Leno has started on the Bears’ offensive line for the past seven seasons, and he’s missed just three games since the start of 2015. That said, he will be looking for a new home in 2021. The Bears made a bit of a surprise decision in releasing him, but the team will save approximately $9M in cap space.
The Bears also attacked the offensive line during the draft. They drafted Teven Jenkins in the second round, and he graded out well according to Pro Football Focus in his final season at Oklahoma State. He was one of the best run blockers in the class, and he also fared well on a small sample size of pass blocking plays.
The Bears didn’t pick again until the fifth round, and they took another offensive lineman in Larry Borom. He also graded out well according to Pro Football Focus, but he does have some physical limitations at the NFL level. Still, it’s clear that improving their blocking was a focus for the Bears after trading up for Justin Fields. Fields is one of the favorites to take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award at +500 on FanDuel Sportsbook.