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Bears linebackers ranked second best in NFL by PFF

Bears linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards
Bears linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards

According to Pro Football Focus, the Bears boast the second-best linebacking corps in the NFL, behind only the San Francisco 49ers.

"Chicago's front seven underperformed in 2022, so the team used free agency to acquire two of the highest-graded players at the position," wrote PFF's Dalton Wasserman. "Tremaine Edmunds arrives from Buffalo after a long-awaited breakout that saw massive increases in his overall (81.9) and coverage (90.0) grades. The latter mark, along with his 10 pass breakups, led all qualified linebackers.

"T.J. Edwards comes with less fanfare but was the unsung hero of the Eagles' elite defense. He played nearly 1,200 snaps and graded above 78.0 against the run, in coverage and as a pass-rusher, which added up to the sixth-best overall grade (81.6) at the position.

"Second-year man Jack Sanborn provides a good complement as a rugged, SAM-type linebacker in Matt Eberflus' 4-3 defense. He showed flashes of talent last year, posting 80.0-plus grades in his last two games.

"This group hasn't played together yet, but the Bears are banking on talent and couldn't have much more at their disposal."