Larry Ogongobe’s signing for the Steelers shows a missed opportunity for the Bears

Larry Ogunjobi was the first big freefish of Ryan Poles’ tenure as the Bears’ general manager. The Poles and head coach Matt Eberfels saw Ogungobe as the perfect style for the Bears’ new defense, a three-year, $40 million role.

But a physically unsuccessful call off canceled the deal, and the great Poles fish off the hook and go back to the free agent market.

The Bears family changed course to Plan B, and signed with Justin Jones to fill the Ogunjobi spot.

For several months, Ogunjobi has been floating around the market, visiting teams while looking for a new home. The Bears should have remained an option, willing to offer him a short-term, low-risk deal to create a defensive line that badly needed some juice.

Ogunjobi found his new home on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That The Steelers, a well-respected franchise that rarely misses free agents, were ready and excited to add Ogunjobi to fill the spot vacated by Stephon Tuitt shows that the Bears missed an opportunity.

I understand that Ogunjobi’s medical red flag came from off-season surgery to repair Lisfranc’s injury to his foot and that injuries like this are often difficult to come back from and lead to relapses. That’s why the Bears didn’t commit $40.5 million to Ogunjobi. thats understood.

But if the Bears want to get themselves out of the NFL’s basement, they need to start reversing the actions of smart organizations that rarely find themselves outside the supplement debate. Teams like Steelers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, etc.

The Steelers watched their defensive line collapse last season. They saw the trouble Ogunjobi had caused them as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals and thought the 28-year-old’s talent, even at 80 percent, was worth a one-year gamble.

If they collided, they would have a high-ranking inner defensive lineman who would help repair their defense on the run and put in another legitimate passing presence alongside Cameron Hayward from the inside. Even if they only get 10 games from Ogunjobi, it’s worth it.

If that doesn’t work, the Steelers wash their hands in the off-season and let him walk. No harm done.

Last season, Ogunjobi was a wrecking ball for the Bengals, posting eight sacks, 41 total presses and 31 stops.

Jones was a solid signature in the wake of Ogunjobi’s physical failure. But the Bears’ defensive line needs another disruptor for the premiere, especially with Robert Quinn’s future up in the air.

The internal combination of Ogunjobi and Jones would have given the Eberflus and the Bears defense more teeth in the middle. As USA TODAY’s Doug Farrar noted, the Bengals often stacked Ogunjobi and DJ Reader in the center, making tougher protection calls for the opposing offensive line.

The Bears could have done the same with Jones and Ogongobe, and the increased presence of the Inner Line would free Roquan Smith and Nicholas Morrow to attack the level two slopes.

Winning organizations stay ahead by finding ways to capitalize on market value. They add winning players whenever available and find out the rest later.

The Steelers had seen for themselves what Ogunjobi could do and saw no reason not to take a low-stakes gamble on a man with an incredibly high ceiling.

In an unfamiliar period filled with short-term bargains, Poles and Bears explode at not finding a way to get the Ogunjobi to gamble themselves.

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