There’s a no-brainer move that Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles needs to make.

The Los Angeles Chargers released defensive tackle Jerry Tillery this week. Tillery was a first-round selection (No. 28 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Chargers tried to trade Tillery before the trade deadline but couldn’t get a deal done.

“This was not an easy decision but, after careful consideration, it was a necessary one that is in the best interest of both team and player,” said Chargers general manager Tom Telesco in a statement. “We wish Jerry all the best moving forward in his career.”

Sep 25, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (99) heads onto the field during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tillery hasn’t lived up to the first-round hype that accompanied him coming out of the draft, but PFF’s grades showed that he was improving this season.

The former Notre Dame standout had a 61.4 PFF grade this season after having grades of 35.5, 43.9, and 46.3 during his first three years in the league (H/T PFF).

Chicago is going through a massive rebuild under Poles. And the focus of the rebuild seems to be building a team around an elite defense (which makes sense since head coach Matt Eberflus is a defensive-minded head coach).

Taking a flier on Tillery, a player who clearly has talent, is a low-risk/high-reward move for the Bears. If it doesn’t work out, they can just move on.

A change of scenery, however, could be all Tillery needs to turn his career around. He’s still only 26 so he’s got plenty of tread left on the tires.

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