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Getty Returning to the beginning Green Bay Packers’ A.J. Dillon #28 is congratulated by Minnesota Vikings’ center Lucas Patrick #62 after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on January 02, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Chicago Bears are already using new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s contacts around the NFC North.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bears and former Green Bay Packers guard/center Lucas Patrick have come to terms on a two-year, $8 million deal, with $4 million fully guaranteed for the 2022 season.
Patrick was a homegrown prospect for the Packers, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and developed into a productive offensive line interior starter. According to Pro Football Focus, he spent the most of the 2021 season as the Packers’ primary center, allowing only one sack and 15 pressures in 821 plays. Last year, the Bears’ free-agent center, Sam Mustipher, gave up only one sack in 1,121 plays at the position, but he did allow 28 total pressures.
Patrick started four games at left guard and 11 games at right guard last season, making him a versatile acquisition who could help Chicago compensate for the free agency loss of veteran James Daniels.
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Patrick’s Development With The Packers Was Seen By Getsy
Patrick’s acquaintance with the Bears’ new offensive coordinator is part of what makes him such an intriguing acquisition for Chicago. Over the last three seasons as the Packers’ quarterbacks coach and, beginning in 2020, the passing game coordinator, Getsy has worked informally with Patrick. More significantly, he saw Patrick consistently keep his starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, upright while managing whatever positional duty was thrown his way as a result of injuries.
The real issue with Patrick is where he will play for the Bears, according to head coach Matt Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles. He might play center and be Mustipher’s replacement (assuming they do not bring him back later in free agency). He might possibly be considered a right guard replacement for James Daniels. It’s conceivable they don’t know where they want him yet, but that’s the advantage of having a starter who can fill many positions.
Patrick, on the other hand, is not without flaws. Despite being a huge and powerful lineman (6-foot-3, 313 pounds), he was considerably better at holding the pass than generating gaps for the run game during his time with the Packers. With Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon in his most recent backfield, it’s not like he was dealing with a B-team of running backs. In order to provide David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert with the necessary support in 2022, the Bears will need to see him improve in that area.
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