When we assess what general manager Ryan Pace has done in the past few days in its entirety, the answer has to be that the Bears are, indeed. Marginally so, perhaps, but they're a better team right now for what he has done lately.
Your dismissal of such an assessment as damnation by faint praise is understood and completely valid, but it's hard to argue with a retention of an important contributor, a pair of clear upgrades from the outside and one other more questionable move to bolster a critical position bereft of trustworthy talent.
We aren't getting into the reasons why these moves were made, mind you, because that's a different discussion. It's one that paints Pace as desperate to make up for a series of his own mistakes, chasing failed draft picks with money in the way that free agency has come to function. Good teams that develop talent don't have to do this. Pace may end up losing his job when all of this is eventually nowhere near enough to ward off the reckoning he has earned.
But just objectively, by the numbers and the eye test and in direct comparison to how the positions were manned before these moves, we see clear evidence of greater proximity to winning the Super Bowl. It won't be for long, so that slightly improved chance had better be cashed in as soon as possible.