3. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears’ questions lie on the offensive end, not the defensive end but adding Bates to this defense could make them one of the most talented and efficient defenses in the league. The Bears are known for that side of the ball, and it is the side of the ball that they lean on to win games.
The success of this team, in the long run, will fall on the shoulders of Justin Fields and the offense but having an elite-level defense benefits the offense a lot more than one thinks.
It gives the offense a lot more possessions and provides the defense with opportunities to create turnovers and turn them into points and give your offense a short field. In addition, Bates fits with the scheme Chicago is trying to thrive upon, which puts them as one of the more suitable teams if a trade were to happen.
The Bears have the cap space to work around a long-term deal and could very well pay Bates what he is looking for. This could also be a possible free-agent destination if Bates becomes a free agent next summer, as the Bears are not far off from being a competitive team in the NFC.