showcasing his potential as a lead back in the NFL.

The Bears were priced out of the market for top running backs like Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs, leading them to pursue a more affordable option like Swift. General manager Ryan Poles is known for being disciplined in his approach to contracts, ensuring that the team stays within their value buckets when making signings. Swift’s contract aligns more closely with what the Bears were expecting to pay for a running back, making him a sensible choice for the team.

Swift’s experience working alongside Jamaal Williams in Detroit and then with the Eagles helped him develop into the player he is today. His success last season in both rushing and receiving yards demonstrated his versatility and playmaking ability, making him a valuable asset for the Bears’ offense. With Swift now in the mix, the Bears have found a dynamic weapon to bolster their running game and provide an additional threat for opposing defenses to contend with.

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