The Chicago Bears front office signed 21 undrafted free agents and invited another 20 players to rookie camp.
The Chicago Bears continue signing top level talent as an encore to a successful draft weekend. The Bears brass added 21 additional rookie free agent prospect. They also invited another 20 to this weekend’s rookie camp. There are four notable signings that will push for a 53-man roster spot.
It has been well publicized that Chicago had a very strong roster returning 20 of 22 starters from a 12-win season. Now, the rich get richer. The Bears managed to sign Emanuel Hall, formerly of the Missouri Tigers, Alex Bars, the formerly of Notre Dame, Dax Raymond, formerly of Utah State, and Mathieu Betts, formerly of Laval University (Canada).
On da rise. 📈
Why These Players?
Hall, the second-team All-SEC receiver, averaged 20.8 yards/reception for Drew Lock’s aerial attack. The 6’2″ receiver from Franklin, TN carried a fourth-round grade and NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein made his pro comparison to Mike Wallace. Hall ran a blistering 4.39 seconds 40-yard dash to go along with a 43.5″ vertical jump and a 141″ broad jump. This is elite by any standards and provides Chicago with a receiving option that can take the top off of a defense.
Bars is a 6’6″ behemoth that previously played under Harry Hiestand (current Chicago O-line coach), so this signing makes a lot of sense. Bars’ versatility and intelligence were on full display throughout his career. He has experience at both guard positions as well as right tackle spot. He suffered a torn ACL at the start of the 2018 season which likely dropped him from the draft. In 2017, he was a team captain for the best offensive line in college football. His feisty play and pedigree are exactly what the Bears need from a back-up lineman.
Raymond is another good player that fell through the cracks of the draft due to the depth at his position. It would explain his hefty reported contract. The 6’5″ tight end tested well at the combine with a 4.73-second forty-yard dash, 32″ vertical leap, and a 7.15 three-cone drill. He is another player projected to go late in the draft. His size and speed pop out on game film. His athleticism is a terrific fit within Matt Nagy’s offensive system. He can also offer immediate help on special teams.
The most intriguing player is Betts. He was a Canadian nightmare on the gridiron. Todd McShay of ESPN had the unknown player going in the seventh round. He was the top-rated player for entering the CFL draft in 2019. His dominant play earned him an invite to the American East-West Shrine game. His motor and athleticism was on full display in Florida where he turned the heads of several NFL scouts. This was also a position that many national pundits believed the Bears would address at some point in the draft.
Ryan Pace has shown a knack for finding diamonds in the rough. Players like Roy Robertson-Harris, Ben Braunecker, and former slot corner Bryce Callahan stick out as undrafted players that became immediate contributors. Chicago may have struck gold again with this latest crop. This new flock demonstrates the skill-set to continue this recent trend at Halas Hall.
The Bears off-season begins this weekend with its rookie camp. Until then, stay thirsty and BEAR DOWN!