The New Orleans Saints have several key free agents that will hit the open market, but few are more important than safety Vonn Bell.
Vonn Bell made himself a staple of the New Orleans Saints’ defense in 2019. He was a consistent force that tackled well and was able to force fumbles on multiple occasions. He was truly a gamechanger for the Saints.
Bell is one of the top free agents in the 2020 free agency market. He may not be looking at an eight-figure contract, but Bell will be getting quite a bit more money than he made in 2019. The Saints may not be willing to match any offer Bell receives.
While he’s not a restricted free agent, Bell will likely give the Saints a fair shot at retaining his services. He’s seemingly had a terrific relationship with head coach Sean Payton and the front office throughout his time in the Big Easy.
However, that won’t assure that he’s back in 2020. According to The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia (premium content), in a post detailing potential landing places of top free agents, Kapadia has Bell’s perfect fit as the Chicago Bears.
Bell would work well with Eddie Jackson, and he would help stabilize a Bears defense that was oftentimes considered one of the best in the NFL this past season. They did have their holes though, and Bell would help create an even more dominant secondary.
The Bears don’t have the cap space to be big spenders, but they do have enough to fill some of their biggest holes. Adding Bell would do that, but he should be an afterthought for their front office.
They desperately need a quarterback. Securing a solid, veteran quarterback should be the top focus for the Bears. An Andy Dalton-like player would suit them well and still allow enough cap space to target Bell.
At the end of the day, let’s just hope the Saints view Bell as enough of an asset to keep him in the Big Easy for the long-term future.