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Measured approach leaves Ryan Poles with holes to fill, but also opportunity

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Bears general manager Ryan Poles still has the most salary-cap space in the NFL after the first two days of free agency.

Despite a roster full of holes, a glut of salary cap space and a fanbase anticipating, if not expecting, a giant leap to playoff contention in 2023, Bears general manager Ryan Poles has been determined to not get caught up in the frenzy of free agency, like a panicky shopper breaking down the doors on Black Friday.

So far he’s lived up to that. The Bears were so loaded with salary-cap cash, Poles could have signed arguably the top offensive and defensive players in free agency — Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown, Jr.