Ryan Pace knew he needed to addresses the secondary this offseason. Last season, the Bears only picked off opposing quarterbacks eight times, tied for 29th.
The Bears have signed S Quintin Demps to a three-year deal worth $13.5 million dollars, worth $5 million in the first year then averaging $4.5M annually for the next two. Demps, who will be 32 once the season gets underway, had six interceptions last season with the Houston Texans.
This signing brings confusion to many. The Bears are rebuilding, yet they sign a 31 year old veteran. Demps has the numbers, and you can’t blame the Bears for targeting a guy who had a success. But if you want to rebuild right and start contending within a year or so, signing someone north of thirty is not the way to go.
Hopefully, Demps does not turn out like former Bears safety Antrel Rolle. Rolle came to the Bears in 2015 after 5 strong seasons with the Giants. Rolle appeared in every game with the Giants and totaled 14 interceptions while in New York. The Bears saw him as a proven veteran and someone who will help add to their almost non-existent turnover numbers.
Rolle signed a three-year deal for $11.25M in 2015 offseason. Rolle only appeared in seven games for the Bears in 2015 tallying only 35 tackles and no interceptions. Rolle suffered a season ending knee surgery, placing him on injured reserve on December 14th that same year. He was later released on May 1st, 2016.
Demps finished first among safeties in the NFL with his career high 6 interceptions, a breakout year in his second stint with the Texans.
The Bears went with a veteran in 2015 in Rolle and it failed. While Demps almost had more interceptions than the entire bears team last season, his age is the concern. The Bears cannot afford to miss again on another safety signing. The talent is there with Demps but he’s been in the league for nine seasons. I see where Pace is coming from with the move, but age is a big risk.