The Bears reeled in new free agents early on.
Well, here we are. The Chicago Bears are capping off another nice free agency frenzy. Coming off a season where they went from first to worst after bringing head coach Matt Nagy and Khalil Mack on board. Notable pickups like Trey Burton and the rookie linebacker Roquan Smith also served the Bears well. Chicago went 12-4 and found themselves losing to the surging Philadelphia Eagles.
General Manager Ryan Pace quickly went back to the drawing board. It was evident what was already there still brewing in Chicago. A young core was already intact. Bears were facing a task that didn't seem too likely in the previous few seasons before success. Legit talent just started falling into the Bears lap the past few seasons. Danny Travathan, Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and the list goes on. Bears drafted well also. Ryan Pace has been superb thus far.
Defensive Backs Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan were already figured to walk after the season ended. Amos signed with longtime rival Green Bay Packers, and Callahan currently is awaiting his big pay day. Bryce Callahan emerged as one of the best nickels in the league last season before going down with a foot injury. Amos also had a career year last year, recording 73 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions.
Callahan and Amos are two players that were here for the elevation of a good to great defense. Vic Fangio coached them well, but he's also with found another home with the Denver Broncos as a Head Coach.
Along with the departure of Amos, Bears signed Kicker Chris Blewitt and cut Cody Parkey. Everyone knows what that was about, it's safe to say I'm over it.
Josh Bellamy signed with the New York Jets and Kevin White also found himself a new home in Arizona. Expect both receivers to find themselves a well-deserved fresh start on their new, respected teams. White battled health issues for majority of his young career. He was also GM Ryan Pace's first draft pick when he first started off with the Bears.
Clinton-Dix has nice ball coverage skills and has reached a Pro Bowl in his young career. By far he's joined the best defensive unit he can ask for, honestly. This Bears unit can maximize his potential. He will surely enjoy Club Dub as well.
Bears also signed veteran Nickelback Buster Skrine from the New York Jets. His play style reflects a nice IQ and he's not afraid to make a stop at 5'9". He has nine interceptions in his career to go along with 459 total tackles. I'm eager to see what the newcomers can do under this defense now coached by Chuck Pagano.
Chicago Bears brought in two more additions to the offensive side of the ball as well. Former Seahawks Runningback Mike Davis and WR/Return Man Cordarrelle Patterson joined this young offensive unit. Davis had his best season as a pro last year, carrying the ball 112 times for 514 yards and four touchdowns. That equates to 4.6 yards per carry.
Cordarrelle Patterson won a Super Bowl, made two All-Pro teams and two Pro Bowls so far in his career. In Chicago, you can expect Nagy to have a plan for him in his clever offensive scheme. Patterson can play inside at slot and operate from out the backfield. He makes this offense much faster. His signing is one I never saw coming. He had two of his best games against us in different uniforms.
The Bears still have work to do as Jordan Howard trade rumors continue to circulate. That is one rumor that doesn't excite me one bit. Howard can be productive in this offense, but he needs the ball more.
Up next is the 2019 draft. Chicago will miss out on the first two rounds of the draft due to the acquisition of Khalil Mack via trade. This Bears team is here with a few changes but expect them to be a thrill to watch. They must continue to defend the north and look forward to advance deep into the postseason. Keep that Mike Ditka quote in mind.