Ryan Pace continued to make moves Saturday at Halas Hall. While a lot more still has to be done, Pace has the roster moving in the right direction.
The Bears signed CB Marcus Cooper(3 year deal), WR Kendall Wright(1 year deal), and T Tom Compton(1 year deal). All players are 27 years old, adding to the youth on the Bears roster.
Pace is doing the same thing he did last season: signing the tier 2-3 free agents. The Bears made a run at A.J. Bouye, Stephon Gilmore, and were very aggressive to try and bring back WR Alshon Jeffery. Unfortunately, the Bears were unable to grab any of those guys, but they have added plenty of other talent.
Cooper, who 4 interceptions last season, really came into his own in Arizona. He posses tremendous speed and ball skills. We all know one of the biggest holes on the roster is cornerback on the roster so adding Cooper was an expected move. He joins Prince Amukamara as the other cornerback Pace signed so far this offseason.
The more cornerbacks the better. It creates competition in camp and all season long. Tracy Porter is getting up there in age and is loosing his craft. Kyle Fuller missed the entire season, no way he just gets his starting job back. Cooper and Amukamara could be the Bears starting CBs next season should they win the job.
But, let’s not think adding two free agent CBs draw the team away from taking any in the draft. You still need to draft and develop young talent. Cooper and Amukamara have a lot of miles and are already 27 years old. While they still have some more years in them, good corners are hard to come by. It starts with drafting young studs and developing them into starters.
Kendall Wright dealt with injury last season, leading to only 29 receptions for 416 yards and 3 TDs. In 2015, Wright had around the same numbers (403 yards, 3 TDs). These numbers do not fully speak to Wright’s potential. 2015 was Mariota’s rookie season and it took some time for him to settle in. And in 2016, injury was a setback.
Wright’s best season came in 2013, when he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards. And can you guess who is offensive coordinator was…Dowell Loggains.
Wright is an efficient route runner and like Wheaton, a threat down the field. Loggains should be able to bring out the best in him and if he stays healthy, he has the potential to put up solid numbers this season.
The Bears also added another offensive lineman to the mix on day three of the new league year. Tom Compton, who appeared in all 16 games last season with the Falcons, is expected to compete for the swing tackle job. The swing tackle means he will be able to play both right and left tackle.
The Bears continued to get younger and deeper at certain positions. It’s a process, but the arrow is going nowhere but up in Chicago.
Pace on Friday at Halas Hall:
“I think the best thing about free agency is if we can address some of our needs again. it opens up the draft for ‘best player available,'” Pace said. “And then when we do that, it’s just increasing out odds.”