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Chicago Free Agency – First 24

Bears Make a Ripple But Does a Splash Await?

The Chicago Bears Front Office finally showed some signs of their possible direction this off-season. Ryan Pace pulled strings from Halas Hall to sign cornerback Buster Skrine and running back Mike Davis. The Bears were strapped for cash this off-season unlike previous years so the most recent revelation is the most telling. Chicago and mega-star Khalil Mack have agreed to restructure his one-year-old $141 million contract. Something is brewing in the Windy City.

The Mack restructuring provides an additional $11 million to Chicago’s current cap space. The Front Office was working with around $20 million after recent moves allowed more flexibility. The suggested space combined with no first- or second-round picks in the upcoming draft will allow the Bears to continue strengthening the roster. The Bears have very few holes on a championship ready-roster. The amount of new space suggests a big splash in the near future. After winning the NFC North, Chicago must do everything necessary to keep Green Bay, Minnesota, and even Detroit from making up ground.

Skrine is a former fifth-round selection out of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2011. Chicago will be his third stop in eight seasons. His best work is when he is covering the slot. Skrine had a down year in 2018 collecting zero interceptions compared to 8 passes defended for the Jets. However, he has not been the injury concern over the course of his career standing at 5′ 9.” The contract is worth $16.5 million with $8.5 million guaranteed. This move suggests a departure from Chicago’s own free agent Bryce Callahan. Callahan is one of the best in the business in his own right but has been an injury concern. This deal is far less than the projected market for the younger Callahan.

Davis received a two-year deal with a maximum of $7 million in total value. He is a former fourth-round pick for the 49ers in 2015. But he appeared to find his stride in Seattle the past two seasons. Davis has very little tread on his tires and is only 26-years-old. He averaged 4.6 yards/carry on 112 attempts last season within Seattle’s committee while hauling in 34 receptions for a modest 214 yards. He fits the profile of a West Coast back and certainly looks like a low-risk, high-reward addition. This move only adds to the smoke regarding potential trade rumors surrounding incumbent starter Jordan Howard.

The negotiation period has been filled with surprises, eye-popping contracts, and head scratching. The Bears started my making calculated moves to reinforce its roster. The upcoming days and weeks ahead will be filled with smoke and mirrors until Pace reveals “Why all the background noise?” Could it be for Le’Veon Bell, or perhaps Earl Thomas? Stay tuned.

Until then, stay thirsty and BEAR DOWN! JT out.

James Torres

James Torres

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