I know the big story is getting a Running Back and if they go defense people want Justin Houston. Not sure any of these moves will be made but I do know the Bears didn’t open up an extra 11 million in cap space this morning converting some of Khalil Mack‘s salary into a signing bonus to sit out the rest of free agency. So here are a couple of players who may just be on the Bears radar no one is talking about.
Henry Anderson – Defensive Lineman: Anderson is exactly the type of player the Bears will be looking to sign. In his prime at 27 years old and peaking Anderson is the type of value signing a scout at heart like Ryan Pace loves to sign. Anderson had somewhat of a breakout season in 2018 for the Jets. He had a total of 48 pressures 16 of which resulted in a Quarterback hit and 7 in sacks. He also added 4 passes defended and 7 tackles for loss. Not bad production coming from a player that played just 63.5% of his team’s defensive snaps.
He’s also a very good athlete considering his size. Anderson is 6’6″ 301 and ran a 4.97 40. He also had a very good 3-cone at 7.20 and a blistering short shuttle of 4.19 which is in running back territory which speaks to his short area quickness. I’d like to see him opposite Akiem Hicks with Eddie Goldman anchoring the middle. That would be a very formidable defensive line for teams to block up.
Tre Boston – S: Boston followed up an excellent 2017 season with yet another good season in 2018. He accumulated 9 PD’s, 3 Int’s, 1 FF, 1 FR, 79 total tackles, 66 solo, 1 TFL and 3 QB hits. In his last 3 seasons since 2016 Boston has accumulated 10 Ints, 24 PD’s, 2 sacks, 7 TFL’s and 7 QB hits.
Boston is 26 years old and has positional versatility although here he’d be the Bears starting Strong Safety. With a vacancy available after losing Amos only Deon Bush would stand in his way as the starter opposite Eddie Jackson. He has good size and length at 6’1″ 204. He also has good speed (4.58 40), quickness (7.04 3-cone 4.31 SS), explosion with a 35″ vertical and strength putting up 18 reps on the bench press. I think he would be a fine replacement for Amos and an upgrade in ball skills. Putting him beside Jackson with the Bears front-7 in front of him could make him an even more productive player. Should come at a nice price too.